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ECX Barrage Scale Crawler

Everybody’s Scalin’ – Baby Barrage

I’ve been running hot around here the for the last month or so and just realized that I had never discussed the 1/12 ECX Barrage 1.9 RTR Crawler. The Barrage, scheduled to be released early November according to our friends at A-Main Hobbies, is interesting to me as it’s trying to appeal to the budget crawler crowd with a small platform, just [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – California Dreamin’

This past week has been a great one as my wife and I flew to California, rented a sports car and drove up and down the coast. As luck would have it, one of her relatives lives in Paradise, CA, a stone’s throw from Chico. So while she was visiting her uncle I managed to sneak into A-Main Hobbies retail [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – You Don’t Have To Go Your Own Way

Whether I’m discussing a club I run with on here or some other corner of the Internet, there always seems to be a few people that chime in with “I wish there were people near me that did this.” I know the feeling, as I used to carry that thought around when I first tried to get into scale crawling. I started with scalers in [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Brings a Tear to My Eye

The above picture, shot last week at my LHS, may not mean much to some people, but it was definitely a cool sight for me. The two biggest names in monster trucks, each represented by two of the biggest names in r/c, sitting right there in the display case as two of the hottest items on the market. Brings a tear [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Basic Paint Type Advice

I was recently painting my RC4WD Blazer body when I had the thought that it was time for a paint PSA. One of the most common noob questions is “Can I use spray paint on my body?”. I sometimes see experienced hobbyists (those who don’t do any body work) fall prey to this erroneous misconception as well. The answer, of course, is [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – So Many Projects

Happy Friday all ye faithful. This is, without a doubt, THE best time of the year to go scaling. The midwest temperatures are pleasant, the scenery is great, and trees haven’t started to shed leaves all over the trails just yet. While Spring earns high marks for alleviating cabin fever, Fall takes the cake as far as I’m concerned. While Fall is [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Brown Sound

I recently had the chance to experience an ESS r/c sound system first hand. It was both extremely cool and super loud! Pegging the throttle and hearing the rumble of a big block v8 (that sounded very accurate!) is a lot more fun than I initially thought it would be. There is a by-product of this, however- the oddity of driving [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Mt. Rushmore of Scalers

It’s one of my favorite Fridays of the year- the kickoff to Labor Day Weekend! That means fall is about to arrive, complete with football, apple cider, and habitable temperatures. So with that in mind, let’s do something a little different. I had a fun conversation with friends awhile back where we were discussing- “If there was a Mt. Rushmore of [...]


Pro-Line Ambush Scale Crawler Unboxing 3

Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Little Baby Leafer, Isn’t It Cute?!

The biggest news that dropped this week was the announcement of the Pro-Line Ambush, a new 1:25 scale RTR crawler. Let’s ignore that Pro-Line is making their own scaler for a minute (that is big news in and of itself) and instead look at the fact that it has a leaf spring suspension. It’s a LEAFER, hell yes! I’ll raise a drink [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Monsterizing a Monster Truck

Hello gang, I hope everyone is having a most fantastic Friday. I’ve spent the past week starting the mod process on my SMT10 and want to show off what I’ve done thus far. Remember those recently announced JConcepts Ford bodies? One of them magically found its way to my mailbox, specifically a ’93 Super Cab. The early 90’s were a glorious time for monster trucking, so [...]



Everybody's Scalin' - Scaled Out RC4WD Trail Finder 2 Projec…

The time has come for my big fall project, and oh, what a glorious build it shall be. The first RC4WD Trail Finder 2 that I got my hands on was the red RTR rig we used for the review. It’s since been beaten on pretty good by way of numerous product reviews and general usage. She’s in good shape for the [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Duratrax Scaling Tires Discussion

Apologies for no column last week, gang. I wound up being caught in travel with (gasp) no internet connection where I was staying. I’ll try not to let that happen again! Anyways, on to it. Over the last couple weeks, various staffers have been posting reviews of Duratrax scaling tires. You can click here for the 1.9 Approach and here for [...]


Axial SMT10 Grave Digger Monster Jam Truck 2

Everybody’s Scalin’ – All About the SMT10

Axial has done it. There is finally a legit, ready to run solid axle monster truck about to hit the market. This has been a loooooong time coming. First off, many long time readers know I love monster trucks. Look, I love scale 4×4’s and trailing….but I LOOOOOVE me some monster trucks. Full size monsters are my first memory as a [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Few More Stereotypes

Last week’s column on scaling stereotypes was some of the most fun I’ve had writing for Big Squid. Based on reader response, it would seem that it was the case for many of you as well. So with Axialfest going on this weekend and the odds that some news will break during it (outside of the SCX102 RTR which was just [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Fun With Scaling Stereotypes

Many of us that have been trailing for a good amount of time seem to see the same type of personalities come and go – ESPECIALLY those in a club or group. I figure the time is right to poke some fun at the stereotypes that have cropped up over the years. And before I get any angry e-mails, please remember this [...]