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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Explaining the BEC

A BEC is one of the most important upgrades you can make to your scaler, but it’s also one of the most confusing. While noobs are not surprisingly usually a bit in the dark on what one is, even long time hobbyists can sometimes be aloof. Let’s start with the “what”. A BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) is a device that allows [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Run Around the News

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a general “what’s new in scaling” type-post, and I figure we are overdue. First up is the Thunder Tiger Toyota Hilux. The other day TT posted a pretty sweet video of the truck in action. Gotta say, it looks pretty capable. We are hoping to get one of these for review soon, so you can [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Ripper

The biggest news in the scaling community as of late was Vanquish Products announcing their ultra high-end “Ripper Project” would be available for order to those interested in getting one. Everything on the chassis/body is custom machined out of billet aluminum, save for a few 3D printed accessories. The price? $1,899. You then have to supply additional parts to complete the build. [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – It’s Friggin’ Hot

I’m no sissy when it comes to scaling in the elements. I’ve done G6 competitions in the sweltering heat and long trail runs in zero degree weather with the snow falling. It’s all part of the game. Still, the heat wave that has engulfed the midwest for the last two weeks has me crying uncle. I had been laying low, but last [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Favorite Kind of Trail

R/C trailing can be a wildly different experience depending on what area you’re running in. There could be intense technical rock crawling or none whatsoever. Mud and trees or sun and sand. When exploring a new spot, this sort of mystery is part of the experience. It’s weird how my tastes have changed over the years. I used to be all [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Lipo Tips for the Trail

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed batteries which, shame on me, are often the subject of e-mails that I receive from noobs. I’ve neglected the topic for far too long, so here we go. Here are a few tips on selection and safety, as it pertains to r/c trail trucks. Let’s do it scatter-shots style. Battery mAh and C rating – [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Rust in Piece

Man, this summer has been flying by. Can’t believe it’s already the weekend of the 4th! Not sure what it’s been like in your particular neck of the woods, but here in Missouri we’ve had temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s for the better part of two weeks. Normally you can cook an egg on the sidewalk this time of year, [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Joys of a Good Radio

One of the most peculiar things about large trail runs are the abundance of cheap radios that you see. Now, that would not be a surprise if all of the vehicles were standard run-of-the-mill RTR’s, but most are not. There are rigs completely decked out to the 9’s with expensive power plants, high dollar servos, more aluminum than a Coca-Cola factory….and [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Father’s Day Weekend Edition

My dad helped me get into the hobby back in 1993. I was 9 years old and he knew how much I enjoyed playing with my toy store grade trucks so he brought me to a hobby shop for the first time. All Season’s Hobby and Raceway (RIP) in O’Fallon, MO to be exact. I didn’t have a car, but [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – When a Gimmick Ceases to Be a Gimmick

Another week, more time spent with our TRX4. I ****-you-not, our review vehicle has had more miles put on the odometer in one month than several of our scalers have had put on them during their entire lives. I’ve also never seen so much interest in a vehicle from the non-hardcore crawlers at BSRC. I mean, even Cubby is gaga over [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – First TRX-4 Hop-ups

Happy TRX-4 release week everyone! Most hobby shops have gotten their initial allotment in, and crawling groups, message boards and YouTube channels are lighting up with first run experiences. I’ve been taking in a good number of these impressions and it’s good to hear that the general public by and large seems to have come to the same conclusion that [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Home Run

I’d assume that most anyone reading this weekly scaling blog has probably already read our Traxxas TRX-4 review, but in case you haven’t you can click here to check it out. I’ve got to give it to Traxxas here- instead of jumping into the crawling game with a “me-too” rig several years ago when everyone was clamoring for them to, they [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Busy Summer

With Memorial Weekend just around the corner, business is about to pick up! We spoke with HPI earlier this week and were notified that our Venture FJ Cruiser review kit will be showing up very soon! Not only that, but they reiterated their confidence in the vehicle and dared us to drive it like we stole it. Challenge accepted. You may think “well duh, every [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Top 5 Bodies Wishlist

It seems like every week we are getting a press release from a company showing off another cool, classic body. Despite their being an abundance of good looking, niche satisfying stuff on the market, I thought it would be fun to share my personal “Top 5 Bodies I Wish Someone Would Release” list. Quick caveat before we begin- these are bodies I wish [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – 3D Printing and Scaling

A few weeks ago Cubby touched on the coming 3D printing revolution in the Cub Report, and this week I wanted to elaborate a bit more on that. While it’s starting to catch on in other segments of the hobby now, it’s really big in scaling circles already. There are several prominent individuals in the community that can pretty much pump out [...]

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