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Monster Truck Madness #3 – Lock & Load

Whether you have a Clod or shaft truck, differential preference seems to be the super important subject that no one really talks about. It’s just not as sexy as discussing, say, brushless options or what tires to use. Locked, open, one axle locked and the other open, limited slip…so many choices! Before getting into the r/c discussion, let’s talk about how [...]

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Monster Truck Madness #2: Shaving a Set of RC4WD Rumbles

One is not a true monster trucker until they experience the taste of burnt rubber, at least once, by way of cutting/shaving a set of tires. Monster truck tire cutting is an art that dates back to the late 80’s, but it came into vogue during the early 90’s when modern racing began. The then-standard 66″ flotation tires that companies like Goodyear [...]

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New Bi-Weekly Column: Monster Truck Madness

Heya folks. Doug here. I write the Everybody’s Scalin’ series that runs Friday afternoons. Now I’m writing this as well! Yes, that’s right, I’ve finally begged and pleaded enough for the brass to let me have a regular monster truck column. I love scaling, but monster trucks have always been the thing closest to my heart. I’ve been hardcore into them [...]

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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 [...]

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Traxxas Bigfoot Monster Truck

Traxxas Bigfoot Monster Truck With Video

Coming soon, very soon, from Traxxas is a 1/10th 2WD Bigfoot Monster Truck. This should be huge news to all you Bigfoot fans out there. The Traxxas Bigfoot has a fully licensed/scale realistic body that comes on the proven Stampede platform. Power is provided by a Titan 12 turn brushed motor and a 7 cell NiMH. * 2 different paint schemes * [...]

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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 [...]

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JConcepts Shows Off New Ford Bodies and Firestorm Monster Tr…

Fresh off the teaser of their new Renegade tires earlier this week, JConcepts is at it again, this time displaying several new bodies as well as another set of monster truck tires at the Trigger King R/C race held this weekend near St. Louis, MO. Up first is their 1993 Ford Supercab, as seen above. It has a wheelbase of around [...]

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JConcepts Teases New Monster Truck Tire & Wheel

JConcepts has just released a teaser picture of a new monster truck tire & wheel, which is mounted up to an Axial SMT10 Grave Digger. The 2.6 sized tire (Clod), called the Renegade (as seen on the sidewall), has a very aggressive tread that mimics a hand carved 66″ Goodyear Terra that has long been popular with full size trucks. Many long [...]

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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 [...]

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Axial SMT10 Grave Digger Monster Jam Truck

Axial SMT10 Grave Digger Monster Jam Truck With Video

Have you heard the news? If not, Axial Racing is now making a Monster Truck. The SMT10 Grave Digger is new from Axial and ready for serious bashing action. What is the scoop on the new SMT10 Grave Digger? * 1/10th scale 4wd RTR * SMT10 tube chassis * Composite AR60 OCP-Axles * Heavy duty steering links * Heavy duty c-hubs * 4 link rear suspension * [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Onward to the BIGFOOT Open House

Fresh off the Chi-Town crew holding a big bash, there is no rest for the wicked as we will be at the BIGFOOT 4×4 Open House in Pacific, MO (just outside St. Louis) this weekend- Saturday April 23rd to be more precise. The Open House is an annual event put on by the Bigfoot monster truck team which is held at their shop. [...]

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Traxxas and Bigfoot 4×4 Teaming Up?

Being our resident monster truck fanatic here at Squid HQ, the first part of the year is always most exciting to me. January – March is officially “Monster Truck Season” as that’s when all the various circuits are running indoors at stadiums and arena each weekend. As such, this time of year is also when the teams debut their new paint [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Wheels In the Sky Keep Turnin’

With all the new scale crawling news that has been seemingly breaking each week since mid October (more on the Venture FJ next week as at the time of this writing Thursday there wasn’t much info available), some of the other stuff going on can fall through the cracks. One of said news pieces is the monster truck wheel from [...]

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How to Dye Plastic Parts with Rit

Rit Dye is a super cheap option to customize your vehicle without the need for paint or custom parts that cost big $$. You can usually find Rit in the laundry aisle of your local supermarket. The powder (like I’m using here) is around 90 cents. The liquid stuff costs around $2-$3 a pop. Any light colored plastic part will usually [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ For the Weekend – Best Shots of 2014

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! It’s been pretty slow around these parts due to the holidays (I’m also at the mercy of the USPS waiting on parts for 3 different trucks) so to bide some time here is a big gallery showcasing some of my favorite shots from 2014. I had a very busy year taking parts [...]

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