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RC4WD Mud Slinger 2 XL 2.2" Scale Tires
RC4WD Mud Slingers are a very popular tire in the scale community, they look realistic and get good traction, what more could you ask for? Bigger. Bigger is always better, and now you can get the Mud Slinger 2.2s in XL size. The larger diameter of the XLs make it easier to get over tough rock sections and to throw more mud than ever before.

The part number is #Z-T0122, they are street priced at $29 a pair, and they are available right now. For complete information hit up This Link over on the official RC4WD website.

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When it comes to scale tires I have “Pokémon Syndrome”. I just gotta catch em’ all. When RC4WD recently announced they were updating their classic Mud Slinger tire I knew I had to try them. The original Mud Slinger was one of the first scale tires that came out when the genre started getting hot. While the tires are technically unlicensed, they are inspired by a 1:1 Super Swamper Bogger.

So what’s new with this version vs. the original? The first is size. The old one was around 3.66” tall whereas the Mud Slinger 2 XL (part #Z-T0121, $25 a pair) is 4.21”. The second is the new ones are made of RC4WD’s soft X2-SS compound (the old ones were harder). To complete my “old mud truck” look I mounted them on some white steel wagon wheels.

The soft compound makes the big lugs very pliable and they grip most surfaces with no problem. They excel in the muddy stuff and love to push forward in the drink. They work very well on the wooded trail. They aren’t as tall as the latest Pro-Line, Pitbull, or Axial 1.9′s (they are all around 4.7” tall) and therefore don’t offer the same level of ground clearance, but not everyone wants a scaler with gigantic tires.

While I got them primarily for the mud, if I was to plan on doing a significant amount of rock crawling I’d notch the lugs to split them. Each lug is gigantic and by cutting each one into two the tire would conform to rock easier. It’s by no means bad on the rocks, but you’ll want to mod them if that’s your normal area of play.

My final verdict is this; if you like the size and look you’ll most likely be happy with the performance. They look very aggressive, are a nice all purpose trail tire and work fantastically in the mud. The tread pattern isn’t the greatest for hardcore rock crawling but you could probably change that with a little slicin’. I’m happy with the purchase.


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RC4WD Trail Finder 2 RTR Mojave
RC4WD has announced their latest truck, a Trail Finder 2 RTR with Mojave Body Set. Being a ready to run, the Mojave TF2 makes it fast and easy to hit the trail, and like most other RC4WD products, its scale detailing is top notch. A 2.4GHz radio system eliminates radio conflicts, while its 45 turn brushed power system should put out plenty of smooth power to get over tough obstacles. To get that power to the ground, the Mojave uses an RC4WD R3 transmission and one of their Hammer transfer cases.

* Painted body with dropped bed
* R3 transmission
* Scale realistic tube bumpers, rock rails & skid plate
* Mud Thrasher tires on 1.55 steel beadlock wheels
* Leaf spring suspension
* Aluminum ladder frame chassis
* Metal axles with locked diffs
* Hammer 4×4 transfer case
* XR3b 2.4GHz radio system
* Outcry ESC w/ 45 turn brushed motor
* Twister digital metal gear servos

The part number is Z-RTR0019, street price is $459, and they are set for a Mid May release date. This is the link you want for more information over on RC4WD’s website.

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RC4WD Interco Super Swamper 1.7 TSL/Bogger “Siped” Tires
Ever try siping an rc tire? Yes, it’s hard to get each cut exactly the same. Thankfully for you scale fanatics, RC4WD has announced Siped Interco Super Swamper 1.7s. With the new Super Swampers you get all the performance plus the cool looks of tires that have been siped.

Their part number is Z-T0117, they have a street price of $25 a pair, and they are available right now. For complete details Click Here to visit the RC4WD website.

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RC4WD Twisted Monster Truck Spiked Tire Tamiya
Do you have a classic monster truck that is in need of new tires? The folks over at RC4WD have announced their new Twisted spiked tires for the Tamiya Clodbuster. This all new design uses large spikes to provide good traction on a wide variety of surfaces.

* Weight- 2.57oz each
* Comes in X2 SS Compound
* Outer Diameter- 5.96″
* Width: 4.21″
* Designed to fit Clod sized wheels

The part number is #Z-T0118, they have a street price of $34 per pair, and they are available right now. To get more information simply hit up This Link which takes you over to the official RC4WD website.

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RC4WD Mud Slinger 2 XL 1.9 Tires
Bigger is always better, now RC4WD has increased the size of their very popular Mud Slingers. The Mud Slinger 2 XL 1.9″ Tires still have a great scale authentic look, but are now taller to help get that rig of yours through the deepest of mud holes while out on the trail.

* Fits 1.9″ wheels
* Outer diameter- 4.21″
* Weight- 2.57oz
* Comes in super sticky X2 SS compound

The part number for the Mud Slinger 2 XLs is #Z-T0121, they have a street price of $24 per pair, and you can get complete information at This Link.

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RC4WD LED Light Bar
In their quest to have the trickest products on the trail, RC4WD has announced a new 1/10 SMD LED Light Bar. This high performance light bar is not only designed up to brightly light up the trail, but to also add even more scale realism to your truck.

* Uses 20 individual LEDs
* Adjustable brackets for easy install
* Vented sides to dissipate heat
* Comes with standard receiver plug
* Designed to work on 7.4 volts
* Overall Length: 4.81″
* Overall Height: 0.81″
* Weight: 1.44oz

The light bar has a part number of #Z-E0056, a street price of $39, they are available right now, and you can get full information at This Link over on RC4WD’s website.

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I had been eying one of RC4WD‘s uber scale kits for quite some time so a few weeks ago I finally took the plunge on a Gelande 2. I’ve now had the time to give it a proper beating and see what it’s really made of. Is the beauty merely skin deep? Click “Read More” below to find out what I think.


Great Planes RC4WD
There is some big news out of Champaign Illinois that Great Planes is now distributing RC4WD products. This arrangement makes it easier for GP dealers to stock RC4WD products. On the consumer side, it means more local hobby shops will have your favorite RC4WD scale parts on the shelf, or if not in stock, they will be easier to order in for you.

For more information on Great Planes simply Click This Link and you can hit This Link to visit RC4WD’s official website.


It’s been a very busy week over here so forgive me for being a bit scatterbrained! TGIF indeed.

As the pic above shows, I received my RC4WD Gelande 2 and have started the build. Thus far I’ve been very impressed with the kit. Everything was laid out in well marked screw bags or packed neatly in foam (many of the pieces are pre-assembled like the tranny, axles, and transfer case). The truck is loaded with metal goodies and the machine work is all top notch. The super detailed body feels way lighter than I thought it would be. Hopefully the heavy chassis and (relatively) light hard body make for a rig that isn’t too top heavy. I’m gonna finish her up this weekend and test it so look forward to some hot Land Rover action gracing this virtual space next Friday.

We just posted our review of Carisma’s Porsche 959 Rally and I strongly recommend you take a gander. Watching a big on road car being hucked repeatedly off a ramp is pretty impressive. Yes, Tim, Cubby, and the rest of the Bash Crew pounded the car and it took it like a champ. It’s becoming harder and harder for your scale columnist to resist splurging on a rally car, and doubly so with kits like that gorgeous Porsche readily available.

RECON G6  is coming up really soon here in St. Louis (April 12) and with my club “playing host” we have been putting in a lot of work getting the grounds ready for the influx of scalers. There is going to be a “Big Squid RC Driver’s Challenge” series of special gates on the course that I’m overseeing and I hope to give you a tease of that next week as well. It’s going to be comprised of several man made obstacles and a muddy frame twister section. Drivers are going to hate me!

And finally, forgive me for treading on Kevin’s territory but I want to talk helicopters for a minute. So I had been thinking about getting a quad forever when our latest quad shootout article went live (please note, I did not take part in the shootout, only edited the video and read the article). That kicked me over the hump and I decided to purchase the winner, the Ares Ethos 130 QX. I headed down to my local Hobbytown USA and plunked down the $100 to finally get my fly on. I’m a total noob to aerial r/c but this copter has been a joy to fly from day 1. The toughness of the platform cannot be understated – I’ve flown it into buildings/trees, it’s had several scary 100+ foot drops, and my 3 year old has had a few wrestling matches with the garage ceiling (the ceiling is undefeated FYI). You know what’s broke? One LED. It’s one rugged S.O.B. I’m definitely still a landlubber but in 2 months of owning the Ares it’s been nothing but good times.

Hopefully Spring has sprung wherever you live so you can get out and bash this weekend. It’s 70 degrees here so I’m counting down the minutes until I can leave the office and hit the rocks. Til next time!

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RC4WD Revolution 1.9 Beadlock Wheels
RC4WD has a trick new set of aluminum wheels called Revolution. The Revolution wheels are 1.9 sized and have a unique design where you can personalize them with different colored trim rings. The trim rims are included and come in red, blue, black and white.

* Weight- 2.57oz
* 12mm hex
* Outer diameter- 1.9″
* Width- 1.02″

The part number is Z-W0168, a set of four has a street price of $139, and they are available right now. Hit up This link for complete information over on the RC4WD website.

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RC4WD Dick Cepek Fun Country 1.9” Scale Tires
The latest in scale authentic tires from RC4WD are Dick Cepek Fun Country 1.9s. These not only give you the ultra scale look that is so hot now days, but they also come in a super soft/sticky compound to give loads of traction while out on the trail.

* Fully licensed by Dick Cepek
* Outer diameter- 3.95″
* Width- 1.41″
* Fits 1.9″ wheels
* Weight- 1.9oz
* Comes in X2 SS compound

The part number is #Z-T0116, street price is $25 per pair, and you can get more information over on the official RC4WD Website.

Check out this TGIF Mystery Video to get your blood pumping for bashing this weekend.

RC4WD Gelande II Truck Kit w/Defender D90 Body

Happy Friday! I hope everyone out there is in as good a mood as I am. The weather is FINALLY turning around, my beloved St. Louis Blues just landed a star goalie (Ryan Miller), my favorite band just released an awesome new record (Drive-by Truckers), my favorite game has a sequel coming out in a couple days (Dark Souls) and I have an RC4WD Gelande 2 on the way! Yes, a great week indeed.

RC4WD announced the Gelande 2 (G2) last year and it’s been on my “to-do” list ever since. After recently finishing up a few different builds I’m finally ready to give this thing a whirl. I’d show some unboxing photos but the kit is still enroute to my LHS for pickup. Hopefully next week I can show it off. I already have 2 scale Jeeps in my fleet so I’m pretty pumped to add a “Landy” to the collection. I can’t wait to build it up and post my impressions and some video.

For you whippersnappers out there, the G2 kit is based on the legendary Land Rover Defender Ninety (D90). Just hearing “D90″ brings to mind images of a bright yellow truck tearing through the jungle or driving through a river with water up to the windshield (thanks to the Camel Trophy Series, more on this in a minute). Whereas the American born Jeep has always exuded more of a macho aura (open top, removable doors, big tires), the British Land Rover gives off a more a more refined aura (simple box design, very tall with lots of cargo space/extra seating). This used to be the case at least. Anyways, the kit looks trick what with a chassis mounted servo, front mounted motor that feeds into a transfer case, and that super detailed D90 hardbody.

RC4WD Gelande II Truck Kit

For many people in my age bracket (I turned 30 last week) the Land Rover is synonymous with the aforementioned Camel Trophy Series. The series ran annually throughout the 80′s and 90′s and was a wild cross country race pitting man and machine vs. the elements. The location changed every year (frozen wastes of Siberia to the jungles of the Amazon) but the one constant was the brand of vehicle: yup, the Land Rover. I used to catch clips of the race when watching old motorsports highlight shows and thought it was the coolest. If you want to waste some time on your Friday, check out this old series documentary on YouTube. They put these trucks through pure hell!

The Camel series was actually a very big inspiration for the r/c Axial RECON G6 Adventure Series. Next week look for my interview with series founder/director/scale freak Brian Parker as well as information on the upcoming April 12 St. Louis stop of the tour (of which Big Squid will have a big presence). Have a great weekend!

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