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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Invasion of the Jeep Trucks

If you’re sick of standard looking Jeep Wrangler r/c bodies then there is good news on the horizon. Jeep truck bodies are about to invade your LHS! Before getting to the totally new stuff, a longtime favorite is making a comeback – the Pro-Line Jeep Comanche. The Comanche has been out of print for awhile and it’s cool to see PL firing up [...]

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The RC4WD BEAST II 6×6….Continued

Wow it seems like it was winter when I started this project and now that it has some finality to it (I stress the word some), I almost feel like a huge burden has lifted.  These words I clack away at my keyboard are bitter sweet, truth be told I am gonna miss this huge PIMA and am definitely a [...]

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Event Coverage – Goat Hill Scale Adventure Challenge

Nestled in the hills of Northwestern Missouri in the outskirts of Independence lies one of the best kept secrets in the world of scale crawlers. Goat Hill R/C Off Road Park is a privately owned scalers playground on the back lot of a goat farm from which the park takes it’s name. Hidden from prying eyes due to dense foliage [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Getting the Kids Involved

I think the most overlooked positive aspect of scaling is how kid friendly it is. There always seems to be a youngster or two tagging along at nearly any trail run I attend, all with wildly varying ages. Heck, my 4 year old daughter loves it when Daddy takes her along to wheel a review rig. The cool looks of a modern scale [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Be Nice To Your Hotel Room

It’s summer time and that means vacation. It also means that scaling season is in full swing, what with big events happening all over the country. Heck, Axialfest is just a month away. It’s now common for hobbyists to travel with their scaler while on holiday. Being a landlocked midwesterner, I loved the chance to take my SCX10 to the Florida coast [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Heavy Metal

Aluminum parts can add durability and bling to your crawler but they can run up your parts bill fast. Nowadays you can build popular trucks like the Axial SCX10 entirely out of aluminum/steel should you so choose, so suffice it to say there are a lot of options out there. Today I’m going to discuss what I think you should be [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Ranger Always Wins Redux

I’m getting close to two years here at Big Squid, and in that time nothing I’ve written has drawn out the gaggle of responses like my column last week discussing the perils of staying in good standing with your local park. Thank you to those who sent in questions, comments, and stories detailing your experiences fighting the good fight. I apparently touched [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Ranger Always Wins

If you’re into scaling odds are you’ve spent time at the local park hitting up the trails. There is also a good chance that you’ve met the local park ranger. Ah yes, the Park Ranger – Judge, Jury, and Executioner. Much like your significant other, if they ain’t happy then no one is happy (on the trail, that is). See, at most [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Destroyer Cometh

Before I get down to business, let me take a minute to wish everyone a very happy Memorial weekend. Thank you to those who do, have, or will serve…and especially to those who gave all. Perhaps my favorite r/c announcement of 2015 thus far was made last week (full details here) – Pro-Line announced their new Destroyer monster truck tire. While [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Grinding on the Rocks

Happy Friday gang. This weekend I’ll be heading to my first crawling competition of 2015, put on by the folks at Mark Twain Hobby Center in St. Charles, MO as part of their annual “Demo Days” bash. I’ve been looking forward to this event for awhile and have spent some time this past week practicing on the course (it’s 5 [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Kit Manifesto

If you’ll indulge me for a moment, this week I’m going to stand on the top of Mount Pious and make a righteous decree to all below that kits really are the Greatest Thing®. As I write this I’m knee deep in a new Vaterra Ascender build (the pic above is my freshly painted body) and having a blast so [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – How a Top Truck Challenge Works

Ya know, as long as I’ve been doing this Friday scale thing I just realized I’ve somehow gone the whole time without discussing one of the most popular types of scale competition – the Top Truck Challenge (TTC). As far as competitions go, the TTC is my jam. I used to hold several of them a year and, as luck [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Quiet…Too Quiet

Back in 2013 and 2014 it seemed like there was some sort of major scaler product or news release every month. We are close to halfway through 2015 and, boy, it sure feels quiet by comparison. Over the last year and a half we’ve seen Axial release the new Yeti and Yeti XL platforms as well as updating the SCX10 and [...]

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Everybody's Scalin' - Fill My Eyes With That Crawler Vi…

You know how you know you are really into crawling? When you start to experience the phenomenon I like to call “Crawler Vision”, that’s how. Once you are afflicted by this condition, you know you are in deep. In my many travels talking to other hardcore types I can confirm it’s definitely a thing. So what is it? To understand [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Tips for Buying a Used Scaler

Due to the massive popularity of scale crawlers there is a thriving used marketplace. Thanks to this, many prospective scalers have taken the plunge by buying a pre-owned rig – heck, that’s how I got into it a few years ago. You can certainly find good deals but you also need to be wary of the jokers pawning off “rode [...]

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