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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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Everybody’s Scalin’ – I Pity the Fool

April 1st was a couple days ago but nonetheless, I still want to talk about something that looks foolish. It is without a doubt my #1 scaler pet peeve. It’s something we always laugh about when talking shop on the trail (you should hear our drift guy Evol rant about this!) – ugly tires. Nothing absolutely kills the look of your [...]

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Vanquish Products XR Width axle tubes for the Axial SCX…

When Vanquish Products released the licensed Currie Rockjock for the Axial SCX10 the promised the axle system would be totally modular allowing their customers to build the axle to suit their needs. It took a little while but the wider XR width axle tubes for the Currie RockJock have finally hit the market. The whole XR name came from the [...]

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Drift Demo! – Scale Drift Track build Part 3

What’s up drifters? Evol here with another installment on my Scale Drift Track build. My drift club recently got asked to do a demo at a local shopping mall so my time table on putting together a lot of these goodies to create a scale drift course ended up getting very compressed. I had just enough time to get some [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Do It With Class

With warm weather right around the corner, a lot of the chatter I see on various message boards are people trying to decide what scaler they want to campaign for the 2015 season. Just this morning a buddy of mine shot me a message asking if I knew anyone selling a particular truck so they could do a “Class 1 build” [...]

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Yeti XL axle housings from Vanquish Products

Well the new is barely worn off of our review unit Yeti XL so we knew the aftermarket would not be far behind. Popular Axial upgrade artists Vanquish Products have been hard at work developing their new aluminum scale axle housing for the XL. These should be a nice bump in durability for the beast of a machine. Features: -Aluminum bearing retainer [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Mud Tires & Closed Cell Foams

I’ve been meaning to talk about closed cell foams and this week I was sent a great letter that will let me touch on them – Hey guys, I jumped on to the scaling bandwagon with an Axial G6 kit – pretty stoked about it. Question is… over here it’s primarily forests and building sites I get to drive in and we get rain…Seattle amounts [...]

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New MST prototype wheels

Sup drifters, Evol here with a quick weekend update. I’m busy running a demo for our drift club this weekend but these were too hot not to post. MST teased these tasty little morsels recently. They are so new I don’t even know what they are called yet, but man do they look good. They remind me of some vintage BBS [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Can You Have Too Many?

I’ve written before about how the best parts of trail runs are typically the social aspect. It’s always more fun to run with buddies than to go solo. Can you have too many, though? When I got heavy into scaling a few years ago I made it a goal of my fledgling club to have gigantic trail runs and scale competitions. Hey, [...]

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ABC Hobby – Scale drift bodies

Hey RC drift addicts, Evol here again to point out some massively cool drift bodies available for your scale drift project. ABC hobby has been in business as an RC manufacturer since 1968 in Osaka Japan. They started out making car and boat kits, but eventually moved into making a complete line up of RC accessories. However more recently they are [...]

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