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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Axial Aluminum Aftermarket Axle Wars

If you’re a fan of scale solid axles then you have no doubt been paying attention to the insanity that is the current state of the Axial vehicle aftermarket. For the last few years, the gold standard for scaler axle upgrades was (is?) the Currie RockJock, produced by Vanquish Products (VP). VP is known for bulletproof design and impeccable machine work, [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Big Ol’ Tars

Before getting started this week, we want to wish Corey from RPP Hobby / Gear Head RC a very speedy recovery from a recent accident. He and his crew are an integral part of the global scaling community, whether it’s selling their latest trick wheel or dishing out advice to a clueless newbie scaler on an internet forum. From all of us here at BigSquidRC, [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Photography Tip

One of the unheralded contributors to the scale boom is the smart phone. The smart phone camera, to be more precise. Think about it. One of the first things a scale enthusiast does upon purchasing a new rig or completing a new project is whip out the phone, snap a pic, and post it on their favorite message board or Facebook group. It’s [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – I Suck At Comping and That’s OK

As I was grinding my freshly built Axial Dingo on the rock crawling course at my LHS last weekend, a sobering reality washed over me – I suck at comps. Even more startling was the realization that I really didn’t care. I’m a competitive guy by nature, so that sort of struck me. It wasn’t always this way. I used to [...]



Everybody's Scalin' - The Relationship Between 1:1 and R/C M…

Last weekend was a big one in the world of scale monster trucks as the 4 Link Nationals took place in Circleville, OH. Sporting a massive turnout of trucks, drivers, and manufacturer support (Axial, Pro-Line, Tamiya, Parma, Spektrum, RC4WD, Castle, and JConcepts), the solid axle monster truck scene is as healthy as it has ever been. But I’m not here to talk about the event as, [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – White Letters

If you’re looking for something that’s both cheap and easy to set your rig off from your buddies, let me suggest white lettering on your tires. When I finished building my new Axial Dingo I thought to myself, “Hmm, this is missing something”. After a trip to the craft store and about 15 minutes time actually performing the job, the above result [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Stoking the Fire

For the longest time now I’ve been planning on building a super scaled out, high performance 1.9 trail rig. It’s just that other responsibilities (aka different r/c’s) have always led to this project being stuck perpetually “on the drawing board”. No more! A massive amount of stuff has been ordered and as you can see in above pic, it’s time to [...]



Axial Wraith Spawn – Let the upgrades begin!

Hey Squidders, sorry I have been MIA for a couple of weeks, had some family issues that needed attending to. I’m back with some updates on the Wraith Spawn build thats been on my bench for a bit. When we left off I was getting ready to take it for it’s first spin and see how things play out. Which [...]



Axial SCX10 Mud Truck Conversion: Part Two

Before we get started, you can click here for Part One if you missed it. Building the trucks? Easy. Building the mud pit? PITA. This is the numero uno thing I’ve learned about racing r/c mudders. And of course the day we picked to build the track and run these vehicles just so happened to be 95 degrees with high humidity [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Prepping for the Mud

Happy Friday everyone. This column is going to be a bit short this week as I’m working on a myriad of things, most notably writing part two of this article detailing my Axial SCX10 mud truck and getting in some wheel time on various product reviews that I hope to post before long. So given that I’ve been in the mud [...]



Axial SCX10 Mud Truck Conversion: Part One

I’ve always been one to champion the Axial SCX10 for its versatility. The truck can be counted on to do a bunch of stuff with minimal work. For a personal example of this, I recently wrote a couple articles showcasing how easy it is to turn it into a pulling truck. With that in mind, a product recently hit the marketplace that [...]



Vanquish Products – Method Roost 1.9 beadlock

Vanquish Products put out a new wheel today for you 1.9 scalers. The Method Racing Roost is a fully licensed high performance beadlock wheel for your 1.9 scaler. It features precision machining with the Method logo milled into the surface of the wheel for maximum scale effect. At this time they are only available in black and clear coated aluminum [...]


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Everybody’s Scalin’ – So Much News

It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these posts discussing news as 2015 has been pretty slow on the “major scaling news” front. We’ve had lots of accessory announcements, but nothing huge. Heck, using last year at this time as an example, the hobby was caught up in Yeti-Mania. There really hasn’t been anything released in the segment this [...]



New scaler from MST – the CMX

Hot off the internets Max Speed Technology just announced this little gem. The CMX scaler. I’ve been waiting to see who would come along and crash the scaler party and it looks like MST is wading into those waters. Will MST be able to penetrate in such an Axial dominated segment? I think if anyone can pull it off it [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Flexing that SCX10

Last year I wrote a piece lampooning the seemingly instinctive need many scalers have, particularly noobs, for crazy amounts of suspension flex. I was then taken to task via e-mail (rightfully, I might add) for not really explaining what exactly the ideal amount is. Fret not, as this week I shall atone for this past grievence. While I’m focusing on [...]