Everybody’s Scalin’ For the Weekend – New Year’s Resolutions
I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! I’m normally not one for New Year’s Resolutions, but since I’m feeling lethargic after eating the caloric intake of a bull moose and it makes for an easy topic…let’s talk resolutions! Scale crawling is always going to be my favorite r/c activity, but variety is the spice of life! Here are a few things I plan on doing this upcoming year (and covering them in this very column) in addition to standard scaling:
Build a Bash Truck – I’ll be the first to admit I’ve always been a guy who has built vehicles for specific purposes (i.e. racing, crawling, etc.) and haven’t been much of a basher. Yes, I know BSRC faithful, shame on me. The last bash truck I had was my Traxxas Summit (pictured below) but even that rig was much too heavy (and expensive) to go completely nuts with. I plan on building a monster truck that will be tough, way over powered, and (most importantly) won’t get me laughed out of a bash fest.
Learn to Drift – R/c drifting is a niche of scale r/c that I’ve always wanted to try, so I recently bought an HPI Sprint 2 Drift at the urging of some friends. I set it up with a locked rear and front one way differential and I’ve been having a freaking blast! I hope to spend a lot of time in 2014 getting sideways.
Lots of Tractor Pulling – After wishing it would take off forever, r/c truck & tractor pulling has finally exploded around my home region of eastern Missouri. I just finished my scale Ford 9600 pulling tractor and can’t wait to get it on the track. The tractor is a Sutton Motorsports Prostock Tractor chassis and the body is made out of balsa wood hardened with resin. I made a test pull with it during an event back in October, but that was before it was finished. It’s now completely ready to rock. I also have a new 2WD modified truck I’m trying to piece together as well. I hope to make many hooks this spring and summer.
Feel free to share your r/c related resolutions below and have a safe New Year!