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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Mt. Rushmore of Scalers

It’s one of my favorite Fridays of the year- the kickoff to Labor Day Weekend! That means fall is about to arrive, complete with football, apple cider, and habitable temperatures. So with that in mind, let’s do something a little different. I had a fun conversation with friends awhile back where we were discussing- “If there was a Mt. Rushmore of [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Tin Foil Hatting for 2016

Happy New Year! With the first day of 2016 upon us I figured I’d put on my tinfoil had and make a couple predictions for what we’ll see in the world of scaling over the next 365 days. Before looking ahead, last year I made several predictions for 2015- that a scale short course truck would come out (while technically a “Trophy Truck”, this was [...]

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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, [...]

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RC4WD 1/8 Warn Zeon 10 Winch & Wireless Winch Controller Rev…

When it comes to scale accessories, RC4WD is arguably the top name in the business. A few weeks ago we got our hands on their new 1/8 Warn Zeon 10 Winch and put it to work in a freshly built Axial SCX10 Dingo. For the longest time a winch has been more of a decorative piece of scale swag than something that was [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Hard Bodies vs. Lexan Shells

One of the most divisive subjects when it comes to scaling is what kind of body to use. No, I don’t mean Ford or Chevy, I mean fully interior’d, abs plastic or styrene hard bodies vs. standard lexan shells. Many of the truly hardcore types believe that a hard body is the only way to go for a “true” scaler. A [...]

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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’ – 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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SSD Rock Shield Narrow Rear Bumper for SCX10

Looks like SSD RC has another cool aluminum hop up for your Axial SCX10. Check out the Rock Shield Narrow Rear Bumper. It comes complete with everything you need to bolt it right up. It ads a pretty slick look to the vehicle for sure. Features: * CNC machined aluminum bumper * Scale lightweight one piece design * Annodized black * Direct fit onto [...]

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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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Axial SCX10 Pulling Truck Conversion: Part Two

Before we get started, you can click here for part one of this series if you missed it. The Central Illinois R/C Pulling Association (CIRCPA) holds their events in the town of Jerseyville, IL. It’s about 45 minutes north of St. Louis, MO. They have a very nice track setup under a pavilion so they can do business rain or shine. [...]

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