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Axial Recon G6 4

Everybody’s Scalin’ – Endurance Racing & Ford Bodies

As winter keeps on keepin’ on, it’s nice to look ahead to warmer weather, sunny skies, and the start of scaling season. While it’s true that technically there is no “off-season” for the avid trailsman, it sure is a lot more enjoyable when the temperature is bearable. One of the first big events of 2016 is also approaching – the [...]


HPI Venture 5

Everybody’s Scalin’ – Discussing the Venture FJ

Finally there is news on the HPI Venture FJ! Despite being announced last month, under the hood had been shrouded in mystery. Thanks to our story on Monday, it’s a mystery no longer. Apparently I was not the only one excited for the reveal as we broke single day traffic records here on BSRC. Yes, that’s right. The Venture now holds [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – I Want Your Body

Did you folks see the new RC4WD Chevy Blazer body that was announced last week? Yowza. For a company that is renowned for their ultra detailed products, they’ve truly outdone themselves. It’s a great segway into my topic this week – it’s fully detailed bodies or no body for me anymore. I know, I know, in the past I’ve championed Lexan bodies [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – The Bad Apple

Every club has them. You know. The guy that either is at best annoying yet tolerable; at worst can ruin your group completely. These people are a cancer. The r/c world has largely stereotyped this character as the long standing, insufferable racer. And while it’s true that I’ve dealt with many a racer like this, it’s more the case that ANY [...]


Axial RR10 Bomber

Axial RR10 Bomber Review

When the Axial RR10 Bomber was first announced, it was a bit of a surprise to many people. Of course we were more than eager to get our hands on their latest ride, and put it to the test. As you can see, during our testing we had all sorts of weather, so there were plenty of opportunities to push [...]


rcMart Xtra Speed 1.9 2.2 Beadlock Crawler Wheels

Xtra Speed Beadlock Crawler Wheels At rcMart

New over at rcMart are Xtra Speed 1.9″ & 2.2″ Beadlock Crawler Wheels. The Xtra Speed wheels were specifically designed for increased sidewall grip which can help your truck make it through those extra tough sections. Available in a variety of different designs, they come in red or blue and are priced between $17 and $26. Want more details? That’s [...]



Everybody's Scalin' - Merry Christmas and a Year's End Galle…

Merry Christmas everyone! I sincerely hope that there was a lot of r/c goodness under the tree this year. If there wasn’t, well, it probably wasn’t a manufacturer’s fault; there has been an insane amount of stuff released this last year. I’d have to say that 2015 was probably my favorite year of being involved in the hobby. Lots of trigger [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – The New Scaler from MST

The next big release in the scaling world is about to happen, this time from a very unlikely source – MST (Max Speed Technology). Launching next week, the MST CMX is the companies first foray into the genre and is being offered in several different kits with various body options. You can look at this article to see the array (hooray Unimog!). While they are new [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Word About Illegal Copycats

Hey folks, I’ve been a bit long winded the last few weeks so I’ll keep it relatively short today. A couple weeks back I wrote about how expensive doesn’t necessarily mean overpriced, and in that I very briefly touched on the subject of illegal knockoff trucks. Well, as (un)luck would have it, just this past week I saw a “new” scaler [...]



Everybody’s Scalin’ – Expensive Doesn’t Mean Overpriced

The topic of expensive vs. overpriced is one that I’ve been meaning to tackle for sometime, and with the holidays quickly approaching I figure now is as good a time as ever. Consider this a prelude to my “Stocking Stuffers For Your Scaler” piece that’s going to go live on Black Friday next week. Here at Big Squid we try our [...]



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’ – 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 [...]



HPI Racing Crawler King Unboxing

We got our hands on an HPI Racing Crawler King 1973 Ford Bronco Edition! Personally we were huge fans of the Wheelie King back in the day because it was just a fun little basher. Will the Crawler King be a fun crawler? While we aren’t expecting to win any comps, we are hoping it can take a decent bashing [...]


Gmade Komodo 2

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 [...]