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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Pro-Line is Killin’ It

It was a very big week for body announcements! Back in May I posted a personal “Top 5 Bodies Wishlist“, and Pro-Line has answered the bell for my #1 request, just in time for the holidays to boot. I may not be a Mopar guy, but damn if the Power Wagon isn’t the toughest looking truck of all time. Yes, even this [...]

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Review – HPI Venture Toyota FJ Cruiser

The HPI Venture Toyota FJ Cruiser is finally here. Was it worth the wait? Let’s cut to the chase and find out. From: HPI Racing Direct Link: HPI Venture Toyota FJ Cruiser Unboxing: BSRC Unboxes the Venture FJ Review By: Doug Welker Photography By: Doug Welker Specs: RTR or Kit: RTR 2wd or 4wd: 4wd Shaft or Belt: Shaft Electric or Gas: Electric Scale: 1/10th Length: 20.7″ (527mm) Width: 9″ (227mm) Height: 9.4″ (238mm) with roof rack, 8.5″ [...]

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Thunder Tiger Toyota Hilux 1/12 Pickup Truck Review

From: Thunder Tiger Direct Link: 1/12th Toyota Hilux Pickup RTR Review By: Doug Welker Photography By: Doug Welker Specs: RTR or Kit: RTR 2wd or 4wd: 4wd Shaft or Belt: Shaft Electric or Gas: Electric Scale: 1/12th Length: 372 mm Width: 177.8 mm Wheelbase: 225mm Weight: 2.4 lbs with included battery Motor: Brushed 380 Size Speed Controller: WP-1040 Low Voltage Cut-off: Yes Radio: 2.4 ghz TF-3 Differentials: Locked Shocks: Friction Servo Saver: Yes Screws: Metric/Hex Tires: Thunder Tiger Battery: 850mah Li-Ion 7.4V Part Number: T6603-F132-A1 Warranty: “Thunder Tiger Corporation guarantees this [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – 1.9″ Tire Size Reference

I think most would agree that owning a 1.9 rig is what gives you the true scaling experience. The “training wheel” guys may disagree (aka 2.2), but 1.9’s are definitely the most popular, if nothing else. Given that most of us don’t have access to truly mountainous and/or wild environments to play in right around our houses, it’s usually the best combination [...]

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Castle Mamba Micro X Crawler Edition

Castle Mamba Micro X Crawler Edition ESC & Combos

Listen up rock crawlers and scalers, Castle Creations is now promoting their Mamba Micro X Crawler Edition ESC and Brushless Combos. The Micro X Crawler Edition is easy to install with its small footprint. It also comes with 16 gauge wiring from the factory, as well as 4mm bullet connectors, thus making install a breeze. The Mamba Micro X CE is [...]

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Unboxing - HPI Racing Venture Toyota FJ Cruiser RTR 4WD Scal…

Well, lookie here now! The UPS man just dropped off a very important box- the long awaited HPI Racing Venture FJ Cruiser RTR 4WD Scale Crawler! For those that don’t follow scale crawling, this rig has been anticipated for a very long time. It’s also a significant release even if you have no interest in scaling as it’s one of the flagship [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – When Enough is Enough

A crawling group can be a fickle beast. Most of the time it’s a gathering of buddies swapping stories and parts. A great way to spend the afternoon outdoors. There are certain individuals that can make it difficult, though. I’ve been lucky in that my group, while being fairly large, has always been made up of great guys and girls. I’ve only [...]

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Pitbull Dirty Richard Foam Tire Inserts

New Dirty Richard Foam Inserts From Pit Bull Tires

Looking to gain an edge on your competition? If so, using the proper foam inserts in your scale rig or crawler can make a world of difference. To help you get maximum performance out of your tires, Pit Bull has announced Dirty Richard Single Stage Foams. These high performance inserts are available in firm, medium, or a soft density. Pit [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Portal to Another Dimension

Much ballyhoo has been made about the Traxxas TRX-4 using portal axles, but based on the e-mails we receive I understand that some of you don’t really understand what these are or why they are on the truck in the first place. Let’s talk about them. There are various versions of the portal, but at their heart they all work the [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – You May Be an OG Crawler/Scaler If?

Greetings all. Top o’ the weekend to you! As crawling/scaling has reached maturity, it’s always fun to think back and reminisce about what used to be. This week I thought I’d put together a funny list that many of you old timers can hopefully relate to. You may be an OG Scaler and/or crawler if: – You remember the X-Trail chassis. – You’re [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Explaining the BEC

A BEC is one of the most important upgrades you can make to your scaler, but it’s also one of the most confusing. While noobs are not surprisingly usually a bit in the dark on what one is, even long time hobbyists can sometimes be aloof. Let’s start with the “what”. A BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) is a device that allows [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – A Run Around the News

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a general “what’s new in scaling” type-post, and I figure we are overdue. First up is the Thunder Tiger Toyota Hilux. The other day TT posted a pretty sweet video of the truck in action. Gotta say, it looks pretty capable. We are hoping to get one of these for review soon, so you can [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – It’s Friggin’ Hot

I’m no sissy when it comes to scaling in the elements. I’ve done G6 competitions in the sweltering heat and long trail runs in zero degree weather with the snow falling. It’s all part of the game. Still, the heat wave that has engulfed the midwest for the last two weeks has me crying uncle. I had been laying low, but last [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Favorite Kind of Trail

R/C trailing can be a wildly different experience depending on what area you’re running in. There could be intense technical rock crawling or none whatsoever. Mud and trees or sun and sand. When exploring a new spot, this sort of mystery is part of the experience. It’s weird how my tastes have changed over the years. I used to be all [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Lipo Tips for the Trail

It’s been a long time since I’ve discussed batteries which, shame on me, are often the subject of e-mails that I receive from noobs. I’ve neglected the topic for far too long, so here we go. Here are a few tips on selection and safety, as it pertains to r/c trail trucks. Let’s do it scatter-shots style. Battery mAh and C rating – [...]

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