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Tamiya Rock Socker
The crew over at Tamiya have a new vehicle for the crawling crowd called the Rock Socker. The Rock Socker is a kit that uses a modified Stadium Blitzer body mounted on a Tamiya CR-01 chassis. With 4wd, 4-link suspension, and solid axles, it should be able to crawl over some gnarly terrain.

The Rock Socker has a part number of #58592, a retail price of $530, and you can Click Here to check out its page over on the Tamiya website.

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Axial Jeep C/R Edition SCX10
The folks over at Axial are on top of the crawling world now days. They got there by putting out capable, and great looking, trucks. Their latest truck is a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition. This SCX10 based truck is loaded with trick scale goodies like BFG tires, Rigid Industries light bars, Casey Currie’s CRC wheels, and multiple Poison Spyder licensed parts. The C/R edition looks trick right out of the box, and should be a solid performer out on the trail.

The part number for the C/R edition is #AX90035, it has a street price of $419, and they should start hitting hobby shops in late April. To get complete information simply hit up This Link.

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Rogue Element Lug Nuts
After 8 years of limited release, Rogue Element Components is gearing up for a final production run of Scale Alloy Lug Nuts. These ultra scale detailed lug nuts are what put REC on the map, if you want to get your hands on some, now is the time to get your order in.

There are 2 different styles to choose from, 8-bolt and Warn Lockers, and they are priced at $29 a set. The lug nuts are 3/8″ in diameter and use a Nylock nut that is threaded for M4x.7 Tamiya & Axial axles. A special wrench is included to make it easy to get them on and off.

To get your set pre-ordered you can hit up the Official Rogue Element website.

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Integy Trail Roller 6X6 AWS ARTR
More and more people are getting into the 6×6 scene. A 6×6 makes it easier to climb tough obstacles, plus, they just look gnarly. Integy has announced a Limited Edition Trail Roller 6×6 ARTR. The Trail Roller has six wheel drive, all wheel steer, and roughly 95% of the parts are made from aluminum or steel. The 6×6 Trail Roller comes pre-built, making it quicker to get out on the trail. Some of its other features include-

* 415mm wheelbase
* Metal gear transmission
* Slipper clutch
* Heavy duty alloy driveshafts
* Alloy front & rear axles
* Equipped with winch on front bumper

The part number for the big Integy is #C25311BLACKSILVERT2, it has a street price of $679, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link to get more information over on the Integy website.

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RC4WD Mickey Thompson 2.2 Baja Claw TTC Radial Scale Tires
New from RC4WD are officially licensed 2.2″ Mickey Thompson Baja Claw TTC tires for that scaler or crawler of yours. Not only do they look like the real deal, but they are made from super soft rubber to give loads of traction.

* Inner Ribbing for greater sidewall support
* Weight- 5.04oz each
* Inner diameter- 2.2″
* Outer diameter- 5.84″
* X2 SS Compound, super soft & sticky

The part number is #Z-T0112, the street price is $29 a pair, and they are available right now. For more information simply click This Link.

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teaser vaterra rock crawler
Vaterra has swept the rc world with its scale looking, solid performing vehicles. Now they are teasing their next release. Is it a comp crawler? A scaler? A mini crawler? What do you guys think?

The full announcement is coming soon, until then you can hit This Link to visit the Vaterra website, or Click Here for more Vaterra news on BigSquidRC.

RC4WD Gelande II Truck Kit w/Defender D90 Body

RC4WD is known for their high quality scale products. Their latest offering is the Gelande II Kit w/Defender Body. The Gelande II is a nicely scaled 4wd off-road kit that should really turn some heads on your next scale adventure.

The RC4WD G2 comes with their new R3 single speed tranny mated to new Yota II axles. The servo is mounted out of view for a better scale appearance. A 4 link rear and 3 link front with panhard bar come standard for the suspension.

Some of the other features include-

* 1.9 stamped steel wheels
* Oil filled shocks
* Fuel cell receiver box
* Ultra scale looks
* Cast axles
* Locked diffs
* Realistic 4×4 transfer case

The part number for the Gelande II is #Z-K0001, the street price is $399, and it should start shipping in mid-August. For more information check out THIS PAGE over on the RC4WD website.

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Axial Recon G6 Tour St Louis MOIt has just been announced that the Recon G6 tour will make its way through St Louis Missouri on July 20-21. Drivers from several states will converge on Bloomsdale Missouri (about an hour South of St Louis) to take part in the various classes and stages of what makes up a Recon G6 event.

For those of you that may not have heard of one before, a Recon G6 event is about drivers testing their skills while driving very scale realistic Axial crawling machines over various terrain. Rocks, logs, mud, and water typically make up a Recon G6 course. Recon G6 events are also famous for their HOG rule, a concept to keep things as scale realistic as possible.

Getting more information on the St Louis round of the Recon G6 touring is easy, click HERE for their official Facebook page, or HERE for the Show-Me Scalers website.

Want to learn more about scale realism? If so, check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XL 1.9" G8 Rock Terrain Truck Tires
It’s rare to have a product that is not only extremely scale looking but also enhances performance. The new Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XL 1.9 Tires from Pro-Line look to have hit that nail on the head.

Officially licensed and built from the original design data from Interco, these new tires from Pro-Line just might be the most accurate reproduction of a full size tire ever made.

Pro-Line knows that looks mean nothing if there isn’t class leading performance to back it up. Pro-Line made the new Interco’s XL in size, nearly a half inch taller than the originals and almost a quarter inch wider. Using bigger tires in the scaler/crawling game can make the difference between rolling through a section or being stuck there forever. Throw in Pro-Line’s sticky G8 compound and memory foam and these tires should perform just as good as they look.

The part number for the Pro-Line Interco TSL Super Swamper XL’s is #1197-14 and you can expect a street price of $26 per pair.

Want to get even more details? Simply click on THIS LINK that will take you over to Pro-Line’s website.

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rc_drift_challenge HotSlots Bash Fest 2013 Urbana IL

Just a quick reminder that there are a few RC events going on this weekend that you will be able to run into some of the Big Squid RC crew at!

This Saturday June 15th in Champaign Illinois is the Hot Slots Bash! For complete information, just Click Here, or you can call 217-607-1837.

And on Sunday June 16th is the second round of the RC Drift Challenge at Hobby Town USA in Orland Park. You can Click Here for more info on that one.

And finally, Adam the Intern will be at The Clifs Off Road Park in Marseiles IL. for a 2 day scale/crawl event. That one is a little harder to get info on, but the closed FB group can be found Here.

If you see one of the Big Squid RC crew at one of the events, make sure to say hello!

What RC’ing are you doing this weekend? Let us know in the comments! tough truck mud bog
Driving scale trucks is huge right now so Cubby and I decided to hit the Show Me Scalers Top Truck Challenge. The event was put on by the crew and consisted of three events – rock course, mud bog, and truck pull. The pulling event ended up getting cancelled, but for a good reason, the turnout was so big that they simply ran out of time.

Adam “The Uber Intern” had built a killer STRC equipped Axial Wraith for Cubby to drive and I drove our BSRC review Vaterra Twin Hammers. Both are tough scale machines that worked well for us all day long.

The event was held in Wentzville Missouri, a town on the north-western edge of the St Louis metro area. Competitors were divided into three different classes based on the truck they were driving. The three classes were 1.9, 2.2 and the crazy “unlimited” class.

The 2.2 trucks kicked things off, first competing on the rock course, then going over to the mud bog. The smaller 1.9 trucks got their turn next, and the “Unlimited” class trucks went last. The rock course was quite challenging and the mud bog was just plain fun. I had never competed in a “scale” event before, luckily the Show Me Scalers event was a blast and I look forward to hitting another one soon.

Event results-

1.9 Rock Course

1st – Aaron (Honcho SCX10) – 4:18
2nd – Doug W (SCX10 – 4:45
3rd – Jeff B (SCX10) – 4:56
4th – Brian (SCX10) – 5:06
5th – Bob (SCX10) – 5:34

2.2 Rock Course

1st – Jeff B (Wraith) – 1:48
2nd – John D (AX10) – 1:51
3rd – Chris B (Ax10/X-Trail) – 1:54
4th – Teddy (Wraith) – 2:17
5th – Danny (Wraith) – 2:24

Unlimited Rock Course

1st – Ken (6×6 SCX10) – 1:18
2nd – Curtis (6×6 SCX10) – 1:55
3rd – Chris B. (Summit) – 2:43
4th – Chad (Mad Torque) – 3:44

1.9 Mud Pit

1st – Doug (Rusty Jeep Comanche SCX10) – 5.9 seconds
2nd – Bob O. (SCX10) – 6.4
3rd – Tim (Twin Hammers) – 7.3
4th – Bob O. (Hi-Lift) – 8.0
5th – Doug (SCX10) – 8.1

2.2 Mud Pit

1st – Todd (Wraith) – 4.5 seconds
2nd – Danny (Wraith) – 5.3
3rd (Tie) – Brian (Energy) – 5.7
Brian (Wraith)
5th (Tie) – Jeff (Wraith) – 6.3
Ken (Wraith)

Unlimited Mud Pit

1st – Chris B. (Summit) 3.2 seconds
2nd – Ken (6×6 SCX10) – DNF

For more information on scale trucks and the lifestyle, hit THIS LINK to visit the Show Me Scalers website. Looking for even more information on scale realism? Try THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Click below on the “Read More” button to see 8 more galleries full of the rock crawling and mud bog action from the event.


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Over the weekend we went out to Dollingers Pumpkin Farm in Minooka Illinois for the Tough Truck Challenge scale crawl event! There were a ton of people who showed up and competed and it was a great day of non stop crawling. There were three main courses that all had a different difficulty level to them. Each course started with a very steep decent followed by either mud or a hill climb. There were all sorts of trucks that entered because everyone was welcome and no one was left out. There were over 40 1.9 scale rigs and over 30 2.2s. Which made each course go by rather slow but it was never boring and everyone who entered was given pizza and pop during the second trail! The guys from NWI TTC really had their stuff together for this comp and it went very smooth, there weren’t any mix ups and the judges were very helpful on making sure you knew where to drive. I competed with a couple of my scale rigs and ended up taking second place with my custom Axial wraith.

Hit Read More for a TON more pictures!

Vaterra RC Twin Hammer Rock Racer
One of the most intriguing new products from Vaterra is their new 10th scale rock racer called the Twin Hammers RTR. The Twin Hammers doesn’t look like a crawler with tall gearing, it looks like a cross between a crawler and a full speed scale off-road buggy. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Everything you need is included in the box
* Shift-on-the-fly, two speed transmission
* Independent cantilever front suspension
* Brushless-ready drivetrain
* Waterproof electronics (see manual for more details)
* Spektrum™ DX3E 2.4GHz 3-channel radio system
* Scale lights, cockpit and body panels
* Dynamite® brushed Tazer™ 540 12-turn system with programmable modes included
* 12mm wheel hexes
* Dynamite 2S 7.4V 2000mAh Li-Po battery
* Dual-position battery tray for use with the optional Dynamite battery
* Beadlock wheels with Race Claw 1.9 scale tires
* Molded chassis and multi-piece roll cage
* 4-link suspension
* Adjustable, oil-filled, aluminum, coil-over shocks
* Comes with 1.8 amp Lipo wall charger
* Diffs- Front Gear Diff, Rear Locker
* Final drive ratio- Low: 32:1 High 18:1
* Interal gear ratio- Low: 4.05:1 High: 2.27:1
* 48 pitch gears
* Front and rear track- 9.75 in (247.7mm)
* Ground clearance- 0.91 in (23mm)
* Height- 6.125 in (155.6mm)
* Length- 18 in (457.2mm)
* Tire diameter- 4.1 in (104.14mm)
* Wheel diameter- 2.25″ overall, 1.9″ bead surface
* Wheel width- 0.75 in (19.05mm)
* Weight- 2.12 lbs (0.96Kg)
* Wheelbase- 11.6 in (294.6mm)
* Width- 5.9 in (149.9mm)

Street price for the Twin Hammers is $399, and right now we are told the release date may be as late as July/August. Until then, hit up the Vaterra RC Website for more information.

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