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Crazy how fast this year has gone, as we are on the precipice of my favorite week. Thanksgiving week, that is. I’m a big fan for one simple reason, as I’m sure many of you are – it’s typically the shortest work week of the year! Around 4 years ago I started a tradition of doing a “holiday build” during the [...]
Hey all, Doug here. The Traxxas TRX-4 Tactical Unit has just landed upon our doorstep, and before it’s given the requisite BSRC flogging, we thought you’d like to see what it looks like when you crack open the box. Upon opening the cardboard, one is greeted to a very tough, militaristic looking vehicle. Our full review is several weeks away, but until [...]
It’s a super exciting time for scaling. Axial just announced an updated version of the SCX10.2. Vaterra just announced a sweet Ford truggy version of the Ascender. The RC4WD Marlin is hitting stores. We just completed our 1.9 Scaler Shoot-out. There’s a lot going on, folks. Before getting into the topic at hand, I just wanted to mention that I will [...]
Traxxas made a big splash this week with several big announcements pertaining to the TRX-4 platform. The first, and most “visual”, of the announcements was that a Bronco shell will be available. No word on the wheelbase of the body, but it will most likely be the same as the Defender, right under 13″. It’ll come in red and sunset. Hopefully [...]
This week I wanted to share a winter project with you. Yeah, I know it’s not technically winter, but still. Close enough. My group of friends has long been wanting to add a “tuff truck” class to our monster truck racing club. For those unfamiliar with what that is, it’s a form of full size off-road racing that’s popular on the [...]
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″ [...]
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 [...]
Yeah, so this is a post that’s been waaaaaay overdue. Last year I wrote about how I had scored a classic Hobbico MaxTrax Eliminator Pulling Sled, with the plans to cover my restoration of it. Well, as it always does for projects, time got away from me. Fear not though, for the sled came out great! I had to strip every single [...]
Whenever I’m waxing poetic about something, it’s typically solid-axle monster related. Since Pro-Line up and released the new PRO-MT 4×4, I figure we should shift attention to indy-suspension bash trucks for a week. There are so many kick-ass bashing monsters nowadays that it’s hard to keep track of what’s what, and that’s across a variety of scales as well. With a myriad [...]
Apologies for missing a few usual posts the last couple weeks, but it’s been crazy around here. It’ll be 4 years helping out the Big Squid crew later this month for me, and with no hyperbole I can say the last couple weeks have been the busiest. We have a ton of scaler content about ready to drop over the next month, [...]
The Thunder Tiger 1/12 Toyota Hilux RTR has just been released to the public at large, and we’ve scored one to wheel hard for a review. While we are still a few weeks away from rendering a final verdict, here’s a brief unboxing video to show what you’ll find when opening up the little ‘Yota.
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 [...]
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 [...]
My good buddy Travis Sutton is always building really cool project trucks. You may remember his BIGFOOT Ranger that I posted recently. He’s been at it again! He recently built a Stage 2.5 (more on this in a minute) leaf spring equipped monster truck chassis for another friend of mine, Colby Marshall. Quick plug to Colby- if you enjoy watching TheMonsterBlog [...]
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 [...]