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Monster Truck Madness – Much Needed Distraction

Hey folks, the column is going to be super short this week as I am dealing with a family situation. I haven’t missed a weekly MTM post since starting it a few years back though, so I’d rather make a short one versus not one at all! The picture above is what is currently awaiting me on my build bench. A [...]

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Cubby Traxxas X-Maxx Whoopsee

Monster Truck Madness - Goodbye to the Cub Report, Wild Spec…

Before gettin’ goin’ here, a hearty goodbye and thanks to Cubby who on Monday posted his last Cub Report (well, at least his last weekly edition of it!). I remember many moons ago that I started to regularly visit BSRC due to Cubby’s weekly column that was full of ranting, speculation and hobby news. It was during one of those posts [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Diff Thoughts

Hey folks, sorry for the late column this week. Been incredibly busy with house stuff/vacation! This week I want to briefly touch upon monster truck differentials. Way back when I started writing the weekly MTM here, one of my first was about locked vs. unlocked differentials in solid axle monsters. It was column #3 to be exact. For those not wanting to [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Old Skool Boss

Ya know, the craziest thing happened when I was going to modify my recently built Tamiya Clod Buster Black Edition into a long wheel base retro racer- I decided that I wanted to keep it at the stock wheelbase and slap on some dual tractor tires to go hard after some mid-80’s vibes. Our monster truck club was kicking off our [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – I Got the Blues

I got the blues. The JConcepts Renegade blues, that is. Or to be even more specific, blue compound JConcepts Renegades. Yes, after nearly a year of racing on cement due to not having a location suitable for racing monster trucks on dirt, my rigs are finally going to get to go to battle on the stuff monsters were meant to be [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Rotten Apple X

Boy howdy, it’s been a fun few weeks bashing my new Traxxas X-Maxx 8S. I probably should back up first, as I haven’t even made a post here that I had gotten one. I am usually better about posting an unboxing, plans, blah blah. In the case of the X-Maxx, ever since bashing one hardcore about a month ago, I knew I [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Tamiya Super Clod Buster Black Editi…

How is it that I’ve been writing for Big Squid for about 7 years now and not done any kind of review/impressions/discussion of a box stock Tamiya Clod Buster? Well friends, after building and bashing my new Tamiya Super Clod Buster Black Edition, that egregious oversight ends today. Here’s a mini-review- The Build  To complete the Super Clod Buster, you will need [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – What is a Retro?

What exactly is a “Retro Monster Truck”? That’s the question that’s become the topic du jour within the solid axle monster truck community as of late. For this week’s MTM I’m going to try to explain to the uninitiated as to why it’s a topic, and then, probably against my better judgement, give my .02 in response to the question. So, a [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Yearning for an Xmaxx

Hello monster truck fans! Big shout to all of our other Squid staff! It’s been tough to get outdoors and into bash spots/race tracks but everyone has been going like mad to continue to get good stuff on the site. Cubby is always plugged in to what’s going on with the hobby and continues to dish out his weekly Cub Report [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - 1/5 Scale Primal RC Raminator Impres…

It finally happened- I got in some trigger time with a 1/5 Scale Primal RC Raminator! We actually had not one, but two of them on hand over the weekend. My friends and I are working on building a new dedicated monster truck track to hold our monthly events, and for a build/play day our friend Daniel “Cheech” Agosh came down [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Backyard Arena

Awhile back when I said I’d be featuring a reader’s vehicle each week at the end of my column, I didn’t expect to get whole freakin’ arena to show off, but that’s what I have here! I scoped out David H.’s killer backyard track when he was posting about it on one of the solid axle monster truck groups that I [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Support Local Hobby Shops with an Au…

I had planned on providing an update this week on my new Tamiya Clod Buster, but instead I wanted to use this space to promote something cool that our friends over at Horizon Hobby and Axial are doing. It’s a tough time for everyone right now and as if local hobby shops needed any more stress than normal, this whole ordeal [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – A New Clod!

The best way to beat the quarantine blues? A new build! Not just any new build, but a Tamiya Clod Buster, my favorite r/c of all time. I’m not actually sure how many Clods I’ve built at this point, but I’ve done a good number of them. I’ve never really detailed a build throughout the process, though. Now’s the time. Clods are [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Movin’ Blues

Greetings and salutations! Over the weekend I completed the grueling task of totally cleaning out my basement in preparation for selling my house. That is quite boring in and of itself, but in going through all my old bins and boxes I found a treasure trove of old monster truck memorabilia. Just look at this box of magazines I found.Chomp. Vintage Playboys? [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Ultra Mod Class

Hey all, this week’s MTM is coming to you LIVE from my kitchen table, where I’ve been posted up for about oh, I dunno, 3 weeks now. Before I go on my normal solid axle tangent, first some love for a bashing monster. The crew over at ARRMA have put together a series on the design and development of the Kraton [...]

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