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Monster Truck Madness – The Boss Lives!

The BigSquidRC Boss is alive! At the end of 2018 I posted that I was preparing to build a monster truck with Axial guts on the new ACRC Havoc chassis. Well, I’m happy to share today that not only is the truck finished, but it’s seen competition! Here’s a rundown on what I used. – ACRC Havoc Chassis w/ Sway Bar Kit (combination [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Taking an AXE to a couple letters

Greetings gang, I hope 2019 is treating you well. For me, so far so good. I’m actually writing this week’s blog from a hotel room as I’ve been doing a bit of traveling, but that hasn’t stopped me from doing some monster truck racing! More on that next week, though. I’ve got a couple e-mails to tackle, but before I do [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Homemade Grave Digger Freestyle

Hey guys, another week, another Monster Truck Madness! This week I’ve got something a bit different than the norm, as I wanted to share a special build that reader Stephane Z., aka Werner Sline, sent me. His Grave Digger is a really nice custom-machined piece that is built like a tank. The details from him: – Homemade arc-welded steel axles + link [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – I Got It Covered

Greetings all, welcome to another edition of Monster Truck Madness. I’ll be racing for the first time in 2019 next weekend, and the track will be on hard cement. My Blue Bomber truck has been rocking a set of blue compound super soft JConcepts Renegades, which are good for dirt but not so hot for the hard shop floor that the [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – She’s Coming Along

This week I wanted to give you a couple project updates, and I’ll start with the BigSquidRC Boss. As you can see from the pic above, it’s getting close! I haven’t had a chance to glue the new JConcepts JCT tires or paint the planetary caps, but I’ll be doing that this evening. Other than that, I’m just waiting on the [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – 3 Predictions for 2019

Happy New Year to all! As we head into the new year, I want to start it off by making three predictions that I believe will come to fruition by the time 2019 fades. Of course, these are all monster truck related. Let’s get to it. #3 – 1/10 4×4 Truggies are going to get really popular. Ok, so this one isn’t [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Merry Christmas, now let's build a B…

Welcome to a special holiday edition of Monster Truck Madness. Merry Christmas to you and your family! First off, a big congrats to all of our winners in the Arrma Granite giveaway! Especially the grand prize winner and new owner of the Granite, Eimhin from Charleston/SC! Let met tell ya something, you are are gonna freakin’ love your prize. The truck is an [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Sassy Looking Chassis

When many of us build new monster trucks, it’s only natural to focus the cosmetic attention of the build towards the body. The body gives a monster its identity, after all. That’s whether it’s a giant snake, a super-hero or just a simple Chevy pick-up. Not enough attention gets paid to how the chassis looks. And by chassis, I’m also extending [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Ditchin’ the Foams

Greetings everyone and welcome to another edition of Monster Truck Madness! The great looking retro truck that’s being shown off here was built by my friend Lonny Childress. When talking about the build with him, the subject of foams came up. Specifically, the lack of them. The conversation reminded me that it was something I wanted to touch on here! If you [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – The War Between Wheels and Axles

Hey all, it’s already December and the year is almost over. Time flies, doesn’t it? I had planned on chatting about something else this week, but I feel I need to follow up on last week’s MTM post in which I answered a reader e-mail who was asking me if I knew a way for him to stop blowing out wheels [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – SMT10 Parts Eater

As I fired up the laptop to write this week’s MTM post, this e-mail popped up in my inbox. Great timing!Hello Doug,  I have a family of SMT10’s currently and would like some input/direction. My personal smt10 has most of the usual upgrades, gears, metal axle housings, metal links, etc… What I am struggling with at this moment in time, is [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – What Makes a Monster Truck?

Greetings all, I hope many of you out there are nearing the end of a short work week as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US. I know that I’m looking forward to a long weekend of turkey and being able to tear down my fleet of trucks and give them the once over after a long Summer [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Turn Back the Clock Tuesday

This past weekend I was rummaging around in my basement, checking out some old boxes of Hot Wheels that I snagged from my parents house (yes, I used to collect HW Treasure Hunt cars) when I came across an old Pro-Line Racing flyer-catalog from 2002. This was like being stuck with a nostalgia-filled syringe. It immediately brought me back to high school [...]

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Monster Truck Madness - Granite 3S BLX 4x4 Post-Review Disc…

With our review of the ARRMA Granite 3S BLX 4×4 1/10 RTR now behind us, I wanted to take part in a little post-review discussion as well as go over my immediate plans for the truck. Oh, and if you haven’t read the review that I wrote, you can find it right here. I’ve been helping with vehicle reviews around here [...]

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Monster Truck Madness – Remembering “The Claw”

The 80s and early 90s were a magical time for young monster truckers like myself.  In addition to various TV programs and cartoons featuring the rigs, there were some truly awesome toys made available in this era, be it die-cast, battery operated or remote controlled. Being a kid that was absolutely obsessed with monster trucks, I pretty much got my [...]

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