Everybody’s Scalin’ Mud Bog!
I think it’s safe to say that all of us have that little kid inside of us. Being dialed into your inner child and this hobby go hand-in-hand; playing in the mud is no different. Yes, it is extremely messy, but the joy you get out of it is well worth it. If you have never been to a Mud Bog, or entered one, I definitely suggest you put one on your 2018 RC summer list.
Construction of a mud bog pit is probably the easiest course you can build. You can use a couple of shovels, dig some holes and simply add water. If you have the room and the equipment you can kind of go crazy with it. If you haven’t noticed by now I tend to go big with any of the events I do. I like to use a garden tiller, that way it’s not so backbreaking when digging the holes. You can get away with just digging a hole and adding water but you want to add some hidden challenges as well. I like digging one side of the mud trench a little deeper than the other. This way it puts the rigs on an angle and makes it a little bit more challenging to get out of the mud hole.
You can control the thickness of the mud by either adding more dirt into the water and mixing it in to get a thick sticky mud or more water for more of a soupy water. If you don’t have a lot of water to your disposal, line in the bottom of the mud pits with the trash bag or a tarp and it will stop the water from absorbing into the soil so fast. If you really want to turn up your volume to 11, take some nice scale logs and throw them into the mud pit; this way they float on top of the water. Not only do you have to try to make it through this mud hole but now you’ve got floating logs you have to navigate.
After any good run through some mud your rigs are going to be caked in brown gold. I find it best to clean your rig immediately after running it through the mud. This way it comes clean a whole lot faster than waiting a week or two after you’ve got a big hard mud ball with tires. Luckily, most crawlers or trail trucks are waterproof so you can just grab the hose and give them a tiny scale car wash. Now, if your rig isn’t waterproof and you ran it through a mud bog chances are you have bigger problems than cleaning the mud off. When you have the vehicle hosed down and clean from all the mud take some WD-40 and spray all your nuts and bolts so nothing rusts up on you. If you want to really dig into it, take the axles apart and clean all the bearings. If there is any sort of sand in the mud you definitely want to clean the bearings on your rig. Sand is very good at sneaking its way in all the little nooks and crannies of your rig
As for the motor, I use an electric motor cleaning spray. Prop your rig up on a stand and hit the throttle while you spray the cleaner into the vent holes of the motor, this way with the motor in motion, it will clean everything out. If you have a brushless motor then this part won’t apply To you. Get out and get them shelf queens dirty! Till next time, have a great weekend and it’s ok to play dirty!
On a side note keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming review of the new Axial Racing SCX10 II 1969 Chevrolet Blazer!