EVERYBODY’S SCALIN’ – WHAT SIZE RIG DO YOU WEAR?
What’s going on Squid nation! I have been working on my scale off-road park that last few weeks trying to get it ready for Saturday’s summer opener. Made some new trails and rebuilt some old ones as well. But the new Axial Racing 1:24 Deadbolt got me thinking. Pros and cons of smaller scale and bigger scale rigs.
Now these little trucks are just that, little. That being said, they can be difficult to work on. Smaller scale means smaller parts and harder places to get your fingers in. The upside of 1:24 scale is your scale accessories and body options. You can make just about any 1:24 scale model body fit and it opens up your world to a line of manufactured bodies that you will probably never see in the 1:10 aftermarket. Same with the accessories, there are lot of scale garage supplies and figures. The price points of the smaller rigs are fairly cheap, ranging from 100 bucks to about 200. Even doing a 1:24 scale course wouldn’t take up too much room wherever you put it. You could easily turn your garden into some sweet scale trails without anyone even noticing.
The 1:10 scale is what we are all used to and mostly have. Finding parts and workability is fairly easy. Body options are getting better but you wouldn’t be able to find a hard body with a scale engine bay and full interior, like the 1:24, without spending a small fortune or hours of custom fabricating. The bigger scale also helps get over some tough terrain that the smaller scale physically just can’t do. The bigger the scale the better the detail. A 1:10 dash detail job is more manageable then a 1:24 that’s for sure. For some of us during colder months of the year the 1:10 rigs tend to sit unless you have or know of an indoor course. A 1:10 scale course is hard to hide in your basement or living room without someone noticing; trust me, I tried lol.
I have been hearing about 1:5 scale crawlers a lot the last few months. To be honest, I was 100% against the idea of having such a massive rig. Like where would I even be able to run it? And I am so invested in 1:10 scale right now and would have to start getting much larger accessories and things of that nature. From some of the pictures and articles I have read on the larger scale rigs I started to see why this may become a thing. Then, RedCat Racing sent us over a 1:5 Clawback… I can now say I am a fan of 1:5 scale.
While I am still testing it out for a review I can say it’s a lot of fun. The larger scale opens the door to a whole new world of trails. Spots you would look at with your 1:10 and say “there is no way it’s going to go though there” now becomes a new scale trail with the big rigs. I have a trail I hit across the street from my house and I have been going to the last 4 years. Not a bad spot for some scale trail running usually about a good 30 to 40 minutes then your done. When I took the Redcat Racing 1:5 Clawback it turned into a 2 hour jungle adventure. I was able to take the Clawback on so many new trails because of of its size. As for parts and aftermarket products there really isn’t a lot. But as time passes and the lager scale rigs start to take off, because they will, more options will be at our disposal.
Well that’s about it for me. I would like to take this time to thank all of you and the Big Squid RC staff. I have been doing The Everybody’s Scalin’ officially for one year now. I have made a lot of new friends and met some really awesome people. Hope to see some of you at Horizon Fest and make sure to come and say hi. Till next time, Keep Scalin!