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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Ranger Always Wins Redux

I’m getting close to two years here at Big Squid, and in that time nothing I’ve written has drawn out the gaggle of responses like my column last week discussing the perils of staying in good standing with your local park. Thank you to those who sent in questions, comments, and stories detailing your experiences fighting the good fight. I apparently touched [...]

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SSD Rock Shield Narrow Rear Bumper for SCX10

Looks like SSD RC has another cool aluminum hop up for your Axial SCX10. Check out the Rock Shield Narrow Rear Bumper. It comes complete with everything you need to bolt it right up. It ads a pretty slick look to the vehicle for sure. Features: * CNC machined aluminum bumper * Scale lightweight one piece design * Annodized black * Direct fit onto [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Tips for Buying a Used Scaler

Due to the massive popularity of scale crawlers there is a thriving used marketplace. Thanks to this, many prospective scalers have taken the plunge by buying a pre-owned rig – heck, that’s how I got into it a few years ago. You can certainly find good deals but you also need to be wary of the jokers pawning off “rode [...]

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Axial SCX10 Pulling Truck Conversion: Part Two

Before we get started, you can click here for part one of this series if you missed it. The Central Illinois R/C Pulling Association (CIRCPA) holds their events in the town of Jerseyville, IL. It’s about 45 minutes north of St. Louis, MO. They have a very nice track setup under a pavilion so they can do business rain or shine. [...]

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Axial SCX10 Pulling Truck Conversion: Part One

The Axial SCX10 is the most popular scale 4×4 crawler of all time. It’s the main reason the genre is so popular today. But did you know the versatile SCX10 is also partly responsible for the surge in r/c pulling? Due to the massive popularity and ease of modibility of trucks like the Axial SCX10, scale off-road clubs are starting to [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – Mud Tires & Closed Cell Foams

I’ve been meaning to talk about closed cell foams and this week I was sent a great letter that will let me touch on them – Hey guys, I jumped on to the scaling bandwagon with an Axial G6 kit – pretty stoked about it. Question is… over here it’s primarily forests and building sites I get to drive in and we get rain…Seattle amounts [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ – So Many Tires

So you wanna see a good sign that scaling is now totally mainstream? JConcepts, longtime uber hardcore racing company, announced not one but two scaling tire releases this week. And while I’m not big on the more “comp crawler” style of the Rupture tire, the scale appearing Scorpios is making some waves across scaler nation. They sport an aggressive tread/sidewall pattern that looks [...]

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Everybody's Scalin' For the Weekend - Axial RECON G6 Addit…

As the calendar creeps forward to spring, the folks behind the Axial RECON G6 scale adventure series are prepping for what they hope will be another banner year. If you aren’t familiar with what exactly a RECON G6 is, check out an interview I did last spring with head honcho Brian Parker. Axial also has a nice write-up on their [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ For the Weekend – Running in the Snow

Winter is a brutal time to be into this segment of the hobby. Outside of a few very rare exceptions, there is no “winter indoor season” for scaling. If you don’t plan on letting your rig set for 3-4 months then you need to buck up and get out in the cold. With the cold comes snow. One of the [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ For the Weekend – Best Shots of 2014

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas! It’s been pretty slow around these parts due to the holidays (I’m also at the mercy of the USPS waiting on parts for 3 different trucks) so to bide some time here is a big gallery showcasing some of my favorite shots from 2014. I had a very busy year taking parts [...]

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Axial Yeti with Pro-Line Volkswagen Bug Body

Everybody’s Scalin’ For the Weekend – A Look Back at 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, I think it’s time for a bit of reflection. This was the year when the budding scale movement of 2012 and 2013 officially turned into a raging fire across all of r/c land. It’s not just scale crawlers either. Many bashing vehicles have now fallen in line with the trend and at the very [...]

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Everybooooo's Spookin' For the Weekend - Things That Crawl I…

Happy Halloween to you and yours! This week we are looking at things that go bump in the night! Running your scaler at night is extremely fun and if you’ve never tried it you really should. It’s becoming more and more popular for clubs to take to the trails after the sun has gone down. The difficulty factor is upped considerably [...]

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Everybody's Scalin' For the Weekend - Vaterra Ascender First…

While the gang was at iHobby last weekend, I was busy getting in wheel time with arguably the biggest “traditional” scaling platform release this year; the Vaterra Ascender. Big thanks to my trailing buddy Matt Worthington for letting me have at his new truck for an afternoon of trailing and neighborhood crawling. Given that this isn’t my own truck and [...]

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Everybody's Scalin' For the Weekend - Scale is Hot...But For…

As the gang is busy in Chicago breaking exclusives, I’m stuck back here in STL holding down the fort. Don’t worry about me though, it’s nice coming in at 10 and leaving by 2 getting a quick breather before a torrent of news hits. And since we are in the calm before the storm, this gives me a few minutes [...]

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Everybody’s Scalin’ For the Weekend – Hot Doggin’

Axial shared the above photo the other day on their official facebook page and it has since spread like wildfire across the interwebs. While I wouldn’t just normally shamelessly lift something from there, this is something you all should see. Apparently the owner of a paralyzed dachshund took matters into his own hands to outfit his little buddy with a [...]

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