Slow traffic in the passing lane, conversation crashers, Kevin Hetmanski burning a rare Bruiser, bad parking, referring to pets as children, loud cell phone talkers, empty food containers in the fridge, etc, etc. Pet peeves are a popular topic of discussion, and like you, I have my fair share of things that tweak me. One of my top (maybe even my #1) RC pet peeves involves one of my favorite segments in the hobby–scale rock crawlers. I enjoy scale rock crawlers for the same reason everyone else does–scale appeal. Scale appeal is a good thing, but many of these homespun masterpieces often serve as proof that you can indeed have too much of a good thing. I’m specifically speaking of scale accessories. Here’s the deal: if you’re building a scale crawler for use in comps, be a minimalist. Skip the kayak, the propane tank, ladder, sleeping bag and all the other things you’d never see attached to a full-size competition crawler. Now, if you’re building a rig to use on trail runs, you can take a little more artistic license–but not too much more. Be reasonable. Less is more. A good number of the scale trucks I see look more like they’re being used to help a friend move than for hardcore off-road action. The bottom line, however, is that everyone is free to build the truck they want. I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade (I know I just inspired you to search for a scale umbrella), but I do have a couple rules suggestions for the scale competition side of things. First, I suggest a “yard sale” penalty. If you insist on having 20 or so miscellaneous items stuck in the bed of your truck, I suggest a serious penalty be issued when more than half of them litter the course on the first rollover. Next, set the maximum amount of points awarded for scale accessories low and don’t award points for items like potted plants. Yes, I have seen scale rules that award points for potted plants.
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