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What's new: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

T-Bone Racing Bumper Losi 22-4
Want more protection for the front end of your Losi 22-4 buggy? If so the folks over at T-Bone Racing can hook you up. They have a nifty Skid Plate/Front Bumper made to take the worst you can throw at it. The TBR bumper is made from tough nylon, comes with their lifetime warranty, and is sure to save front end parts on your 22-4.

The part number for the bumper is #37042, it is priced at $15, and they are available right now. For full details check out This Link over on the official TBR website.

Click right HERE to read more T-Bone news on BigSquidRC.

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Remember that insane contest we did, where we gave away a new Losi 5IVE-T, and we had the most entries ever! Well we got pictures recently of the winner, and he looks pretty happy about being the new owner of the March Bashness Champion!

Congrats again! Send us some pictures after your first few bash sessions, so we can see if it’s still in once piece!

Again, thanks to Horizon Hobby and Losi for making this all possible.

200QX Flight CheckHere at BigSquidRC we love to run our RCs hard and with that we are always prepared to buy parts when you can’t help but say, ‘Did I do that?’ Multirotors are no exception, and with this ‘Cubby’ style rant I will tell a tale of how I have already needed to mothball one of my aircraft for the rest of the season.

After watching me fly, my buddy picked up one of the newer multirotors from a big company, and was having a blast. A few days ago, he cracked the body on it after a failed flip attempt. Like a good friend (and customer), I got a quick text and I immediately went to order his part. Turns out that the big company is already out of parts for their new product: no props, no body, no screws, no motors. The worst part? The parts will be unavailable until around September 20th! I hate to sound cruel, but you’ve GOT to be kidding me. Especially with a new product, you would hope distributors and manufacturers would be prepared for providing parts, or at least ordering more when the reserves start to get low. Either way, looking at, I’m hosed.

Now, this could be an anomaly and I am just upset because one of my favorite aircraft just got put in the hangar for the rest of the season, but this is not the first time this has happened to me. In 2012, the same company stopped carrying motors for a certain aircraft all winter, Christmas-time this past year I could not get parts for a different company’s aircraft, and in 2014 I could not get wheels and tires for an RC car for over 8 months, besides this last backorder debacle! I understand that predicting demand is difficult, but in some of these cases there weren’t any parts available even at release.

If there’s a lesson to be learned: Prepare, or Never Release a Product Without Parts Support.

The Invertix 400 is coming along nicely, and can’t wait to share more with you guys. Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Killerbody RC Horri-Bull Crawler Body
One of the newest bodies announced by Killerbody RC is the Horri-Bull 1/10 crawler body. The Horri-Bull was designed to fit vehicles like the Axial Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and can help give your truck a unique look. The body is available in clear, painted/finished, or as a finished body with light buckets. Several different pre-painted colors are available from Killerbody, as are numerous scale accessories to make it look just the way you want it to.

The body pictured above has a part number of #48336 and they are available right now. To see more pictures and get more details just hit up This Link over on the Killerbody website.

Click Right Here to read more Killerbody RC news on BigSquidRC.

Yokomo BD7 ETS Champion Limited Kit
Just 25 of the new Limited Edition BD7 ETS kits from Yokomo will be put out for sale. This model was made to celebrate its four wins at the European Touring Car series and comes with luxury packaging and special transporter bag. It also comes with a slew of high-zoot upgrades-

* Titanium main gear shaft
* Titanium turnbuckles
* Precision bearing set
* Aluminum servo mount, belt tension cams, & rear bones
* Graphite body mount support
* Hard coated pivot balls
* Double joint front universals

The part number is #MRTC-BD714ETS and you can get full information over on the Yokomo Europe website.

Catch up on your Yokomo news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

ARRMA RC Website
The folks over at ARRMA RC wanted us to let you know that their new website is up and kicking. With all the new 2014 ARRMA products getting to hit the market it arrives at just the right time.

The new ARRMA site was designed to be fast and easy to navigate with all the details and information you would ever need on their latest products. Also found on ARRMA-RC.com are plenty of pictures and videos, as well as easy to locate links for ARRMA’s social media sites. To check it all out simply Click Right Here.

Hit up This Link for more ARRMA news on BigSquidRC.

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We got our hands on the new M40S Volkswagen Golf 24 from Cariama. It is a 1/10th scale 4wd RTR, and with a street price of $169, we are really looking forward to see how it does!

Click Right Here to visit the official Carisma website, or Click Here to visit the Falcon Hobby website where you can order one of the new Carismas.

Click the READ MORE below to see the rest of the pictures under the hood.
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RC Racing
Our friends over at Pro-Line have posted a list of good things you can do while at the track and most of them apply to bashing as well. New hobbyists may not be aware of these, while some of us old timers tend to forget things over time, either way, click the image below for a list of how to be a world class hobbyist at the track.

Click right here to visit the official Pro-Line website, or click Right Here to read more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.

Team Associated Apex Lexus
Team Associated is giving you touring car fans the hook-up lately. Last week they announced their new GReddy Scion and now they have released details on their Apex Series Lexus RC F.

The Associated Lexus RC F uses a highly detailed body on the outside for good looks, while 4wd and a powerful brushless system are used under the hood to get the blood pumping. Its electronics are water-resistant so you can keep bashing regardless of the weather and a 2.4GHz radio system is included.

* Reedy 3300kV 540 motor
* Fully assembled RTR available in two different colors
* Detailed brake components and Lexus RC F 20 spoke wheels
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH 3000mAh battery and charger
* All metal gear transmission

The part number for the Associated Lexus is #30115 and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in September. Get complete details at This Link over on Associated’s website.

Find more Associated news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, July 28th, 2014

Invertix400 Box Front

A while back I posted the first details of the EncoreRC Invertix400 full-3D capable quadcopter developed by Bobby Watts. The following weeks my email blew up from readers looking for more, or hoping we’d get to fly one and show off video. After talking with Mr. Watts for a few weeks, he got us our own Invertix to build and test! The review is coming soon, but check out all of the unboxing pictures after the jump…

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RC Fest Tolono 2014
For several years RC Fest has been held to raise awareness for blood donation and blood transfusions. The organizers of the event, the Munds family, work year around to make the event bigger and better than the year before. Last weekend was the 2014 edition of RC Fest, so Brian, Hawaiian Chris, Craig “The Uber Ramp Guy”, and myself, loaded up and went to the quaint town of Tolono Illinois for a day of bashing for a good cause.

The events were a bit different this year, the high speed run and high jump were gone, but new events were added to take their place. This year the events included California style side-by-side racing, figure 8 racing, tug-of-war, and freestyle. RC Fest also included demonstrations for drifting, rock crawling, and airplane/heli/quads.

Our BigSquidRC Bash Crew had a great time at the event, especially the figure 8 racing. The figure 8 was held on a loamy baseball diamond with a jump across the center lane. It might not sound too crazy when written out, but once you put 10 drivers on the course it was pure bedlam, which of course we love. Drivers were jumping, drivers were crashing, drivers were smashing into each other head on, to boil it down, it was pure bashing fun.

Want to learn more about blood donation? Check out This Link to visit the official BloodCenter.org website.

Click Here to check out our coverage of RC Fest last year.

Click the “Read More” button for five more photo galleries after the jump->

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GForce ESC Wi-Fi Link
Wouldn’t it be cool to make adjustments to your esc from your smartphone? Sure it would! GForce has recently announced their Wi-Fi Link for just that purpose. The GForce Wi-Fi Link allows you to view and make changes to select models of GForce speed controllers from your Android or Apple device. That sounds a lot easier than counting lights or beeps to us. The part number is #G0034 and it is expected to have an August release date. Get more details At This Link over on the GForce website.

Click Here to read more ESC news on BigSquidRC.

rc bashing with CubbyAnd this week the wheel of death lands on… you guessed it, one of my favorites, ROAR! Actually this week I’m not flipping out on them at all, but I do want to talk about their press release from last week. ROAR put out a statement in regards to the high-zoot 2.4″ wheels that are all the rage 10th scale buggies right now. They very nicely explained how the 2.4″ wheels (and tires) have not been approved, therefore nobody should expect them to be legal at ROAR sanctioned events in 2014. The PR was well done and said what needed to said without making them sound evil or out of touch. Well done ROAR (have I ever said that before???).

On the other hand… I’ve seen where there are a bunch of “racers” out there melting down about it, which I simply can not understand. How is it so hard for one to wrap their head around the fact that tires/wheels that have never been approved are not legal for racing? Pretty simple stuff here no doubt, but a certain group of “hardcore” racers think just because they’ve bought a bunch of the 2.4s that they should instantly be legal for any event they see fit. Some of you wacky racers out there need to get grip…

And… some of you “hardcore types” should consider quitting your cheating. A couple weeks ago at a big west coat rc event the organizer decided to do some tech inspections on the “stock” and “super stock” classes and found numerous cheaters at his event. We’ve even seen people at really laid back events cheating by various means. How pathetic is that, cheating at racing toy cars? There is no honor in a win acquired by cheating, and it will be something that the perpetrator will think about over, and over, and over again with shame…

On a different note… years and years ago I had a little accident while racing motocross that was a career ender. After the accident promises were made to my family never to ride again. They (my family) were put through an awful lot during my injury, so I made the promises and pretty much stayed away from bikes after that. Well, until about 2 months ago…

If you ride you know that it is an itch that simply can not be scratched without riding again. I pretty much didn’t ride for close to a decade and a half so the itch simply got too strong and I broke down and bought a new bike. I’ve been riding every week since then, and quite honestly, it has done wonders for my mental state. Riding helps keep me on an even keel, since I’ve been riding I no longer feel like killing everyone I see.

But… I got a real eye opener today (Sunday as I write this). As I neared my local riding spot I started seeing state troopers, an ambulance, and a fire truck. Three riders had been involved in an accident, two of which required helicopter flights, with the other a ride in the ambulance. I don’t know who was involved, or how it happened, but any which way, I forgot that even going out for a casual trial ride can be fatally dangerous.

So what’s my point? I know a whole lot of you do rc plus ride/drive/race the full scale deal too, my point is it’s easy to become too relaxed and forget about the dangers of riding/racing. I know I rode a whole lot more cautiously today after seeing those LifeFlight helicopters, I hope each and every one of you make it a point to have fun and go big, but do it in the safest way possible.

That’s it for this week ya lunatics, stay safe out there and support your local hobby shops and bash spots.

YOUR Cub Reporter