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Archive for June, 2012

gh racing hop up hpi savage xs
GH Racing has announced more hop-up parts for the HPI Savage XS. They have a new Aluminum Shock Tower, and Front and Rear Skid Plate.

Need more info, you can head over to the GH Racing webpage for details.

Want to see what other GH Racing products we have mentioned recently? Click HERE to check them out.

hpi ken block ford focus

I know there are a lot of people out there that have been waiting for something like this! Recently a couple of photo’s popped up with Ken Block signing autographs next to what is most likely a HPI WR8 3.0 with a Ken Block 2012 paint job on in. Aww yea! We are ready to get our drift on now. Hopefully there is a Tanner Foust edition not far behind so we can really get down to business! Either way, I know people have been looking for some larger drift/rally vehicles to bash with, and this may be the one.

HPI didn’t really have much more info on their HPI Racing Facebook Page, but hopefully we will know more soon, and will bring you the details when we can!

Need some info on the HPI 1/8 WR8? Check our our pics and details here .

adam the intern

Our own Adam the Intern was working at the Traxxas Try-Me booth this weekend over at the NHRA Full Throttle Series in Joliet Illinois. For those of you in the Joliet area this weekend, I’m pretty sure he will be there this Sunday July 1st, 2012 as well, helping people get their RC on, answering questions, and most likely signing autographs and taking photos with fans! You can get more info about the event at the NHRA website. Don’t forget to stop by and say hi to Adam.

I remember the last time I was out in public at an event I had Brandi and Jarrod bugging me for my autograph.

Cougar SVR
Hot news out of the UK today is the announcement of Schumacher’s new Cougar SVR 2wd buggy. While Schumacher isn’t as big in the states as they used to be, they are still quite dominant in Europe, and they continue to put out high quality products.

The new Cougar SVR was specifically designed for low bite dirt surfaces. It includes an all new rear mounted transmission for optimal rear traction, new CVA driveshafts, as well as many more upgrades. For complete info take a look HERE.

Interested in other Schumacher articles here on BigSquid? Click HERE.

muchmore pinions
Pinions are one of the items on the list of “Things you can never have enough of!”. Muchmore USA has a new line-up of Mode 1 pinions with 5mm bore for your 4wd short course truck or 8th scale electrics. These new machined pinions are clearly marked for tooth count, use a hex grub screw, and come in sizes 12 to 21 for all your gearing pleasure. Expect street price to be right around $14. For more info check out Muchmore’s WEBSITE.

Want to check out other Muchmore articles here on BigSquid? Click HERE.

Maybe this is what it looked like when the pyramids were being built? Or maybe this is what it will look like when the aliens come back? From the looks of this video, they may be already here, and just a little smaller than we thought. The video starts off a little slow, but there are some really cool effects being done. Click through to watch the video..

Hitec 83xxTH series servo's
When you look inside the personal rides of the BigSquid staffers you’ll find that nearly every car, truck and buggy has a Hitec servo inside. The last thing we need to worry about while bashing or testing is a servo going out, that’s why we use them. Hitec has just introduced three new servos to the market, the HS-8360TH (222 oz-in at .07), the HS-8370TH (319 oz-in at .10) and the HS-8380TH (486 oz-in at .14). These new top of the line servos use extremely tough titanium gears, and offer premium performance. Check out Hitec’s entire line-up at their website right HERE.

Want to read our last Hitec servo review? Click HERE.

thunder innovations 4 shoe
8th scale nitro buggies are a favorite among the bashing crowd because they rarely break. Hobby-Pro USA and Thunder Innovations has a new Pro One 4 shoe clutch that fits most 8th scale buggies (except Kyosho). Their new clutch is said to smooth out power delivery without losing any low end power. The Thunder Innovations clutch system comes with a steel flywheel, plenty of springs, collett, nut and cost around $45. Hit up THIS link for complete info.

Are you a fan of 8th scale nitro buggies? If so check out the PR for the new Duratrax nitro buggy HERE on BigSquid.

MaxAmps Updated 12 Volt
MaxAmps are not only makers of fine batteries but they also have high output DC power supplies. Recently the MaxAmps crew updated their power supply line-up by adding front grills, putting on fresh wraps, and making small internal changes. The 12 volt model shown above is good for 47 amps of output and costs right at $80. For complete specs click HERE.

Want to read our review of the MaxAmps 24 volt power supply? Click HERE.

Hot Racing Wheel TQ
Traxxas has sold untold amounts of ready to run trucks that come equipped with their TQ radio. Hot Racing just happens to make an upgrade aluminum steering wheel that not only increases the looks of the TQ, but also comes with better foam on the wheel for improved grip. The Hot Racing upgrade wheel comes in different colors, is constructed out of 6061-T6 aluminum, and costs under $20. Want to find out more? Then click right HERE.

Ever wonder how a Traxxas RTR transmitter would stack up against after-market competition? If so click HERE.

proline mystery tire
You don’t stay the leader in tire technology by sitting on your hands, and yesterday the hard working crew over at Pro-Line posted a sneak peak of one of their New Tires. As you can see by the pic their new tire is small pinned for track use, but Pro-Line makes a tire for every terrain, Badlands and Trenchers are some of the favs around the office. Hit up Pro-Line’s WEBSITE to view their entire line-up.

Looking for more Pro-Line news here on BigSquid? Take a look HERE.


HPI Bullet Parts
Hoi Bigsquid,
Mij name is Jeroen B and i am from Holland. I just read that a part was broken from the HPI bullet. 2 years ago I bought a HPI Bullet MT and a do have a lot of parts. Perhaps I can help you. Can you tell me what part(s) you need?

My experience with this car is great. Until now I only broke 2 parts
- Front hub carriers had a tear. I want to replace it with an upcoming hop up form HPI. I have already seen it at the toyfair in Nurenberg.
- I bent a centre driveshaft. On forums I am reading that the early models have that problem.
- oh ye I broke a shock tower (my own folt. I landed on the back on concreat after jumping 10 feet (skatepark).
For the rest I did do hop ups (anti bending plates en front plate en CVD shaft set). Recently I replaced the esc with the new HPI and that’s much better. Meer power en I like my truck!!
If you need a part and I have it I will send it to you no charge! (because I think you have a great website)
I hear from you

Jeroen B.

Cubby- Well howdy there Jeroen, and mucho thanks for the email. Be sure and send us an email with your mailing address so we can hook ya up with some stickers.

While it is good to hear that you’ve had good luck with your HPI Bullet, ours is still sitting, still broken, and still collecting dust. The parts we need aren’t available here in the states, not via hobby shop, and seemingly not from HPI USA. “Sigh” Truly a shame, it seems like a good platform that would be fun to bash. Trust me, we want to be running this thing!

And… Jeroen, I am very thankful of your offer to send us the parts we need all the way from Holland, but I must thoughtfully decline. We’ll get the parts (eventually) and grade our review accordingly. But… next time I am in Holland I will look you up and we can bench race over a fringed bottle of Dom. Till then my new friend, have fun bashing your Bullet and keep in touch.

have you guy checked out the now not so new flysky gtb3 most of our club uses them and their great for the money thanks for all the great reviews.

Cubby- No Lance, I am not a big fan of the FlySky FS-GT3B (for you guys who don’t know what it is, it’s a low end transmitter). I really didn’t like the wheel or the spring used on the steering. I am not the type of person who believes everything cheap is junk and everything expensive is great, I’m the type of person that will give cheap gear an honest chance to prove its merit, but after using one for a couple hours there are just many more transmitters on the market I’d rather use. But… I’ve seen several people use them at the track and bash spots, most had good luck with them and one even raved about how much he liked his.

Thanks for the props on the reviews, we’ve got way more stuff around here to review than I think we could ever get too, but if you talk to the guys selling the FlySky transmitters tell’em to shoot one our way, we’ve got another transmitter shootout in the works.

Tire Compounds

I can’t decide which compound I should buy my new tires in. Should I buy a softer compound for more grip or a harder compound for longer wear?

Jeremy H.

Cubby- If you are a “core” basher you’ll probably want to go with a harder compound like Pro-Lines M2. Bashers tend to run on a wide variety of surfaces including on-road, and if you buy a soft compound you simply won’t have any tread left after a few hard runs. If you are a racer type you’d typically look at the compounds like this- run softer for cooler, wetter, or less abrasive conditions, and run something harder in hotter, dryer, blue groove, or more abrasive conditions.

That’s it for this week, shoot me your questions, riff-raff, and whatever is on your mind to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If we use your question on the front page you’ll get some free stickers, and if I pick yours as question of the month I’ll shoot ya a free t-shirt. Btw… we can’t send stickers through email (duh), so yes, we’ll actually need your physical address to send goodies to.

YOUR Cub Reporter

pivothead glasses

I recently stopped in to our Hobby Town in Orland Park, and Steve (the owner) was testing out some new video recording sunglasses from a company called Pivothead. There are a lot of people in RC that are often trying to record themselves doing stuff, but it you haven’t tried, it’s very difficult to film AND drive or fly at the same time. Trust me on that one, I have done both and it never goes well. The glasses actually are pretty nice seeing them in person, and the video looks good as well. You can do 1080p at 30fps or if you need more speed you can do 720p at 60fps. You can hit the Pivothead for more details, or if you are in the Orland Park IL. area, and your interested, I believe Steve may have the pair there for people to take a look at. He was also showing off some pics and video, so stop by and check them out.