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Archive for October, 2012

Pro-Line Halloween Sale
That’s right folks, our friends over at Pro-Line Racing are having a Halloween Sale, good today only. Just enter the coupon code: PLSpooky20 to get 20% off your entire order. Pro-Line makes the best wheels, tires, and bodies on the market, if you are in need of any of these things hit up the official Pro-Line Website to enter your coupon code and bank some savings.

Looking for more Pro-Line news here on BigSquidRC? Hit THIS link.

Serpent S120 LTX 1/12th scale pan car
As the weather gets colder many rc’ers head indoors to their favorite carpet track. For those people Serpent has just announced their updated 12th scale pan car, the S120 LTX. Some changes have been made to give the new S120 LTX a more forgiving, stable feel while on the track. Some of the primary features include-

* New Carbon 2.0mm bi-directional woven chassis–plate in symmetrical design
* New Carbon 2.0mm bi-directional motor-pod plate
* New Carbon 2.5mm top-deck, shock-tower and tube top-plate
* Fully adjustable front end with suspension blocks in T6 aluminum
* Spring loaded steering blocks with easy adjustment pre-tension via Allen key
* Super smooth, fully adjustable, coated aluminium shock with foam
* 7075 T6 rear end parts for the motor-pod
* Lightweight and durable ball differential with aluminum shaft
* Foam bumper and durable body-posts
* Spring loaded nylon side-links
* Part #410005

We haven’t received pricing or availability information on this one yet, so keep an eye on the official Serpent Website for updates.

Yes, we have more Serpent news, click HERE to check it out.

T-Bone Racing Basher Front Bumper ARRMA Granite
The ARRMA Granite is one of our favorite bash machines. The guys over at T-Bone Racing have developed an extra wide basher front bumper just for the Granite to make it even tougher than it already is. Some of the features are-

* Bolts under chassis with 4 longer screws
* Made out of tough nylon
* Comes with TBR decals
* Lifetime warranty
* Part #10008

Street price is $12 and they are available right now. Hit up the T-Bone Racing Website for more information.

Looking for more T-Bone Racing news? Hit THIS link.

Serpent S411 RTR Touring Car
The crew over at Serpent have just announced a new touring car, the S411 RTR. Their new S411 RTR is based off their S411 sport chassis and comes fully assembled with a brushless power system, 2.4 GHz radio, pre-painted body, and pre-mounted tires. Some of the other features include-

* 10th scale 190mm
* 9 turn 3650 kv motor
* Dragon RC 35 amp speed controller
* Dragon RC 2.4 GHz radio system
* Dragon RC .13 speed, 6kg torque servo
* Race Spec chassis
* Front cvd’s, rear dog-bones
* Belt driven 4wd
* Front spool
* Rear gear diff
* Oil filled shocks
* Black glass fibre chassis parts
* Four color choices- Red, Green, Orange, and Blue
* Need 2S Lipo, charger and 4 AA batteries to complete
* Part #400007

We have not received pricing or availability information yet, keep an eye on Serpent’s Official Website for further information.

Look right HERE for more Serpent information right here on BigSquidRC.

Axial SCX10™ Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Crawler
The big news from Axial Racing today is the announcement of their SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon scale rock crawler. The new Axial mates their popular SCX-10 platform to a very detailed and scale authentic Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon body. This is an RTR that comes fully assembled with a 27 turn brushed motor, digital metal gear servo, and a 2.4 GHz transmitter. Some of the other features include-

* Officially licensed Jeep® Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon body
* .040 thick polycarbonate body
* Officially licensed Poison Spyder Rock Brawler bumpers and Crusher Flares
* Trick swing out spare tire carrier
* Ultra reliable and globally proven SCX10 axles
* Durable and efficient WB8 Wild Boar™ driveshafts
* Officially licensed Walker Evans Racing wheels
* Officially licensed Maxxis Trepador tires molded in R35 compound
* Realistic steel C-channel chassis frame
* Four wheel drive with heavy duty differential lockers front and rear
* Adjustable oil-filled coil-over shocks w/ realistic looking shock reservoir
* Protective pinion/spur cover
* Slipper clutch
* Part #AX90028

MAP pricing for the new Axial is set at $379 and you can get even more information on the official Axial Website.

Looking for more Axial news on BigSquidRC? Click right HERE.

THE Futaba 4PKS-R (Super R) 4 Channel 2.4 GHz FASST Radio Review

There can only be one “best” transmitter on the planet. Futaba’s entry into the uber-radio market is their legendary 4PK series and today we’ll be taking a closer look at the latest version, the 4PKS-R, also lovingly known as the 4PK Super R. Is it the best radio ever made? Is it worth the cash? Let’s see…


JConcepts TLR wing body mounts TLR 22 22T
New for all you TLR 22/22T drivers is a trick aluminum wing/body mount from JConcepts. These new mounts are much tougher than stock and are a nice piece of bling to set your buggy/truck apart from the rest of the field. Some of the other features include-

* Available in blue or black
* CNC machined out of aluminum
* Heavy duty design
* Chamfered silver edging
* Laser engraved JConcepts logos
* Part number #2191-1 (blue) and #2191-2 (black)

Street price is $28 and they are available right now. Hit up the JConcepts Website for more information.

HERE is the link to more JConcepts news here on BigSquidRC.

We have our 11th of 12 Winners in the Dozen Mystery Vehicle Contest!! This time around we asked you guys to get festive and give us something Halloween related. We had tons of entries, so thank you all for the effort and bringing smiles to our faces!

Again, this wasn’t a talent contest, so we randomly picked a winner from all valid entries. The official winner is Tom S.!! (studeracing69@). You have won a brand new ARRMA Mojave!! Congrats!

Only ONE more chance left for the Mystery Contests! If you didn’t win today, don’t worry! You still have a chance! Signups start again soon, so come back and enter! What crazy thing will we ask this week?

Thanks to ARRMA for our 11th giveaway vehicle! Need more ARRMA news? Click HERE!

Here are a few more entries we received. Thanks again to everyone who sent in a picture!

Speed Passion Short Course Truck Bodies Shell
Speed Passion recently announced two new short course truck bodies. The name of the new body is the Ananta and it is available clear or half painted. The new Ananta body is made from high quality polycarbonate and comes with side number plates, side dams, and a rear wing for enhanced performance. The bodies are coverage in a protective over-spray film and come with window masks.

Part number for the clear Ananta body is #SP000207, with the half painted version being #SP000170. No word on pricing or a release date yet, but hit up the official Speed Passion Website for more information when it becomes available.

Click HERE to check out more Speed Passion news right here on BigSquidRC.

 DE Racing Borrego SC Dish Wheels
Wanting a different look for your short course truck? DE Racing has announced their new Borrego SC wheels that look like a beadlock wheel with mud cover. With the new Borregos you can add DE’s colored wheels disks to come up with some trick color customizing for your short course truck. In addition to a new look the Borregos are strong, with thicker wall sections and deeper rib supports. Some of the other features include-

* Scale appearance of a beadlock wheel with a mud cover
* 12 internal radial ribs, and thicker wall sections for ultra high strength
* Tighter and stronger hexes for greater reliability
* Customizable with our 1/10 scale sticker disks
* Available in silver, white and flo yellow
* Proudly Made in U.S.A.
* Different offsets to fit- Associated SC10 and SC10 4×4, Losi SCTE and 22 SCT, Slash rear and Slash 4×4, Kyosho Ultima SC, HPI Blitz

Expect a street price of $9 a pair and they are available right now. Check out the official DE Racing Website for more information.

Looking for more DE Racing news here on BigSquidRC? HERE is the link you want.

Cubby Happy Monday everyone and thanks for spending some time here on BigSquidRC. Here’s to hoping all you guys have a kick ass week.

To start off with, a friend of ours over at RPM is dealing with a fairly serious illness right now. Richard might not be cool with me making people aware that he is sick, but myself and the entire staff here at BigSquidRC hope he gets back to full healthy quickly. If you have a few extra minutes this week shoot a “get well soon” card his way, I’m sure it would put a smile on his face.

On a different note…

What’s bigger news, Traxxas putting out a purpose built shelf queen or Associated releasing a basher line? Humm…. I’ll start with Traxxas. :)

If you were to go out and ask core Traxxas users what the name “Traxxas” means to them you’d hear a lot of responses like “A tough truck that takes a beating”, or “An affordable truck to beat on”. What you would not hear is anything involving the words “shelf queen”. Everything jumps the shark sooner or later, tv shows, rock bands, heck even entire countries, so you just knew sooner or later Traxxas would do the same thing. Some may argue that Traxxas jumped the shark at the Revo, others might argue at the XO-1, but IMO when they announced their dedicated shelf-queen-drag-car-static-display model that was the time. The Traxxas name has been long related to tough basher trucks, a static model drag car is about as far away from that as I can possibly imagine.

With Traxxas’s “jumping of the shark” comes the alienation of their core audience, and quite frankly, the apogee of their popularity, no different than what happened to “Happy Days” after Fonzie donned those water skis. If Traxxas is spending the time and cash to develop a shelf queen, they aren’t spending those resources updating their aging truck/car line-ups, the vehicles that put them on top to start with. You can already see it from cruising the Traxxxas forums that their hardcore users are not amused as their favorite platforms keep getting more and more dated, while Traxxas puts out new products (like the XO-1 and drag car) that they couldn’t care less about.

Traxxas jumping the shark is great news to the other basher chassis manufactures. They have seen all the things Traxxas has done with their success (mainstream acceptance, tv commercials, race series, etc), and they want it bad. Now is the time more than ever for them to make their big push- to go big with their marketing plans and to manufacture more new innovative platforms. Traxxas can’t/won’t be on top forever, and I know how hungry the other companies are, they have an opening now, will they go for the throat?


As I’m sure you’ve already seen Team Associated announced their first “Qualifier Series” truck last week, a 4×4 SCT. It was interesting to see many of the forums guys scratching their heads wondering just why in the heck AE needed a second 4×4 SCT in their product line-ups. When AE used the words “sport” and “fun” and “low cost” to describe their qualifier series all I read was “Basher Series”. So… bashers who are AE loyalists should rejoice, they’ve just gotten what they’ve long been wishing for- AE putting out a basher series of trucks. Now before all you hardcore AE racers guys go into full meltdown mode about a new basher line just remember- bashers foot the bills for all the uber trick racer stuff coming down the pike, so the more they sell, the sooner (and more esoteric) your future race gear is going to be. To boil it down, props to AE for looking at the masses and making something for them. It’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to drive something from AE, the qualifier series has just changed that.

And lastly…

We started reviewing/driving the new HPI Ken Block car last week… unfortunately it suffered a major malfunction less than 2 minutes into the testing. I have the feeling that review is not going to end well…

That’s it for this week folks, support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Have a rebuttal for THE Cub Report? Shoot it to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com.

People have been emailing in asking what some of the submissions are looking like for the Mystery Vehicle Contest, so I thought I’d grab a few and post them up for people to see. We have gotten a ton of great pics, these are just some random ones I grabbed. Remember.. it’s not a contest of who has the best picture, but we will pick a random winner from all valid entries. Haven’t entered yet? What are you waiting for?Go Enter!

Thunder Power 300 x 2 or 500 x 1 Power Supply
Maybe you’ve got a pair of DC only battery chargers and are looking for a new power supply. Thunder Power RC has just announced something you might be interested in, their new TP1527PS Switching Power Supply. The TP1527PS can be used with dual 15 volt 300 watt outputs, or you can mono-block it for 27 volts with 550 available watts. Some of the other features are-

* Powerful, dual output switching power supply
* Ideal for high-capacity chargers up to 550W
* Wide operating temperature of 0 – 65 degrees C (32-150 F)
* Features USB, Banana Plug and Bind post outputs for maximum versatility
* Dual cooling fans with auto speed control
* Built-in power protection circuitry
* AC Power Switch
* Removable 110V Power Cord included
* 20 amps max continuous current
* 5 volt 1 amp dual USB outputs

Look for MAP (minimum advertised price) pricing of $170 and they should be hitting hobby shop shelves sometime in December. Hit up the official Thunder Power Website for more information.

Have you read our battery charger shootout? If not, click HERE.