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“How come bigsquidrc.com doesn’t have?

Hey Cubby,
Why isn’t there a section on BigSquidRC.com to help out noobs like myself? I see articles saying to help us out if we’re at the track or the local bash spot, and that’s great! The problem is we don’t always know if the info we’re getting is on the money! So how about a section full of tips and tricks for the new to rc guys? Such as Li-Po care, taping and mounting tyres, general maintenance and proper cleaning tips, etc etc. I know it’d help me out being able to come to a reliable, knowledgeable site such as this one (sucking up much? I know but I could use a sticker pack!) Keep up the great work keeping us to date with the latest news and reviews.
Thanks,
Dan N.”

Cubby- Ummmmmm…. you got us Dan. I dig your idea, we do need a tab at the top of our page that just says “Noobs Click Here”.

There are already a bunch of resources on-line for noobs. Heck, there are probably 2 thousand videos on YouTube on how to glue up tires. However…. none of them are from our unique BSRC perspective (although not a video, you can check out my recent tire gluing article HERE).

So ya, I dig your idea, I’ll try and get Adam “The Intern” on it for you and for all the other noobies out there.


“What’s going on with Duratrax

Hi Cubby,
I just picked up a SCREAMING deal on a new DTX 835e roller. $107. I have been looking for a budget 1/8 RC for a while, and most of the web time on these cars is pretty good, save one issue. Parts.

I am no stranger to Duratrax. I have an Evader that I have really enjoyed. It’s brushless, and with a few modifications (TBone Racing Bumpers), it is durable and probably as bullet proof as most other RC’s . . . . they all break. Back to my 835e. I looked at Tower Hobbies and many parts are on order. On the forums, everyone gripes about parts availability The 835e seems like a flagship RC for them . . . . if you look at their website.

So what’s up with Duratrax? As much fun as I have head with the Evader, it seems like they are always shooting themselves in the foot, either selling a vehicle that requires mods which should probably come from the factory, or selling really nice vehicles but not managing their supply line.

I wish I ran that company. I would whip them into shape.
Thanks
Patrick C.”

Cubby- Congrats on making the big-time Patrick, shoot us your snail mail and we’ll rush you out a BSRC sticker pack.

So…. after skimming your letter, I guess you want to know why parts support isn’t better at Duratrax?

And the answer is…. I have no idea. I don’t work there, and the people I know that do, well, they would certainly keep all the parts in stock if they could. However… you know me, I love to speculate/talk-smack, so I’ll just do some of that.

The Duratrax 835E is/was a solid buggy. It handled decent, had nice power on tap, and could be bashed fairly hard without it breaking. In fact, it nearly won our “Bash Vehicle of the Year” last year, it’s a solid basher. However… since it came out, we haven’t heard much about it. No Duartrax upgrade parts, not much support from the aftermarket, and no new off-shoots of the platform. It seems like they brought a bunch into the states, pushed it hard for a few months, then sort of forgot about it.

Hobbico is number one for a reason, they have their act together. But even with the best of companies things can get overlooked. In the case of your buggy, they flew off dealers shelves, put up good numbers, now it sounds like they didn’t bring in enough parts for all the buggies they sold.

So.. what should you do about parts??? Well….. if you can’t get’em through the normal channels do what you just did, buy another buggy at a “Screaming” deal. If you can secure another buggy on the cheap you’ll have plenty of spare parts at very reasonable price. Otherwise, I suggest giving the folks over at Duratrax an email or phone to let’em know how much you dig your DTX products, but how you may no longer be able to support them because you can’t find replacement parts.


Ok, so I’ve probably got more time to answer letters, but due to my insanely lazy nature, I’m calling it a day. Submit your letters/questions/b!tching/complaints/rants to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. You’ll win cool stuff if your letter hits our front page, if it doesn’t, at least you’ll know some intern scanned over it before hitting delete.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“carisma rc

Hi Cubby. First sorry for the english im live in Brazil. Lets see if you can help me again, i follow your advice and have many rcs and there are two that you help me choose when i was in doubt and im happy that i follow your advice when buy the scte and the vorza. But now i love the minis and after some months of hard work i have 600$ for rcs and was thinking of buying the carisma gt10dt and the gt16mt. But i was a little afraid, my summit 1/16 give me many problems and the losi mini 8ight of my brother when we do light bashing always break something. My summit now is just an onroad car.

So the question is this, are the two carisma minis really durable cars? I dont do 20% there you make in your videos but don’t have luck and always something breaks. Really worth buy these two minis?

Jonas T.”

Cubby- Yo hey Jonas, shoot us your snail mail address so we can get ya hooked up with a BigSquidRC sticker kit. They will instantly keep all your rc cars from breaking. (insert sarcasm tags here)

So… you are on the fence about cutting the check for a Carisma GT10DT and GT16MT. I was there for the review of both of those vehicles, and yes, they are quite durable. In fact, the GT16MT was the only test vehicle we’ve ever had here that I grew tired of trying to break. We slammed it full speed into every hard object we could find, jumped it off every roof in the neighborhood, and it was still able to drive away. For durability, I can very highly recommend it.

The GT10DT buggy was also fairly durable. It took quite a bit of slamming to get it to break. But… with you being in Brazil (where soccer madness is about to explode) you need to make sure you have easy access to parts. No matter how tough any vehicle may be, it will break at some point.


“Recomendations

I have been into RC’ing for quite some time:
(1) I have a 1994 Vintage Traxxas Nitro-Hawk and it is frustrating as H&*%L. (the small Image-12 engine is quite finicky)

(2) I wanna get into Electric – I love the stadium truck platform, I am (for some reason or another) steering toward the HPI E-Firestorm Flux

do you think this particular truck has an advantage or disadvantage over the Rustler
— or is there another RTR Stadium you would recommend over one of them..
I live in a great neighborhood for street running (city provided nice speed bumps for my pleasure) I also have decent access to Golf Course roads.
So speed (quick enough to confront a varmint or two) and light bashing (speed bumps and sand traps are calling my name) would be great,
Any input would be great,
–Thanks –

Carl D.”

Cubby- Yo hey Carl, somehow your email got forwarded to me from my ever increasing staff of interns, so it must be worth answering. Give me a second to read it…

Ok, so I didn’t actually read your email, but I did give it a light skimming. If I skimmed correctly you want to know what truck would I recommend, the HPI E-Firestorm Flux or a Traxxas Rustler VXL.

Btw, before I answer your question, I think I read something about a Nitro Hawk in your email? Hopefully you don’t own one, those things were a PITA to keep running properly.

So on to your question. To be perfectly blunt, I would recommend the HPI. Why? While it isn’t the latest in uber tech, it is a much more modern design than the Rustler. Because of that, it simply handles better, a lot better. Also, it’s a fairly tough truck. Yes, of course you can get it to break, but under “normal” use it can take some good hits without exploding like it just ran over an IED.

But…. and there is always a “but”, the Traxxas does have one outstanding feature- parts support. If you break something on the Rustler most decent hobby shops will have the parts in stock to get you going again.


That’s it for yet another week of ASK Cubby. You can attempt in vain to shoot me your questions at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make it on our front page and we’ll shoot you a free sticker pack, get named as “Letter of the Week” and you’ll get a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Hey Cubby

There’s alot of good cars around now, I’m trying to pick something for big air on hard surfaces, have a few good skateparks & a BMX track near by. I can’t decide between a 1/8 MT4 or Savage, or a Firestorm, Rustler or Granite something that’s lighter & cheaper so can launch it with blatant disregard!

I’ve had alot of cars but am going in circle on this, what would you go for with these kamakaze jumps in mind?

Keep on pushing the limits! Love it!

Thanks,

Alan K.”

Cubby- Yo hey Alan, big props for the love. Congrats, I proclaim yours as the “Letter of the Month”, shoot us your snail mail so we can hook ya up with a t-shirt and sticker pack.

Ok, so you are looking to do some high flying skate park action and want to know what to buy. First off, in case you’ve never done much skate park bashing, those places are hell on rc trucks. Seriously, IMO they are harder on parts than any other venue, so expect to break loads of parts, regardless of how “tough” the truck is.

With that said… this is what you want in a skate park truck-

1. A truck that already has parts on the pegs at your LHS. This is just common sense.

2. Big tires. Big tires will help you three ways at a skate park. First- they help absorb hard landings. Second- they help give your truck a bit more ground clearance when casing jumps or even when flat landing. And lastly- they have a lot of rotating mass, making it easier to pull back and front flips.

3. A truck with a metal chassis. You can always un-taco a metal chassis, a plastic unit will simply snap (and changing out any type of chassis takes forever).

Of the trucks listed in your email neither the Firestorm nor Rustler have a metal chassis. The MT4 and Savage are both good choices and are easy to go huge with because of their big power and 4wd. The 2wd Granite saves some cash up front, which might be something to think about considering how many parts you’ll be buying in the near future.

Peace and love, and be sure to shoot us another email (with pics!) to let us know what you ended up buying.


“You are such a moran, in the last Cub Report I can’t believe you said that only noobies drive Traxxas. I know lots of people that drive Traxxas and all of them have been in the hobby for more than 5 years.

Charlie B.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Charlie, and thanks for taking the time out of your day to write me 4 separate letters on this one subject (LOL).

I did not say that only noobs drive Traxxas, I said that you’ll look like a noob if you do. I say that because 90% of the noobs we run into at bashes/random parking lots/random parts counters are running Traxxas products. It sounds like you and your crew don’t mind looking like noobs, this is America so to each their own.

But seriously…. even if we might look like noobs, our bash crew does drive a couple of different TRX products on a regular basis. We are big fans of the Slash 4×4 and the E-Revo so they get a fair amount of mileage when we bash. Drive whatever you want, that’s what we do, and remember part of the reason THE Cub Report exists is to simply get people like you riled up.


Want your letter on our front page? Want to win some free stuff? Shoot me your emails, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If, and I highly doubt it ever will, your email hits the big time you’ll win a free sticker pack. And if, and I really super highly doubt it ever will, your letter is named “Letter of the Month” (like Alan’s this month), we’ll even shoot ya out a free t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“My first

Hi my name is Anthony. I’m looking to get a RTR RC truck. I’m into electric RC trucks and so far the only 2 I like are the hpi savage flux hp and the TT mt3 3G. Is there any RC you can recommend and is there anything you can say to make the choice easier between either RC that I have interest in? Like is the savage flux really waterproof? I’m new to this so I’ve read a lot of blogs and reviews including from your web site but there are so many RC to choose from.

Anthony T.”

Cubby- Yo hey Anthony, hit Brian up with your snail mail so he can get a BSRC sticker pack headed out your way.

So… yet another “which should I get” email, this time between the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3 and the HPI Savage Flux. So where do I stand on the two trucks???

I’m personally a big fan of the Thunder Tiger. Why? It has rip the tires off power, it has a layout that is easy to work on, and it rarely breaks in such a way that the truck can’t be driven. We use a number of the Thunder Tigers to put on driving demos and its one of our favorites. We can bash the heck out of them for an entire weekend, and while they might be all twisted and tweaked afterwards, they are still driving. Oh and, they are typically a little easier on the wallet up front.

However, we do have other members of our Bash Crew that would select the Savage. It has big power, arguably more than the Thunder Tiger, and once you have it dialed in is known for being one of the toughest trucks out there. As far as waterproofing goes, as far as I know they are not waterproof, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little work yourself and make it that way.


“Cubby,
I have been looking all over the web for a positive review of the Octane Savage, so far I have found none. Can you give me one good reason to buy the truck?
Kyle V.”

Cubby Ok, let me get this straight, you are emailing me, me (?????), to get one good reason to buy an HPI Savage Octane? You do know I hate gas/nitro more than being stuck behind a woman applying for a home loan at an ATM, right?

Ya, I am seriously an electric guy. I dig they are quiet so I never get run off a bash spot, I dig their ridiculous torque, and I dig that they either start every single time, or go up in flames, no in-between.

However… I actually have two good reasons for you to buy the Octane- 1. it’s a game changer, and 2. it’s great for people who like a challenge.

Now… it might not be a very good truck, but neither were a bunch of other ground breakers. Shall we remember the original T-Maxx? Holy smokes, how many times did I see a guy that couldn’t get his to start? How many times did I see guys with fubared one way bearings in the starter? How many dead “quick start’ batteries did I see go dead after constant cranking? How many times did I see guys finally get their T-Maxx started, drop it on the ground, to only have it die when their first foot hit the drivers stand? How many times did I see a runaway T-Maxx going 40 mph across a parking lot with its overweight owner chasing it like he was Usain Bolt? Ya, the original T-Maxx, the biggest seller in the history of rc, was no real gem of a truck.

Hey, how about the original Losi Mini-T? Remember the friction super bounce shocks? Remember the poor range? Remember the non-standard servo wire? Remember how its servo was so slow you could measure its transit speed with a sun dial? Out of the box it wasn’t kick’n any ass.

Or how about the almighty Slash? Remember how the shocks exploded the first big jump you landed? Remember how easy it was to polish the teeth off the spur, even with the stock brushed motor?

Those trucks were all huge trend setters, and I swear a big part of their allure was the fact they were not perfect out of the box.

Enter the aftermarket, companies that took ground breaking trucks and actually transformed them into something you could actually drive. Remember all the dozens upon dozens of aftermarket companies that sprung up with T-Maxx hop-up and bling parts? Remember the same about the Mini-T?

What I’m trying to say here is the Octane is not perfect out of the box, far from it, but there are a whole lot of hardcore hobbyists that actually prefer trucks that need some innovative thinking to finally get them up to their full potential. If you are the type of person that liked the challenge of making the T-Maxx or Mini-T into full tilt bash machines, I would say you need to hop on the Octane bandwagon ASAP.


That’s all I have for ya this week. Keep those letters coming in, my email is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Each and every letter that hits the big time gets a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as letter of the month we’ll totally hook you up with one of our sweet new BSRC t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Closed Cell inserts for Bashing

Hi Cubby,
I really like the ProLine Trenchers for bashing, but less so after they filled with sand.
I made a few holes in the tires to let the sand out, but that’s not very good for the foams. I noticed the pre-mounted Trencher 2.8′s have standard white foam.
And there I thought that Closed Cell foams were the thing to have for bashing since they don’t take up water.
Seems silly that even though these are premium “bashing” tires (35 euros per set) they don’t come with Closed cell inserts.
Boiling tires off rims just to replace inserts is rather contrived. Can’t BSRC poke ProLine for shipping Bashing pre-mounts (Trencher, Masher, Big Joe, Badlands) with closed cell inserts?
Thanks for great website.
Cheers,
Seth M.”

Cubby- Yo yo to the yo yo Seth. Congrats on making the big time, feel free to hit up Brian for some sic BSRC stickers.

Ummmmmm…. after briefly, very briefly, scanning over your email here is what I have to say.

1. You mention something about closed cell foams not “taking up water”. I can see you’ve never driven closed cell foams in water before have you? “Regular” foams soak up a ton of water, closed cell foams also soak up water, just to a lesser extent. Regardless the type of foam that you are using, you need to give each tire several good squeezes to get rid of as much water as possible after river running.

2. There is a good reason why foam that doesn’t absorb water is not used in rc tires. That style of foam would not absorb water, nor would they absorb all those bumps/lumps/divots that you drive over. They would drive like an ATV tire with 25 psi of air in it, not pretty.

3. I can tell you first hand that the Pro-Line crew is all over the issues that bashers have with tires (like water retention, pizza cutting, etc). However, none of those issues are easily solved while still keeping the price of the end product in check. Willing to pay $200 for a pair of tires/inserts? If so, I’m pretty sure they could fix all the ills you have. Want to keep prices where they are? Give the PL crew some time to come up with proper, yet cost effective solutions.

Thanks for the props Seth, go fast, turn right, sweep what’s left up with a broom.


“Shoot out suggestions

Hi Cubby!

Your guy’s shootouts are great! They really inform me on what batteries, radios, SCT’s, etc. to buy. But one thing I noticed was that, well, they weren’t really budget minded. They sort of were with your 2nd radio shoot out, but that was a $200 budget- some rtr’s are cheaper than that. So I was wondering, would you guys do a budget shoot out? And I mean a heavy budget, like $50 max (maybe less) for lipos and $75 for radios or something. Heck, see who can build the best car from a slash roller for under $150 or something. I want you guys to do this because there are a lot of kid hobbyists out there like me, who have to save for 4 months just to buy a battery. And I’m certain that you could probably find $40 gear that works as well as $100 gear. Why not try hobby king stuff? I know I just keep going on and on and I may sound crazy, but I am serious! Try cheap stuff! It may surprise you, it may steer you away from it! I really think it would be cool.

Oh, and why not a 2wd sct shoot out?

Thanks
Alec S.”

Cubby- Hey now Alec, if I remember correctly your email said something about you being from South Africa. If you didn’t already know, I am so all about zef style.

So… why no super-blow-out-uber-cheap shootouts? It’s because we haven’t gotten around to them. There are like a hundred great shootouts we would like to do, but each one takes a mountain of time, and we simply don’t have enough time in the day.

However… you bring up a great point, one that we, and many people in the industry, forget about far too often. There are a whole lot of hobbyists who are on super tight budgets and simply will not, or can not, crank out big bucks for rc gear. Being in the industry most things are “free”, or trades, and when they are not we typically have the cash sitting around to just buy whatever we want, but that is far from the case for many hobbyists. I’ll see what I can do about a super low buck shootout just for you Alec.

And… why not try Hobby King gear? Because years ago we made a stand. We could take Hobby King money, or we could refuse it, and we decided we would rather not be supported by them. Yes, as crazy as it might sound to some people, we actually refused advertising dollars because of our personal beliefs. We are not fans of what they (HK) have been doing to the rc industry, therefore we will not take advertising from them. Yes, we have reviewed some of their products here and there, but that was as a service to our readers to show them roughly where HK product was stacking up. IMO, while HK might be crazy cheap, you can still find “name brand” gear at roughly the same pricing when on sale/disco’ed/eBay/etc.


And that is all she wrote for this weeks ASK Cubby. Don’t be shy, hit me up with your emails at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Most likely I will never read your email, or even if I do it is incredibly unlikely it will ever see the light of day on our front page, but if it does you will get a free sticker pack. Oh and, for that one lucky person that wins “Letter of the Month” they get hooked up with a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Hello Guys, okay?
I am a lover of your site, mostly I read your review. One suggestion: How about doing a review of the Airtronics radio m12? I’m from Brazil
thank you,
V. Hugo”

Cubby- Hey now Hugo, thanks for the mad love and be sure to hit up Brian for a free sticker pack. You can plaster your car/truck/buggy with BSRC stickers and then shoot us some pics so we can see what Brazil basher style looks like.

Why no Airtronics reviews? This one is pretty easy, they don’t/won’t talk to us. Maybe they hate us, I have no idea, but I do know that after multiple attempts to talk to them, they have never replied. So while you might like to see an Airtronics review, and while we might like to actually see how their products stack up now days, it just isn’t gonna happen. I must also add, if a company won’t even talk to one of your favorite rc websites, you might want to take your cash and spend it elsewhere, but that is just me.


“Hey BSRC, just wanted to let you guys know that I really appreciated your (long ago) SCTE review. You bashed the living hell out of it, drove it off roofs and such, and you even put an insane motor/ESC combo because why not? So I figured that since the roller was $192, i should probably buy it. It’s the SCTE 1.0, but for what it is, it’s great.

So here I am, writing to you from the pile of parts that is the vehicles that were in front of me. WERE.

-Zach P.”

Cubby- Hey nowwwww Zach P, thanks for email, and thanks for reading the site.

The Losi SCTE 1.0 still lives on in RTR version here in the states. It was a rock solid and affordable platform then, and still is. The 2.0 has a host of improvements, but for bashing, the original version can still take a beating and keep on ticking. We still have 3 of them around the office that are called into service from time to time for some bashing action.

About your last sentence… sounds like you are either doing some serious wrenching, or you went bashing with Craig “The Uber Ramp Builder”, either way, have fun transforming all those parts back into rc cars/trucks.


That’s it for this weeks ASK Cubby. Read your letter here by shooting me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Letters that hit the big time win you a free sticker pack, our “Letter of the Month” wins a free BSRC t-shirt. Catch ya next week freaks.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Hey there…Just looking for some advice/ Opinions/ Guidence…. I’m looking to buy a new Electric Monster Truck…I have been looking at the HPI Savage XS and the Vaterra Halix….what are your thoughts on these two and what would you recommend? I’m a newbie and have a large grassy park across from my house with a skate park and a couple of Dirt fields for softball games.

Also, what Batteries would you recommend for long run time and what charger would you recommend for good fast charging?

Thanks for your time and help!
Santiago”

Cubby- Oh yes Santiago, the age old question, “which one should I buy”.

I found your letter interesting in the fact that you are stuck between two vehicles that have many things in common, yet are sooooo much different.

Both the Vaterra Halix and the HPI Savage XS are 4wd, monster trucks, and have enough raw, unadulterated, brushless power to do all the crazy stuff you see in the videos on U-tube. And… most importantly, both are capable of providing lots of good times.

However, just like everything else on the planet, they both have up and down sides. The biggest downside to the Savage is its size, it’s somewhat smaller than the Halix. This can be a downside when attempting to blast over extremely rough terrain. On the plus side, we’ve found the Savage XS can take some serious beating without breaking. Because of its size, the Halix can blast right over big dirt clods that would be tough to even get over with the XS, but you’ll have to do some upgrades to keep the Halix from breaking if you bash it hard.

Enough of the mumbo jumbo, which one should you buy? That’s up to you, but I would buy the Halix. It’s bigger, it has AVC, and most people are gonna mod-out their scoot to bulletproof it anyways. There is your answer, now go cut the check.

Oh and… for a battery and a charger, we had good luck with the gear we used in our Halix Review, which was a Dynamite 3S 5200 and Hitec X1 Touch.


“Part Number

Do you have a part number for the Kimbrough servo saver for the Carisma m40dt?

Aaron W.”

Cubby- What, seriously? Google search doesn’t work on the planet you are from?

Hey Aaron, welcome to BSRC, where everyone gets their balls busted from time to time.

Ok, so maybe you haven’t been in the hobby since the Earth cooled like us. Kimbrough Racing Products has made rock solid servo savers for years. They come in a few different styles and mount right to the output shaft of your servo. The spring inside takes all the abuse, while your servo lives on to fight another day.

During our Carisma review we broke the stock servo arm and just happened to have a Kimbrough #121 in our pit box, we popped it on and the truck was up and running in less than 2 minutes. We highly recommend Kimbrough servo savers if you want to bash hard without blowing up the gears inside your servo.


That’s it ya lunatics, shoot me your questions, wedding announcements, dirty secrets, and ex girlfriend pictures to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If I pick your letter to hit our front page you’ll get something cool and free.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“One Request

Guys,

Can you randomly pick my name for the Losi 5ive T?

BTW, as a retail store owner, I liked the format of the contest. Making people look at videos and reviews, liking Losi on Faceypage, etc. is a great idea. I read so many reviews and watched so many videos…

If I ever do a give away, I hope you don’t mind that I blatantly steal your format.

Keep it up. I think you guys have the best RC rumor/porn site. The look of the site and newbie navigation is super easy.

Thank you,
Ronald D.”

Cubby- Congrats Ronald you’ve won! No, you haven’t won the Losi 5ive-T, but yours has been named “letter of the month” so we’ll totally hook ya up with a sweet BSRC t-shirt. Maybe not a great consolation prize, but we’ve got plenty more kick ass contests coming up soon.

Thanks for the props, we seem to get a lot of that now days, which is a good thing, we certainly put a lot of work into the site/reviews/columns, etc.

And no, the contest “format” for the 5IVE-T isn’t ours to steal, it’s been used on numerous websites before. And ya I agree, it is a great way to get readers to check out your social media and various parts of your website.

As far as being a rumor site… I hear the second “big” nano sized quad is about to be announced, a pretty trick scale MT is just a couple months from being announced, and that a certain “big” name has a super sized crawler ready to drop. But of course, don’t say you heard any of those rumors here… :)


“Review

I was wondering if you guys plan on reviewing the Ofna Hyper SSe? It looks like an interesting buggy, but I can’t find a decent review anywhere on the web. Thanks.

Bill”

Cubby- Yo hey ya Bill, shoot Brian your info so he can shoot you a rather uber sticker pack.

Ofna had some awesome glory years with their low-end buggies during the nitro years, since then, well, you don’t hear too much about them. They do seem to be making a push lately, and with the Hobbico distribution, they seem to be making a small come back. Too bad they don’t do much marketing, people can’t buy your gear if they don’t know it even exists.

We posted about the SSe a couple of months ago, it’s an affordable brushless 8th scale buggy, that if it can take a beating, would make a good bash machine. The people from Ofna don’t really “talk to us”, but we might be able to swing one for a full review from some of the other powers that be. We’ll see…


Hey, that’s all I have for ya this week. Got questions? Sure ya do, email me, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy ya want. If you are like Ronald and Bill and your letter hits the big time, you’ll get a free sticker pack, or maybe even a t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“FB

I have to say without a doubt what you said about FB is the best thing I have ever read in the R/C world.
Amazed at what level people need to partake in voyeurism of other’s lives. Never been on it, never will. I will cheer loudly the day it runs out of use with society, I do not really care for what reason.
Thanks man, you got a great site,
James C.”

Cubby- Yo hey James, thanks for the email and for the props, be sure and hit Brian up for a free sticker pack. Yes indeed, I am not a fan of FB at all, to me it has become one huge sham, for both users and advertisers. But… we have a whole lot of readers who are big fans of FB, so we opened a BigSquidRC Group over there. “Groups” are what FB introduced to kill off the old school forums and they have taken off quite well. As far as our Group goes, thus far we’ve got some cool people posting some good material, lets hope it stays that way. And… it has become a sort of underground hotbed for industry types to check out whats going on in the basher scene.


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“Spektrum dsmr

Will you be reviewing any of the new Spektrum radios coming out? I’m interested to see if the new dsmr modulation has better range than its predecessors.

Thanks, Jonathan”

Cubby- Heyyyyy now Jon, congrats on making our front page, be sure to hit Brian up for a free sticker pack. We’ve even got some new stickers, really tiny ones that work great on smaller scale vehicles and quads. Hopefully one day we’ll get’em posted in our BSRC shop.

First off- we have definitely noticed that the range on the RTR vehicles that we’ve tested with Spektrum is muchhhhhh longer than before. The Vaterra Halix is a good example, it has at least twice the range of earlier Spektrum systems. A few weeks ago one of our reviewers Hawaiian Chris had to make a couple walks of shame to get back in range of his older Spektrum radio, but he could basically drive as far away as he wanted to with the Halix and still had perfect control. Thankfully, after all this time, it appears Spektrum has their range issues figured out.

Secondly- yes, we’ve got a review for the DX4S with AVC coming up next week. And yes, we’ve noticed very good range on it as well. We’ll be actually measuring its range this weekend, look for the measurement in the review.


“Viper vx4

Hey my name is Jeff. I’m a basher from St.Louis. Was wondering if you have a store locally to me. I read on your review of vx4 that you bashed it in Collinsville was hoping you had a store, let me know if you do. Would like to get a good store to buy my parts for my customers. Repairs (been burnt bad by my local favorite) and want to find new favorite thanks for your time.

Stampede with viper vx4.

Jeff H.”

Cubby- Interesting email there Jeffery, I have no idea what you were getting at so I’ll just ramble for a while….

First off, there are a couple of good hobby shops in the STL. Checkered Flag Hobbies is located in the southern metro, while a shop called Mark Twain is a solid shop in the north just off I-70. Both carry decent inventories and have knowledgeable sales staffs. Both are also HRP dealers, meaning they have access to all the Viper goodies that you might want.

Btw, for all you local Chi-Town and STL bashers, we are working on a type of calender so you’ll know where we are on the weekends so you can meet up and bash with us, but like most other projects, there is so much to do, and so little time.


Congrats, you made it through another “ASK Cubby”, why not get even crazier and shoot me an email. Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy you need, if your letter hits the big time you will get free stickers or maybe even a t-shirt.

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“Advice for RC
I found your website while looking for a rc for my kids and I to play with. A few years ago when my youngest was 5 I bought a mini mauler. The thing was awesome. It was fast, would drive over any terrain in the house or yard. It seems that is no longer made and I am looking for something similar. Not too fast so a kid could learn it but not so weak that it can’t make it through thick carpet.
Any advice? There aren’t a lot of hobby shops nearby….
Dkrad”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Dkrad, shoot Brian an email at the “contact us” link so he can send you a free BSRC sticker pack.

Oh my, the old Horizon/HobbyZone Mini Mauler. I never had one, but they did look like fun.

So ya, I have a couple of recommendations for you. The first being one of the Dromida vehicles that are available from Tower Hobbies. I mention Tower because you said you don’t have an LHS close, and I mention Dromida because they are still fairly small in size like your Mauler, they can take a decent hit, and they won’t break your wallet (street priced at $99). The come in three different versions, a monster truck, an SCT, and a buggy, and while they aren’t crazy fast, they have a lot more rip than your old Mauler. Oh and, they can definitely get around well on carpet.

If you want to go a bit larger to do some outdoor bashing, I am going to recommend a brushed ARRMA Granite or an ECX 2wd Brushed Ruckus. The Granite has a street price of just over $200, while the Ruckus comes in at around $170. Both can easily get around in your backyard, both can take some hits, and you and your kids will have blast with them.


“Jato
I’m trying to buy some bandito 2.8 st for my jato I’m looking for advise with the offset front rear. Thank you guys for everything you do!
Tucker M.”

Cubby- Heyyyy nowwww Tucker, thanks for the email. You too can hit up Brian for some stickers.

So… you have a Traxxas Jato and want to mount up some Duratrax Bandito ST 2.8 wheels/tires on it. I’ve got some time in on a set of them, and they work fairly well on-road. The Jato uses the same offset front wheels as the front Nitro Stampede and front Nitro Rustler. On the rear the offset is the same as a bunch of different trucks like the F & R of the Pede 4×4, the rear of the Nitro Pede & Nitro Rustler, and the front of the electric 2wd Pede & Rustler. So as this applies to the Duratrax Bandito ST pre-mounts, for the rear of your Jato you will want “rear wheels with 1/2 inch offset”, like part number #DTXC3544 (for black wheels). For the front of your truck you’ll want something like part number #DTXC3540 for the black front pre-mounts.

Oh and hey, shoot us some pics of that bad boy when you get them mounted up.


That’s it for this week ya lunatics, shoot your emails to me at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” you’ll get a free Big Squid t-shirt.

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“Have you guys done a review or shoot out with the SC10.2 Factory team and Losi SC22?
Ryan W.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo yo Ryan, thanks for taking the time to write in. Shoot Brian your snail mail so he can hook ya up with a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt. Yes, yours is the letter of the month.

No, we haven’t reviewed the AE SC10.2 FT or the TLR/Losi 22SCT (although we did review the original SC10 Here). Although their parent company Thunder Tiger is cool with us, Associated hates us with a passion, so you can count on us never, ever, reviewing another AE vehicle unless we go out and buy one, and I seriously don’t see that happening. However… I have driven multiple SC10s and was never a fan. Their rear end tends to be loose, and they seem to be far too sensitive to tiny track changes. Oh ya, I am not a fan of their box stock set-up either.

As far as the 22SCT goes, I’ve also driven a number of them. Generally I was a fan, they carried speed really well in corners, and I really liked how far sideways I could land with them off of jumps. If you are thinking of pulling the trigger on one go ahead and bust that wallet out.


“Does anyone at BigSquid RC answer their emails?
I am looking to purchase for the Corvette GT2 body made by killerbody for my Traxxas XO-1. I am having trouble finding a seller. I’d also like to purchase the entire light kit as well. Do you have a source or a link you could point me too?
James G.”

Cubby- No, nobody ever answers emails here. LOL. One of my minions ran across yours, and I have no idea why they went ahead and forwarded it to me. So here, let me make up some sort of an answer.

Actually, we talk with the Killer Body RC quite frequently and they’ve got a bunch of new stuff getting ready to hit the market. However, what we do not do is manage their inventory. What little I do know about their distribution is that quite a few HobbyTown USA locations carry their products, so you might start by calling the one closest to you to see if they have what you are looking for in stock.

If that doesn’t work I would contact them directly. You can get their contact info at This Link.


That’s it for this week, shoot me your questions, opinions, and lightly used Tag watches to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. In the very unlikely event that I actually answer your question you will get a free sticker pack, and if yours is proclaimed “Letter of the Month” you score a free t-shirt.

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“Halix build
I am very interested in your Vaterra Halix project. This has been one of my all time favorite trucks. I’ve upgraded the wheels, tires, and shocks. It is much better than stock.
You may ask why, but I wondered if you had any suggestions for upgrading the motor?
Any input is appreciated.
Thanks
Dave”

Cubby- Yo Dave, just like you we are big fans of the Vaterra Halix. It looks cool, drives awesome, and has good yank right out of the box. But… “good’ is never enough, therefore we started a hop-up series on the Halix. You’ve probably already seen the first couple of installments and we’ve got several in the can on the way.

Yes, later in our hop-up series you’ll see us throw in major power. We did so to have the ability to rip off massive backflips (on the ground and in the air), and to generally overpower it just like every good basher should.

What would I recommend for you? First, upgrade to MIP CVDs, they are a must on big power with the Halix. Then… the Halix comes stock with a 540 sized motor, it could really use a longer 550 for more torque to turn those big tires over. There is plenty of extra space for a longer can, and it will bolt right up. To get specifics on brand, gearing, cell count etc, you’ll have to wait a few weeks for our hop-up article. :)


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