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“Regarding the Carisma 959-

What’s the ideal battery for this car? Lipo 2S 70C? This is my first car RC (but have a few multirotors) so I don’t know much about the hobby yet.

Erik D.”

Cubby- Yo yo to the yo Erik, you have officially made the front page of BigSquidRC, hit Brian up for a killer sticker pack.

What is the ideal battery for the Carisma Porsche 959? On the low end of the spectrum I would say its a pack that meets your runtime requirements and has enough current that the brushless system doesn’t cog. On the upper end of the spectrum, it would be a pack like we used in our review, a TrakPower 2S 70C 6800. While not cheap, the TrakPower gave the Porsche nearly 30 minutes of runtime, tons of power, and never come close to getting hot. We can definitely recommend that pack first hand for the Carisma. Oh btw, the Porsche is set-up for a 2S pack, its battery tray doesn’t leave extra room for a “normal sized” 3S.

As far as other packs go, people tend to pay wayyyy too much attention to those mysterious “C” ratings. We’ve seen time and time again lower “C” packs outperform higher “C” packs, but that isn’t something you will know for sure unless you buy both and test them. The best rule of thumb I can give you is to only buy packs that you’ve seen tested by a reputable source. That is really the only way of knowing what you are plunking your hard earned cash down on.


“you know its strange ive been in this hobby for close to 30 years my first truck was a mauri big bear with a 6 volt NiCad. seeing these “new” losi universals kinda makes me sigh a little. these were all the rage until mip came out with the cvd which at the time were leaps and bounds beyond the universal, so is the cvd obsolete? its strange to see this hobby come full circle. ive seen the aluminum chassis get upgraded to carbon fiber, then to composite and it appears were back to aluminum. every 4×4 1/10 scale still shares the same layout as the xx4 which is almost 20 years old. well theres my rant of the day.

Jeremie H.”

Cubby- So Jeremie, are CVDs dead? LOL, no, they are not dead. But ya, I totally get your point on how everything goes out of fashion, then years later is promoted as the latest hot thing. You mention driveshafts and chassis materials, but it’s true for a million of other things.

I will make a comment about driveshafts in the rc world though. In one of our G+ live shows several months ago someone asked the question “What makes CVDs so much better than dogbones?”. So what is the biggest upside? CVDs don’t go flying out of your car at 40 mph to never be found again like dogbones do, LOL. Seriously, if you are a super uber competitor that runs on the same track week after week you can notice a difference in driveshafts. If you are a Joe Blow like you and me, you really only need two things- 1. long wear, and 2. CVD or universals that don’t get lost when a camber link comes off.


So there ya have it for this week folks, shoot me your snotty answers, unreadable gibberish, and moronic manifestos to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get something free, no kidding!

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Hey,
I have a “team Durango” DESC210 and I want to run my 12mm wheels on it (it comes with 15mm hex) and have been looking EVERYWHERE for a conversion.
Have you heard of any or have any suggestions for me?
I only found one so far and it was in a blog that named a company that is not on the internet (M+M RC products)
Please help
Fred
“Sent from a Pirate ship somewhere in the Caribbean”.”

Cubby- Hey now Fred, thanks for somehow getting me an email from that Pirate ship in the Caribbean, LOL.

I have never converted a Durango 2wd SCT over to the smaller, but much more common, 12mm hexes, so I can not give you first hand info on the best way to do it. I have heard that you might be able to do it with Losi 22 hardware, but I have no idea if that will actually work or not. If you have a kick ass local hobby shop, you should be able to take your truck down and test fit a bunch of different parts to see what works and maintains the proper width. I for one am still amazed that none of the bigger aftermarket companies have made adapters for the Durango 10th scalers (hint hint Pro-Line, Exotek, etc).

Hit the “Read More” button to read the second question for this week (it’s about a Helion Dominus 10SC)…

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“redcat terremoto
You have reviewed the monsoon xte, and that was utter crap, But ive seen from some owners say its pretty good? maybe give it a shot?
Ari R.”

Cubby- Congrats Ari, your email has just won the A-Main for being letter of the month. Shoot Brian your snail mail so he can hook you up with a BSRC t-shirt.

Ya ya, I used to lump all RedCat product into one category, junk. A RedCat received the lowest review score we’ve ever issued, but since then we’ve used other RedCat products that weren’t quite as bad. However, RedCat isn’t sending us any review product, I presume because I have bad mouthed them in the past. So… we sure as heck aren’t going to waste perfectly good American currency on them, so you can quit holding your breathe for a review, it just isn’t going to happen. And if we are unwilling to spend money on them, that should tell you something about what you should do with your cash. Just say’n…


“B-list shootout
You guys have reviewed so many vehicles from newer, cheaper brands. I was dead-set on a Helion Dominus but your CasterRC 4WD SCT review led me to their website where they had a roller version listed; pretty much what I’ve been looking for.

However, I don’t really know how it would fair against the other 4WD SCTs you’ve reviewed. I mean I could reread all the articles, but it seems like they were written in comparison to someone buying a Slash or an SC10. Which makes sense but I ain’t got that kinda money. I’m on a HobbyKing sort of budget. It would be nice to do a shootout between the HK sct and all the other “B-list” brands.
Derek C.
PS, I apologize if you’ve already done this. I am drunk at a bar and your blog keeps crashing my Chrome.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Derek, your email is amazingly readable, even though it was written in your altered state. Sadly you failed to mention what you were drinking. “Sigh”

A B-List shootout, yup, I totally dig that one.

I think it can be argued that people tend to only think in their own price point. People with 200k sitting their bank accounts tend to forget about the guys that don’t really want to spend over $200 on a new truck. While the $200 truck guys tend to forget about the guys who can go buy a couple of 5th scalers, with all the uber trimmings, and not even notice the cash missing from their account. And… I think us guys here at BigSquidRC are guilty of the same thing. We tend to test/review/shootout more mid-range products, and not very many on the extreme low and high ends.

Thanks for the wake-up call Derek, we’ll see what we can do about your shootout.


That’s it for yet another week of ASK Cubby. Feel free to shoot me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com and it will get read by one of my minions, who will then delete 99% of them, leaving just the creme of the crop (LOL) for me to actually read. If your letter does make our front page you’ll win a free sticker pack, and if your email stands above all others, it will be selected as “letter of the month”, which will win you a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Hey Cubby,
What do you think about the Tarmac TIRE D COMP which is being used on the HPI WR8 Flux? Does it have good grip on the asphalt? Their pattern doesn’t seem fit for such surface.
Thanks man
Omar D.”

Cubby- Yo, hey now Omar, thanks for email.

We’ve gotten in a bunch of time with an HPI Ken Block WR8 Flux and I do have one comment about the stock tires- because of the monster power available, they don’t last long. LOL. As far as traction goes, they weren’t bad, but any time you mash the gas they became pizza cutters, and as you know, any tire twice its normal diameter isn’t going to get much traction. I would highly recommend belted tires as a replacement, but that’s just me.

Live long and prosper my friend… oh and shoot Brian your snail mail for a sticker pack.


“1/8 4WD Monster Truck
I am thinking about getting a 1/8 scale Monster truck. I think I have narrowed it down to the Savage Flux HP, or the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3. I have seen the shootout you have done with the 2wd monster trucks but have not seen any thing similar with the 1/8 4WD. Was wondering if you guys were planning to do a shootout? Maybe it would help sway my decision on which rig to pick up. Im sure many others would enjoy reading up on the reviews/testing as well.
Thanks
Jonathan”

Cubby- A 4wd, brushless, RTR, monster truck shootout is what I consider to be the “Holy Grail” of shootouts for BigSquidRC. It is my belief that for the majority of BSRC readers, that particular class of machinery is their preferred weapon for bash destruction. If we were bust out that shootout, I’m quite certain it would be a huge hit among our readers, and do a dern good job of melting down the servers.

So… why haven’t we done the shootout? We’ve had all the trucks needed for the shootout, the MT4 G3, the Savage Flux, and the E-Revo. However, we’ve never had brand new units all at the same time in the same place. To do a legit shootout we can’t use beat up or modified trucks, they all need to be equal, right off the assembly line, and we just haven’t been able to pull that off yet.

But… 2014 is looking to be the “Year of the Monster Truck”. There are a bunch of new units hitting the market, big, nasty, and overpowered, so the time is right to do our big MT shootout. Yes, it will happen, it has to happen. It’s who we are, it’s what our core readers want, it’s just a matter of time until we get our Ps and Qs together.

Oh and yea.. I’m pretty sure you’d be happy with either of those trucks you have narrowed it down to, they are both great bashers!


That’s it for this week ya lunatics, shoot me whatever is floating around in that deranged mind of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Get a free sticker pack if your letter makes the front page, and win a t-shirt if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month”.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Please help with pro line body thumbwashers install

Hi guys, please help me. i was wondering what exact size drill bit do i use to install a Pro-Line Body Mount Thumbwasher Kit that i read about

Thanks,

Wolfy”

Cubby- Hey Wolfy. Obviously you are a man of good taste and judgment, choosing to ditch those PITA body clips in favor of vastly superior Pro-Line Thumbwashers. Actually, they are called Secure-Loc Caps now days, which is a much tricker name than what we gave them.

So you want to know precisely what size drill bit to use for drilling the holes when installing a Pro-Line Secure-Loc Cap Kit. To be honest with you, I normally just “eyeball” it and have never been off, not to brag, but yes, I am just that good. But… seeing as how I am so dedicated to our readers (LOL), I actually removed one of the cap screws on my personal PRO-2 SCT to get a solid answer for you. After spending nearly 2 minutes working my rear off to get a measurement, I am going to say a 1/8″ bit is the weapon of choice. Btw, a normal metal bit is fine as long as it has a sharp tip.


“I would like your expertise and have a question for you

I am currently in the market for a gas rc car. I want to take it off-roading and just have a fun time with it (no competitions or anything like that).

Do you have any recommendations if I wish to stay in a budget of about $1000-$1200. What are your thoughts about the HPI baja 5B SS kit? I was thinking of getting that or the Losi LST XXL 2 (which hasn’t come out yet). Perhaps you think it’s worth the wait?

I work crazy night hours and lately I have been bored out of my mind sitting at home and doing nothing. I was thinking it would be time consuming and interesting to get a kit. Do you think a person needs a lot of experience in putting it together? I have never put one together but feel confident in my abilities.

By the way, your website, bigsquidrc.com, comes highly recommended! I think it’s amazing. So much info and very interesting to see regular updates.

Johnathan G”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Johnathan, thanks for taking the time to write in.

What are my thoughts on the HPI Baja 5B SS kit? Well, we did a review on the initial RTR version which prompted me to cut the check and buy a 5B SS kit. The SS is a solid buggy, it drives well, has decent power, and if you don’t get too insane, is relatively reliable. The engine it comes with typically starts right up and is generally a joy to use. Yes, I consider the SS to be worth the cash, it is a lot of fun with minimal engine hassles.

Do I think you can build it? Hey, I don’t know you, but the SS comes with a decent manual and everything goes together without issue. Building an rc car/truck kit is really about one thing- how well you can read a manual. If you are the type that throws the manual away first thing, it will be a pain to build. If you go strictly by the manual, and are good at paying attention to the details, it will be easy for you.

But… the 5B isn’t without downsides, noise is the first one. I have no idea where you live, but the 5B sounds roughly like a chainsaw when driven, which might very well get on the nerves of your neighbors. And… the 5B is no small vehicle. If you don’t have much extra room in your garage, you will find it takes up a decent chunk of space to store. Lastly… the 5B is no joke, it can throw a serious roost, meaning it can be a grass killer. That might not be an issue for some, but for others, tearing up the grass at your local park isn’t cool and can get you in some hot water.

About the Losi XXL-2 gas powered monster truck… no, we haven’t received one for review yet, so your guess is as good as mine on whether it is so good that it completely changes the industry, or if it misses the mark.


Hey, got a question? Got something on your mind? Don’t be shy, the worst I can do is publicly shame you. Submit your letters to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the front page we will totally hook you up with a BigSquidRC sticker pack, and if I proclaim it to be the “Letter of the Month” we’ll even send you a t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Helion Criterion

I want to upgrade my spur gear for my helion criterion and it’s getting annoying trying to find anything for this buggy. I have upgraded my pinion gear and like the reviews say the stock spur gear gets worn VERY easily especially with the new 31t spur gear it doesn’t help I upgraded my motor to a brushless motor. I would like to know if your Exotek direct spur gear hub would work for my buggy. As well as can you direct me to how many teeth I may want to run with my 31t 48p spur gear. I personally was looking for a 62t to 65t.

James J.”

Cubby- Yo hey James, quite the interesting question/rant you have there.

It was difficult to follow your email, or perhaps it’s late and I just don’t care, but after skimming it here is my reply.

No, yes, perhaps and maybe. Have a nice day and thanks for writing in.

LOL. Ok, for sure you have a Helion Criterion buggy and you are having wear issues with the spur gear. We’ve tried a few different spurs on the Helion and ended up using one from a Vaterra Twin Hammers. The Twin Hammers spur takes a tiny bit of trimming with a hobby knife in the slipper pad area and it’s good to go. Oh ya, it last wayyyy longer than the stock Helion unit does.

As far as gearing goes, that depends on a lot of factors. It depends on the kV of your brushless motor, your tires, your cell count, ambient temp, etc. Lets say you pop on the Twin Hammers spur, which is a 78 (if I remember correctly, it’s been a while, feel free to Google it). Start off with the smallest pinion in your box, hopefully around a 16 or so and keep adding teeth until you get your desired performance or until you start seeing motor temps of 140′ish.

Go fast, turn left, and send lots of Dom.


The next letter is a longggg rant on ARRMA, to read it and my response hit the “Read More” button…

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“ESC Upgrade

Hey Guys,
Do you think i might face any technical issues in case i replace the ESC of my TT countryman BLC- 80C with the BLC-150C which is being used on the MT4 G3? i’m looking for more power but im afraid to face some problems with the differential system or gearing…etc…
Thanks
OD”

Cubby- Yo congrats OD, I have selected yours as “Letter of the Month” which entitles you to a free BigSquidRC t-shirt. Hit the “contact us” link to shoot Brian your snail mail and shirt size.

Ok, so you might be replacing the stock 80 amp esc in your Thunder Tiger Mini Cooper Countryman with a 150 amp model. So…. what are the implications? Absolutely none if you keep the gearing and cell count the same. After the switch your car should have the same speed and power.

Now lets say you go ahead and kick up your cell count to 5 or 6S on the bigger speedo. Then will your rally car run into reliability problems? Hey, every car running on 6S runs into problems sooner or later, so expect to break some parts. But… all that insane 6S power will at least have you wrenching with a huge smile on your face.


“Just out of curiosity why yall cover this guy’s eyes up every picture?

Michael V.”

Cubby- Ya know, I’ve actually thought for nearly a whole minute on how to answer this question. I could say it’s because I dug out both of my eyes with a hot soldering iron from reading dumb letters. I could say it’s because I’m actually an alien and my eyes have a deep, dark, green phosphate like glow that I’m trying to hide from the government. I could say I only do it to tick off Joe-Blow consumers that have never met me in person.

But then, I could just break down and be honest (which is pretty rare), so… here’s the dealio. In the early days of THE Cub Report many of the things I would say were against my employer in the rc industry. Instead of getting fired and losing some rather fat paychecks, I wore a motocross helmet in the CR picture. Later, when I was working more outside the rc industry, I had no reason to continue using the helmet pic so we shot a “normal” pic, but decided to put a BSRC watermark over my eyes to still leave a bit of mystery.

So there ya go, pretty simple really. :)


That is it for this week ya punks, my email is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com, feel free to shoot me whatever you want, at some point it just might get read. Every letter you write that hits the bigtime gets you a free sticker pack, if I pick yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll totally hook you up with a sweet BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ASK Cubby

“Hi Gentlemen
What do you think about the Kyosho DRX VE (Ford Fiesta or Subaro Impreza) Vs. the traxxas Rally? Actually i own a traxxas rally (and i’m very happy with it) and i was thinking to get a DRX VE but i’m not sure if it’s worth it. I need your opinion from technical/performance point of view.
Thanks for your feedback and for your amazing website as well.
Regards
Omar D.”

Cubby- Yo hey Omar, you’ve hit the bigtime, feel free to shoot Brian your snail mail so he can hook ya up with a sticker pack. Oh and, I think you’ve got us all wrong if you are calling us “gentlemen”, trust me on that one. :)

I am going to assume you’ve already read our Rally Car Shootout (if not, HERE is the link), so I’m going to give you some additional feedback on the K-car vs the Traxxas from my point of view. We had the “Demon” version in the shootout, which is similar to the Ford and Subaru versions you asked about.

The Traxxas Rally is somewhat different than the Kyosho. The Traxxas is much wider, so much so it doesn’t have the “scale” proportion of the Kyosho, and it drives that way. The extra width and firmer suspension of the TRX keeps it from traction rolling as much, and when it does flip, it tends to not roll over as many times. The Kyosho is better on loose surfaces like dirt or rocks. Its stock suspension is set up very soft which allows it to get more grip and generally drive better in low bite situations. The tires on the Kyosho also work better on loose surfaces than those on the TRX. I will also add that with its narrower proportions and greater chassis roll, the Kyosho feels more like driving the “real” thing than the TRX.

The stock powerplant on the Kyosho seems quite soft compared to the one in the Traxxas. We didn’t spend a lot of time changing the gearing, so it’s possible adding a couple teeth to the Kyosho might wake it up a bit, but otherwise if you purchase a Kyosho you might be looking at instantly installing an aftermarket BL system to make it feel as fast as your TRX.

So… is it worth cutting the check for a Kyosho? Does it offer you something the TRX does not? If… you are a big rally car fan, then yes, a Kyosho rally is worth the cash. While it might be slow compared to the Traxxas, all three models look gorgeous compared to the TRX and they definitely drive much differently.


“RC10 Worlds Car
If I want to get into casual racing & parking lot/gravel/skatepark bashing, should I go for this or a newer kit? I’d say 70/30 bashing.
Casey R.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo yo Casey, thanks for shooting us a question over on our Facebook page. Personally I hate FB, but hey, somebody has to keep Zuckerberg in the lap of luxury.

So… you are interested in the Associated RC10 Worlds Car. Here is the scoop…

If you are old school and owned one back in the day, it’ll probably be a hoot to have again. If you just like its style or want to own a piece of history, sure, cut the check. However, racing or bashing are two things you won’t want to do with it.

Vintagte racing- ya.. that didn’t take off so well for Team AE. I frequent several of the busiest indoors tracks in the country and none of them regularly hold vintage classes. This means that if you do buy a World’s Car that you will be racing it in the “normal” buggy class. That means that someone of your exact same skill level will be smoking you by a second (or more) a lap simply because their equipment is more modern/better/faster. Hey, losing to a better driver is an honorable thing to do, but to get beat by someone of the same (or lesser) skill sucks.

Bashing- ummm… like the original RC10 re-release, the World’s Car is a limited edition kit. Yes, there are some parts out there for it, but there won’t be as many available as a “normal” production run car. Additionally, a 2wd buggy is just about the worst platform you can select for bashing. They are low to the ground with relatively small diameter tires, this hurts them in grass or when driving in extremely rough or loamy areas. Lastly, 2wd buggies are known in bashing circles as being fragile (although that isn’t always the case).

I know a lot of people that are burnt out on the whole short course truck trend, but for what you are looking for they might be a good option. They are one of the most popular classes now days and they are typically rugged enough to bash with. If you simply can’t stand SCTs, then I would cut the check on a B4 or a Losi 22 (original). Both can be found at discounted prices and are decent buggies.


That’s it for this week ya bunch of raving lunatics. I’ll be picking a “letter of the month” next week so get those letters in for a chance to win a new t-shirt. Shoot your questions to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com, if your letter makes the front page you’ll win a BSRC sticker pack.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Question
I’m thinking of buying a hellion dominus, can a lipo be used in the truck in its stock form?
thank you,
Frank B.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Franky B, thanks for taking the time to shoot out an email.

For those not familiar with the Helion Dominus, it’s Helion’s 4wd 10th scale short course truck. It has an affordable price point, $199, and won March Bashness a couple years ago, which is voted on strictly by our readers. We liked the one we got to review, the Dominus is a basic, affordable, bash machine.

So… does it do Lipo in stock form? You are gonna love this answer, yes and no.

Yes you can! If you use a Lipo that has a relatively small form factor and you don’t mind driving without an LVC (low voltage cut-off).

No you can not! If you use a ROAR sized Lipo and want some low voltage protection.

Now… the BigSquid Bash Crew doesn’t really freak over the lack of an LVC. We routinely drive vehicles that do not have an LVC in their speedo. We have learned that when you first start feeling a pack getting soft you pull off and re-charge. However, if you are a noobie noob, an LVC can come in handy to keep you from over-discharging your Lipo pack.

Also of note, we ran Lipo in our test truck, a ROAR sized one at that, but to fit such a pack requires some elbow grease. You can find the details on what it takes Here, but if you don’t feel like doing any modding, you might want to look at another platform.


“Send to Cubby
Who you think the number one company that makes bashing trucks and cars is, all my friends say Traxxas but I like HPI the best.
Shiloh F.”

Cubby- Hey now Shiloh, what’s up and be sure to shoot Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with an uber BSRC sticker set.

So who do I think the numero uno manufacture (<- sorry guy from last week, LOL) of bash machines is? Wow, my cell is gonna blow up tomorrow for answering this one, but of course that isn't a deterrent to me.

Well... it's not Traxxas, that’s for sure. I sure like their parts availability, but that’s about it.

HPI- has put out solid basher gear for years upon years, but no doubt they’ve had their issues the last couple of years. They didn’t release much last year, and what they did seemed to be drift/on-road oriented, which is fine for some, but not for the people I hang with. My crew needs a machine that works on pavement as well as hucking vert ramps. Oh and, the whole Octane thing…. oooofffaahh….

ARRMA- is known as Durango’s basher line, and they certainly do have some kick butt machines. Their line-up is modern, their marketing is coming together, all they need is one big 4wd gnar-core bash truck to be on top of the heap.

Thunder Tiger- TT has a winner with their epic G3 platform, but some of their lower-end models could use some freshening up.

ECX- still a relatively new brand, they got off to a slightly slow start, but their line-up now days is real solid. While some may hold their very low price points against them, we don’t care about such things here, if they work, they work, and we drive Torments and Ruckuses nearly every day.

Vaterra- is my preferred basher line-up (at the moment). Ya, they are still new to the scene, and it will take another 3-5 years of marketing to cement their name to an average hobbyist, but the product they’ve put out thus far is amazingly good. Pretty much everything in their line-up has class leading looks, while the platforms underneath are typically solid bash machines. Hot looks, decent price points, and vehicles that can survive a good hucking off your roof, now that’s what bashing is all about.

However Shiloh… if you were to go around the table and ask every member of the BSRC Bash Crew what their favorite is, I can assure you there would be several different answers. We have guys that are big fans of HPI, big fans of Axial, and some that even still like Traxxas. And… just because our answers might be different, it doesn’t mean a single one of them is wrong. What’s best for me might suck for you, while the best brand for you might just not work for me.


That’s it for this week ya bunch of lugs, shoot me your vintage ’72 Unadilla GP t-shirts, questions, rants, and F1 swag to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter makes the bigtime you’ll get a free sticker set, if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month” you get a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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“Hey Cubby,
I implore you to please quit using the word manufacture when you should be using manufacturer. A manufacturer is the company that manufactures the products.
Thanks,
Joshua H.”

Cubby- Yo hey Josh, you’ve made the big time, hit Brian up with your snail mail for a BSRC sticker pack.
Ok, a couple quick things here-
1. While I merely dislike Grammar Nazis, what I really hate is a bad one, and that would be you. When other Grammar Nazis write in they typically list dozens of issues, you only list one. If you are gonna live in a dictionary the very least you could do is pay attention.

2. I’m betting you were born after the internet was, thus you’ll never know the freedom that comes from letting misspelled words go, using internet shorthand, using lots of …. before and after each sentence, etc. You see in the era I grew up we had teachers breathing down our necks ready to bust out the red pen of death for every “i” we forgot to dot. Sadly you’ll never know that feeling of “freedom” by writing however you want to like in the early days of the internet.

3. I’ve explained multiple times that BSRC made a conscience decision years ago to not look like the dinosaur media. While some former 5th grade English teacher may be proofing every sentence at a dinosaur mag, we basically don’t have anyone. We do it this way so our readers see we are human just like them, making a few mistakes here and there. We want our readers to know 100% that we are just like them, down in the trenches of rc, more worried about how high the new HPI Octane truck can jump than the finer points of the written English language.


“I need expert advice
I’m a gearhead looking for a new hobby. Drag racing has gotten cost prohibitive and I stumbled across the RC world just recently. I’ve done a lot if reading and you guys have become my favorite source of what seems to be unbiased info.
I know from reading your stuff that I am going to be a basher so I need your opinion of the best 4×4 sct rtrs in electric and nitro. I love the test result and review of the ECX Torment but it was a 2wd. I live in rural Arkansas so parts will be mail order.
I only know what I read, mainly on Big Squid, so I can use any help you’re willing to give.
Thanks,
Chad P.”

Cubby- Ya know Chad, we have really worked hard to attempt to be unbiased, but… I am absolutely sure that we are. When it comes review time we attempt to blind test as much as we can and spread out our test ratings over as many reviewers as possible to fight this, but in the end it is impossible to be unbiased.

And why is it that I think it is impossible that we are unbiased? Because some companies treat us extremely well, while others treat us like dirt, so of course we can’t help but want to “like” the companies that treat us awesome. Still, when it comes review time, we do our best to block all that out.

Anywhos… on to your question. What are the best 4×4 SCT RTRs? You want the list for electric and nitro, but I am gonna stamp out the nitro thing right now. You might be a big-time gear head, but at this point I would never recommend nitro to anyone. Why? Yes, they have the sound and smell of the real deal, but with current technology they are a PITA to keep tuned and running.

With that said… several of our staffers are big fans of the Traxxas Slash 4×4, while we have others that are big fans of the Losi SCTE platform. I have only bought 3 cars in the last year, one of which was a Losi SCTE (then I added the MIP conversion and some STRC and RPM parts). To give you a feel for how much I like the SCTE, I can pretty much shoot a text to whoever I want and get a free car, however I actually cut the check to buy an SCTE. The SCTE rails on the track and you can torture the heck out of it when bashing. The SCTE is one of those rare vehicles that can do it all, and it comes in at a reasonably affordable price point.

But then… if you talk to other members of our Bash Crew they will emphatically recommend the Traxxas. It certainly has some upsides, with parts availability being at the top of the list.

Thanks for the props and whatever you end up buying shoot us an email and let us know how it turned out.


That’s it for this week ya freaks. Shoot me an email to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the front page you’ll win a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as letter of the month you’ll win an uber new BSRC t-shirt.

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“Vaterra Cogging
How can I get rid of all cogging from my halix vaterra? 2s Lipo
Aspen Sam”

Cubby- Yo hey Aspen Sam, what’s up and I hope you’ve been bashing the heck out of your Vaterra Halix. While it is still a very new model it has become a favorite among the BigSquidRC Bash Crew.

The Halix comes geared somewhat tall out of the box, which is great fun of course. We’ve shot it with a radar gun at 46 mph on 3S and it has enough power to “wheelie out” at pretty much any speed under 40. But… with the tall gearing comes a few downsides. One being shorter runtimes, two being higher temps, and three, the potential to induce cogging. Our test unit exhibited just a small amount of cogging from a dead stop, but if yours is having more of an issue here are a few things you can do…

1. Use a smaller pinion gear. We’ve popped on a smaller pinion and our test truck still had plenty of rip. It also extended the runtime and had virtually no cogging.
2. Make sure you use a good battery. A battery that can’t keep up with the current demands of the brushless system will cause excessive cogging.
3. If all else fails, go medieval on it. By that I mean install a Castle Mamba Pro with a 1415. With proper gearing you’ll have even more power with zero cogging.

Peace and love, peace and love…


“you know its strange ive been in this hobby for close to 30 years my first truck was a mauri big bear with a 6 volt NiCad. seeing these “new” losi universals kinda makes me sigh a little. these were all the rage until mip came out with the cvd which at the time were leaps and bounds beyond the universal, so is the cvd obsolete? its strange to see this hobby come full circle. ive seen the aluminum chassis get upgraded to carbon fiber, then to composite and it appears were back to aluminum. every 4×4 1/10 scale still shares the same layout as the xx4 which is almost 20 years old.
well theres my rant of the day, happy new year to all.
Jeremie H.”

Cubby- Yo congrats Jeremie, I am proclaiming your question (off our FB page) as “Letter of the Month”. Hit Brian up with your snail mail and shirt size so he can give you the hook up.

And ya, the hobby, as well as life in general, is cyclical. It happens in clothing, it happens in full size cars, and it sure as heck is all over the place in rc. Years ago electric dominated, then nitro, now it’s back to electric again, but it will be dominated by gas/nitro again at some point in the future.

As far as driveshafts are concerned, it was interesting to see Losi putting out “universals” again. Back in the day they were the bomb, now they are more of a tuning option. But… what I really want to see is- some blind testing to determine just how many drivers could tell a difference between CVDs, universals, and sliders. My guess would be not many…

Anyways… congrats Jeremie, enjoy your new t-shirt and keep in touch.


That’s it for this week ya freaks. Don’t be a slacker, send me your questions, answers, smansers, and utter non-sense to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If you are lucky enough to hit the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, and if you are luckier still, all our “Letter of the Month” winners get one of our uber new t-shirts.

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“Cubby,

I am in need of a new power supply for my battery chargers, which one are you recommending now days?

Btw, I read your last Cub Report and I totally disagree with you on the Associated B5, I can’t wait to buy one.

Martin V.”

Cubby- Yo hey what’s up Martin, thanks for the email and be sure to shoot Brian your snail mail so we can send you a BSRC sticker pack.

Which power supply am I recommending now days? My vote goes to the Racers Edge Prime 30, you can read our review Here. No, they aren’t an advertiser of ours, I simply like their power supply, and here is why-

* It is so quiet. The internal fan doesn’t always run, and when it does, it is very soft. Quiet is a Great thing in my pit area.

* It has plenty of power for most uses. I rarely charge a pair of Lipo batteries at over 20 amps each, and even when doing that, you aren’t really pushing its power capabilities.

* It has a nice display on top that shows both voltage and how much current you are pulling from it.

Cut the check for one, for most normal uses it rocks.

About the B5, to each their own and I certainly respect everyone else’s opinions (read- not really), and in return you should respect mine. Yes, I tend to hold AE to too high of a standard, and yes, I need to lower it. But… I will never lower it to the point where I will rejoice when they come out with a vehicle that simply catches them up to where the competition has been for years.

Peace and love, peace and love my friend…


“Please pass this along to Cubby.

Cubby keeps talking about how 18th scale is dead, but how can he say that with all the new trucks on the market? Just recently there have been 3 new 18ths from Dromida and the ECX 18th Ruckus and Torment. Where I live 18th is alive and well, I don’t know how he can say its dead. I read your website every single day, but what he is saying is dead wrong.

Chase”

Cubby- Yo hey Chase, thanks for the email.

So I take you are core into 18th scalers. Good for you, I am also a big believer in them. A good 18th scaler is fast, fun, and more importantly, affordable. Where it can take hundreds of bucks to keep a larger scale running on a weekly basis, it costs only a small fraction of that for an 18th scale.

Is 18th dead? You make a great case about Dromida and ECX putting out new small scalers, they wouldn’t put them out if there wasn’t a demand, and we’ve certainly had a lot of fun with them around the office.

But… we tend to get out a lot. Whether it be the local tracks, or the local spots known for bashers to congregate, we most certainly are Not all about writing, we are all about getting out and living the lifestyle by actually driving. With that said, yes, we do see small scalers here and there, but… and there is always a but… we just don’t see them out in the wild like during their glory days in the mid/late 2000′s. Back in those days it was common to see a “Mini-T” or “RC18″ class, now days about the only 18th scalers we see being raced are Losi Mini-T based oval cars. And at local bash spots, it reflects the same. Back “in the day” you would see multiple 18th scalers at a bash, now you are lucky to see a couple.

So while there have been several new models released, I think it would be a stretch to say that they are still “popular”, although we are totally for them blowing up and getting huge again. Both the Dromida’s and the new ECX’s are durable and a bunch of fun to wheel, hopefully they will help bring back some of the popularity of the small scale scene. Six months from now we would love to be able to say the mini class is more popular than it has ever been.


That’s it, I’m done. Well, for this week at least. I’ll be picking a “Letter of the Month” next week so get in those wacky emails of yours, you could win a new uber-boss BSRC t-shirt. Shoot your questions, balance inquiries, or off-beat jokes to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com.

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“Hello,

I am looking for a telescopic piston for r/c truck.
I am not using it for a specific truck, but assembling something general, so almost any type would be ok, as long as it is relatively short (not 10-12 inches, but less).
Can you help me?
Thanks,
Gal.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Gal, and I don’t think the question is so much “can” I help you, but whether or not I feel like doing so.
Luckily for you I am still full of X-mas cheer. :)

So… you are looking for “telescopic pistons” for your rc truck, AKA hydraulic rams/cylinders. Boy do I just happen to know of someone that can give ya the hook up, at least with units that look proper. And just who is that company… wait for it… our friends over at RC4WD. But seriously, I am not expert on scale looking hydraulic cylinders, but check out This Link. If those don’t work, cruise the rest of the RC4WD website. If all else fails, shoot them an email, the RC4WD crew are gnar-core scalers, if they don’t have exactly what ya are looking for they can most likely point ya in the right direction.


“Ask Cubby

Hey Cubby have you guys heard anything about Losi discontinuing the LST line. I thought for sure they were just bringing out a new truck , but its been awhile now and still no word. I would really hate to see that line die. Of all the trucks that have passed though my garage it is a blast and really tough. Anyways just wanted to see if y’all had heard anything.
Thanks and great section.
frontedge2001″

Cubby- Hey now FrontEdge. I truly believe that alpha & omega are the only two things guaranteed in this world. So while you had a way super dope time with your LST, all good things must come to an end. There was a first time you took a breathe of air, and there will be a last. Yes, I am a bit of a fatalist, but I prefer to call it realism. Perhaps one of the most important parts of life is simply learning to move on…

Even when the LST line-up goes bye-bye forever, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world. I don’t have any first hand scoop on the LST line, but I do know some seriously hardcore truck people at Horizon who want nothing other than to put out the best trucks on the market. A good example of this would be the Vaterra Halix, which might not be as big as your old LST, but is indeed a burly bash machine.

So… you never know when Horizon might pull the trigger on a new and improved Revo/Savage sized bash machine, but I would suggest that you hit them up on their G+, FB, or email and let’em know how much you would dig a new 8th scale bash truck.


That’s it for this X-mas edition of ASK Cubby. Have a legit question? Have a fake one? Just send it to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the bigtime you get a free sticker pack, if yours is the letter of the month we’ll even hook ya up with a t-shirt.

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