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Scooter Motor Works Brushless Nemesis We just got word from our buddy Scooter over at Scooter Motor Works that he’s got a new ESC/Motor combo in the works. It’s a brushless setup called the Nemesis. My favorite part, it comes with the hand held programmer, so you don’t have to go lugging a laptop around. He mentioned a price point that seemed very reasonable. There are more details posted over at the official Scooter Motor Works site. Go check it out. I think he will be taking pre-orders soon. Make sure to tell Scooter, Big Squid RC sent ya there!

Wow. I just got a letter from from Scooter telling me he has left
Team Tekin! Scooter has been the face of Tekin for years now, and it’s always great to talk with him at the iHobby shows. If you ever get the chance to meet him in person you will see he is one of the most passionate people about RC you could ever know.

Scooter has started his own thing called Scooter Motor Works. There isn’t much there on the site yet, but it sounds like he will have everything from Li-PO’s to new brushless esc’s! We will make sure to bring you all the future announcements from there.

We wish both Scooter and Team Tekin the best of luck in the future, I’m sure both will come out just fine.

Since we are talking about Scooter, check out our footage of him from last years i-hobby show, it’s probably the last time anyone will see him in front of a Tekin sign!

High Res version here:
Big Squid RC iHobby 07 – Meet Team Tekin!. Please ‘right click, save as’ for best viewing.

Futaba Servo Futaba has just released a whole ton of good new servos. Too many to list all the details here, but I will post the full press release in the NEW Product Forum. The one pictured to the left is the BLS452 Brushless High-Torque Car Servo. It has dual bearings, metal gears, and is ready to be put in just about anything electric or nitro you own. They also have some super light new micro servos, as well as brushless Heli servos that are 30% faster then standard digital servos! Speed = Good. Check out the Futaba or NEW Product Forum for more details.

Novak Brushless HV Pro Team Novak has just sent word that the HV Pro Brushless ESC has been updated as well as making now an individual item. (So you don’t have to buy the whole kit). They are also shipping a 5.5-turn as well as a 7.5 version. That’s good news if you are in the market for a new ESC system! Check the Team Novak site for details.

Novak Pinion Gear Team Novak is expanding its line of gears with the addition of 32-pitch 5MM
Steel Pinion Gears. These precision-made gears mesh with any brushless motor with a 5mm output shaft, including Novak’s HV-Series of Brushless Motors (#3524-3527), and can be used to power Monster trucks, including the Traxxas E-Maxx, and HPI E-Savage. Check the NEW Product Forum for the full press release.

I see this as a good sign. Electrics of all shapes and sizes are becoming popular, and it’s cool to have some pinion gears that can stand up to the big abuse of a monster truck!

Novak Brushless 3024 Team Novak has introduced their new heavy-duty HV-Series High Voltage Brushless Motors with 5mm shafts. The new HV Pro ESC is available in two brushless systems, the HV4.5 and the updated HV6.5. Check the NEW Product Forum for the full press release.

Schumacher Speed Passion It looks like the Schumacher USA Speed Passion motors are now ready to get dirty! The new Competition 2.0 brushless motors come in 8.5, 7.5, and 6.5t. They are built to handle 2wd and 4wd off road vehicles. Make sure if you pick these up, to grab the Speed Passion GT ESC that comes with the programming box!
You can read the full press release in the NEW Product Forum.

Schumacher CAT SX We just got some new details and pictures of the Schumacher USA CAT SX 4WD Buggy. It will have a 3 belt transmission, adjustable internal transmission ratio optimized for brushless or brushed motors as well as a unique clamp motor mount to fine tune weight distribution. It is optimized for LiPo packs which is cool, has lots of carbon fiber, and a bunch of other cool stuff! Check the NEW Product Forum for the full press release! While we had the chance to talk about Schumacher, check out this picture of Shawn Palmer’s (Schumacher sales dude) car! It says “My other car is Speed Passion Brushless Powered!” Hah!

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Novak Brusheless Goat I have just posted in our REVIEWS section, our review on the Team Novak GoaT Brushless Crawler System! If you are thinking about getting into the HOT RC trend that is RC Rock Crawling, or if you are already into crawling, and thinking about getting a new system, you do not want to miss this review! Read it Here!

Novak 17.5 Pro Brushless> </a> <font color=red> <A HREF=Team Novak is giving RC drivers more racing options by combining the SS17.5 Pro Brushless Motor with the GTB Programmable Racing Brushless / Brush ESC. The system has been recently approved for ROAR Stock spec class races. It comes factory-wired and ready to race straight out of the box! For a few new full press releases from Team Novak check the NEW Product Forum as well.

As I sit here watching “Giant Squid: Caught on Camera” on the Discovery Hi-Def channel, I can’t help but to reflect on just how far BigSquidRC has come in the last 12 months. This site has come from a little known basher site, to one that now gets more hits than most of the mainstream rc magazines sites get. That’s a huge accomplishment, and a statement to the fact that the paper based rags are in a for a butt kick’n by internet only news sites. Thankfully, BigSquidRC is one of the leaders in providing internet only rc news, reviews, and other information. So thank you readers and contributors for helping push BigSquidRC closer to the top every day!

Enough tooting of the horn. The show must go on.
One news item you won’t be seeing in the paper rags has to do with something I touched on last week, rc’s era of litigation. Early in 2007, several rc companies were sued by private individuals over labeling their products as “Made In the USA”. Novak, Horizon/Losi/Spektrum, Castle Creations, and Thunder Power went under the legal microscope in the state of California. To boil it all down- in California, to legally promote your products as “Made in the USA” not only must they be made here, but every single part in your product must come from the USA as well. In todays world, it is impossible to find every single part you would need for a speed controller from an American manufacture, making it impossible to meet California’s criteria for the “Made in USA” logo. So no matter if 100% of the actual work to design, assemble, and distribute the product happened right here in the US of A, a 99.9% American product could never legally wear the “Made in the USA” logo in the state of California.

It appears that all four companies have reached out of court settlements. What this means to the Joe Blow American rc driver is two things. First being that money hungry lawyers now smell blood in our industry, and we can expect even more litigation. Secondly, the more lawsuits that are filed, regardless of win or loss, the more the prices on rc products are going to go up. Companies that lose or settle out will be forced to raise prices to keep their doors open, and even companies never sued will start taking greater measures to limit losses in such case. Those preventative measures will raise costs of operation, and thus trickle down to higher prices at your local hobby shop.

Now, to take a quick look at some of the products and news released this week.
HPI announced their off road series this week. Yet another week where HPI manages to make it back into the news. It looks like an awesome idea on club racing. The rules are pretty simple- you have to drive an HPI or Hotbodies platform. Wouldn’t it be neat to race where everyone is essentially running the same vehicles? Imagine how much tuning info you could gain in just one race weekend!

Also on the HPI front, HotBodies has shot out the press info on their new 2wd dirt off-road competition buggy. This really is a landmark release. I mean really, who would have ever thought HPI would have sold a competitive 2wd buggy? Well it’s here, so now the buying public has more choices in that class than they have had in years. And the biggest design feature of the new buggy? An aluminum chassis! Awww, takes me back to the good old days when the original RC10 came out.

Isn’t it interesting that both Hotbodies and MRC/Academy have both released new 2wd buggies? Yet another sign that the manufactures are gearing up for the big switch from nitro back to electric. Can anyone say “B5 on the way”??

Traxxas announced their “Platinum” edition Revo. I guess that’s fine and dandy, but the buying public would much rather have seen the brushless/li-po powered Revo. True, the Revo in any form is arguably the single best engineered rc vehicle of all time, and also one of the toughest. But let’s get on with the electric revolution already.
Speaking of the electric side, Schumacher USA shot out the press release for the new 3250 mah CORE li-po pack they are distributing here in the USA. Looks like a fine pack, but a bit shy on capacity. Schu has had amazing success with their new Speed Passion brushless line-up, and deservedly so. Let’s see if their li-po’s take off with the same intensity.

That’s all for this week rc fans. Support your local hobby shops, support your local tracks, and be sure and get your daily dose of BigSquidRC!

Cub

I’ll get right down to the most important thing that happened this week in rc. Brian, CEO/CFO/C-Everything-O at BigSquidRC showed that not only does he have mad skillz on an rc drag track, but showed mad crawling skillz as well by winning his
first crawling event over the weekend. Crawling world watch out!! Brian likes to get into something new and pwn it asap!

Looking at new products this week left a lot to be desired. Nothing of real note was released, just the typical nic-nac crap. Yawn.

The rc world is ripe and about to burst waiting for the first production 8th scale off road electric buggy/truggy. You can’t go anywhere without seeing the signs. The technology is here to do it. Whoever is first to the plate is going to make some mad money. (And AE will release their version about 10 years later, B44 anyone?)

This sport has had two boom periods. The first in the late 80′s, when hobby grade rc cars were relatively new to the world. And the second came when the Traxxas T-maxx was released. It amazes me that you can still go to pretty much any track and see evidence of these two era’s. Ask around in the pits, and you’ll find that most 90% of the people at the track got into the sport during these two boom periods.

It certainly doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the third boom period for our beloved sport is nearly here. The circle will become complete yet again when the rc world turns back to electric, away from nitro. And goodness knows, the sport could use the boost, with nearly record low sales and race attendance.
My guess is that Horizon/Losi is going to be the first to step to the plate with an electric Losi 8 buggy. They’ve already made the leap to selling a li-po powered rtr, and by releasing their “own” line of brushless motors and speedo’s. If Horizon/Losi isn’t first, then it might actually be Hobbico/Duratrax. I say this based on the
fact that only Horizon and Hobbico have enough financial backing to put up a proper legal defense.

Do you remember back in the 80′s when 3 wheel atv’s were all the rage? It only took a couple years for them to become dinosaurs because of litigation. It only took a couple kids getting their grapes popped and a few million dollars being awarded to their families to permanently change the face of the atv world. That is what is
still known as the litigation era of that sport, luckily, the rc world has yet to see one of those.

Any company wanting to sell an 8th scale bl and li-po rtr is staring dead in the face this same problem. It’s only going to take one landmark court ruling to put a company out of business. There is a lot at stake here- make big money by giving the public what it wants, while facing the very likely chance that some idiot is going to burn down a house full of babies while charging his Brand XYZ brushless/li-po truggy.

That’s it for this week geeks. So hit your local hobby shop, hit your local tracks, and remember, we are in this to have fun.

Cub-Reporter Out

I have pretty much zero information on the new Castle Creations Sidewinder Micro 1/18th Scale Sport Brushless Power System, but I did find a picture. I have heard that the system has been in limited testing, but nothing besides that, so the picture has to do for now. Looking forward to see what this new system has in store for us.