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Maxxis TiresYou know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when your LHS calls and says the Happy Flower Bashmobile you’ve been waiting on for 3 months just came in.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you show up 4 hours later just to find out they already sold it to someone else.

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when your car grinds to a halt and you find out it was only a loose pinion.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you remember you loaned out the 2.0 you need to tighten it to Iron Mike, and he never returns anything, ever.

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when you get up on the drivers stand and your favorite middle position is wide open for the taking.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you discover its only open because of a track change. It is now the worst spot to have because some big jump in the middle totally hides a double behind it.

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when you accidentally drop your hot soldering iron and you miss your crotch.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when it ends up falling nose first into your shoe instead (true story on this one btw).

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when you find out there is a new track opening less than 10 minutes from your house.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you find out they only race classes that you hate with a passion (insert- oval, carpet, short course, 5th scale, etc).

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when none of the “fast guys” show up to race your class.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you end up getting hacked every lap and you end up finishing tenth like you do every weekend anyways.

You know it’s gonna be a great day in rc when your nitro engine starts up on the first yank after sitting in your garage for 6 months.

Lets face it, you know it’s gonna flame out the moment you put the truck on the ground and it’ll be 20 minutes of yank’n before it even THINKS about starting again.

You know it’s gonna be a great day in rc when you make a huge roof jump twice in a row without breaking anything.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you hand the vehicle over to Adam The Intern and he promptly runs it into a tree stump, totaling it out.

You know it’s gonna be a great day in rc when you drive 2 hours to a bash spot out in the middle of nowhere that has loads of awesome jumps to hit.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you arrive and remember you forgot your transmitter at home.

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when a big box of new test cars show up on your doorstep for review.

Ummmmm…. there certainly is no bad day for that one. :) Support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

cubby chairA decade of bashing down, BSRC is officially 10 years old, even we can’t believe it. Nor can we believe that a lil’ ole website like ours could help change the face of rc, but it has.

So where do we go from here? Ya, for sure it’s hard to top what we’ve done, but being who we are we are going to keep pushing the limits like we always have. I can’t say for sure where the next ten years will take us, all I can say is that we are more dedicated than ever to trying new things and promoting the rc hobby as much as we can. As long as we continue to put out lots of quality original content offering a look at the hobby like nobody else can, we’ll do fine.

More than anything during our look back at the first ten years we are grateful. A website like BSRC doesn’t exist without a TON of help. Help from dozens/hundreds of fellow bashers for helping with the site, on reviews, attending our bashes, and reading every day. It also doesn’t exist without the industry. BigSquidRC isn’t made up of a half dozen bashers/writers, it truly is a culmination of a whole lot of people on the basher side of the hobby that still like to have fun. To everyone that reads and supports BSRC we give you a Huge Thank You. You are the ones that made it possible for BSRC to make the 10 year mark and we salute you.

So… what’s going on this week at BSRC? We have a lot on our plate (as usual). With any luck you’ll read full coverage of our 10 Year Anniversary Bash tomorrow. We are also going to try and have an EPIC week for reviews – the Futaba 4PX transmitter, the Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT, and the Vaterra K-5 Blazer.

So that’s all for this edition of THE Cub Report, I’m back to work on reviews for now. Have a great week and I hope all of you get in some serious trigger time. Oh ya, support your local hobby shops when you can, our hobby can not exist without them.

YOUR Cub Reporter

cubbyHey, first things first, don’t forget that this weekend is our huge, way-over-the-top, 10 Year Anniversary Bash & Party. We’ll be going big, crashing hard, eat’n cake, and giving away some way super dope gear. Like what? Like a brand new nobody-can-buy-yet Axial Yeti XL and a top of the line Futaba 4PX. All you have to do to win is be there and participate, so grab your gear and head to Leisure Hours in Joliet Illinois for a time you will never forget. HERE is the link with all the details.

Also of note here at BSRC, we’ve finally finished up our Pro-Line PRO-MT monster truck review. The PRO-MT review goes up on Tuesday and hopefully later in the week we’ll have our high-zoot Axial Yeti XL video done as well.

And don’t forget, if you work or own a hobby shop and want to receive the next issue of Big Squid RC Monthly, simply send us an email at the contact us link above. Remember it’s free to both you and your customers and will only be available at hobby shops!

On a different note…

The last tone for the IFMAR 8th scale worlds may have sounded, but the race is still making news. Last week AKA put out a press release letting the world know that they had fired/axed/dismissed their driver Martin Bayer for running Pro-Line tires during the final main. If I owned a tire company and one of my hired hands used another product, heck yes, I would have fired them on the spot, but I would never have done it in a public way. Sure, THE Cub Report is all about talk’n smack and stirring the pot, but a tire company is there to sell tires. Going “public” with a driver dismissal can look bad for a company and can make signing drivers in the future more difficult. I mean, what driver wants to be fired then publicly humiliated? None, that’s who.

To compound the mess, Bayer decided to put out his own response to the AKA PR. Those wacky factory drivers sure are fast, but they aren’t internet savvy. If he was, he would have realized that nobody ever “wins” an internet fight and that part of getting free tires is running them, no matter what.

But… heck no, it wasn’t over there, AKA had to issue a response to Bayer’s reply. Seriously? Ok, I would normally be the first to argue that any publicity is good publicity, but in this case it makes AKA look petty and revengeful (two things nobody wants from a tire company). All consumers want from a tire company is kick ass tires, not a bunch of drama. If AKA (or any other tire company) has hopes to knock Pro-Line off the top of the tire hill, they better get their act together, and that right soon.

Ok, it’s short and sweet this week folks, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can, and see you this Sunday at Leisure Hours.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Random IHobby Pic Cubby Teaching a DriverHola everyone and welcome to this week’s iHobby edition of THE Cub Report.

So how was the show? It definitely had its ups and downs…

The downs-

1. Very low dealer attendance on the first industry day (Thurs), and even worse on the second (Fri). Seriously, it was like a ghost town in the expo hall.

2. Incredibly low rc manufacturer attendance.

3. Parking on Sunday was a mess. Mecum has a huge auto auction the week after iHobby so they started setting up huge tents in the parkling lots early Sunday morning. This lead to thousands of people that literally had to park in Connecticut to attend the show. A trade show is generally a lot of walking by itself, you don’t need a 3 mile jaunt to get warmed up.

The ups-

1. Once again the consumers in Chicago showed they care about the hobby with solid attendance on Saturday and Sunday. We were told the “official” number for consumer attendance was right around 20k, but to me it still felt somewhat softer than that. However, at least the aisles were fairly full for hours at a times during the weekend.

2. Lots of manufacturers selling to the public. Last year there were a lot of booths selling, this year there were even more.

3. I am not going to toot our own horn too much, but we weren’t messing around at the show. We had some epic demos, introduced the Pro-Line Pro-MT and Axial Yeti XL, and busted out our print edition BSRC Monthly. I have no freak’n idea how we are going to top that at the next show we attend.

On a personal note, even with our booth having a HOF show, I left the show with a bad taste in my mouth. The iHobby show in general is a shell of its former self, and is especially sad on the surface rc side of things. It’s truly sad to see how it has withered away. At a time when the industry needs some serious marketing, it’s just another tool that is being laid to waste.

The manufacturers don’t want to support the show anymore, which results in the dealers not showing up, thus destroying the once robust dealer days. On the consumer side of things, I had more than one person come up to me torqued off because they felt ripped off by the show. They went to the effort to come to the show, paid hard earned cash to get in, but there wasn’t much on the surface rc side to see.

Hey, in the past I’ve flamed away at manufacturers that didn’t make the show, but I’ve learned the reasons why they quit coming to iHobby and they do have validity. However, without them the show can not and will not exist. We have been told by more than one source that there will not be an iHobby show in 2015. They are talking about “taking a year off” and perhaps moving it to another city in 2016. There are many other trade shows/conventions that are doing better than ever before (CES, the Comic-Cons, etc), it certainly is possible for the rc version to do the same. Trade shows are a fantastic tool when done right, I seriously hope someone in the rc trade biz gets their act together, our hobby could use it right now.

One more note…

Mark your calenders and pack your truck full of rc gear, our 10 Year Anniversary Bash is going to be EPIC. It happens Sunday October 19th at Leisure Hours in Joilet Illinois. Not only will we be giving one of the super-uber Futaba 4PX transmitters, but we’ll also be giving away an Axial Yeti XL (you will be the first owner on planet Earth!). All proceeds are going to St Judes and it is going to be the biggest bash we’ve ever put on so please come out and join us.

That’s it, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubbys haremYes, the BSRC Bash Crew gets really slammed the weekend before the iHobby Expo, so I’ll keep it short this weekend (read- I always say that, and it never happens… LOL).

Here are the best reasons to attend iHobby this weekend in Schaumburg Illinois.

1. We’ll be world premiering a HUGE new release in our booth on Thursday at 11 am CST. Because Thursday and Friday (morning) are dealer only days, only people working in the hobby will get to see this mega exclusive first. Oh and, just because that isn’t kick a$$ enough, we are even giving away free t-shirts to people standing at our booth to see the new vehicle. The t-shirt has the companies name, the name of the new vehicle, and a commemorative BSRC/iHobby 2104 logo on the back. If you are a dealer/hobby shop, you need to be there!

2. Our booth babes are hot and love having their picture taken with you. Seriously, drop by our booth and get your pic taken with one of our booth babes, that’s what they are there for.

3. Big Squid RC Monthly will be making its premier at the show. This is our first ever free monthly print/fusion/flyer and you’ll seriously want to get your hands on it. Our monthly has some very cool stuff inside and is sure to be a collectors item.

4. The BSRC FPV/Track Drone is back! You’ll be able to get some hands-on FPV truck driving in our booth again this year. If you’ve never driven FPV this a great way for you to get your feet wet without having to spend hundreds of dollars on your own gear.

5. We have another HUGE exclusive world vehicle premier on Saturday at 11 am CST. The vehicle that we reveal for one of the major manufactures is HUGE news that you will not want to miss. FYI, this will be the not-yet-released vehicle that we’ll be giving away October 19th at the BSRC 10 Year Anniversary Bash at Leisure Hours Raceways in Joliet Illinois.

6. For the first time ever, we are bringing the pure uberness that our demos are to the flying cage! Yes, twice a day we’ll be putting on some wild and crazy demos in the air cage, ending of course with us giving away some free quads to random people out in the crowd during our shows on the consumer days!

7. Oh ya, our surface demos are freak’n insane. Maybe you’ve never seen a half dozen crazed bashers destroy their cars for your enjoyment, but we do it twice every day at iHobby. At the end of each of our shows on Sat & Sun, we’ll be giving away 2 ARRMA vehicles to some lucky people out in the crowd!

8. I’m still not done with our surface demo, but this deserves its own bullet point. During two of our shows on the weekend, we will be giving away one of the trucks we exclusively announced that Thursday. So if you make it to our demos you’ll have a chance to win a truck that isn’t available to anyone else on the planet yet!! How freak’n rad is that?

9. Still not done with our surface demos yet. LOL. So we are giving away bash vehicles after every demo on consumer days, plus giving away vehicles you can’t even buy yet, and we have a TON of extra swag to throw out into the crowd (like t-shirts, lanyards, and various items). We have minimally 30 items to give away at each demo on Sat and Sun.

10. Parking is cheap (read- FREE)! And pricing to get in is affordable (and kids are FREE)! And of course we have loads of FREE BSRC stickers in our booth!

11. Ya, the BigSquidRC booth will be off the hook (it’s nearly all new this year), but there are a ton of other cool exhibitors. Companies like Traxxas, PARMA, Killerbody RC and Horizon will have booths will all sorts of cool stuff inside. , It’s also awesome to get to talk to the people that make some of your favorite bashing gear live in person!

12. Many of the booths will be selling this year. Your LHS never keeps diddly squat in stock? Grab your buddies, make the trip, and pick up some iHobby Show Specials!

Ok, so I’ve gone wayyyy long (again) and still haven’t even begin to tap all the reasons to hit the show. All I can say is, if you are a hardcore hobbyist and have never made the trip, why not make this year your first? Or if you’ve already been, why not check it out again?

To get complete details head on over to the Official iHobby 2014 Website, and hopefully see you at the show.

Industry Show Dates- Oct 2nd and 3rd
Consumer Show Dates- Oct 3rd (2-5pm) 4th (9:30 – 5pm) and 5th (9:30 – 3:00pm)

Doors open at 9:30 am on Saturday and Sunday

Support your local hobby shops, trade shows, and bash spots when ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby iHobby Ya know, THE Cub Report is a lot like a box of chocolates too, you just never know what you are gonna get. It can be weeks of boring “ho-hum” stuff with a rare nugget of good stuff buried here or there. This week however, is a “good” one, so keep on reading…

So… I’ve been teasing about some huge news at the 2014 iHobby Expo for weeks. One of the pieces of big news got leaked out late last week, so it is time to fully let the cat out of the bag.

We are releasing our first issue of print at iHobby called Big Squid RC Monthly. No, I am NOT kidding. Yes, us, BigSquidRC, is now doing print. Does that make us the biggest hypocrites in the world? Is this our “jump the shark” moment? Perhaps, but keep reading…

Why would do we do print? We’ve tossed the idea around for years, but we never saw a need to get into a dying media. However… we were at a bash earlier this summer and something happened to change our minds. The BSRC Bash Crew had set up a huge pit area and we were flanked on both sides by normal Joe Blow bashers. During the course of the day, the person pitted to our left came over and asked “What is up with all the BigSquid banners?”. He had no idea who we were and wanted to know what all the buzz was about. Later that day, the Joe Blow basher to our right also came over wondering what BSRC was. We thought it was impossible to not know who we were, but we were very wrong. You see, both the people pitted next to us did not live on the internet. No, I am not kidding. For you or I being on the net is like breathing, it’s just a part of our daily lives, but there are still people out there who are simply not on the net. The Bash Crew had a long discussion later that evening about what we could do to be seen by non-net people, and well, there is really only one way, via print.

So… if mags suck so bad why would BSRC want to do print? I said we are doing print, NOT a magazine. In fact, the LAST thing we would want to do is a mag. So here is what we are doing…

Lets say you go to your local supermarket, remember all those free multi-page flyers as you walk out? That is what we are going. Big Squid RC Monthly has multi-pages and is in color, and the best part is, it is 100% FREE. A reader doesn’t have to pay a cent to pick up our monthly.

We don’t want to be part of the problem with print, we want to be a part of the solution. We want to add excitement to the hobby, we want to give noobs usable information, and we want to get more people into local hobby shops. Our monthly will not be available on-line. It will not be available in grocery or book stores. No, you can not subscribe to our monthly. Our print edition will only be available in local hobby shops. We want our readers to make at least a monthly trip to the LHS if for no other reason than to pick up our print edition. While our first edition will only be available to people that attend the iHobby Expo, we’ll soon have a special page on our website that will list all the hobby shops that carry it, thus making it easy to find a place to pick one up.

What about content? Expect lots of reviews, noob articles, and how-tos. We want the BSRC monthly to help make buying decisions and to also give noobs much needed introductory type information. For instance, perhaps someone is standing in their LHS but doesn’t know if the Happy Flower monster truck on the counter is worth their cash? They can pick up Big Squid RC Monthly and read a quick review. Maybe a noob is in an LHS and just can’t decide on what they want at all. Perhaps they take home our monthly, read it over, and it helps them decide that they would rather have a short course truck instead of a race buggy.

To boil it down… we are doing Big Squid RC Monthly to help noobs with buying decisions, to help local hobby shops get more foot traffic, to help expose non-net people to BigSquidRC, and to help add excitement to the hobby as a whole.

Ok, that cat is out of the bag but we are FAR from being done, we’ve still got not one, but TWO other huge pieces of news at iHobby 2014. Both are new vehicles from major manufactures that will debut in our booth at the show.

The first big unveil will go down Thursday October 2nd at 11 am CST in our booth at iHobby. This will be the biggest vehicle announcement of the year for the manufacture it is from, and it is 100% basher oriented. The second big vehicle unveil takes place in our iHobby booth at 11 am CST on Saturday October 4th. This will be the biggest release for arguably the hottest name is rc right now, and just might make the internet explode. These are exclusive vehicle unveils that you will ONLY see on BSRC. If you are at the show you can see them in person, if not we’ll post info on them within minutes on our dot com. We do expect for these to crush the servers, so might I remind you that if our dot com is down, we will be posting information on both vehicles to our FB, G+, and Tumblr accounts also within minutes of the announcements.

There ya have it folks, BigSquidRC is going EPIC huge at the iHobby Expo this year and we have YOU, yes YOU to thank for it. If it wasn’t for all you guys visiting our website every day, none of the things above would be possible, so Thank You!

That’s gotta be enough for one week right? Have a fantastic week and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Welcome To Cubby'sHello RC World, thanks for making your way to BigSquidRC, and welcome to yet another Cub Report.

First up, BigSquidRC News…

Have you noticed, we’ve been on a roll the last couple of years. If you have not, you sure will in a few weeks at iHobby. We’ve got multiple HUGE things going on in our booth. Like… make the dinosaur media sit around big tables scratching their heads for weeks kinda big. We WILL be the talk of the show this year, come see our booth in person October 4th and 5th in Schaumburg, IL. If you can’t make it, we’ll be having EPIC coverage live from the show so you can enjoy it at home.

I still can’t believe we have been around for a decade now. It seems like just yesterday I met Brian and we started plotting to take over the rc world. So far so good, and to celebrate the fact we haven’t gone belly up yet, we are holding a blow-out-uber-bash on October 19th at Leisure Hours Raceway in Joliet Illinois. You, yes you, are invited. There will be food, there will be bashing, there will be Loads Of Free Prizes. We are still working on some of the details, so we may have even bigger news to announce at the event. :)

What is this week’s review? The Axial Ram Power Wagon, look for it on our front page in a few days.

Hey, have you seen our ARRMA Granite Contest? The Granite is a great bash machine, get entered for your chance to get one for free.

Where in the H E double hockey sticks is our Gasoline Monster Truck Shootout? Well… we’ve worked on it. And worked on it. And well… we’ve had a lot of issues keeping both trucks running at the same time. Hey, we are big fans of new technology, heck, we’d love to see gasoline take off and rule the world, but you won’t be seeing our Gas Monster Truck Shootout any time soon. Here is to hoping the second gen trucks stay running more easily than the first gen…

Where the heck is our website face lift? Ya, we’ve been working on that for months too. Unfortunately our uber-web-guy Jeff Hoy has been busy living life and kicking ass, and not spending so much time giving our website a much needed new look. The latest I hear is our new look will go up sometime in December, I’m sure it’ll be high zoot as Jeff is the best in the biz when it comes to such things.

Ok, so my brief BSRC news update went a big long… so I’ll keep the “meat” of this week’s CR “brief”. LOL

Everyone is a gamer now days. Either on-line, on your phone, or via PS4/X-Box, nearly everyone games. You hardcore gamers will already know about GamerGate, for those of you that don’t, there is a big uproar right now about journalistic integrity in the gaming media. While journalistic integrity hasn’t blown up to be a huge issue in rc, it certainly could, so I’m using this CR to let everyone know where the crew at BSRC stands.

Hit the “Read More” button below to read the rest of this week’s Cub Report.

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Kyosho CubbyMost of the rc industry refuses to acknowledge they are part part of the greater automotive industry. It seems many people in the rc industry are content to just be a “toy manufacturer”, instead of reaping the benefits of cross pollinating with people inside the full scale automotive industry. This may be something that has never crossed your mind, but for rc to go more mainstream, it is only advantageous to use every outlet possible.

I’ve found that there are a couple of different types in our industry that want nothing to do with the full scale scene, those that think our “toys” aren’t worthy of more attention, and those that are old school and aren’t open to cross marketing. Ya sure, everyone is entitled to do business their own way, but by not collaborating with companies like Ford, or Goodyear, or Borla, rc doesn’t get maximum exposure to a more mainstream audience. And of course less exposure means less $$$$ in the sales report at the end of the month, less $$$$ to develop new products with, and ultimate less $$$$ to feed their families with.

I am fortunate enough to work with people across a wide range of industries now days, one of them being the full scale scene, so I can say first hand that many of the full scale manufacturers are huge fans of what we do in rc. They dig our scaled down technology and they dig that it is a safe hobby fit for kids and adults alike. Heck, many of them are fans because they use hobby grade rc products right now, or at some time in their past. Our hobby also offers some key demographics to market to. What could be better for a full scale manufacturer than getting to rc kids early so that when they are finally old enough to buy a full scale car, they already know what they want, partially based on how cool it was during their rc days.

Of course there are some rc companies that are ahead of the curve on this one, take Axial for example. On one of their latest release they collaborated with Jeep (body), Walker Evans Racing (wheels), Falken (tires), and Poison Spyder (bumpers). When it was released, it wasn’t just Axial promoting the new truck, it was also the full scale companies listed, getting that particular rc vehicle a ton of additional exposure. Collaborations like that are a win/win for everyone involved.

Hey, the rc industry is wanting to expand, working with full scale manufacturers is a great way to do so. Here’s to hoping that more rc manufacturers gives it a try. After all, the more people there are in rc, the more fun it is, and the more money there is for research and developing cool new products for everyone to enjoy.

On a BSRC note…

Don’t forget these dates-

October 2-5th, iHobby Expo in Schaumburg, IL (a burb of Chicago). Seriously, we’ve got something B I G in our booth this year that you do NOT want to miss.

October 19, Leisure Hours in Joliet IL (just south of the Chi-Town metro). This is our 10 Year Anniversary Bash and it will be the biggest we’ve ever put on. Better still, because of the venue it is rain or shine. If it’s raining Leisure Hours has a huge indoor track for us to get our bash on. Count on loads of swag and lots of pure bashing carnage.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, have a funtastic week, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

CubbyHello one and all, I certainly hope you are all having a most enjoyable time for Labor Day. I have been putting in a lot of trigger time lately, so while you are reading this I’ll be at my favorite riding spot yanking some 1:1 throttle and hopefully catching some big air with buddies.

On the subject of trigger time…

You may have caught our un-boxing of the Kyosho AXXE. While it is a rather unassuming buggy (a base model with friction shocks), it has become an object of fascination around the BSRC offices. And why might that be? Because it will be the first FPV vehicle we’ve ever reviewed.

Much of the surface rc world has ignored FPV. The hardcore racers types want nothing to do with it, while some of the older school manufacturers don’t even understand why anyone would want to buy it. I guess I can’t blame them, you can’t begin to understand the allure of FPV until you’ve experienced it yourself.

Kyosho is leading the way in the surface FPV world, I mean they are the first “big” manufacturer to embrace and sell FPV “ready” machines (their iReadyset series). The big question is, will FPV take off in surface like it has in the air rc world? Are the Kyosho machines just the tip of the iceberg, or the last of a niche that never took off?

Our hobby will evolve, it’s just the nature of things, will its evolution include FPV? As I’ve said many times before, that will depend on marketing. If consumers are told FPV is the next big thing, it will become so, but will the people/companies that mold our industry point them that direction? If there is money to be made, of course so, they have to keep their lights on and food on their tables just like everyone else. So that begs to question, is there enough money to be made off surface FPV products for manufacturers to start the marketing surge???? Not yet, but IMO it’s just a matter of time, the hobby has to go somewhere, and FPV is just too dern much fun to not take off.

While testing the AXXE, our Bash Crew spent a lot of time talking about the future of our hobby, as in, what are some of the possibilities that next gen tech can bring to the plate. For example, if there was an FPV class at the local track, there would be no need for a drivers stand, or even a need to see the track at all, you could race from your pit table. But… what if you took technology one step further. What if you could sit at home and have someone at your local track put your car down and marshal it, while you controlled it FPV from the comfort of your home (I am particularly lazy, so that sounds awesome to me)? So… what if I were able to sit in the comfort of my easy chair in Champaign IL, while I was driving an FPV truck in Axialfest in Cisco Grove CA? Or race at RC Madness in CT AND OC_RC in Huntington Beach CA, on the same day, via FPV from vacation in Italy?

No doubt the future holds all sorts of interesting possibilities, for those of us that embrace new technology, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us…

Couple of BSRC notes before I go…

We are having a HUGE Mega-Bash October 19th at Leisure Hours in Joliet Illinois to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of BigSquidRC. Ya, mark your calenders now, it’s gonna be off the hook.

I think we are finally done with our 8th scale Gasoline Monster Truck shootout! Hooray! When will the results be posted? My guess is in a couple of weeks.

Yo seriously, make it to iHobby in the Chi-Town metro this year, I can personally promise that out booth will be worth your while.

We need some painters, both in the Chi-Town and STL metro areas. If you can paint your ass off and want to get some serious attention, shoot us an email.

Huge props to all those people that attended our bash at HobbyTown USA in Orland Park IL over the weekend. I hear a Great Time was had by all.

Hey, I’m picking a “Letter of the Month” this week in ASK Cubby, get those letters/questions/rants in for a chance to win one of our way-super-dope t-shirts.

That’s it, go eat some BBQ and bash the living daylight out of your truck. Oh ya, don’t forget to support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby Associated B5One of the most interesting trends that I’ve been hearing more and more about behind the scenes is about kits. You remember them don’t ya? Where you buy a new car, open the box, and all you see is part trees? From what I’ve been hearing there are several manufacturers that would love for them to come back into fashion.

As I’ve said many times before, rc is like anything else, if you wait long enough everything comes back into fashion. Bell-bottoms were huge (no pun intended) in the 1970s, then made a short comeback in the 90′s, and I have no doubt they will once again be all the rage at some point down the road. Therefore I know for a fact that eventually kits will again rule the rc world, it isn’t a matter of “if”, it is a matter of “when”.

There are a whole bunch of upsides to kits ruling the world. In particular, the manufacturers would love for kits to make a comeback. On the business side of things profit margins on kits are greater and it totally eliminates the hundreds of headaches associated with having an RTR assembled. On the consumer side of things, kits create more of a bond with a car owner and ensure they know how to fix their car when it breaks. There is lots of win/win on the kit side of things no doubt.

However… RTRs rule the roost for good reason, especially in the basher world. Most people are either too busy to build a kit or too lazy, so it is simply much more convenient for a “casual” consumer to get into rc via a RTR. So what is it gonna take to flip the rc world upside down? Ya, you already know the answer… marketing. From the rumblings I’ve been hearing throughout the industry, don’t be surprised to start seeing marketing that emphasizes how fun kit building is instead of how convenient RTRs are.

In BSRC news…

While this might sound quite early, I need to start pumping up (read- spamming) the iHobby show. Why so early??? Because iHobby ’14 isn’t gonna be a traditional show for us, it is going to be ground breaking. Of course this is just a tease because I can’t say more, but 100% legit, everyone in the rc world is going to be shocked at what we have in our booth this year. Mark your calenders, put in for vacation time now, and be sure to join us October 2-5 in Schaumburg Illinois. I promise you our booth will not disappoint.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby Quadcopter ShovelHey now everyone, thanks for tuning in to yet another Cub Report, where all the cool industry types get their water cooler fodder.

How was our SoCal trip? Man, I hate to use the word “epic” as it will make me sound arrogant (read- guilty as charged), but ya, that pretty much sums up our trip. If you are “in the industry” and read that (and we haven’t visited you yet), you would probably take that as we “landed” a bunch of new accounts. Quite the contrary, we aren’t the dinosaur media, we didn’t hit anyone up for money, when we road trip we go to simply touch base, rc bench race, and generally get in some serious face time.

So…. what made our road trip so epic?

Trigger time. We got in a lot of driving on this trip (or at least Brian and Tim did, I spent most of my time shopping for car parts). Yes, we get in trigger time every day, but getting the chance to pull trigger at new venues with the actual people that are shaping the industry is something special. For example, if we are out with the Axial crew bashing the new Yeti and we wonder why the rear suspension was done the way it was, we could simply turn to the guy next to us and ask, after all he was the guy that designed it. Or if we are over at Pro-line trying to destroy one of their PRO-2 trucks and can’t get it done, we can pat the guy that designed it on the back and tell him great job. Any trigger time is awesome, trigger time with the actual people that designed the product is truly something epic.

The food. I feel bad for our guy Tim, he had just kicked off a new diet and missed out on some pretty incredible grub. SoCal has a LOT of excellent places to eat, but even better, the manufacturers seemed to hook us up with only the best of the best. Sometimes that meant fancy dancy food at a high buck joint, but we even had kick ass food at a local mom-n-pop joint that didn’t cost much more than eating at Denny’s. Good eats is good times.

Face time. Yes, there is a place for email. Yes, text messages are great. However… nothing will ever beat actual face time. Whether it simply be rc bench racing, talking product specs, or trying to pry out info on upcoming vehicles, nothing beats face time for being able to read someones facial expressions or for being able to really connect with someone. We can run lots of ideas past people over email (and them past us), but doing that face to face in real life yields immediate and often times spectacular results.

So… thanks to all the people that opened their doors to us out west, we’ll have to roll out one seriously kick ass red carpet for you when you make it out our way.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby RRCi MagazineAs the title states above, this is indeed a “quick-n-dirty” edition of THE Cub Report. Instead of laboring for days making sure the CR is something that would put anything Donald Barlett ever wrote to shame (read- in my dreams), today’s CR is mainly a quick tease.

This weeks CR’s has to be short because the BigSquidRC Bash Crew is once again packing for a trip to Southern California (we’ll be on the ground by the time you read this). This particular trip was supposed to be on the down low, but after getting numerous texts from people wanting to meet up, people who should have had no clue we were going to be in SoCal, it seems our trip didn’t stay a secret for very long.

With all that said…. of course I can’t say why we are going to SoCal, or who we are going to see during our stay. I can’t say if we are going out there to simply enjoy some smog riddled days in the sun, or because there are projects big enough to warrant the trip out. I can’t say if we’ll even be doing posts about our trip this time. If there are things of interest that can be posted on our front page, they will go up, but is NDAs are involved, we may not be able to post much, if anything at all. All I can say is that we’ll definitely try to post as much as we can possibly get away with.

So that’s it for this week folks, the biggest tease ever I guess. If you are a basher in the SoCal area and want to say hello (read- destroy some cars), we are on a pretty slammed schedule, but shoot us an email at the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page and maybe we can work something out. Until next week, go fast, spin tires, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

RC Monster TruckAs I was reading Tabasco Sauce’s column “Raging Rotors” last week, I found that it once again brought up the hot topic of parts availability. Over the course of the week it became the main topic of text messaging between myself, the BSRC crew, and various industry insiders. So here we go, here is a Cub Report dedicated just to it…

First up, if there is one job I would absolutely never want to have at a manufacturer, it would be the inventory control and logistics guy. Most of you out there already know what it takes to keep a proper inventory going at your place of work, so you already know the wretched nightmare that it can be.

As rc’ers we know that some models are hot sellers, some are not. Some cars only break hub carriers, while other only break a-arms. If you are the inventory control guy for a leading rc car manufacturer, the amount of variables you have to deal with is enormous, and many of those variables aren’t even logical, they are the types of variables that would cause Spock’s brain to explode.

Do I have the answers to how a manufacturer can keep all the right parts in stock at your LHS? Absolutely positively not, my brain hurts just scratching at the surface of this one. However, I do know this…

Margins are paper thin when releasing a new car/truck/whatever. If the manufacturer overbuys on parts it can totally kill the profitability of the vehicle.

If a new car doesn’t have good support parts, word spreads fast in the internet age. This results in people not buying the new car/truck/whatever, resulting in no profitability.

Btw, while everybody hears about a parts deficit, you never hear about the stacks of left over carbon fiber towers that an overzealous buyer thought were going to be a hot seller.

There is a good reason Traxxas is number 1 in sales, actually, there are multiple reasons, and parts availability is one of them. The Traxxas model clearly presents evidence that if you want to move mountains of cars, there has to be a mountain of parts on LHS shelves to go with them.

In every one of our car reviews (and shootouts) parts availability is one of the things we “grade” on. Parts availability is one of the top reasons people buy cars, and for a surprisingly high number of people, it is the number one reason. We know it is highly important, consumers know how important it is, but some manufacturers are more concerned about a big initial PO on the car than making sure the parts are there to support it 2-3 years down the road.

There is a surprisingly high number of new cars released with very little parts support, then the manufacturer texts me to see if I have any insight on why it totally flopped. Parts support might not be the main reason in every case, but it can certainly be the kiss of death.

Ok… so before I get the texts, if I had a gun to my head and were forced (even then I wouldn’t do it) to fix the part support problems for the worst offenders, this is what I would do (gulp). I would cut the check to steal away the guy from another company that is known for doing a great job at inventory control. I would then figure in a few bucks towards every new car to cover extra parts (that very well might just sit on a shelf somewhere), but I would rather be known for having too many parts, instead of too few. I would tell my design staff to use more existing part numbers in new platforms. And last but not least, I would target key LHSs in large metro areas to carry more of my parts. Heck, I’d pay for the new pegs, give them $XXX of free parts to get them started, and would drive to the shops to help them hang the stuff up myself, it really is that important. Parts have to be on the pegs for the long term success of a manufacturer, even if it takes some serious cash (and elbow grease) up front to make it happen.

That’s it, I’m done, thanks for reading, have some big news next week, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter