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Have I mentioned how much I love Formula 1 racing? Have you heard every race is a giant soap opera? Well today at Hockenheim my favorite F1 team, Ferrari, had a one/two finish all locked up. Massa got a great start off the grid then pulled away with the lead. Later in the race his Ferrari teammate Alonzo started making up time and the Ferrai team essentially asked Massa to let him by. Being the “team” player Massa is, he pulled over and did just that. Team orders suck, even teammates should have to legitimately pass each other. Oh the drama of Formula 1, I guess that’s what keeps me watching. This weeks grand prix- Budapest! Can’t wait.

Have you noticed entry fees for the electric ROAR nats at Leisure Hours is $85 per class? Wow. Let’s say they pull 200 entries, that’s a total of $17,000. It’s cool the venue will make some dough on the race (although it sounded like Leisure Hours didn’t make much last year after their ROAR gas nats event), as tracks have a hard enough time keeping their doors open, but high entry fees are part of the problem. $85 for a single class entry is simply insane.

I got in some wheel time with the new Duratrax Evader DT this week. I’m a racer guy, so that truck really isn’t down my alley, but it’s actually pretty fun to bash around with, and it’s a tank. I also just dig the way it looks running around the yard. One of the best parts of working for BigSquidRC is driving test vehicles like you stole them, and that thing just would not break, a far cry from what us hobbyists normally put up with. Remember having to bring several extras sets of front a-arms to the track if you raced an Associated T4? Or extra front towers (and a lot of other parts! LOL) if you raced a Losi XXX-4? The more rugged the trucks, the easier it is to keep people in our hobby.

You hate mongers are slack’n out there, I haven’t received one hate mail in over a week. Geez, get on it you guys, start mashing your keyboards.

Brian has done an extensive booth babe search for the fall iHobby expo and I think he’s hit the jackpot. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Brian will post a few pics of the eye candy that will be rock’n our booth this year. If not, you’ll have to drop by the booth to take a look and get a few pics shot with her. iHobby is good times, so mark your calenders for late October. Btw, entry fee is only like $8? :)

BigSquidRC helped Craig “Ramp Builder Guy” Nelson with an rc jump contest in Champaign Illinois over the weekend. Dubbed the “Hypergiant Huckfest”, I wasn’t able to attend due to busting out some laps with my Corvette at an SCCA event (no, I didn’t do well, but the car came home in one piece), but I heard it went smoothly, the ramp was spot-on, cars were destroyed and records were set. Maybe Brian will pry himself away from the naked WOW tournament he’s playing in and post some news about it. :) Anyways, way-super-dope to hear another basher type event was put on, the more the better. Oh and lastly, I’m quite certain the entry fee was well under $85. :)

That’s it for this week, as always, support your local hobby shops (they miss you!), your local tracks (they miss you too!) and your local bash spots (can never see you enough!).

YOUR Cub Reporter

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We always enjoy being able to bring you news first! Check out the first pictures (as far as we know) of the un-announced DuraTrax Evader EXT 2! It looks like some of the modifications that went into bringing us the DuraTrax Evader DT have gone into the Duratrax Evader EXT 2! It looks like it has the same Photon 2 Motor and Sprint 2 ESC, along with metal shock caps and pretty cool looking rims and tires.

We look forward to the official announcement soon.

I’m sure there will be more info at the DuraTrax web page in the coming weeks.

Thanks to our industry spy for the photos!

Here’s some video we shot while we were working on the review of the Duratrax Evader DT truck! This thing can really take a beating!

Click the video, and check it out on youtube for the HD high-res version.

Don’t forget to check out the full review of the truck.

Music is by a awesome group called ROTATION that we have worked with in the past. These guys rock, so check them out.

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Just posted to our RC Reviews section is the Duratrax Evader DT Review! After driving around the lot, then getting in some laps at the track, we gave this truck the worst beating we could dish out! Did is survive? Click Here to find out!


Recently we reviewed the Gatekeeper Mini GC Chassis from Duratrax for the Losi Mini Rock Crawler. Well it looks like Austin “Gatekeeper” Dunn is at it again with his new chassis for the Axial AX-10! The GC-3A is made from CNC-Machined T6 Aluminum, has a axle mounted servo plate and rear axle link plate. It also includes aluminum upper and lower links and center chassis braces along with a Delrin skid plate. The kit comes with everything you need to do the conversion from AX-10 to the new GC-3A.

Go check out the Duratrax website for more info.

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Yes, we got our hands on a new DuraTrax Evader DT! While it does not come as dirty as the last time we saw it, it does look pretty good!

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We snapped a bunch of pictures while it was still fresh and shinny before we start to put it to the test for the review. First impressions, we really dig the scale look. The materials used for the roll cage, mirrors and rear bumper all connected to the body seem pretty durable! The stickers it comes with are nice, from the little shot guns and bullet holes, to the Illinois Pre Run license plate and windshield whippers are all nice scale touches.

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First driving impressions, it handles the street out in front of Big Squid RC headquarters pretty well, and it does not roll over at all. We’ll save the details for the full review coming soon! For now, enjoy the pictures!

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We recently reported on the new Duratrax Evader DT truck, well, now we have a video to go along with it!


Sure looks like it can take a beating!

Check out the Duratrax web site for more info!

Duratrax has a new take on the full scale truck styling that’s been made popular by short course trucks. The new Evader DT prerunner style truck is just too awesome for words has a great scale look based on the super-trucks that pre-run the off-road endurance races that we all love so much.  Sporting a roll bar with light rack, tubular bumpers front and rear, and a functional spare tire mounted out back, the looks of their 1:1 big brothers has been well captured.  The detail also extends to the wheels and tires which feature a very realistic tread pattern, raised white lettering, and a faux bead-lock style.

The Evader DT comes out of the box RTR with a Tactic TSX200 (not 2.4) radio, Sprint 2 ESC, and Photon Speed 2 motor.  And of course there’s still the Stress-Tech 1 year Guarantee.  The Evader DT has a MSRP of $249.99 and should be hitting mid July.  Check out the Duratrax web site for more info on this bad boy.

This may be a true basher’s answer to the Traxxas Slash.

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Our good friend Scott Cramer of Futaba and O’Donnell fame sits down and shows you everything you need to do some work on your RC Vehicle. All the products he talks about can be found at BestRC.com.

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If you own a Losi Mini Rock Crawler, and it’s been collecting dust, this may be what you need to spark a little life back into it! The Duratrax Gatekeeper GC-3 Chassis conversion!
Head over to the RC Reviews section or click the image to check it out!

Does ROAR have a beef with Pro-Line? They must have, because their recent ruling against the new PL Bulldog buggy bodies makes no sense otherwise. 8th scales have always looked Martian- they’ve never had a full size counterpart to emulate. To deem the Bulldog “illegal” because it doesn’t look realistic enough is a farce, and a waste of time and resources. While Traxxas, Losi, and Associated are pouring literally millions of dollars into cross advertising to the mass market, ROAR is fart’n around deeming one Martian body illegal, while every other Martian looking body remains legal. Just an FYI to the powers that be, your primary focus now should be keeping all those mass market noobs that Traxxas, Losi and AE are recruiting in the hobby. If done right, ROAR will have numbers that were previously unthinkable, if done wrong, they’ll have the same 1,500 members they’ve had since 93′. If the racing side of the hobby is to grow, the rules at the local level must suit the mass market noobs, not the local fast guy, and screwing around banning the Bulldog does nothing to accomplish this task.

I’ve driven (ridden?) the Duratrax DX450 dirt bike, and it’s a ton of fun. The DX450 is arguably the best motorcycle ever released in our hobby and is truly way super dope. But, the editors at one of the rags have voted the DX450 as their “Car of The Year“. Motorcycle of the year, Hell Yes, without a doubt, but “car” of the year? What in the hell were they thinking? Not just myself, but others in the industry and end consumers think this raises a lot of questions. Certain mags have steadily lost the trust of their readership by constantly printing kiss a$$ reviews, and now having a motorcycle as “Car of The Year” only worsens the problem. After this latest debacle, the consumers I talked to now question the validity of all the rag awards, not a pretty site for any of the mags or the companies that have been named as “winners”. Might I suggest having an impartial outside party handle all the votes next year to ensure there is no hanky panky going on?

BigSquidRCs first “Uber Charger Shootout” is set to begin 2 weeks from now. If you are a manufacture and want in, contact brian at BigSquidRC dot com, if you are a reader, you’ve got another shootout to look forward to.

The first edition of my new column “RC Myths, Fact or Fiction” will hit the front page this week. Ever hear that running a Lipo battery below 3 volts per cell ruins it and also makes the battery dangerous? Well that’s the focus of the first edition, where I do real world tests to determine if that is completely true or just bogus manufacture hype to make you buy another battery pack. Look for a full report with pics around Saturday. Btw, if you have an rc myth you’d like to see tested, shoot it to cubby at BigSquidRC dot com.

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

YOUR Cub Reporter

Duratrax has a new LiPo for those of you with Traxxas vehicles (or maybe even other vehicles with Traxxas connectors on your ESCs I guess… if you’d do something like that…).  Yes, it comes stock with a Traxxas style battery connector.  It also has a good bit of capacity at 4000 mAh, a discharge of 25c, and all of that at 7.4v.  These should be on your local hobby shop’s shelves now or very soon, so check with them.  Duratrax is listing the MSRP as $99.99. Street price should be a little cheaper.  Go check out the Duratrax site for all the information you could shake a stick at.

Hey, remember those M5 Cross motorcycle tyres… er… tires… that Schumacher announced a day or two ago? Well Duratrax is bringing them Stateside for the MX450. So now you don’t have to do a £/$ conversion or pay for overseas shipping! There’s the “Chocolate” low profile square tread which is ideal for dirt oval tracks and there’s also a new slick tyre tire… for you guys that prefer your driving to take place on the street.

You should be able to find them on store shelves in late April. MSRP is $14.99/fronts and $19.99/rears for both styles.

Go check out the Duratrax site for some more info.