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Team Orion VST2 Brushless MotorTeam Orion has announced a new 550 sized VST2 4 Turn Brushless Motor for short course trucks. This 2 pole motor is rated at 5100kV and is stated to put out 950 watts of power. Efficiency is stated to be 92% and it comes with a 5mm output shaft. Dual sensor ports make for an easier install, while vents in the can help it to stay cool. Its part number is #ORI28296 and you can get complete details by Clicking Over to the official Team Orion website.

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Pro-Line F-11 2.8 Wheels 17mm Hex
Are you one of those hardcore bashers that have converted your Traxxas Stampede 4×4 over to 17mm hexes? If so you can rejoice, Pro-Line is now making their very trick F-11 wheels with a 17mm hex. These are priced at just $11 per pair, have a part number of #2755-03, and you can click Right Here for full details over on Pro-Line’s website.

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RC4WD Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ SC Tires
RC4WD is bring’n the scale realism to short course trucks with their new Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires. Officially licensed by Mickey Thompson, these should help you have the most scale realistic SCT truck at your local bash spot. Designed to fit popular 2.2″/3.0″ SCT wheels, they are molded in RC4WD’s super soft/sticky X2SS rubber compound. Pricing is $24 per pair and they have a part number of Z-T0127. To get more details just head on over to RC4WD’s Official Website.

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Pro-Line Sand Paw 2.8 Pre-mountsFor sand, mud, snow, or hydroplaning, Pro-Line Sand Paw tires are the best on the market for getting traction. Now Pro-Line is offering their Traxxas 2.8″ sized Sand Paws pre-mounted. This not only saves you the trouble of gluing up a set of tires, but also gets you bashing in the fastest time possible.

The 2.8 Sand Paws come on black Pro-Line F-11 wheels and come in two different offsets. #1186-14 is the part number for Nitro Stampede rear, JATO & Nitro Rustler rear, 2wd electric Pede & Rusty front, and Pede 4×4 front and rear. #1186-15 fits electric 2wd Stampede & Rustler rear. Both are priced at $36 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

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JConcepts SmoothiesEver spend hours grinding all the ribs/knobbies off a set of tires with a Dremel tool? At certain tracks that is the “hot set-up” for maximum traction. The crew over at JConcepts has now taken all the mess and wasted time out of the equation by announcing their new Smoothie tires. Smoothies are designed to fit 1/10th scale buggies running 2.4″ wheels and come in tacky Gold compound. The part number for the rears is #3109-05, the fronts are #3110-05, and they are both priced at $21 per pair. Hit up This Link for more details.

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Axial WaterproofingThe good folks over at Axial Racing recently posted a very detailed explanation of exactly what the term “waterproof” is. Some hobbyists might think that waterproof means you can just throw your truck into a swimming pool without worry, but that is not the case. The Axial crew took the time to explain, in depth, exactly what water does to each part of your truck. They also explain the IPX industrial ratings often used on waterproof electronics. It’s a great read and very informative, Click Right Here to check it out over on Axial’s blog.

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Pro-Line trucker hatPro-Line has announced a bunch of new accessories to show the world you are into rc.

First up is their old school Legacy Trucker Snapback Hat. The Snapback is one size fits most and is priced at $16.

To clean up that messy pit area of yours, PL also has new Micro Fiber Pit Towels. These high-end towels come in pairs and are priced at $5.

Did you know Pro-Line has won 12 world championships? If not, you do now, and Pro-Line has a cool looking Blue World Championship T-Shirt to commemorate the fact. Sizes range from small to XXL with a price of $16

Last up are a bunch of trick new Pro-Line Decals. These should look great on your rc truck or your full size ride. Prices range around $5.

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Yokomo B-MAX2 MR V3 KitBack in the day, I spent many hours throwing down laps with a Yokomo Super Dog Fighter. It sure could bust out some fast laps in those glory years for Yokomo here in America. While Yokomo might not be the powerhouse it once was, they are still big in Asia and you can still get their products here in the states.

Yokomo recently announced their latest 1/10th 2wd buggy, the B-MAX2 MR Version 3. It comes with a tough aluminum chassis and can do both mid-motor and rear motor configurations. Other highlights from the V3 include a new rear suspension mount, new bottom shock caps, and a new cab-forward style body. It has a part number of #B-MAX2MR3 and you can hit up This Link for more details.

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ARC R10 ATS
The touring car world continues to push the envelope on trick designs. The latest comes from ARC with their R10 ATS 1/10 touring car. The ATS stands for active toe system. This is a type of rear suspension that changes toe as the suspension compresses, leading to more on-power steering when coming out of a corner.

The ATS system isn’t the only cool thing on the new car, it comes loaded with carbon fiber, trick front CVDs, and pretty much every other feature you are looking for in a high-end touring car. It has a part number of #R100009 and you can find full details at This Link over on ARC’s website.

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Pro-Line Blockade 3.8 Monster Truck TiresPro-Line’s Blockade tires are some of the most race winning tires in recent history. They have dominated everywhere from local tracks to world championships. Now they are available in a 3.8″ size to give serious traction to your monster truck.

Blockades give great forward bite with predictable side bite in the corners. The Traxxas style 3.8″ version comes with rows and rows of large pins to get maximum traction on grass, dirt, and dusty surfaces. They are street priced at $35 per pair and they have a part number of #10109-00. Full details can be found over on the official Pro-Line Website.

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Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper 2.8Just like in the full scale world, the single most effective upgrade you can make to your basher is better tires. The new fully licensed Interco TSL SX Super Swampers from Pro-Line promise more grip with a great scale authentic look. These are designed to fit the popular Traxxas 2.8″ wheel size and come with the new high-zoot closed cell Pro-Line inserts. The Super Swampers are said to give slightly more side-bite than PL Trenchers, with similar amounts of forward bite. Pricing is $21 per pair and they have a part number of #10110-00. Check out This Link for more details.

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Big Squid RC 10 Year Anniversary Bash

I’d like to thank everyone who came out to our 10th Anniversary Bash event this past weekend to show their support and have a fun day of bashing! We had a record turnout of entries and spectators! Every time I’d look up from announcing the play by play for one of the events, the amount of people standing and watching was staggering. We had almost 50 individual entries with over 130 vehicles! And here I was worried there would be leftovers from that giant cake! That thing was gone in minutes! We had people from 4 surrounding states that I know of, there may of been more! Thanks for making the long drive!

The obstacle course event ran a little longer than expected, but that was mostly due to us never having run that many entries before. We will be better prepared for next time, thanks for your patients. The great thing about our location was people waiting on the next event could run on one of the available tracks so there didn’t need to be any downtime. Sadly, our Sumo Table was left in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got broken beyond repair shortly before the event was supposed to start. Doh! The figure 8 and demo derby events were not only a blast to watch, but the amount of carnage was cringe worthy. Congrats to Xerxes who won BOTH demo derby events that started with over 20 vehicles! He is on everyone’s radar for the next one. The long jump event was a blast as always, with people going HUGE! The amount of landed back flips was an impressive number for sure.

One of the highlights of the bash was the money we raised for charity. All proceeds after the track rental fee’s are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Between the entry fees, raffle tickets and auction we raised $1038! That’s One Thousand Thirty Eight Dollars! Thank you all!

I’d like to thank the Big Squid RC Crew for help making it all possible! Everyone had multiple jobs to make sure things went smooth, from setting up the events to entries and organization! Thank You to Kevin ‘Tomato Sauce’, Tim Mohr, Bill ‘Wrench’, Tiffany, 3DBill, and Adam the Intern!

We would like to thank our prize sponsors:
Hobbico and Futaba for the Futaba 4PX, T-Shirts, and other small items.
Pro-Line Racing for the awesome bodies, pit mats, t-shirts, glue and stickers.
Axial Racing for the incredible opportunity to give away the first Axial Yeti XL to a consumer! (Congrats Adam B!)
RPM for the Chrome Engines, camber gauges, parts trays, Banner and all sorts of other miscellaneous stuff.
Team KNK for the hardware kits and t-shirts.

I had so many people come up to me during and after the event to thank me for everything that we are doing for the RC community, and it really means a lot! It’s great to hear stories about how someone found our site, and our articles got them back into rc, or how our reviews influenced their last few vehicle purchases and they couldn’t be happier! We really love meeting and hanging out with all the fans, and hopefully we can do this more often in the coming years!

Special thanks to Leisure Hours Raceway and their crew for letting us host the event at their location. They were very helpful and accommodating with anything we needed. It was great to be able to take some of the events inside and get out of the cold Chicago weather.

Ok, enough chit-chat, this isn’t a Cub Report! :) Press the Read More button for a ton more photos from the day.
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losi 5ive-t saleSeveral months ago our readers declared the Losi 5IVE-T the winner of our annual March Bashness contest. What does that mean? It means our readers voted the 5IVE-T as the king of the bashing hill, and for good reason, it is big, mean, and can take a beating.

The folks over at Horizon Hobby have announced a special offer on the 5IVE-T BND that extends until December 31st. When you purchase a new 5IVE-T BND you can now save $200 instantly. You get the discount at any participating retailer or on the Horizon Hobby Website.

Click Here to see how our March Bashness 2014 unfolded.