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Traxxas Revo Tank

We just received this leaked document from a insider at Traxxas! It sounds like they have put their long rumored 1/8 scale buggy on hold to start re-engineering the popular Revo to conform to the new ROAR tank rules we learned about earlier today!

More information as we hear about it!

Traxxas Slash 4x4 Review You have seen the un-boxing pictures. You have seen the crazy snow video, now you can finally head over to the RC Reviews section, and read what we think of the vehicle after a month of testing. We got our hands on the Platinum edition, and if you have been thinking about that or the stock 4×4, you will really want to read this.

Traxxas min revo

Just got word from Traxxas about their new 2.2 Pro S1 Compound Tires and Dish wheels for the 1/16 E-Revo VXL. These are engineered for competition grade traction and performance. They widen the E-Revo by 14mm, and the 12mm hexes allow the Traxxas 2.2″ dish wheels to be used on other 1/10th scale buggies as well.

For more info check the Traxxas Website.

ST Racing Concepts is showering us with gifts today! Well, not really gifts, but a bunch of new products for all you short course enthusiasts out there to buy. Whether you got a new Traxxas Slash 4×4, an HPI Blitz, or an OFNA Hyper 10SC they’ve got something new for you.

The Slash 4×4 is still brand new, but ST is on the ball with a CNC machined aluminum center shaft front drive hub (or CMACSFDH for short). This will drop right in place of the stock plastic piece and let you put down even more insane power. Bullet proofing the drive train is always a good idea whether you race or bash. It just makes sense. Your have your choice of Blue, Gun Metal, Red, or Silver to match the scheme of your ride. MSRP is only $9.99.

Dissatisfied with your Blitz’s stock steering bellcrank? Try STRC’s new CNC machined aluminum bellcrank, it’ll flex a lot less than the stock bellcrank when used with high torque servos or under harsh conditions. You can get it in any of these colors: Orange, Gun Metal, Silver, or limited edition Red. MSRP is $27.99.

Finally those of you that went with an OFNA SC10 shouldn’t feel left out in the rain. For you they’ve got an CNC machined adjustable position battery plate that allows you to shift your battery by 10, 20, or 30mm; allowing you to fine tune your truck’s weight distribution. Your color options are limited to the monochromatic: Gun Metal or Limited edition Silver. MSRP, cheapest yet! $9.25.

Get all this information and more at ST Racing Concepts’ site!

“I recently bought a Slash 4×4 and hear guys are running a center diff.
Whats the benefits?”
(name and address withheld by request)

Cubby- The Slash 4×4 is a great truck, congrats on your new fly ride. So about that fancy dancy center diff, what’s the real scoop? If you dig pulling massive wheelies,
the center diff is not for you. With the center diff installed, the moment the front wheels come off the ground, the diff will transfer power away from the rear wheels to the front wheels, resulting in the front end coming back down to terra firma in a hurry. The trade off is the center diff will make your truck easier to drive from a dead stop, and will also make your truck more controllable in the air. My final verdict- if you are bashing, just running the stock slipper is great, if you do a lot of track driving and/or jumping, at least give the center diff a try.

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Cubby,
I wanna ask this girl Ashley to prom, what’s the best way to do it?
J.D.

Cubby- Yes indeed J.D., it’s that time of year again, prom season. First piece of advice, don’t just drop a bomb out of left field. By this I mean make sure the chick knows you exist. If you are already fairly close to her great, and you can skip too piece of advice number two. If aren’t “close” with her, at least a couple weeks before you intend on asking her, you need to be talking to her at least once a day. I mean, if some chic you didn’t know at all came up and asked you to prom, you’d assume she was psycho. Once you’ve talked to her enough that she knows you exist, you just gotta show some stones and ask. Don’t beat around the bush, don’t candy coat it, just be clear and concise. Exactly what you need to say is “Will you go to
prom with me?”. If she says yes, you are dialed (and I expect a full report after your prom).If she says no, be a man, hold your head high, and move on to greener pastures. There are over 3 BILLION women on this planet, trust me, there IS one out there for you.

That’s it for this week. Submit your questions to cubby at BigSquidRC dot com.

YOUR Cub Reporter

RPM mini e-revo a-arms RPM mini r-revo a-arms
I think everyone who’s looking to bulletproof their Traxxas Mini E-Revo already knows that RPM makes some must own a-arms, but I bet you didn’t know they now come in red! I guess it’s a little test on their part to see if people are interested in the red color. I have a feeling they will be. Upper and lower a-arms come in a set for front or rear.

Visit the RPM RC site for details.

RPM slash 4x4 bumper RPM slash 4x4 bumper
Looks like the Traxxas Slash 4X4 is going to be even stronger! RPM has just released a Rear Bumper for the Slash 4X4. It’s molded after full size short course trucks, it makes it easy to get to the a-arms, they incorporated a 35% thicker skid plate, and even has a place to mount your rear LED lights! They come in Blue, Black and Chrome.

Visit the RPM RC site for details.

Hey Cub-ster,
I know you guys are all about bashing and so am I (hence the reason I bought a Savage X as my first RC in twenty years and is my first nitro truck, I love it!). However, I am thinking about getting into RC racing and I think a good place to begin would be 2WD stock CORR events at a local track. Which truck is better between the Associated SC10, Traxxas Slash and the HPI Blitz? How about a shoot-out between the three?

Also, I know batteries have come a long way since I was a kid with a Tamiya Hornet but the batteries out now are making me nervous about making the jump from nitro to electric. The battery performance that I remember as a kid (run for 20 minutes then back in the house for four hours to recharge) and the cost of extra batteries are keeping me from plunking down my hard earned cashola! Please help!

Thanks,
Dean T. (aka- Captain Khaos)
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Well hello Captain Khaos, that’s a true bashers handle right there. I think my wife might call me that at times after jumping my Revo off the roof of my house and accidentally landing on top of her Audi. But such is life……

Btw, CORR died a very sad death. The CORR sanctioning body folded before they even got to hold there season finale event a couple years ago, which left a lot of driver, spectators, and sponsors with a bad taste in their mouths. Two new sanction bodies have picked up the flag since then, The Lucas Oil Series (that AE is involved with) and the TORC Series (that Traxxas is Huge into). So instead of using the CORR label, using the term short course works a lot better. :)

The 2wd short course class is a great class to get into. All the trucks are pretty durable and you just can’t beat how damn cool they look going around the track. So what’s the best SC truck to race with?

If your local track has very low traction and is fairly rough, the Slash is still a great bet. Traxxas really hit a sweet set-up right out of the box. The progressive springs and light compression and rebound damping work great right out of the box on the slick stuff. The only weak spot are those pesky shock caps that like to come off at the worst possible moment, but that is easily fixed by putting metal caps on (assuming your local track allows that mod, most tracks do).

If your local track is high bite and smooth, or you plan on racing mod, the HPI Blitz is the truck to get. The Blitz has class leading mechanical grip in the corners, and it’s a lot easier to get a good set-up on it than the AE SC10. To boil it down, it’s super easy to drive, and it’s just plain fast. Races are won in the corners, and the Blitz has class leading corner speed on high bite tracks. The main downside to the Blitz is the steering. If someone is a total noob, the stock steering is awesome as it’s set up to not steer too quickly. If you are an experienced driver, you’ll be looking for a higher torque servo and a tighter turning radius. Throw in a servo with at least 100 oz/in of torque, and do a little grinding on the front hubs and hub carriers to gain more turning radius, and you are dialed.

A short course shootout would be awesome. We already have a test Slash, Blitz and SC10. However, I think my constant bashing of Horizon and Kyosho are preventing the BigSquid crew from acquiring a Losi Strike and a Kyosho Ultima SC. That or those two simply don’t have the balls to see how their trucks stack up.

About today’s batteries- they are no joke. Good packs aren’t cheap, and all of the packs out there can be dangerous if not used properly. Go too cheap on a pack and the cells are prone to early failure and are just plain slow. If I had to recommend one pack to you, it’d be a Ni-mh 5000 mah pack like this ONE. There are tons of chargers on the market that will charge Ni-mh cells (and Ni-mh’s are not prone to thermal runaway like some of the Lithium based cells), and with 5000 mah of capacity on tap, you’ll have get a ton of run time. Enjoy.

That’s it for this session of Ask Cub Reporter. Send your questions to cubby at BigSquidRC dot com.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Traxxas e-maxx and jato

The folks over at Traxxas have been busy shipping all their vehicles with the TQ 2.4Ghz radio system, and now we can add the Traxxas E-Maxx and Jato 3.3 to that list of vehicles!

For more info on Traxxas click HERE.

RPM slash 4x4 bumper RPM slash 4x4 bumper
Ok Traxxas Slash 4×4 owners, looks like you have another item for your weekend shopping list! RPM has just released a Front Bumper and Skid Plate combo for the Traxxas Slash 4×4! They come in Grey/Chrome, Black, or Blue. The bumpers also work with the RPM Canister light set.

Visit the RPM RC site for details.

Traxxas summit

Recently we reported that Traxxas would start shipping a bunch of their vehicles with 2.4Ghz radios. You can now add the Traxxas Summit to that long list! It also comes with two 7-cell packs to get you up and running! I’m really glad to see Traxxas continue to make things easier on the new people coming into the hobby! The less they need to worry about, the more fun they will have.

For more info on Traxxas click HERE.

Traxxas slash 4x4 ultimate

Wow, Traxxas has another version of the Slash coming to a hobby shop near you! They have now combined the Traxxas Slash 4×4 Platinum Edition (the one with all the good hop-ups like the center diff!) with their 2.4 ghz Radio system, and are calling it the Traxxas Slash 4X4 Ultimate! It comes with the aluminum parts, center diff, 7-cell 8.4NiMH battery, and their new TQ 2.4Ghz radio system with 5-Channel Micro Receiver!

If you have been putting off buying a Slash 4×4, this might be the to pick one up!

For more info on Traxxas click HERE.

Traxxas 2.4ghz radio Traxxas 2.4ghz radio

I’m very happy to see that Traxxas is now shipping their TQ 2.4GHz radio with many of their RTR vehicles! This will really help the basher and newbie market! It gives people 1 less thing to have to worry about. Also, it gives them a nice cheap reliable alternative for receivers for their other vehicles! A 5 Channel Micro Receiver is only $45!!
The vehicles the radio comes with are the Bandit VXL, Stampede VXL, Rustler VXL, Nitro Rustler, T-Maxx 3.3, E-Revo Brushless Edition, and the E-Revo 1/16 scale! Another great job by Traxxas to set the bar for other RC companies!

The only issue now is getting them all to agree to a standard receiver, so I don’t need 10 different radios. :)

For more info on Traxxas click HERE.