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bash night bash night
I normally don’t post stories of us out bashing the night away, but this one had so many interesting things, I felt compelled to mention it. It started out when I get a phone call from Kierre seen in the left picture showing off his winning… err loosing Slash after one of our famous demolition derby improves, anyway, he calls me up and says ‘I think I want to attempt to rent out the track, are you in?’ Since our track has a really good rate for full track rental on Monday nights, I say sure why not! We each make a few phone calls, and suddenly we have a big enough group to break even on the track rental, and a small enough group to actually enjoy the evening to ourselves. You know how Cubby has been ranting and raving lately about all the ‘local racers’, I can’t agree more with him, but it’s nights like these where you really realize how much more fun our sport is without those guys around!

Not one time did I hear someone raise their voice, or yell at a marshal, see them throw a vehicle or get into a confrontation about being cut off in a turn. And EVERY open practice, yes I said PRACTICE night, I see that. I see some moron on the drivers stand cursing out a marshal because he didn’t get to his vehicle fast enough, or he put it down in the wrong spot. I also didn’t see any near death collisions from the same local racers because they couldn’t/wouldn’t’ slow down over a triple when there was a marshal out there trying to rescue a car, and he decided he would rather take the chance at taking the guys head off with a 1/8th scale then loose his 2 seconds of lap time DURING OPEN PRACTICE! You also don’t see those morons down there marshaling after their runs! Everyone was super friendly! Any time there was a broken vehicle in the pits, people were helping each other get back out on the track, helping fix vehicles, helping by donating some extra parts they had in their tool box, doing all the nice and friendly stuff you rarely see on a open practice night! Ok, I’ll get off Cubby’s soap box before he knocks me off it, but seriously people have fun in the hobby, that’s why we do it! When’s the last time you saw a dad and his kids (and his kids friend) having a fun evening at the track?! It’s rare, but I snapped this shot of Paul and his family enjoying the evening of bashing.

We did all of our usual basher fun, like full track tag (exactly what it sounds like) someone is it, and they are it till they tag (ram) another vehicle.
Full track demolition derby, last car able to drive away wins.. congrats to Bill for winning tonight, Congrats to Kierre for taking the most damage! After we brought our vehicles in from the demo derby, someone came up to me and said ‘I can’t believe you guys did that! I could barely watch! I usually don’t even take my car out on practice nights because I’m afraid I’ll break something, or someone will run into me and break it’. *sigh* Those 10 or 15 minutes of us chasing each other around on the track, and ramming into other vehicles at high speeds brings SO many smiles to our faces, and the faces of others watching. Yea we break a lot of stuff… but wow is it fun, and a good way to release some tension! I highly recommend it. Too many racer shelf queens out there!

bash night You want to know what a basher vehicle looks like, notice anything weird in this picture? I took it because this is the FIRST time I have ever seen someone use a tooth brush as a battery strap! It worked for a while, but it didn’t last all night. We do tend to be a little tough on the cars. Great idea though! Might have to add that one to our basher tips!

Lastly, I wanted to mention that since it was a private track rental night we didn’t invite that many people to keep the numbers low enough for us to relax and have fun, I did notice something very interesting, that 4 out of 10 people were running Tactic Radios! You can read our fullTactic Radio Review here. I’d like to think Big Squid RC has something to do with this, and we might since everyone at the track tonight was a Big Squid RC reader, but it’s also possible that the Tactic might just be the next Ice Charger! Think about it.. when is the last time you saw near 50% of the drivers using the same thing? (Not including a Slash). The Ice charger is the only thing that comes to mind! If you haven’t read the Tactic review, or heard of the radio, check it out! It looks like it’s getting popular quick!

Ok, I’m done ranting and raving before Cubby thinks I stole his job! LOL.
Support your local tracks and stuff, err something like that! ;)
Brian

First off, here’s the LINK of the week. CLICK HERE No, I’m not going to Rick Roll ya with a blind link. The link takes you to the Toys “R” Us website.

Did you know that Traxxas is not only sold at Pep Boys, but also now at Toys “R” Us? Did you know that some models of HPI are also sold at Toys “R” Us?

With that said, I’ve heard many “core” hobbists say that Traxxas being in a Toys “R” Us is a big sell out. Those same people argue that Traxxas being in Toys “R” Us makes our hobby look more hack and makes their products look more “Tyco” like. I say WHAT? Every rc car we buy, no matter how expensive or esoteric, is still just a toy car. (If you doubt that, go out and build a full size SCCA car, put your a$$ on the line and go race it, then get back to me) Our hobby IS playing with toy cars, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, as it is our hobby. If you want to view this in a healthy manner, accept that fact, and accept the fact that the more mainstream our hobby gets, the better our hobby will become. More mainstream will equal more people to race with, more people to bash with, and more money for the research and development department at your favorite rc car manufacture to come up with cool stuff.

Are surface radio controlled hobbies really about to blow up mainstream (I never thought I’d live to see the day)? Well, getting into the local Pep Boys and Toys “R” Us is a HELL of a good start. Traxxas sponsoring the TORC series and getting tons of tv airtime is a HELL of a good thing. The HPI/Tamiya/Kyosho R/C Motorsports Experience was also a nice step in the right direction exposing our hobby to thousands of fresh faces. Are we really and truly on the verge? Based on the evidence shown, we are closer than perhaps we’ve EVER been. If you are some average Joe Blow Basher type, your part in helping us go mainstream is to remember every noob that shows up is the most important person there, so help’em out instead of blowing them off.

girl squid Picture of the week. Yes, hot chics dig BigSquid RC. :)

Quick note, as mentioned in the “Ask Cubby” column, I am getting my s#!% together and going on a solid schedule. Look for the “Ask Cubby” column every Thursday, and “THE Cub Report” every Monday. You can set your watch to it now, and if you are one of those lawsuit happy types, my new set schedule should save your finger a lot of hits on the refresh button. :)

Ever heard of the Tilted Kilt? Well, if you haven’t, you have now, as they are officially the hang out spot for the BigSquidRC crew. The Tilted Kilt is essentially a competitor for Hooters type restaurants. In short, the food tastes great, and well, the scenery is simply wonderful. So if you get a chance, check a Tilted Kilt out, you’ll be glad that you did. Click HERE to find your nearest location.

That’s it for this week rc fans. Send all hate mail and lawsuit threats to Brian, because I’m simply to lazy to read them. Support your local hobby shops and tracks!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Here’s some video we shot while testing out our new Platinum Edition Traxxas Slash 4×4 in the snow! Good times! The video on Youtube is also uploaded there in hi-def!

Enjoy!

Traxxas Platinum Slash Traxxas Platinum Slash

So we just got our Traxxas 2010 Platinum Slash Edition in house! It looks like our friends at Traxxas are the first to listen to Cubby’s advice, and start treating some of their RC cars like REAL cars. Notice they call this the 4×4 Slash 2010 Platinum Edition on the box! Does that mean there will be a 2011 edition? The manual just says 4×4 Slash Platinum Edition. I like the thought of adding the years, I like the possibility that at iHobby 2010, we will be seeing the 2011 vehicles, just like at a real car show. Nice touch Traxxas, even if it was our idea. ;)

The body style is a little different.
Traxxas Platinum Slash Traxxas Platinum Slash

Notice how all the electronics are now on one side, leaving the battery to balance the weight on the other side. Once we start getting it ready for the review, we’ll see how balanced we are, and if we will need to add any extra weight.
Traxxas Platinum Slash Traxxas Platinum Slash

Except for the center diff, most of the hop-ups for that make this version the Platinum Edition come already installed on the vehicle.
Traxxas Platinum Slash Traxxas Platinum Slash

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Traxxas TQ 2.4 Radio

We just got the PR for the new Traxxas radio, and it is sounding pretty sweet! The official name is the Traxxas TQ 2..4GHz Programmable Radio system with Traxxas Link. A bit of a mouth full, but it comes with some great features! To start with, it’s spread spectrum, meaning no more frequency worries! It now has a multi-function knob on the face of the transmitter that can be used to set steering exponential, steering and braking dual rates, and throttle trim! Other tuning options like end point adjustment, servo reversing and sub trim are also possible with this radio. You just don’t see that many functions on a radio in this price range, or on a radio that comes with a vehicle like the Slash 4×4!

The really stand out feature of the radio though is the new Traxxas Link automatic model recognition software. It’s basically their version of ‘model memory’ made simple. Each time the transmitter is bound to a new receiver, it saves that receiver in it’s memory along with all the model settings assigned to that receiver! AWESOME! The next time you turn on your transmitter, then reciever, the settings are automatically recalled. Up to 20 vehicles! That is very cool. No need to search for the model name, etc.. it just works.

Other key features, integrated fail safe, 5 channel receiver with 2 steering inputs for dual servo systems, and finally price is pretty good! Only $150 for the radio system with 4 channel transmitter and 5 channel receiver!

I really like the way Traxxas always make things simple and useful! Good job guys.

For more information head over to the official Traxxas website.

Don’t you just love the rumor mill? I sure do. :)
Biggest rumor of the week-
That a Traxxas 8th scale buggy is on the way in the summer of 2010. Traxxas isn’t about racing, they are about making money, and the 8th scale market is one of the few that they do not dominate. I really have no idea what a Traxxas 8th scale might be like, but I would love to see their interpretation of an 8th scale buggy. An interpretation not intended strictly for track use, but one that might drive well on a track, yet own the local bash spot. Perhaps an 8th scale with slightly more ground clearance, featuring some of Traxxas’s uber refined CAD/CAM design work, and of course, tough enough to be Basher-Approved. Don’t hold your breathe, as this is still just a rumor, but there is plenty of money to be made in that market segment, and Traxxas isn’t the type of company to leave cash just sitting on the table.

Second biggest rumor of the week-
Yet another rc mag is in the works. I can’t figure this one out, the marketplace is already spilling over the sides with 4 monthly print mags. Is there really room, or even a need for a 5th rc mag? I still can’t understand how a hobby as small as rc is can support 4 mags, and most industry peeps agree with me on that one. RCCA is still considered the standard, although in recent months they’ve hit all new lows, including way too much coverage of boats and planes. The name of their mag is CAR Action, not boat/plane/anything else we can get our lazy hands on Action. Hell, RCCA is even throwing in scantily clad chics, which is fine if that’s what you do, but looks like utter desperation for them. Xtreme has had the hot chic portion of our hobby covered for years, and they put out a decent looking mag catering to a slightly older crowd. RC Car has been the tiny “unknown” mag in the hobby for years, but has really turned it around, not only in content, but with shear number of pages since Bess came on board. RC Driver is the mag that covers cars/trucks/boats/planes in our hobby, has a very talented staff, but could use a cosmetic makeover and better photography to put it into the 2000′s. So just where is there room for a 5th mag? Just what rc magazine niche is not being filled right now? None that I can think of. Lots hope this rumor doesn’t actually work out. Seeing someone start an rc mag in this economy, against all the other mags, during a time when most people are ditching mags and reading the internet, is just begging for failure.

Everything goes in cycles. Electric dominated from the late 80′s till 2000. Then nitro took over for nearly a decade, and now we are in full swing back to electric. Last week, I asked several industry legends on just what is going to turn the tide back to nitro, because oh yes, the world will be all about nitro again before we know it. It all boils down to making a nitro based engine run most consistently. You come up with an affordable nitro engine that starts easily every time, never flames out, is good for 5 gallons of fuel, and makes decent power, and you are bound to make a LOT of money in this hobby. Up to this point, no company has invested the money needed to make the next leap in nitro engine technology, but it will happen. Once again, my money is on Traxxas for this one, they’ve got a few extra bucks to spend, and they’ve already proven they will go above and beyond to put out a better mouse trap. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit for them to fund the R&D needed to come up with the next gen nitro engine. I’m as hard core of an electric guy as there is, but if you come up with a MUCH improved nitro engine, even I will be driving one. You just can’t beat the sound and smell of fuel powered for realism. And according to the industry peeps I talked with, they were almost unanimous in saying that the next gen engine will likely be a 4 stroke. Time will tell.

That’s it for this week folks. Support your sport, hit your local hobby shops, tracks, and bash spots!
Your Cub Reporter

So, stopped by the Traxxas booth early day 1 to present them with an official Basher Approved Award for the Traxxas Slash. Without a doubt the Traxxas Slash is deserving of one of the highest RC awards right now. It’s cheap, it’s fun, and it takes a beating like nothing else! Peter Vieira did the accepting for Traxxas. The future will tell if the 4×4 can follow in it’s footsteps! Congrats Traxxas!
(Bigger more official write up coming once the show is over, and we can all breath again!)

While at the Traxxas booth, we had to check out the Traxxas Slash 4×4! Notice the Monster Max system in the second one! LOL.. that has to be insane!

Something we noticed while there.. check out the front skid setup on the 4×4 vs the original Slash. It’s a little slicker, and felt a little more durable. I like they way it’s more of a one smooth piece setup! (Slash 4×4 is on the left, original on right.)

Remember, where to get your iHobby news first! This iHobby Expo 2009 link will get you all the 2009 updates as we post them! So keep an eye on it.

You know I couldn’t pass on posting something when such a big announcement happens!
I’m sure the “Big Guy” is looking for the edit/delete key already since this isn’t my normal report.
So read fast.. haha

So lets continue shall we?

For those of you that have been living under a rock the last 4 hours, here’s the essential scoop on the new Slash 4×4.

1. 4 wheel drive Short Course truck
2. Comes stock with brushless and 7 Cell Ni-mh battery
3. Comes stock with 2.4 Ghz radio system
4. Revo diffs
5. Licensed BFG Tires
6. Rumored (I repeat- RUMORED) LHS Price is to be $399
7. Release date Rumored to be mid December 2009

Word out of the Traxxas camp before the unveiling was their new truck was going to
be “huge” and “revolutionary”. I must say that Traxxas has become a true leader, not a follower. One look at their incredible T-Maxx, or the original 2 wheel drive Slash proves that. One look at their new Slash 4×4 proves they are leading the field in the 4 wheel drive electric short course field as well. If you need proof of leadership, just start the countdown clock to AE, Losi, and others releasing electric 4×4 versions of their short course trucks.

Here’s a few quotes off random message boards about the new Slash 4×4.
“home run guys, exactly what I was looking for”
“okay yeah i’m drooling”
“It looks cool, but with them forcing the battery pack, brushless and 2.4ghz on you, I’m sure it’ll be $$$”
“The only thing that I can criticize on is the 32 pitch gears”
“I am sooooo glad it’s a whole new chassis layout and not a revo rehash”
“I don’t see why anyone would want this over an e-converted slayer or an sc8e”
“Single battery is a big selling point to me”
“This thing is AWESOME. New suspension geometry and everything”

So here’s my skinny from the Cub view of things-
High’s-
1. Love the licensed BFG tires- the closer to realistic, the better.
2. Good looking truck overall.
3. 4wd makes driving on nearly any surface easier. Easier always equals better.
4. Mostly new design is great to see, glad it’s not Revo/Slayer based.
5. Comes with a slipper clutch, the driveline thanks you Traxxas.
6. Driveline looks very durable- 32 pitch gears and Revo diffs.

Low’s-
1. Price. We Do Not Know exactly what the Slash will be selling for, but if the rumors are right, it’s gonna be a bit high. Is the truck worth $399? Most likely hell ya, but a $399 price point will eliminate it from the majority of bashers budgets. A Slash 4×4 with a non-2.4Ghz radio, no battery pack, and powered by an E-Maxx motor and speedo would have come in at a much more attractive price point, while most likely yielding nearly the same performance.
2. Comes stock with 7 cell Ni-mh battery. Yes, real noobs don’t have any batteries, but most hobbyists already have plenty just sitting around. Why do I want to pay extra for a battery that Traxxas has picked out? No thanks, I’d rather pick out my own.

I’ve got one more bone to pick, but this one doesn’t fall on Traxxas’s shoulders. (So Traxxas, if you are reading this.. I’m not blaming you) Ever notice in a 2wd Slash how pretty much every motor tends to run hot? This isn’t really Traxxas’s fault, as they designed a great, extremely durable truck. A 2wd Slash has a beefy (and heavy) drivetrain, which is required for running huge brushless power. The 2wd Slash also has a lot of air drag due to the large short course type body, also a requirement to achieve the proper look. Unfortunately, the combo of a heavy truck with lots of drag equals pushing every single 10th scale speedo/motor system to the limit.

This will only get worse on the 4wd Slash. The 4wd has another diff to spin, more driveshafts, and simply more weight. Throw in a muddy track on a hot summers day, and I can’t think of any 10th scale power system that will be able to push this beast around (at a fast clip) without running hot. This looks to be the reason why the truck comes stock with a 7 cell Ni-mh pack. To help keep heat down, Traxxas installed a fairly low kv motor which is geared relatively conservatively. To get a reasonable amount of speed, the extra voltage of a 7 cell Ni-mh is simply a requirement.

Also in the press release today, Traxxas states that a Mamba Monster system bolts right in. The Mamba Monster system works great and should easily power a 4×4 Slash, no question about it. But, it costs $100 more than an entire 2wd Slash does, and is going to like some fairly expensive/high cell-count batteries for lots of top speed. This isn’t Castle’s, nor Traxxas’s fault, it’s simply the cost of technology. The real problem here lies in the need for a proper power system. A power system with perhaps slightly larger motors, 10th scale pricing (I repeat, 10th scale pricing!!!), that can propel the new era of heavy driveline/high drag short course trucks to eye opening speeds on only a 2S battery pack- without overheating. Maybe Novak, Tekin, LRP and Castle are already working on this problem, if not, this should be project numero uno on their “to-do” lists this fall.

In closing, everyone and their Uncles dog already owns a 2wd Slash. For Traxxas to continue advancing the short course format, a 4×4 is the natural progression. A 4wd Slash is the next logical purchase for those that love their 2wd Slash, but how many buyers are willing to break out the wallet for close to $400? My guess is a lot of people, a lot of people that will be very happy with the quality and performance of their new Slash 4×4. Traxxas has a well earned reputation for quality engineering, reliability, and value that will help make it easier for those wallets to open.

Thanks for reading, look for the BigSquidRC official test of the Slash 4×4 very soon, support your LHS’s and tracks, and get on that pre-order list for your Slash 4×4 ASAP! Also, if you haven’t seen it, check out the pictures the boss posted earlier.

Your Cub Reporter

Traxxas Slash 4x4

Breaking news! Traxxas has just announced the Traxxas Slash 4×4 Short Course Truck!
Wowza! I have been hearing from Traxxas that this upcoming announcement was going to be big news.. and while we here at the Big Squid office had some guesses, that were close, like an electric Slayer, we didn’t think it would be a re-design like this! Very cool!

Here are some still’s from the video!
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Traxxas Slash 4x4
A few shots made it look like it had a headlight setup, similar to what we would see in the Sumit.

Details: 4 Wheel Drive, new super efficient shaft drive, new race suspension, licensed BFGoodrich tires, TQ 2.4 Ghz Radio System!! Top speed 40mph with included 3000mah 7-Cell battery pack and Brushless Velineon System! Also of note, the front Revo Sealed Diff!
Traxxas Slash 4x4 Traxxas Slash 4x4
Awesome stuff.. some of these pictures are from the official press release we just received.
It’s truly a whole new platform of vehicle! Good job Traxxas!

I have started a Traxxas 4×4 Thread in the forums. Got questions or comments? Head over there and post em up!

More info coming as soon as we get it! Hopefully some hands on at iHobby Expo in a few weeks!

Long time no see, but welcome back to yet another edition of the industries most litigated opinion column, THE Cub Report.

So what’s the scoop on some of the newest product releases? Well, let’s just dive right in.

RPM is in the Big Squid RC Basher Approved hall of fame. They are one of the few companies that actually have their heads screwed on right, making good looking, good fitting, and no hassle product. Well, they recently shot out pics of their new Slash rear bumper/Mud Flap combos. Awesome, just awesome! I hope they sell a zillion of them. One step closer to realism, with the uber reliability of RPM. If you’ve been watching the 1:1 Torc series races on ESPN, you’d notice the only major cosmetic difference between your Slash and those racing on tv is the lack of mudflaps. The RPM bumper/mupflap combo is just what your Slash needs.

Seen the new Traxxas teaser video? Pretty much any type of “teaser” makes me want to have rabid multi-orfice fun with a porcupine excited now days. With that said, I give the new Traxxas teaser vid a B-. Slick production, but just slightly above average as far as general hype goes. I figured they would have waited to unveil their new beast at iHobby, as you could do one hell of a cool intro in front of the masses, but I hear they’ll be unveiling yet another platform at the show.

Big Props go out to Traxxas and RC Pro Series for their support of Rick “Too Hip” Johnsons Torc series. Awesome tracks, all the big name players, decent tv package, and Traxxas is plastered everywhere. Most media exposure ever for our industry. Even if you aren’t into short course racing, try to catch one of the 1:1 Torc races on the tube.

Horizon released info on a left hand thread kit for their 8 and 8T series of 8th scalers. What this boils down to is a few left hand screws for 5 bucks that should have been a running change on the new kits, but are being sold as a hop up. The HPI/Hot Bodies 8 series buggies and truggy come standard with these, cost far less, and won the worlds last year. Hummmm… wonder what the better value is.

Speaking of HPI/Hot Bodies- their Blitz’s are almost here! Get on the pre-order list at your LHS ASAP.

RC Pro Products released info on their uber new 8th scale wheel wrench. Nice to see a product designed by actual common sense racers, built to last, works correctly, that doesn’t empty the bank account. Quality tools are worth their weight in gold, thankfully, the RC Pro Products have all the quality but not the insane price tag.

Every JConcepts body I’ve ever seen looked uber trick. All their bodies for “race” type vehicles are really cool. Sadly, JConcepts has released pics of their new Slash body called the BAJR. Lets say you took the top off a VW body, the rear off a quad racer body, and the front off a Herbst truggy body, then molded them all into one- then you’d have the JConcepts BAJR. Wow. Like, you gotta be kidding me kinda fugly. If you want to turn your good looking Slash in a sort of Martian Turd looking machine, the BAJR is the body for you. Excuse me while I wash my eyes out with battery acid.

Well folks, you made it to the end of yet another Cub Report. Thanks for reading, and please get out and support your LHS’s and local tracks.

Your Cub Reporter

RPM slash mud flaps RPM slash mud flaps
With the new rage being more ‘scale looking’ RC’s, it seems only fitting that somone would be doing mud flaps for the slash. Well RPM RC has stepped up to the plate and created some! The new RPM Traxxas Slash Mud Flaps work with the new RPM Rear Bumper only. They do not work with the stock or other aftermarket rear bumpers.. so keep that in mind.

Check out the RPM RC site for details.

RPM slash rear bumper RPM slash rear bumper
Recently there was a news post abut the the new Traxxas Slash Bumpers from RPM RC, and I’m sure there was a ton of people asking, why only the front? Well..today that answer has been given.. in the form of a new product! The RPM Traxxas Slash Rear Bumper! It’s 18% lighter than the stock one, probably stronger, and looks like they provide a TON of coverage! That will come in handy during those demo derby times! Available in black, chrome and blue.

Check out the RPM RC site for details.

So Yamaha finally showed their all new 2010 YZ450F yesterday. New from the ground up, it features a radically different airbox/cylinder/carb setup than any previous production motocross bike. The amount of “pre-hype” for the bike was huge, as it should have been on such an innovative design. And while bike sales spiraled downward during the poor economy, the Yamaha 2010 450F is going to be a monster seller.

Speaking of 2010, I’ve always wondered why the rc world has never adopted the “model year” type of product release schedule. What I mean by that is- releasing revised or new models once a year like the motorcycle and full size car industries do, instead of just all over the place. For instance, if you are Traxxas, you’d show the “new” 2010 Traxxas Slash at I-Hobby in October, making the “2009″ model obsolete, even if there were only minor changes. If you are a consumer, would you rather keep driving your old beat 09′ Slash, or sell off your 09′ so you could have a nice new 2010 Slash? Maybe you’ve been racing a 1996 Horizon/Losi XXX for years now, wouldn’t you rather get the hot new 2010 model? Ok, maybe I’m just dreaming here.

Speaking of some large chassis manufacture based in Texas, they have really tight lips there, nothing good ever leaks early from them. But- the quiet rumblings out of the Lone Star state is that their dedicated Crawler is going to turn the crawling world on it’s head, and take that genre to an entirely different level. But you didn’t hear that here, because I was sworn to secrecy. :)

Horizon put out huge hype on their latest release, the Losi 10th scale “Night Crawler RTR“. Unfortunately, it’s not particularly innovative, nor trick, nor earth shattering, seemingly just another case of crying wolf. Sure, it’s a good looking crawler, the type of “truck” that would easily flow off the shelves of your local Wally World if the price point was under $50, but to a true hobbyist, it’s nearly an insult. Big hype should mean big innovation and/or performance, not just run of the mill. True hobbyists are just tired of being burned by blowing up big ad campaigns that yield ho-hum product releases. People are still ticked off by Trinity’s big ads blowing up how their new “P-94″ brushed motors that were “supposed” to be better and longer lasting than those pesky new at the time brushless motors.

There was one pretty trick product released last week, and it was not over hyped. Pro-Line showed their under tray for the Traxxas Slash, and it looks awesome. The under tray protects the underside of the truck, helps keep dirt, water and debris from getting up on your chassis, and even helps to add a bit of scale realism. It might not sell a ton, but it’s trick and innovative, something the sport needs more of.

That’s it for this week. Get out and support your sport, hit your LHS and local track.

Your Cub Reporter