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What's new: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Gear Head 1.55 Krusher Wheels
The latest hot scaler wheels to hit the market come from Gear Head RC. They are called 1.55 Krushers and come in two styles, natural aluminum and Krusher Blackouts which are black anodized then re-machined to show off aluminum highlights. The Krusher wheels feature a size of 1.55″, a width of 1.2″, an offset of -.05″, and use a 12mm hex.

Krusher wheels come in sets of four and are available right now. Street price for the Krusher Blackouts is $79 while the natural aluminum Krushers go for $64. To get more information simply click THIS LINK.

Gear Head has all kinds of really cool scale products, hit up THIS LINK to see more of them right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

THE ProTek 7.4v 2S 100C 7000 mah Lipo Battery Review

ProTek 7.4v 2S 100C 7000 mah Lipo Battery

A few weeks ago we tested the ProTek 2S 5600 Lipo pack, today we are taking a look at its big, bad brother, the 2S 100C 7000. The ProTek 7000 comes in a sleek ROAR legal hard case, and comes with a premium price tag. Is it worth the cash? Is it a “dyno king”? Is it just a run of the mill Lipo or is it something special? Click the “Read More” button and let’s find out…


LaTrax Premium Racing Accessories hop ups
Right out of the gate LaTrax has announced a full line-up of go fast goodies for their new Rally Car. Some of the hop-ups are mainly for bling, while others like the bearing set should be a “must have” for the car. The performance accessories announced by LaTrax include-

#7573X 12 spoke mirror chrome wheels (red, blue, black and chrome) $11/pr
#7550R Aluminum drive shafts $14/pr
#7537X Aluminum front/rear shock towers $23
#7590 Aluminum motor plate $7
#7555X Center drive-shaft $25
#7560 Aluminum oil shocks $30
#7541X Bearing set $15
#7579 One way diff $5
#7581 Blue anodized spool $14
#7580 Ball diff $18
Carbon fiber chassis

To get more information on these and on everything LaTrax, simply click THIS LINK.

Want to check out what else Traxxas has been up to? Click Right Here to find out on BigSquidRC.

Great Planes F-1 Rocket Evo GP EP Sport Scale ARF 52"
Modeled after popular kit aircraft, the new Great Planes F-1 Rocket Evo ARF is made for fun times up in the air. It can be flown casually as a “Sunday flier” or it has the capability to be quite an aerobatic performer.

The F-1 Rocket Evo comes mostly assembled, cutting the amount of time it takes to get in the air. It comes covered in MonoKote and with pilot figure already installed. It can also be powered by either gas or electric, making it more versatile.

The part number is #GPMA1030 and it has as street price of $179. It should be hitting hobby shop shelves by mid-July and you can get more information at THIS LINK.

Looking for more air news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

#13245 MIP Pro4mance 5-40 Aluminum Nuts
One sure way of gaining a performance edge over your bash-buddies is to shave some weight off your rig. The crew over at MIP have just announced some new lightweight aluminum nuts to help shave 9 grams off your TLR/Losi SCTE. Along with the weight savings you’ll enjoy their resistance to rust and added bling factor.

The set comes with 26 nuts and the part number is #13245. Retail price is $20 and they are available right now. Simply click THIS LINK for more information on all of MIP’s fine products.

Looking for more MIP news? Check it out RIGHT HERE on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, July 1st, 2013

Latrax Rally Car 18th Scale Traxxas
Traxxas has just announced their new affordable line-up of vehicles called LaTrax. You might remember the name LaTrax from wayyy back in the day, Traxxas has now revived it and their first vehicle is an 1/18th scale Rally Car. All the new LaTrax vehicles are said to have pricing under $200 and their new Rally Car comes in at just $149.

For features the LaTrax Rally Car is waterproof, comes with a 2.4 GHz radio system, and a brushed motor. The new LaTrax is 4wd making it easy to drive, and it comes with everything you need to get going right in the box.

Some quick specs on the LaTrax Rally Car include-

Wheelbase- 6.5″
Track- 4.23″
Height- 3.5″
Length- 10.4″
Weight- 19.5 oz

The part number for the new LaTrax Rally Car is #75054 and it is expected to start hitting hobby shop shelves in mid-July. For more details simply follow THIS LINK to the official LaTrax website.

Looking for more LaTrax news? We don’t have any, they are brand new! However, check out THIS LINK to see what else Traxxas has been up to.

Want to see the new LaTrax Rally Car in action? Check out the video below!

AquaCraft Lucas Oil FE Brushless Catamaran
The latest water machine from AquaCraft is the Lucas Oil FE Brushless Catamaran. The Lucas Oil Catamaran comes pre-built and ready to hit the water, and comes in either RTR or receiver ready Rx-R form.

A water cooled 6 pole 1800kV brushless motor and 60 amp speed controller are used to give the boat extreme power. A GrimRacer 2535 hardware package ensures the Lucas Oil Catamaran is ready go fast at your local lake.

The two part numbers for the Lucas Oil Brushless Catamaran are #AQUB2105 for RTR and #AQUB2106 for Rx-R. Street prices are $399 (RTR) and $339 (Rx-R) and it has a Mid-August release date. For complete information simply click THIS LINK to take you to the official AquaCraft website.

Looking for more rc boat news here on BigSquidRC? HERE is the link you want.

Axial Recon G6 Tour St Louis MOIt has just been announced that the Recon G6 tour will make its way through St Louis Missouri on July 20-21. Drivers from several states will converge on Bloomsdale Missouri (about an hour South of St Louis) to take part in the various classes and stages of what makes up a Recon G6 event.

For those of you that may not have heard of one before, a Recon G6 event is about drivers testing their skills while driving very scale realistic Axial crawling machines over various terrain. Rocks, logs, mud, and water typically make up a Recon G6 course. Recon G6 events are also famous for their HOG rule, a concept to keep things as scale realistic as possible.

Getting more information on the St Louis round of the Recon G6 touring is easy, click HERE for their official Facebook page, or HERE for the Show-Me Scalers website.

Want to learn more about scale realism? If so, check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Tamiya Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3 AMG - TT02
The latest release from Tamiya is a Mercedes-Benz SLS GT3 AMG. The clear polycarbonate body is very realistic and under the hood lies a Tamiya TT02 chassis. The Mercedes is a kit for people looking for the full hobby experience and the TT02 chassis is easily upgraded to progress with a drivers skill level. The TT02 platform is 4wd, making the Mercedes easy to control when blasting around the cul-de-sac or local track.

The part number for the Tamiya Mercedes SLS GT3 AMG is #58566 and it comes with a retail price of $220. Expect a July release date and you can get more details at THIS LINK over on the official Tamiya USA website.

Interested in more Tamiya news? If so, simply click THIS LINK.

St Louis RC Drag Race High Speed Club
RC Street racing is popular all over the country for good reason, people like to get together and see who’s the fastest. In St Louis, the STL Drag Club has been running for several years now, for bragging rights, and to just have a good time.

I joined in with the St Louis Drag Racers over the weekend and had a great time getting in some fast passes and seeing all the cool machinery they bring with them. HPI 5th scales are still the most popular class hitting speeds upwards of 60 mph with their less than 30cc engines. You can also find anything from 100 mph+ brushless cars to bone stock Traxxas RTR’s at the STL Drag Race events. If you are in the St Louis metro area it’s definitely worth your time to look these guys up and see how fast your car can go.

Would you like to learn more about the STL Drag Race Club? That’s easy, just click HERE for their Facebook page.

We have covered the STL RC Drag Racers before, click HERE to check it out.

Rc bashing CubbyHola Amigo’s and happy Monday. I trust everyone got some trigger time in over the weekend. I actually got to drive some of my personal cars over the weekend, which is quite the rarity for me over the last decade or so. Yay.

The AMA motocross nationals are starting to get good! The Dunge put down another OA and Tomac is showing the foreigners who’s boss in the 250′s. Next up, the legendary Red Bud national. I’ve never personally hucked Larocco’s Leap, doubling in was enough air time for me, for those of you that have jumped the entire thing I salute you.

Next up some BigSquidRC notes-

Mark your calender for our Chicago/Orland Park Summer Bash and Swap Meet. The date is August 3rd and we are holding it in the parking lot of the Orland Park HobbyTown USA. We invite you all to come out, go huge, have fun, and win some cool stuff.

Word around the BigSquid offices is we’ll be holding our very first St Louis Bash on Saturday August 31st. More info coming soon on this one folks.

Shootout? Yes, our latest shootout is nearing completion. It’s a Rally Car shootout- Traxxas vs HPI vs Kyosho vs Thunder Tiger. This weekend is when we finish it up, it should go live in the next 2 weeks. And oh ya, it’s going to be quite the interesting read.

We have found a new King of the Hill for Lipo packs. We’ll be posting a Lipo battery review this Tuesday of the fastest 2S pack we’ve ever tested. It didn’t just edge out the other packs, it smashed records for voltage output and runtime on our West Mountain CBA, and it felt crazy fast on track. Find out Tuesday just which pack we are teasing about.

We had Horizon’s Scott Hughes on our Live G+ show last Wednesday night, if you are an industry type that wants to get something off your chest, or simply want to do some rc bench racing, shoot us an email and we’ll try and get ya lined up for the show.

I’ve “sorta” been working on a Cub Report called “There is a reason why they are number 2″ for a long time now. I thought I was going to pull trigger on it this week, but alas I wised up. It’s the sort of Cub Report that doesn’t just offend a few industry types here and there, it pretty much offends them all (except for those pwn’ing their market segment), LOL, so ya I think I’ll hold off on it yet again. Maybe next week, meh.

So… that’s it for this week, proof positive that I’m not always a verbose lunatic. I hope everyone has a fantastic July 4th filled with fireworks, apple pie, and trigger time. As always, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter


Remember all the Chi-Town RC Drift Challenge Event Coverage we posted recently with all those RC Drift car pictures? Well they just released the video from round two! Check it out!!

Shout out to the Midwest Slidewayz RC Drift Club and Chris who put the video together! Nice job! There are still a few rounds left, so if you are in the Chicagoland area, and want to check out the drift scene, make sure to hit one of the events!

What's new: Friday, June 28th, 2013

Robbe Red Bull Edge 540 ARF
We are big Red Bull Energy Drink fans around the BSRC offices so when we see a trick machine with Red Bull livery we are all over it.

Robbe is a German company that’s makes all sorts of flying machines and their latest is a Red Bull Edition Edge 540 ARF. The Red Bull Edge 540 uses laser cut wood parts for the fuselage, wings and tail, and aluminum for the undercarriage. A vacuum molded canopy and painted GRP cowl round out this very trick looking flying machine.

The part number for the Red Bull Edge 540 ARF is #1-FW004001 and it has a street price of €169.00, about $220 US. These are not available in the US right now, but that has never stopped you guys before. For complete info simply click THIS LINK for the official Robbe website.

The weekend means bash time, going huge regardless of the consequences. I can’t think of a better way to get your weekend kicked off than this TGIF Mystery Link.