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What's new: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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A lot of people are starting to get their Axial Yeti’s in hand! Woo Hoo! We can’t wait to start seeing more of them at bash spots tearing it up! We want to let everyone know what Axial has put out a cool little Pre-Run check list for you! Yes you, with the new clean Yeti! It covers stuff like battery tray adjustments, drive shaft and wheel nut securing, and more!

If you have a Yeti, or you have one on order, you should head over to this page and read up.

What’s that? You don’t have an Axial Yeti? Have you seen our review? We won’t tell anyone, just go read the review and see what you are missing.

THE Kyosho AXXE Wireless LAN iReceiver Sand Buggy Review

Kyosho AXXE Review

FPV, some say it’s the future, some won’t drive any other way, but most have little to no experience with it. Today we are taking a closer look at the Kyosho AXXE. The version of the AXXE we received is part of Kyosho’s iReadyset series, it comes with their iReceiver and can be driven by a wide variety of Android and Apple devices. With the addition of an optional Kyosho camera, it is as close to a full out of the box FPV set-up that you can buy. Does the Kyosho deliver a good FPV experience? Is driving with your cell phone any fun? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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SWORKz S350T Truggy
The folks over at SWORKz have been teasing their first ever truggy for months, now they have released full details.

The 1/8 SWORKz truggy is dubbed the S350T. This is a nitro powered machine loaded with high performance features. Some of its highlights include-

* 7075 aluminum chassis with black hard coating
* CVDs all around
* Sealed front and rear arms
* 150cc fuel tank
* 7075 shock towers
* Pro 2.0 shocks with hex bladders & impact pistons

The part number is #SW-910019 and you can Click Here to check out the official SWORKz website.

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RC4WD Raceline Monster SCT Wheels
Looking for a realistic set of wheels for your short course project truck? They don’t get much more realistic than the new Raceline Monster Short Corse Beadlock Wheels from RC4WD. These are machined from aluminum and officially licensed by Raceline.

* Uses a universal 12mm hex
* 2.2/3.0 size that works with most SCT tires
* Width- 1.7″
* Negative offset- .89″

The part number is #Z-W0064, they are street priced at $69 per pair, and they are available right now. For complete details Click On Over to the official RC4WD website.

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HPI Discount Tire Micro RS4 Drift
Coming soon from HPI Racing is a Micro RS4 Drift featuring Discount Tire livery. This version will come as a RTR and features hard tires and locked diffs, making it easy to drift your way around your local bash spot. Yoshihara Designs Champion wheels and a highly detailed body make it look just like its full scale equivalent, while a 180 sized motor and 4wd put the power to the ground.

The part number is #112856 and you can Click Right Here to get more information over on the official HPI website.

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What's new: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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The first time we saw the new Axial SCX10 RAM Power Wagon, we knew we couldn’t pass this one up!

We dig the way the body can come apart, and the ability to add on the roll cage. The battery way up front keeps us from having to mod it ourselves, and should make the truck handle much better out of the box.

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HPI Rallycross Wheels
HPI has come up with a way for your WR8 Rally Car to really stand out in a crowd, their new bright Orange 35mm Method Wheels. Officially licensed by Method, their bright color and cool design can drastically change the look of your car. Also, these were made to be a perfect fit for several of HPI’s 2.2″ on-road tires, making for an easy install.

The part number for the wheels is #113688 and you can get more information over on the official HPI Website.

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Thunder Tiger EB4 G3 Buggy
We are big fans of the Thunder Tiger G3 platform. G3s are typically rugged, drive well, and they don’t break the bank. The latest vehicle in Thunder Tiger’s G3 line-up is the EB4 G3 Brushless Buggy. The EB4 uses the G3 chassis and comes ready to run right out of the box. Some of the highlights of the EB4 G3 include-

* 2000kV 1350 watt brushless motor
* Suspension based on ROAR Championship winning EB4 S3
* High torque metal gear servo
* Comes with ACE race spec ESC
* Heavy duty steel diffs
* Front and center CVDs
* Comes with Deans connector

The part number is #6400, these are available right now, and you can get complete details by hitting up This Link over on the official Thunder Tiger website.

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Mugen MBX7R Buggy
The 8th scale buggy World Championships are quickly approaching. As such, expect to see a lot of new products being announced for debut at the big event.

Mugen knows what it takes to win world championships and they have just announced their latest uber race machine, the MBX7R. The 7R is based off the highly praised MBX7, with updates and refinements to make it an even more lethal racing machine. Some of the highlights of the 7R include-

* New 16mm big bore shocks
* Re-designed front hub carriers
* More camber adjustability in front arms
* Front and rear universal driveshafts
* New rear wing mounts
* Re-designed baffle in fuel tank

The part number is #E2015 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official Mugen website.

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What's new: Monday, September 8th, 2014

ARRMA Raider Mega Series Unboxing
Today we are sharing some pictures we took while unboxing the new ARRMA Mega Series Raider. The Raider was the first vehicle ever shown by ARRMA, this is the Mega Series version, ARRMA’s most affordable line intended for new drivers or people on a budget.

The Raider is completely RTR, meaning it comes completely built and even includes a battery and charger. The Mega Series uses waterproof electronics, but also comes with cost savings items like Phillips head hardware and plastic instead of metal in certain areas. Our full review will go up next week, until then enjoy the unboxing pictures.

The Mega Series Raider is priced at only $159 and you can get full details over on the official ARRMA Website.

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Xtreme Racing Losi Mini 8IGHT Truggy Carbon Fiber Parts
Carbon Fiber parts are great for two things- 1. making your truck stronger, and 2. looking really trick. For all you Losi Mini 8IGHT-T owners, the crew at Xtreme Racing now has some carbon fiber upgrades for you.

For starters, Xtreme created 3mm thick shock towers. These are much beefier than stock and lightweight to boot.

Xtreme also has some rear wheel guards. These are great for keeping mud out of the rear shocks and driveshafts while adding a cool look.

The mud guards have a part number of #10849, the front tower is #10847, while the rear tower is #10848. Each is priced at $15 and Here Is The Link to the official Xtreme Racing website.

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Kyosho FAZER VE Porsche 918 Weissach Package
It’s all about looking as good as it performs these days. The latest car from Kyosho is a good example of this. The Kyosho Fazer series VE Porsche 918 Weissach comes with a highly detailed body on the outside, with Orion brushless power on the inside.

The Porsche hybrid supercar is known for smashing the lap record on the Nürburgring, now it is available to you for breaking the lap record around your cul-de-sac. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Syncro 2.4GHz radio gear
* Completely built and ready to drive
* Pre-painted body with stickers applied
* Sealed diffs and tranny
* Comes with NiMH battery and charger
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Waterproof

The Fazer has a part number of #30917T2-B, it is priced at $309, and you can get full details over on the Kyosho America website.

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Kyosho CubbyMost of the rc industry refuses to acknowledge they are part part of the greater automotive industry. It seems many people in the rc industry are content to just be a “toy manufacturer”, instead of reaping the benefits of cross pollinating with people inside the full scale automotive industry. This may be something that has never crossed your mind, but for rc to go more mainstream, it is only advantageous to use every outlet possible.

I’ve found that there are a couple of different types in our industry that want nothing to do with the full scale scene, those that think our “toys” aren’t worthy of more attention, and those that are old school and aren’t open to cross marketing. Ya sure, everyone is entitled to do business their own way, but by not collaborating with companies like Ford, or Goodyear, or Borla, rc doesn’t get maximum exposure to a more mainstream audience. And of course less exposure means less $$$$ in the sales report at the end of the month, less $$$$ to develop new products with, and ultimate less $$$$ to feed their families with.

I am fortunate enough to work with people across a wide range of industries now days, one of them being the full scale scene, so I can say first hand that many of the full scale manufacturers are huge fans of what we do in rc. They dig our scaled down technology and they dig that it is a safe hobby fit for kids and adults alike. Heck, many of them are fans because they use hobby grade rc products right now, or at some time in their past. Our hobby also offers some key demographics to market to. What could be better for a full scale manufacturer than getting to rc kids early so that when they are finally old enough to buy a full scale car, they already know what they want, partially based on how cool it was during their rc days.

Of course there are some rc companies that are ahead of the curve on this one, take Axial for example. On one of their latest release they collaborated with Jeep (body), Walker Evans Racing (wheels), Falken (tires), and Poison Spyder (bumpers). When it was released, it wasn’t just Axial promoting the new truck, it was also the full scale companies listed, getting that particular rc vehicle a ton of additional exposure. Collaborations like that are a win/win for everyone involved.

Hey, the rc industry is wanting to expand, working with full scale manufacturers is a great way to do so. Here’s to hoping that more rc manufacturers gives it a try. After all, the more people there are in rc, the more fun it is, and the more money there is for research and developing cool new products for everyone to enjoy.

On a BSRC note…

Don’t forget these dates-

October 2-5th, iHobby Expo in Schaumburg, IL (a burb of Chicago). Seriously, we’ve got something B I G in our booth this year that you do NOT want to miss.

October 19, Leisure Hours in Joliet IL (just south of the Chi-Town metro). This is our 10 Year Anniversary Bash and it will be the biggest we’ve ever put on. Better still, because of the venue it is rain or shine. If it’s raining Leisure Hours has a huge indoor track for us to get our bash on. Count on loads of swag and lots of pure bashing carnage.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, have a funtastic week, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter