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What's new: Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Invertix CanopyLike a kid in a candy store, I quickly got to work building the Invertix 400 from Encore RC and Bobby Watts. It took a couple of hours (I’m very careful with all my builds, so actual time may vary), but she came out looking great!

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Matrixline RC Renault Body
There are times when you just want to be different, to really stand out in the crowd. If you pick up a Renault Sport Mégane Trophy body from Matrixline RC, you are sure to do just that.

The Matrxiline Mégane Trophy body is formed from .9mm polycarbonate and was designed to fit most 1/10 touring cars. Along with the body it comes with light buckets, a decal sheet, over-spray film, and vacuum formed front/rear fascias.

The part number for the Mégane is #PC201405 and you can get a few more details by hitting up This Link over on the official Matrixline website.

Want to see more new bodies? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

RB Energy LiPo Battery
The crew over at RB Products have added 2 new LiPos to their battery line-up. The new RB Energy packs are both rated at 6400mAh with 100C discharge rates. Both come with protective hard cases, while the 2S pack uses 4mm bullet connectors and the 4S pack comes with a Deans style T-plug.

The part number for the 4S model is #0240020, the 2S model has a part number of #0240019, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official RB website.

Click Right Here for more RB news on BigSquidRC.

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We always love to see RC on TV, and nobody delivers more often then our friends at Mythbusters!
On a recent episode called ‘Fire in the Hole‘, they were testing the myth if a grenade could be shot out of the air and diffused if it was coming right at you. Good info for sure, but they needed to come up with a way to retrieve the grenades in case they were not sure if it was diffused or not. Or if it went rolling away. Nobody wants to just go hunt down and pick one of those things up.

They created this retrieval robot thingy, added some arms, and a baby head to go hunt down and pick them up. It looks like they started with a HPI Savage, and check out those tires! Talk about serious traction getters. Where do I find a set of those?

You can watch the full eposide below.

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ASK Cubby

“Vaterra Halix Build

What’s the deal with the Vaterra Halix build? You left me hanging. I was following that build step by step (although I installed the Vaterra CVDs instead of the MIPs.) I figured you guys had gotten busy with the trade show and had put the build on hold, but that’s well in the past. Is the Halix build going to be finished? In addition to the shocks, tires, and CVDs, I installed Robinson Racing’s new Halix Slipper unit. There was a DRAMATIC difference! I’ve ordered another one to install on my Vaterra Raptor. The last piece to complete my Halix is a crazy ESC/Motor. I’d really like your guys’ input on that and any gearing changes if need be.

Thanks.

Dave F.”

Cubby- Yo hey Dave, shoot us your snail mail so we can get ya a BSRC sticker pack for that Halix of yours.

What’s the dealio with our Vaterra Halix build? Yes, more is still in the works. And yes, we’ve just been crazy slammed around the office. I’ll crack some whips around here and see if I can get someone to bust out some more articles on the Halix.

We have been driving it hard (read- abusing it) and have had very few issues with it after some simple mods. We ran it last weekend at a big bash in the freestyle contest and once again it came home in one piece. We have slicked off a few of the stock 48 pitch spur gears though, the Robinson slipper you installed converts over to 32 pitch to take more of a beating.


“big fan of your site. quick question for you sir.
Here is a pic of someones HPI XL octane.

HPI Savage Octane Any chance you can tell me the company that makes those exact rims and also the tires for this car??? Love the way it looks and wish to purchase.

Thanks for your time :)

Johnathan G.”

Cubby- Hey now Johnny G, thanks for the email.

That pic you attached was from one of the first consumers on the planet to get the HPI Savage Octane, David F. And yes, both you and David have good taste in wheels/tires. The ones in the picture are from the good guys over at Pro-Line. The tires are Big Joe IIs mounted up on F-11 3.8″ wheels (find more info Right Here). Expect a set of four pre-mounts to set ya back around 90 clams. We’ve run that wheel/tire combo a lot on various monster trucks and it’s a primo set-up for when you run on multiple surfaces like grass, then asphalt, then dirt.

You’re welcome and all my answer costs you is an Excalibur collection Roger Dubuis. What a small price to pay for such an excellent answer. Feel free to mail the watch to my home address at your convenience. :)


You have made it to the end of yet another ASK Cubby. Why not submit your own question/rant/meltdown/resume? The email addy you want is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. I will be picking a “letter of the month” winner next week, so get to peck’n at that keyboard of yours.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Losi Micro Parts Bundle
Do you have a Losi Micro in need of some repair? Just want to save some cash on spare parts? Losi has announced a new 1/24 Micro Brushless SCT Parts Bundle to give you the hook up. The bundle contains a suspension arm set, pinion & spur set, dogbone set, spindles, carriers, hubs, and bumpers, all for one low price. Most of the parts fit the Losi Micro SCT, Rally, and Truggy, while the bumpers are specific to just the SCT.

The part number for the bundle is #LOSB0242PRTS, they are street priced at $29, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the Losi website.

Can’t get enough Losi news? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

T-Bone Racing Bumper Losi 22-4
Want more protection for the front end of your Losi 22-4 buggy? If so the folks over at T-Bone Racing can hook you up. They have a nifty Skid Plate/Front Bumper made to take the worst you can throw at it. The TBR bumper is made from tough nylon, comes with their lifetime warranty, and is sure to save front end parts on your 22-4.

The part number for the bumper is #37042, it is priced at $15, and they are available right now. For full details check out This Link over on the official TBR website.

Click right HERE to read more T-Bone news on BigSquidRC.

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Remember that insane contest we did, where we gave away a new Losi 5IVE-T, and we had the most entries ever! Well we got pictures recently of the winner, and he looks pretty happy about being the new owner of the March Bashness Champion!

Congrats again! Send us some pictures after your first few bash sessions, so we can see if it’s still in once piece!

Again, thanks to Horizon Hobby and Losi for making this all possible.

200QX Flight CheckHere at BigSquidRC we love to run our RCs hard and with that we are always prepared to buy parts when you can’t help but say, ‘Did I do that?’ Multirotors are no exception, and with this ‘Cubby’ style rant I will tell a tale of how I have already needed to mothball one of my aircraft for the rest of the season.

After watching me fly, my buddy picked up one of the newer multirotors from a big company, and was having a blast. A few days ago, he cracked the body on it after a failed flip attempt. Like a good friend (and customer), I got a quick text and I immediately went to order his part. Turns out that the big company is already out of parts for their new product: no props, no body, no screws, no motors. The worst part? The parts will be unavailable until around September 20th! I hate to sound cruel, but you’ve GOT to be kidding me. Especially with a new product, you would hope distributors and manufacturers would be prepared for providing parts, or at least ordering more when the reserves start to get low. Either way, looking at, I’m hosed.

Now, this could be an anomaly and I am just upset because one of my favorite aircraft just got put in the hangar for the rest of the season, but this is not the first time this has happened to me. In 2012, the same company stopped carrying motors for a certain aircraft all winter, Christmas-time this past year I could not get parts for a different company’s aircraft, and in 2014 I could not get wheels and tires for an RC car for over 8 months, besides this last backorder debacle! I understand that predicting demand is difficult, but in some of these cases there weren’t any parts available even at release.

If there’s a lesson to be learned: Prepare, or Never Release a Product Without Parts Support.

The Invertix 400 is coming along nicely, and can’t wait to share more with you guys. Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Killerbody RC Horri-Bull Crawler Body
One of the newest bodies announced by Killerbody RC is the Horri-Bull 1/10 crawler body. The Horri-Bull was designed to fit vehicles like the Axial Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and can help give your truck a unique look. The body is available in clear, painted/finished, or as a finished body with light buckets. Several different pre-painted colors are available from Killerbody, as are numerous scale accessories to make it look just the way you want it to.

The body pictured above has a part number of #48336 and they are available right now. To see more pictures and get more details just hit up This Link over on the Killerbody website.

Click Right Here to read more Killerbody RC news on BigSquidRC.

Yokomo BD7 ETS Champion Limited Kit
Just 25 of the new Limited Edition BD7 ETS kits from Yokomo will be put out for sale. This model was made to celebrate its four wins at the European Touring Car series and comes with luxury packaging and special transporter bag. It also comes with a slew of high-zoot upgrades-

* Titanium main gear shaft
* Titanium turnbuckles
* Precision bearing set
* Aluminum servo mount, belt tension cams, & rear bones
* Graphite body mount support
* Hard coated pivot balls
* Double joint front universals

The part number is #MRTC-BD714ETS and you can get full information over on the Yokomo Europe website.

Catch up on your Yokomo news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

ARRMA RC Website
The folks over at ARRMA RC wanted us to let you know that their new website is up and kicking. With all the new 2014 ARRMA products getting to hit the market it arrives at just the right time.

The new ARRMA site was designed to be fast and easy to navigate with all the details and information you would ever need on their latest products. Also found on ARRMA-RC.com are plenty of pictures and videos, as well as easy to locate links for ARRMA’s social media sites. To check it all out simply Click Right Here.

Hit up This Link for more ARRMA news on BigSquidRC.

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We got our hands on the new M40S Volkswagen Golf 24 from Cariama. It is a 1/10th scale 4wd RTR, and with a street price of $169, we are really looking forward to see how it does!

Click Right Here to visit the official Carisma website, or Click Here to visit the Falcon Hobby website where you can order one of the new Carismas.

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