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What's new: Friday, July 11th, 2014

Viper RC Xpert Servos
To support the HobbyTown show, Viper RC had a room to show dealers their complete line-up of brushless equipment and their new Xpert line of servos. We were lucky enough to get a hold of Nick from Viper to give us the tour, and we learning a lot about the design philosophy that Viper uses on their products. The crew at Viper are very proud of not only how well their brushless products perform, but also how well their Xpert servo line has been doing.

New in the Viper room was the ARC line of high-end on-road car products. A number of ARC chassis and bodies were on display and they all looked ready to blast around the local track.

Click Here for more information on all of Viper’s products on their official website.

Click Here for more HobbyTown convention coverage.

subaru_commercial_1
The newest Subaru commercial, which for some reason I can’t find a link to online, has a good amount of RC footage in it.

Thanks to BigTime in the comments, here’s the video!

It starts off showing a completely trashed rc buggy, like it was reviewed at Big Squid or something. The dad picks it up, and the kid asks if he can fix it. The dad thinks for a moment, and says, yep! He puts the car in the passenger seat, and then starts driving in this big open area, and when the kid steers, the RC car wheels turn, and the dad turns the full size car, so it’s as if the kid is driving the full size one.

It’s entertaining, and I always wondered where Cubby learned how to hold a controller….

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Bonus points: What kind of buggy is it? Leave a comment..

HRP Distributing
HRP Distributing is one of the biggest distributors of hobby products here in the states, so we dropped by their room at the HobbyTown USA Convention to take a look around.

On the air side of things, we found out that HRP now distributes Hubsan and Walkera quadcopter/drones. If you are a local hobby shop looking for a good source of these products, get in contact with HRP for pricing and more details.

On the surface side of things, their had displays for many of the lines they carry like Savox servos, Hobbywing electronics, Spaz Stix paints, G Made trucks, and CEN. Of note from Spaz Stix was their no shine exterior matte clear coat finish that easily turns a glossy paint color into a matte type of look. The “matte” look is all the rage right now, the Spaz Stix clear coat makes it super easy to attain.

If you are a dealer wanting to pick up some of their products, or if you just want more details on HRP, simply Click Here to visit their official website.

Get more HobbyTown Convention coverage at This Link on BigSquidRC.

axial-wraith-crawling-comp3Bashing your scale truck is a ton of fun, but have you ever thought about competing with it? Any form of competition can be intimidating but you may be surprised at how much you enjoy it if you just give it a try! If you’ve ever thought about taking that new Axial Deadbolt or SCX10 to a comp but weren’t sure what it actually entails, click the “Read More” to get the lowdown on the most common event types.

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Hitec at HobbyTown USA
The big news in the Hitec booth was their new Lynx 4S. This is the first surface transmitter Hitec has put out in quite some time, and this was the first chance we’ve been able to lay our hands on it. The ergonomics on the 4S were very nice, it had a nice weight distribution, high quality foam on the wheel, and the trigger/wheel/grip relationship felt quite natural. The trigger also felt like it had a light rubber coating, making it non-slip on the finger. The 4S is also loaded with all sorts of high-tech goodness on the inside like car/boat/crawler mixing, PC link support, and bi-directional telemetry for speed, rpm, temp, and voltage. As far as availability goes, the Lynx 4S is still a ways out, we were told it should start hitting hobby shops around November.

Also new from Hitec was their X1 Pro charger and power supply. The press release photos did not show just how small the X1 Pro is, seeing it in person we were impressed with how little space it will take up on your pit table or tailgate. While it might be small in size, it can charge batteries at up to 16 amps, which is more power than most chargers on the market.

We had a great time talking with the Hitec crew and learned a lot from them, to take a look at all their products simply Click Here to visit their official website.

Click Here to view more show coverage from the 2014 HobbyTown USA Convention.

Killer Body RC HobbyTown USA
The crew from Killerbody RC was located in the main show area and had a bunch of new bodies on display.

Perhaps the most impressive new product in the Killerbody line-up was their new Alfa Romeo body for the Traxxas XO-1 (the first two pictures in the gallery below). Body choices are pretty slim for the XO-1, so the big Alfa body should make a lot of XO-1 owners happy by giving them another choice.

Killerbody also had multiple new on-road/rally bodies. All of these were very highly detailed and many were set-up for use with light kits to add even more scale realism. The Lancia Delta and Alpha mounted on cars in the pictures below are some examples of these.

Pictured above is one of the new monster truck bodies from Killerbody. These were designed to fit larger MTs like the E-Maxx, Savage, and MT4 G3, and they are available pre-painted with several different graphics. Multiple scale detailing options are available to make them look as real as you want them to.

Killerbody was also showing off some of the new graphics available on their pre-painted short course truck bodies. You can see them being held by Killerbody marketing person Julie in one of the pictures below.

For the scale off-road crowd, they also had several of their new “Horri-Bull” bodies on hand (first picture, lower row in gallery 2). These are made specifically to fit on the Axial trucks, and there are loads of add-on scale parts that can be bolted on to blow the scale realism factor through the roof.

All in all, Killerbody had an impressive display of what they’ve been working on to bring the highest levels of scale realism to the rc body world. To get more information on all of their products, simply click This Link to head over to their website.

Click Right Here to read more coverage from the HobbyTown USA 2014 National Convention.

Pro-Line Racing Convention
The folks over at Pro-Line Racing are huge supporters of the rc hobby and were out in full force at the HobbyTown USA Convention. Inside the PL room were able to take a look at some of their latest products including their new car/truck stands and the new kit version of the PRO-2 Buggy. As always, the Pro-Line crew was super affable and we had a great time bench racing with them about the hobby. To get a closer look at all of their products, just hit up This Link to head over to their official website.

Click Here for more HobbyTown show coverage on BigSquidRC.

Ares HobbyTown USA
Firelands Group, which is primarily sold at HobbyTown USA stores, brought their “A game” this year showing a bunch of new products at the convention.

Helion RC is Fireland’s surface line-up and they unveiled two new products at the show. The Impakt 12B is a new 1/12 scale buggy designed to be bash worthy, affordable, and fun. While being listed as a 12th scale, it looked to be about the same size as most 10th scale buggies (wheelbase on the 12B is 11.8″, width is 8.39″), but it should sport a remarkably low price point of just $139 RTR. It comes with scale detailing like a roll cage and driver’s head, all-weather electronics, and a 1500mAh LiPo battery. It looks like a great way for someone to get started in the off-road side of our hobby.

Helion also had their new Rivos boat on display. The Rivos is a RTR that is fairly good size at 28″ in total length, making it big enough to handle some choppy water on the local lake. Its electronics are water cooled, it comes with a brushed 550 motor, and it has a very affordable street price of just $149.

Ares RC is the brand name for the air products from Firelands and they had plenty of new products on display too. The most exciting new product they had on display we can not post pictures of, or even really talk about at all, but it is something like we’ve never seen before, and something that even us car/truck lovers really wanted to get our hands on. Expect more information on this product to start leaking out of Ares compound in the next few weeks.

Of the items we can talk about, it’s hard to decide what was more exciting, their new Ethos FPV quadcopter/drone/multi-rotor, their new Ethos PQ nano quad, or their new Nanos FP75 helicopter.

The Ethos FPV quad comes RTF out of the box with everything needed to fly first person view. We saw the quad demonstrated and it seemed to work flawlessly. The camera provides a good quality picture (1080 HD at 30 or 720 HD at 60 FPS) and is mounted on an anti-vibration mount to help keep the picture steady. The transmitter comes with a large screen (4.5″) and a sun shade to make it easier to see while out flying. The quad used on the FPV model is fairly large at 18.75″ in length, and we were blown away that the street price was only $299 RTF.

The nano quad scene has blown up since the Proto-X entered the market and Ares unveiled their entry into the class, the Ethos PQ. The PQ is truly tiny with a length of only 63mm and comes with an auto flip mode. Price? $49.

The last new product in the Firelands room was the Nanos FP75 helicopter. With a length of 6.75″ this is a small helicopter, but features 3 or 6 axis stability control modes. The FP75 will be priced at $69.

Overall, it was easy to see from walking the room that Firelands Group is working hard to put out a lot of new, innovative products, look for them soon at your local HobbyTown USA store.

Click Here to visit the official Helion RC website, and Right Here for Ares RC.

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What's new: Thursday, July 10th, 2014

RC4WD HobbyTown USA
If you are hardcore into the crawling/scaling scene, you known exactly who RC4WD is, and we got the pleasure of hanging out with them yesterday. RC4WD wasn’t showing off any unannounced products at the show, but they did have a wide variety of trucks, wheels, and axles on display. After spending some face time with the RC4WD crew, we were impressed with how easy they were to talk to, and how hardcore they are about getting even the smallest details right on their products.

Want more information on RC4WD products? Click Here to visit their official website.

Click Here to view more 2014 HobbyTown show coverage.

HPI Hot Bodies Booth HobbyTown USA Convention
While it may seem that HPI/Hot Bodies has been a bit quiet the last couple of years, their room at the HobbyTown USA convention had multiple new vehicles on display.

The newest model in the HPI/HB room was the spank’n new Ty Tessmann edition D8T Truggy. This new nitro truggy kit features new suspension geometry and various lightweight and aluminum upgrade parts. After looking at it in person, we really wanted to stuff it our backpack and take it home.

For the scaler crowd, HPI was showing off the ’73 Ford Bronco Crawler King that they first announced at Nuremburg. The body looks sweet, and it comes with high-end crawling tires right out of the box.

HPI was also showing off their latest Micro RS4, this one being a Discount Tire version. Like many of the other Micro RS4s, this version comes as a ready to run and features an impressively detailed body.

Another vehicle that HPI first teased at Nuremburg, a 1/10 BMW M3 Flux was also on display. The pictures below, taken in a dimly lit room, do not do justice to how good looking the BMW was.

We also asked about the upcoming HPI Cue, a 1/32 scale buggy that was not on display in Lincoln, and were told that it is indeed coming along nicely. We were also told to expect a very affordable price point on the Cue when it does hit the market (like around the $50-$60 price point!).

Want more information on HPI products? Hit up This Link to visit the official HPI website.

Click Here for more HobbyTown convention coverage.

RPM ECX
Beef up your 2wd ECX with some new Front Spindles from RPM. The RPM spindles are molded from RPM’s uber plastic blend and were designed to be long lasting and trouble free. The RPM spindles also utilize larger bearings, a necessity for hardcore bashing.

The RPM spindles have a part number of #73292, they are priced at $11, and they should start hitting hobby shops later in the month. Get full details at This Link over on RPM’s website.

Read up on more RPM News on BigSquidRC.

2014 Hobbytown USA National Convention
The HobbyTown USA National Convention is going on right now in Lincoln Nebraska so we are firing up our show coverage. Later today and tomorrow we’ll be doing a series of posts to give you a taste of what it is like to attend their big show.

The HobbyTown National Convention is where dealers from across the country gather once a year to have fun, talk shop, and look at the latest hobby products from various manufacturers. The show is held inside of a hotel with some manufacturers putting up displays in a spacious exhibition area, while others rent out rooms to show their products in a more intimate setting.

The BigSquidRC crew would like to give special thanks to HobbyTown USA for generously allowing us to cover their show, and to all the vendors and manufacturers for taking the time out of their busy show schedule to show us around their booths.

Want to see what the HobbyTown show was like last year? Simply Click Here.

ASK Cubby

“Going Fast

Hey Cubby I hope this ends up on Big Squid. I have saved up about 40 bucks to spend on go fast parts for my Rustler. Tell me, is 40 enough to even make a difference?

Charlie T.”

Cubby- Yo what’s up Charlie. Yes, your question has made the big-time, shoot us your snail mail for a free sticker pack.

Is $40 enough to make your Rustler go faster? While some people might snicker at you, I will not. No, 40 clams, won’t make a huge difference, but it is more than enough to gain some speed.

Btw, I am going to assume you have the electric version here, if you happen to have the nitro please just beat it with a hammer until dead.

Pinion gears are a really cheap way of gaining speed on your electric Rustler. A Robinson Racing pinion for your truck only costs about $4 and can definitely gain you some rip. I would recommend picking up a couple of new pinions, one with about 2 more teeth than you currently have, and another with 4 more. The larger sized pinions will give you more top speed, but keep an eye on your motor temp to make sure you don’t get it too hot. A motor temp under 160 F is a good place to be, if you get it too hot you will ruin the magnet inside. Don’t have the cash for a temp gun? Find a cheap one. The old school spit test only lets you know after your magnet has been baked.

Oh and… while a larger pinion will gain you some top speed, you will end up losing runtime. If you were to pop on a smaller pinion, you would gain runtime but lose top end speed.

One more thing, if your truck has a brushed motor, giving it a good water dipping will also give it more power/speed.


That’s it for this week, you know the drill shoot me your questions to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make the big-time get free stuff.

YOUR Cub Reporter