The crew over at Mugen Seiki have just announced their latest 8th scale on-road car, the MRX5 WC-Spec edition. The WC-Spec edition comes with a bunch of upgrades to not only improve durability, but to also make it even more of an animal on the track. New chassis, rear arm mounts, front arms and bulkheads lead the list of changes.
Big Squid RC Bash And Swap Meet – August 3rd 2013!
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What's new: Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
What's new: Monday, April 8th, 2013
There was a lot to see at the 2013 Weak Signals RC Expo, and as they say, a picture says a thousand words. Below you’ll find a bunch of random pictures we took to show you what it was like inside the Seagate Convention Centre. Click the “read more” button to see 6 more galleries from the Weak Signals show.
For more rc plane news hit THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.
Weak Signals RC Expo Gallery 1
8th scale electric buggies are still mega-hot and make incredible bash machines. On the high-end side of things Kyosho has just announced their new Inferno MP9e TKI buggy. The Kyosho MP9e TKI utilizes many of the advancements from the TKI3 nitro buggy including-
* Medium length shocks with threaded bodies and light blue Kyosho springs
* Shorter rear tower
* HD Driveshafts
* Stronger upper arms and reinforced bulkheads
* Anodized and milled motor mount
* Milled rear hub carriers
Looking for more Kyosho news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.
Kyosho Inferno MP9e TKI Gallery
The crew at Horizon Hobby take their flying very seriously and had a very large booth at the Weak Signals 2013 Show. All of their major product lines were well represented and they a large staff to answer any questions that people had.
Horizon had a lot of new product on display. They were showing off a multitude of new airplanes, as well as a new line of gas engines and a new Blade helicopter. We’ll be posting more information on their new releases in the coming days.
Horizon Hobby Booth Toledo 2013 Gallery 1
Horizon Hobby Booth Toledo 2013 Gallery 2
Horizon Hobby Booth Toledo 2013 Gallery 3
Horizon Hobby Booth Toledo 2013 Gallery 4
The Hitec crew was in full force at the Weak Signals 2013 Expo. Hitec is known for their excellent quality servo’s and had their entire line on display. From their blue cased waterproof servo’s to their new red cased Castle powered servo’s, they have a servo for every application.
In addition to servo’s, Hitec was showing off their latest transmitters and battery chargers. The new Hitec Aurora 9X transmitter features ultra fast response and 9 channels for use on your airplane. For chargers, the new Hitec X1 Touch was on display. The new X1 has a touch screen, charges all popular chemistries, and can charge at up to 7 amps.
Hitec Booth Weak Signals 2013 Gallery 1
Hitec Booth Weak Signals 2013 Gallery 2
Now we’re down to two. Traxxas fans are sure to be divided on this one. The Summit is a beast of a monster truck/rock crawler/thing. The Slash 4×4 is a beast of a… uh… 4×4 short course truck. Both are known for their bashing ability and durability. But only one can be the March Bash-ness 2013 Champion. So now is the time to get your vote on and pick which Traxxas truck is the better of the two bashers.
Voting for this final round will last until Tuesday, the 9th, 11:59 pm CDT. And then the winner will be crowned.
Traxxas Summit vs. Traxxas Slash 4x4
- Slash 4x4 (50%, 316 Votes)
- Summit (50%, 315 Votes)
Total Voters: 631
One of the highlights of the 2013 Weak Signals Toledo RC Expo was the huge booth from Hobbico. Inside were all of Hobbico’s product lines like Futaba, O.S. Engines, Aquacraft, Heli-Max, Flyzone and Tactic.
Perhaps the biggest news in the booth was the announcement of the new Heli-Max 1SQ mini-quad with on-board camera. There are several neat features about the camera- you can adjust its angle, and even cooler, you can snap stills and turn the video on/off from your transmitter. Once done flying you simply load the video on to your computer and relive the action. Price? Around $25 more than the standard 1SQ. We can’t wait to get our hands on one (or two, or five!) of these.
Hobbico was also showing off a number of their latest planes and boats. The Mini-Switch, the ERaze, the P-38 Lightning, and the Rifle 1M were some of the new planes pulling in the crowds. For boats the latest from Aquacraft were on display, including the new Rescue 17 Fireboat that has been creating so much buzz.
For more information on everything Hobbico, HERE is the link to their website.
Check out THIS link for more Weak Signals 2013 show coverage right here on BigSquidRC.
Weak Signals Hobbico Booth Gallery 1
Weak Signals Hobbico Booth Gallery 2
Weak Signals Hobbico Booth Gallery 3
Weak Signals Hobbico Booth Gallery 4
Weak Signals Hobbico Booth Gallery 5
This can’t really be a Cub Report without some Supercross bench racing, so for those of you that follow the sport you already know that RV2 put on another clinic last night in Houston Texas. Ryan is just a steamroller right now, much like RC was back in his heyday. He pulls a top 3 start, gets the lead early, then checks out. To stop him is going to take an apocoliptic ride from the Dunge, Bubba, TC41, or Bam-Bam, but so far none have done it. One of those riders will have to run RV2 down, pass him, then pull away in order to crowbar some of that confidence away from RV2. Until that happens it looks like the RV2 will continue his reign on top of the podium.
I spent the weekend in the lovely little city known as Toledo Ohio. The BigSquidRC Bash Crew was there to cover the 59th Annual (no, that is not a typo, fifty-ninth annual) Weak Signals RC Model Show. Ok, ya, I know, you might very well be a “surface” guy and have never heard of it, but this weeks Cub Report is about that unique show.
So what’s it like to hit the Weak Signals show?
It’s crowed, very, very crowded for three days straight. Weak Signals is a “selling show”, a show where exhibitors can sell to the public, and that’s pretty cool for everyone involved. Consumers flock to the show, not only to see the hottest new products, but to also stock up on all the gear they need for the upcoming season. I know that even though I’m in the industry and most any product that I want is only an email away, that I’ve been to many a trade show where I would have killed to just whipped out some cash and taken home some uber little product from some small company that is rarely heard of. At the Toledo show all the consumers are treated to the fact that most (but not all) products were for sale, and most of them were at a discounted “expo” price.
For the exhibitors that were selling, they can actually sell a LOT of product over the three days of the Weak Signals show. An exhibitor might very well line-up multiple new dealers for sales around the year, but they can also sell a lot of product straight to consumers. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard “It costs us 10k to do XYZ trade show and we leave feeling like we wasted our money.”. At the Toledo show an exhibitor can easily do enough sales right on the floor to cover their expenses. It’s pretty easy for “Happy Flower Battery Company” to see that if the show cost them 10k to do and they went home with 20k, that they at least covered their expenses. When you add in all the exposure they got and all the valuable face time they spent with real-life consumers, the show is a big “win” for most exhibitors and that’s why they keep coming back. Heck, there is a waiting line for exhibitors to get into the show.
Something else cool about the Weak Signals show is its second level, it’s devoted entirely to hobbyists bringing in used gear to sell, and it costs the public nothing to enter that area. If you are a hardcore hobbyist it’s just plain fun to walk around looking at used gear. Some of the gear is straight up vintage, while other stuff is current but in used condition, you just never know what you are going to see up on the second level.
The Weak Signals show is held in a place called the Seagate Center. The Seagate is located in a decent and somewhat scenic area of downtown Toledo. The minor league baseball park is right next door, as is the river. Close parking is readily available (some of it is even free on the weekend!) and with the relatively small size of the venue, there isn’t as much walking as some of the other shows. The only downside to Seagate? Their food definitely left something to be desire. It was edible, but that’s about it.
Hobbico, Horizon and Hitec had large booths while most everyone else had smaller table style set-ups. There were a LOT of exhibitors, and every possible booth space was taken up. Also, while 95% of the show was airplane gear, the other 5% was rc boating and cars. If you are surface guy there just isn’t much on display, however the trip might just be worth your while to see the spectacle of it all and to see how “the other half” does it.
Also of note, there was a LOT of FPV gear at the show. While there hasn’t been a big push of FPV gear in the surface world yet, the air crowd seems to be all over it. There were lots of ridiculously cool cameras, video transmitters, monitors, glasses, etc on display at the show, more than I’ve ever seen gathered in one place before. We are huge fans of FPV here at BigSquidRC, we can’t wait for it to catch on to a large extent with the surface guys.
To finally wrap it up, we had a great time in Toledo, the crew running the show were amazing, it was great talking to all the exhibitors, and we had an even better time hanging with the consumers walking the show. We met a lot of new airplane people and just plain (plane?) can’t wait to get back there again next year.
That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spot when ya can!
YOUR Cub Reporter
What's new: Saturday, April 6th, 2013
Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that a few of the Big Squid RC crew will be in attendance this weekend at the Weak Signals RC Show on April 6th 2013! The show is all weekend, but we have some in to town to check it out. We have heard nothing but good things about the show, and are really looking forward to hanging out and meeting a lot of new people. This show is mostly RC Planes and Heli’s from what we have heard, but it’s a ‘Selling Show’ which means every booth can sell stuff! Awe yea, time to buy some new RC!
If you are in the area, you should really think about going to the show, at the very least you can meet up with us right?
I brought plenty of stickers to hand out, and even a few t-shirts. So if you see us walking the show, make sure to say hi!! We know we have a bunch of readers/fans in Ohio, so come check out the show! Hope to see ya there!
Need more info? Check out the official Weak Signals Show webpage HERE.
What's new: Friday, April 5th, 2013
You may know the name Mitchell DeJong from a special edition Traxxas Bandit Buggy, while others may know him as being a 15 year old Red Bull Racing off-road prodigy. There is no doubt he is a superstar on the rise, he’s won multiple titles in full scale off-road racing and is likely to win many more.
Recently DeJong signed on with Team Losi Racing/TLR. It will be really cool to see DeJong help promote TLR products (and the rc hobby in general) to the mainstream during his full scale off-road racing. The press release also stated that he’s an avid rc’er, so look out for him on the local tracks in SoCal with his Losi Ten-SCTE.
Thank Goodness It’s Friday, we’ve been working our tails off all week for it to arrive. How about another TGIF Mystery Link?
Two of the most common ways to stop a nitro engine are to place a finger over the exhaust tip (ouch!) and to stop the flywheel (ouch if you use your hand, clumsy if you use your foot). DE Racing decided to make a better way. The new Stopz-It tool from DE Racing is a small piece of rubber that easily fits in your pocket and can be used to kill an engine by the exhaust or by the flywheel.
The part number for the DE Racing Stopz-It is #DER-112, it has a street price of only $5, and they are available right now.
TGIF my friends, check out a genuine BSRC Mystery Link.
DE Racing Stopz-It Gallery
How many bulkheads have you busted on your Traxxas T-Maxx/E-Maxx over the years? If you are anything like us, dozens. Cue the crew over at RPM RC Products. RPM is known for making the most durable aftermarket parts in the industry out their unique blend of plastic.
RPM has just announced their new Front and Rear Bulkheads for the Traxxas Maxx series trucks. The highlights of the new bulkheads include-
* Made from RPM’s incredibly strong nylon
* Re-designed key areas for more strength
* Lock nuts to keep mounting screws from backing out
* Lighter than stock parts
* Limited lifetime breakage warranty
* Manufactured in the USA
* Available in black or blue
* Fit all versions of T-maxx and E-maxx
The part numbers are as follows- #81062 front bulkheads in black, #81065 front bulkheads in blue, #81072 rear bulkheads in black, and #81075 rear bulkheads in blue. All of the RPM bulkheads have a retail price of $16 per pair.
We managed to make it to yet another Friday, spin the wheel and try your luck at a BSRC Mystery Link.
RPM Traxxas Bulkhead Gallery
What's new: Thursday, April 4th, 2013
Bigsquid is now a racer sight? You guys used to be so cool, now you’ve lost your F@#$##@ minds!!!! I’ll never be back again @$$ho1es.
Cubby- Each year gets more amazing to me. April Fools comes every single year on April 1st, and every single year we post crazy stuff just for kicks (like THIS). Yet… every year we get 50 emails like this one. “Facepalm”.
So Russell, I know you aren’t reading this because you have apparently put us on your perm-a-ban list, but if you should just happen to stumble across this edition of ASK Cubby-> April Fools, we are back to full force bashing only. The only way BSRC has ever been, the only way it will ever be.
Injury during marshalling article
My name is Todd Anderson and I am the owner of RC Excitement in Massachusetts and just today finally decided and posted about no longer running 1/8th Scale on our Indoor Off Road Track.
Can you please send me a link to the article that was written on Big Squid about the marshal (Trent Dill I believe) that was hit in the face by an 1/8th scale. I’m hoping to use your article to make people understand why I’m so concerned and will no longer be allowing them inside. We will still be running them on our outdoor track where marshals have more room to be out of the way, or at least have a shot at getting away, but like the article says why wait until someone gets killed.
Cubby- Yo Todd, Brian forwarded your email over to me. Hit him up again for a free BigSquidRC t-shirt, you just won “letter of the month”.
Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. And… 8th scale buggies don’t try to hit people, sometimes there are some real idiots driving them with wayyy too much power and wayyy too little skill (or common sense) and they accidentally get wayyy out of control. And ya, getting smacked in the shin (or face) with a AE B4 or Losi 22 might sting, but getting hit by an 8th scale buggy is a completely different level of freak’n hurt.
For those of you that might not have read my rant about how dangerous it can be to marshal 8th scalers, HERE is the link. I was quite pissed when a friend of mine got tore up after get’n smoked in the face with an 8th scale while mashalling, so I went off on one of my patented rants. Click on the link to see the fairly gruesome pics of what a human face looks like after getting slammed with an 8th scale truggy.
I wrote that about 3 years ago, has anything changed for marshals since then? Nope, nada, not a dern thing. Not that I expected anything to change, if there is one thing that is consistent about rc racing its people bitching there aren’t enough marshals. But… yet every year I see and hear more stories about marshals getting hurt. This is flip’n toy rc racing people, there isn’t a reason in the world for anyone to ever, and I mean EVER, get hurt. But at nearly any track you’ve always got “those couple of guys” that are running 10 times more power than they could ever keep between the pipes and even though they are all over the place they STILL don’t let off the gas.
To you Todd, I won’t commend you for leaving the 8th scalers for the outdoors where the marshals have a bit more room to dodge bullets, I will however commend you on doing what you believe is best for YOUR track. Too many track owners are slaves to the 10 hardcore guys that eat/sleep/live at their track, it’s refreshing to see a track owner doing what he believes is right, even if it might torque off some people.
That’s it for this week, submit your questions, answers, rants, raves, and whatever else is floating through that groovy head of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Get free stickers or maybe even a t-shirt if your letter makes the front page.
YOUR Cub Reporter