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What's new: Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

HPI Racing Bullet Flux WaterproofYou remember HPI’s Bullet MT don’t you? Now it has been updated with waterproofing to make it even more basher friendly. With the latest edition of the Bullet MT you no longer have to avoid big mud holes, now you can jump right in. The Bullet also features a 4wd drivetrain, a brushless Flux power system, 2.4GHz radio gear, and 8 shocks to soak up big landings.

The new Bullet Flux comes with a street price of $345 and has a part number of #107010. These are available right now and you can hit up This Link for full details over on the official HPI website.

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What's new: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

asiatees halloweenAsiatees Hobbies wanted us to let you know they are giving away two high-zoot 3Racing Sakura D3 drift cars for Halloween. The first you will be entered to win by simply placing an order at Asiatees, while entry to win the second is much more fun. Entry to win the second car mandates that you post a picture of your Halloween costume on the Asiatess Facebook or Instagram page. Get all the rules and full details by hitting up This Link over on Asiatees website.

What else is new over at Asiatees? Find out at This Link on BigSquidRC.

AKA Cinch sacks
The crew over at AKA have announced some new accessories to help make your rc life easier. First up are Cinch Sacks. Made from nylon and featuring a handy draw string, the cinch sacks should help keep your dirty rc car from making a mess in your full size rig during transport. These come in two sizes, large which is made to store short course trucks and truggies, and medium which is perfect for 1/10 buggies. Large has a part number of #98304 and a street price of $11, while the medium has a part number of #98303 and a price of $10.

Also new from AKA is their racer backpack. Show your support for the hobby while having the space for a laptop and 8th scale buggy inside. These have a part number of #98302 and a street price of $99.

To get more information on the backpack and cinch sacks simply hit up This Link to head over to the official AKA website.

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HPI Hot Bodies R8Hot Bodies has just announced their first ever 1/8th Scale 4WD Nitro On-Road Car called the R8. Built for serious speed and agility, the R8 should be able to carve up your local track or empty parking lot.

The R8 comes in kit form with a 5mm thick 7075 aluminum chassis. A 2 speed tranny is used to put maximum power to the ground, while quick change hubs make for speedy pit stops. The R8 has a part number of #110754 and you can get more details at This Link over on the HPI/HB website.

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Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3Over the last few months the single most asked question that we get is, “Is the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 discontinued, and if not, where can I buy one?”.

We recently talked directly to the folks over at Thunder Tiger to get the full scoop on one of America’s favorite monster trucks. The good news is that no, the MT-4 G3 has not been discontinued and new units are still being made. The bad news is that to get your hands on one you’ll have to buy it overseas where shipping costs will not be cheap.

So where do you buy one from? Click Right Here to get one directly from Thunder Tiger. Right now they are priced at $587 and the cheaper of the shipping options will run another $80 or so. Definitely not as cheap as in the past, but for one of the Best Bash Vehicles on the planet, still well worth with.

Want to read more Thunder Tiger news? Get more on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, October 27th, 2014

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Wow! Do you want your mind blown by an amazing video from OK GO? To make it even better, it’s filmed by a RC copter! No quadcopter this time around, the shadow makes it look like a octocopter.

The above shot is one of the only I could actually spot the Octocopter, actually just the shadow in action. I’m sure the OK GO guys will follow up with a ‘Making Of’ because this video is truly amazing (like all of theirs) but this has really gone to the next level again! Keep up the great work guys!

Spotted the shadow around the 58 second mark. Enjoy!

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RC4WD Mickey Thompson 40 Series 3.8" Baja MTZ TiresThere are a lot of 3.8″ monster truck tires on the market, but few that bring real scale looks to the plate. RC4WD decided to change that and are now offering very detail Mickey Thompson 40 Series 3.8″ Baja MTZ Tires to the monster truck crowd. These are officially licensed by Mickey Thompson and look just like their full sized counterparts. Molded in medium/hard X5 compound rubber, they should also give plenty of traction when the going gets rough.

Weight- 12.6oz each
Width- 3.68″
Outside diameter- 7.96″
Inner diameter- 3.68″

These are priced at $44 per pair and have a part number of #Z-T0125. Check out This Link for more details.

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TLR 22 2.0 ChassisThe guys over at TLR have a new chassis for the 22 and 22 2.0 buggy. It is slightly shorter than the stock unit (-2.5mm) and shaves off about 15 grams of weight. The shorter chassis is said to make the buggy turn and rotate more quickly, thus helping you lay the smack down even faster on fellow racers or bashing buddies. It hits the street at $58, has a part number of #TLR331014, and starts shipping next month. Get more of the scoop at This Link over on the TLR website.

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Asiatees Hobbies Axial WraithThe Axial Wraith has become a favorite among crawlers, trailers, and bashers alike. To beef up or to uber-it-out, the folks over at Asiatees Hobbies have a bunch of aluminum upgrades in stock. These are available in a bunch of different colors from brands like Boom Racing, TopCad, and GPM. To check out all the different parts available simply follow This Link over to the official Asiatees website.

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Maxxis TiresYou know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when your LHS calls and says the Happy Flower Bashmobile you’ve been waiting on for 3 months just came in.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you show up 4 hours later just to find out they already sold it to someone else.

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when your car grinds to a halt and you find out it was only a loose pinion.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you remember you loaned out the 2.0 you need to tighten it to Iron Mike, and he never returns anything, ever.

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when you get up on the drivers stand and your favorite middle position is wide open for the taking.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you discover its only open because of a track change. It is now the worst spot to have because some big jump in the middle totally hides a double behind it.

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when you accidentally drop your hot soldering iron and you miss your crotch.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when it ends up falling nose first into your shoe instead (true story on this one btw).

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when you find out there is a new track opening less than 10 minutes from your house.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you find out they only race classes that you hate with a passion (insert- oval, carpet, short course, 5th scale, etc).

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when none of the “fast guys” show up to race your class.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you end up getting hacked every lap and you end up finishing tenth like you do every weekend anyways.

You know it’s gonna be a great day in rc when your nitro engine starts up on the first yank after sitting in your garage for 6 months.

Lets face it, you know it’s gonna flame out the moment you put the truck on the ground and it’ll be 20 minutes of yank’n before it even THINKS about starting again.

You know it’s gonna be a great day in rc when you make a huge roof jump twice in a row without breaking anything.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you hand the vehicle over to Adam The Intern and he promptly runs it into a tree stump, totaling it out.

You know it’s gonna be a great day in rc when you drive 2 hours to a bash spot out in the middle of nowhere that has loads of awesome jumps to hit.

You know it’s gonna be a bad day when you arrive and remember you forgot your transmitter at home.

You know it’s gonna be a good day in rc when a big box of new test cars show up on your doorstep for review.

Ummmmm…. there certainly is no bad day for that one. :) Support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Kyosho FO-XX VideoThere is no better way to kick off a week than with a good bash video. The folks over at Kyosho have worked up a new video showing off the bashing capability of their new FO-XX nitro and brushless trucks. It sports some heavy metal music and plenty of heavy metal bashing, check it out below.

The nitro FO-XX is priced at $489 while the brushless version weighs in at $519. Get more details on them over on the official Kyosho America website.

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What's new: Friday, October 24th, 2014

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Nothing like a new SquidInk to carry us through the weekend! This one strikes the funny bone on a few levels! You have to love the old school and new school of RC.

Remember you can click the pic above for the full size art in all it’s glory, and hit those share buttons to show your friends.

Enjoy!

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Hitec WP Servos BSRC
Crawling/scaling can be really hard on servos. Not only are they expected to turn heavy, weighted tires on unforgiving rock, but most of the time there is no servo saver attached. Yep, direct horns are the only way most crawlers roll (versus using a saver that will give) leaving the servo unprotected to absorb the brunt of what’s thrown at it. To make matters worse, sometimes its underwater.

I don’t care what kind of servo you have, eventually this type of abuse is going to leave you with broken teeth. Don’t just throw the unit away, though! A lot of newbies don’t realize that many mid to high range servos can quickly be fixed by a trip to the dentist (aka your local hobby shop) to pick up a new set of gears.

A super popular scaling servo (and bashing) upgrade is the trusty Hitec 5646WP unit. The servo puts out around 150 oz or torque, is waterproof, has metal gears, is digital AND is relatively easy on the wallet at $54.99. I think they are the perfect upgrade for an Axial SCX10. That isn’t marketing garbage, I currently own 4 of them and use or have used them in a variety of trucks; 3 SCX10′s, Wraith, CPE Barbarian, Tamiya TXT-2 and soon to be my new Yeti.

Last weekend I finally broke some teeth during a monster truck freestyle session and figured this was the perfect time to show how easy they are to fix. Keep in mind this unit ain’t no spring chicken. It’s about 2 years old and while it used to be blue once upon a time, I painted it black a long time ago and most of it is peeling off after abuse. Click the “Read More” and I’ll show you how easy it is to get the old girl back up and turnin’.

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