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What's new: Sunday, June 20th, 2010

For all those SCRT-10 and SC10 owners, Pro-Line now has a Desert Rat 2.0 body for you! I’m sure there are a lot of Jammin SCRT-10 and AE SC10 guys looking for an upgrade, so when your looking for a body to fit, make sure you check out this one.

For more info click on through to Pro-Line’s site.

Pro-Line sale
Pro-Line wants you to really enjoy this Father’s Day by having giving you a FREE Pro-Line hat with orders over $50, and free shipping on orders over $75! This deal is only good this Father’s Day weekend.. so you better hurry! BTW Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! Get outside and bash with your kids!

Check the Pro-Line website for more bodies.

What's new: Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Photo of the week:

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by mole2k on Flickr, posted to the Radio Controlled Hobbies group

Contest: Win a Fly-Sky FS-GT2 2.4Ghz entry-level radio set

Friendly Reminder: Sunday is Father’s day. Call your dad.

Self Promotion: Be sure to check out our LiPo Charger Shootout cause you know you need a new charger. Don’t you want the best?

Shopping Around/Cool Link Combo Pack: Ever wanted a real Aluminum body for your r/c car? This guy makes them.

Video of the week:

I love me some hydroplaning r/c cars.

More video:

Real press does a story on R/C racing.

What's new: Friday, June 18th, 2010

Duratrax has a new take on the full scale truck styling that’s been made popular by short course trucks. The new Evader DT prerunner style truck is just too awesome for words has a great scale look based on the super-trucks that pre-run the off-road endurance races that we all love so much.  Sporting a roll bar with light rack, tubular bumpers front and rear, and a functional spare tire mounted out back, the looks of their 1:1 big brothers has been well captured.  The detail also extends to the wheels and tires which feature a very realistic tread pattern, raised white lettering, and a faux bead-lock style.

The Evader DT comes out of the box RTR with a Tactic TSX200 (not 2.4) radio, Sprint 2 ESC, and Photon Speed 2 motor.  And of course there’s still the Stress-Tech 1 year Guarantee.  The Evader DT has a MSRP of $249.99 and should be hitting mid July.  Check out the Duratrax web site for more info on this bad boy.

This may be a true basher’s answer to the Traxxas Slash.

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Hey Folks.. sorry for the lack of BSRC.. there was a HUGE storm that rolled through where our ISP is located, and knocked out power to the whole place.

Anyway.. it looks like we are back up! Keep your fingers crossed the squirrels don’t get tired!

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Looks like the good folks over at Hitec have recognized the fact that a lot of people have jumped on the lipo battery bandwagon. Their latest servos are being called High Voltage Digital servo’s, and are build to give you a little more power and torque based on the extra power a 7.4v LiPo can dish out. The HS-5665MH and HS-5685MH will both run around $60, they put out some amazing torque at 7.4v, and are plenty fast!

The HS-5665MH speed is 0.14 with 139oz of torque, and the HS-5685MH speed is 0.17 with 179oz of torque at 7.4v!

Hit up Hitec’s site for more info.

What's new: Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Here’s another new (kinda) body from HPI.  Made specifically for their Cup Racer chassis the Honda Civic Type R body is a renewed release featuring all new vinyl decals and revised tooling to make it fit the Cup Racers and other chassis out there with 225mm wheelbases.  Also new are front and rear light buckets to make it quick and easy to add light kits for a little extra realism.  Masks, decals, and overspray are all included.

MSRP is going to be $22.00.  Check out the HPI web site for more info.

Hard Body’sz USA has a cool new aftermarket part for the HPI Blitz.  Their new full roll cage not only adds to the realistic looks of HPI’s popular short course truck, but should probably add to the overall strength and durability of the Blitz.

It’s available in in chrome and flat black for a list price of $77.99 through TGN Distributing.  Hit up the Hard Body’z web site for more info about them and then check out the TGN web site for ordering info.

Check out this new, officially licensed, Saleen Parnelli Jones Edition Ford Mustang body from HPI Racing.  It’s made for 200mm sedans but can be used on 190s with the addition of wide offset wheels.  All the various common things are included: window masks, decals, overspray film, etc.  A molded nylon wing is also included and it comes clear so you can paint it any color you like if you aren’t a fan of the Parnelli Jones style.

MSRP is $32.00, no word on availability but probably soon.  Keep an eye on the HPI Racing web site for more info.

Baja Skunkworks (you know, those guys responsible for that crazy Baja 5T tank… yeah, you remember) have put together what could possibly be a must have accessory for 5B and 5T owners.  Their new 2 speed transmission has been in development for 3 years now and they say it has features that competitors don’t.  One of the bigger bullet points is that the Baja Skunkworks 2 speed has a set and forget shift point.  Once you get it where you want it the shift point should never need to be adjusted again.  The kit comes with 51:23 gearing for second gear and more options will be available at a later date.  The first gear is designed to use HPI’s OEM spur gears which allows you to use any gearing that fits the gear carrier and clutch system.  It’s also said that this 2 speed is “bombproof” to stand up to all those tricked out Bajas with tons of heavy billet parts.

The 2 speed is available now for a list price of $350.  Baja Skunkworks gear is exclusively distributed by TGN Distributing, check out the TGN web site for more info.  There’s a video of the 2 speed in action after the break, click read more to watch it.

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There’s a lot of news coming out of the HPI camp today, but probably the biggest of it all is a new and less expensive version of the Savage Flux!  The new Savage Flux 2350 is still built on the same awesomely awesome Savage X chassis that the Flux HP is built on, and it still shares many of the same great features, and it will still do standing back flips.  The big difference is in the power package.  The Flux 2350 comes with a Flux Q-base ESC and Alphastar 2350 brushless motor to form a system that is built specifically for 4S (2S+2S) LiPo power.  That’s not to say you have to use LiPos, you can still use two 6-cell NiMH packs if that’s all you have.  But considering that HPI says that the Flux 2350 on 4S is FASTER than the Flux HP on 4S, I think you’ll be wanting to bite the bullet and make an investment in those LiPos.

The Savage Flux 2350 comes out of the box RTR with a HPI TF-3 radio system featuring the high torque, metal geared SF-5 servo to handle steering.  MSRP for this moster is going to be $889.00, significantly less than the Flux HP’s $1,149.00 list price.  It should be hitting your local hobby shop’s shelves soon, if it’s not already there.

Check out the HPI Racing web site for more info.

OMG, is it already Thursday? Welcome to yet another platinum plated edition of ASK Cubby. :)

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Brian,
your cub reporter is the biggest f#$%ing idiot on the internet…… he doesnt know sh%$ about anthing…Lenny

Cubby- What’s up Lenny? So you consider me to be the biggest idiot on the Entire internet? The internet is a big place, with literally millions of idiots mashing the keys on a daily basis, so that’s really say’n something. But thanks for reading and I’ll work extra hard to keep my place at the top! LOL

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Hi Cubby
I just got my first rc car. What is the best way to make it go fast?
Thanks a lot
Del

Cubby- Hummmm, how nice of you not to list what kind of rc car you have. So I’ll just have to guess. LOL

If it’s nitro- I HIGHLY recommend the 4lb Craftsman sledge hammer. The hammer features a double faced forged head, precision ground face, poly handle with fiberglass core, and a comfortable shaped handle. I recommend striking your nitro 10 times every time you think about trying to start it, or 200 times (or until perfectly flat) if you try and it doesn’t start. Trust me, it’s the best thing you can do for a nitro.

If it’s electric- The best way to make any electric fast requires 3 parts. Part 1- Castle Monster speedo. Part 2- Castle 2650kv motor. Part 3- MaxAmps 6S Lipo battery. Trust me, that power system will make pretty much any electric rc RIP. :)

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That’s it for this edition. Send in your questions, lies, obituaries, and/or strip bar funny money to cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

HPI Blitz ESE HPI Blitz ESE

In the ‘better late than never’ category, we finally got our hands on the HPI Blitz ESE! Many of us in the office are huge fans of the original HPI Blitz, so we have been looking forward to this for a while.

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Whenever I see the UPS guy walking in the door with a box with bright orange tape allover it, I always get a bit excited! I wanted to share some of the unboxing photo’s with you, but I didn’t want to dig into the bags just yet as our own Cubby will be doing the build and review on this one. You guys think he lets people have it on the site.. you should see him when you loose a part he needs! LOL!

As you can see, this is a serious kit. There are a lot of parts in a lot of bags! So don’t go thinking your going to pick one up, and be racing in an hour.

Enjoy the pics, and watch for a full review plus build coming soon!

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Drop by the official HPI Racing site for more information.