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What's new: Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

RPM slash body mounts RPM slash body mounts

Ever pick up a cool new body, only to come home and find out it’s not going to fit as well as you thought? Well if your a Traxxas Slash owner, RPM has what you need! Their new Traxxas Slash Adjustable Body Mounts and Posts are designed for front and back adjustability with multiple holes for changing the height.
The front posts will fit the Slash 2WD, Rustler and Nitro Rustler, while the rear posts will fit the Slash 2WD, Stampede and Nitro Stampede. They are stronger for us basher types, and easily replace your stock setup.

Visit the RPM RC site for details.

xr10 review

So is this the rock crawler the world has been waiting for? Head over to our RC Reviews section and check out our thoughts! It’s a pretty impressive vehicle, but does it stand up to the hype? Click Here to find out!

What's new: Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

RC Lights New from our buddies at comes the TURNBRAKE 14 LED Controller. This new controller can do it all. It drives 14 lights, with dual intensity brake lights, left and right turn signals, two fog, 4 constant or flashing head lights, and 4 adjustable rate turn signals. I really dig the flashing and adjustable options in this kit!

Check out the Website if you want to add some serious bling to your ride!

Check out our review of the head light and tail light system here.

Here’s some news for the racers and bashers! DirtChamp Designs will soon be announcing their new super portable timing system! It’s everything you need in a little box. It’s designed to be quick for setting up and wireless so you can set the box somewhere near your track, and then grab all the data with your laptop.
It’s meant to be quick to setup, easy to take with you, so anywhere you have an instant track!

The car transponders work via IR linking, and the box communicates with your laptop via bluetooth. You can currently have up to 20 racers at once. It’s a very interesting concept to us basher types. While we are not die hard racers, we are still pretty competitive. I have mentioned on many occasions where Bill, Cubby and I will just lay down some laps (read demolition derby) but we still like to see who can cross the finish line the most.

We will follow this one closely, and keep you informed.
Visit the Dirt Champ Designs web site for more pics and info.

What's new: Monday, September 27th, 2010

I am just now getting back from a delightful weekend in Colorado watching the Red Bull Motocross Of Nations. Rc racing doesn’t have anything like it, but in moto, one weekend a year the top 3 riders from different countries race against each other (on different tracks across the globe each year) to determine which team/country is the best. America has dominated this competition since the early 1980s, and once again this year Team USA proudly stood on the top of the podium. This race is considered by many to be the most prestigious race in all of motocross, as it’s just the best of the very best from each country racing each other. Americas Ryan Dungey won 2 of the 3 motos, while the cheap shot artist from New Zealand named Ben Townley (who blatantly knocked American Andrew Short to the ground) went on to win the remaining moto. Overall, an incredible race that puts anything rc has ever done to shame.

Oh, and let us not forget it was a Formula 1 weekend as well. And HELL YA, yet another Ferrari win in Singapore! Let those bells ring once again! With Fernado Alonzo’s win last weekend, the F1 drivers championship is really getting good for the end of the season. Red Bulls Mark Webber looks to be the favorite to win, but Alonzo is coming on strong, as is Vettel, with Lewis Hamilton still in the hunt.

Oh ya, this is an rc column, I so often forget, so in rc news….

I’m not sure what all the commotion is surrounding the new Horizon/Losi 810 RTR buggy. Some people can’t figure out if it’s 8th scale or 10th scale, others can’t figure out if it’s a racer or a basher, yet others are pissed Losi has released yet another odd scale car. At the end of the day- is it going to be good for the hobby, or is it going to be yet another Horizon/Losi dud? I guess we’ll find out soon enough…

Why are so many companies selling replacement parts for their brushless motors? Remember just a few years ago brushless motors were touted as being “maintenance free”? Why don’t these companies do the proper thing and FIX the problem? These companies could do motor redesigns to make them live longer. They could install decent bearings that cost more than 3 cents a piece. They could even take steps to change the racing rules, keeping racers from having to overheat their motors every race just to keep up. Some companies see selling rotor kits as a good way to make more money, which I’m certain it does in the short term, but in the long term, that’s not good business.

Yes, our 4S 8th scale Lipo shootout has started! It looks like we’ll be posting results around the 10th of October, so mark your calenders and email your friends, you are NOT going to want to miss this one.

In the seasonal parts of America it’s starting to get cold, the time of year when all the 8th scale nitro buggies get put away, and everyone heads indoors to race 10th scale. What is looking to be the hot rides this winter for indoor racing? The Durango 410′s, Associated B44′s, and Ofna Hyper 10SC’s, that’s what. Time to bust out those Pro-Line Inside Jobs and get to trading some paint guys and gals. :)

Also with fall creeping into the USA, that means the iHobby Expo is getting closer and closer, the largest trade show in our hobby. If you have never made it to one, make this year THE year, as lots of cool companies are showing up, and BigSquidRC is going HUGE for the show. Less than a month to go, click HERE for all the skin-fo!

That’s it for this week ya bunch of burnt-out-thumb-blistered Halo freaks, support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

OS 21XZ-B O.S. Engines is releasing the engine they have had some bragging rights with lately. The engine that helped Mark Pavidis and Atsushi Hara get to the winners podium will be available in October. The engine is the O.S. Speed 21XZ-B has a new design that delivers instant throttle response, high torque, and all while being more fuel efficient!

Head over to the O.S. Engines site for more details to make you drool!

What's new: Sunday, September 26th, 2010

When you think of Team Durango, you think of high quality, amazing looking rc vehicles. Keeping up with their tradition, they have just released some rendered images of the newly announced DEX408. The Electric version of the DNX408. Highlights are adjustable height lipo battery holders, ultra low sleek body (I dig that roof scoop!), balanced chassis layout and carbon fiber shock towers.

Visit the Team Durango web site for more pics and info.

Jeff sent me a text saying he was going to have trouble getting to his uber weekly R/C around the web post, so I told him I would try and cover. Please don’t send in the hate mail, it’s just once! :P

Pic of the week
savage xl to flux to 5b conversion

Our picture of the week is also the project build of the week! You can see a bunch of pictures here for the Savage XL to Savage Flux, to Baja 5B conversion! Seriously, how awesome is that?! Yes the vehicle above started out as a nitro savage XL and is now a brushless 5B! I WANT!

savage xl to flux to 5b conversion savage xl to flux to 5b conversion

The fact that these things are covered with Big Squid RC stickers is just the icing on the cake! Do you have a awesome conversion or build you want to tell the world about? Drop us a line, and you could end up here on the front page!

Retro Video, because I’m in a Top Gear Mood Today

What's new: Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Novak novagear for iphoneI’d like to take a moment and thank Team Novak for showing some guts and jumping into modern times!

Words can’t explain how happy it makes me to see a company jump on board the technology train and start making applications for our modern tech devices! It seems like pulling teeth to even get companies to supply some sort of PC support for radios or ESC’s! To make the jump to my phone?! Awesome! The software gives drivers access to 100′s of vehicles to adjust ESC’s, gear ratios, pinion recommendations, and all sorts of other stuff! We’ll have some hands on information when the software is available!
For any more info and details, just hit the Team Novak website.

Looks like ST Racing Concepts is continuing to show some hop-up love for the Traxxas Slash family.
They have a CNC Machined ESC mounting plate for the Slash 4×4 that uses existing chassis holes. A new heatsink motor plate for the 2WD slash, and finally a machined HD Layshaft that allows the use of the Associated slipper clutch system to work in your 2WE Slash.

Most are available in several colors like blue, red, silver and gun metal.
Check out the STRC web site for more info.

What's new: Friday, September 24th, 2010

I know a lot of bashers that are going to appreciate this announcement from MaxAmps that they are lowing their prices about 30%! That’s some serious savings!
Make sure you head over to the official MaxAmps website and check out their new prices!

Looks like Team Associated has some new wheels/tires for their SC10. They come pre-glued with a scale chrome look. They also have a KMC wheel available.

More info is available at Team Associated’s web site.

What's new: Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

News from Losi is that they have a new buggy! The Losi 810 1/8th scale buggy.

Some highlights:
Lightweight black aluminum chassis, 4mm tie rods with captured ends, twin disc brakes, digital steering servo, sway bars, and a Spektrum 2.4 ghz radio, 3.40cc nitro engine

Check out the Losi web site for more info.