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What's new: Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Got a new Stampede 4×4?  Already tired of the stock body?  JConcepts has a potential solution for you.  That is, if you even want your Stamp to look like a Ford SVT Raptor Super Crew.  If you don’t, well, what’s wrong with you?  Everybody else wants one, why do you have to be so different and difficult?  What would your mother say?  Well, I guess there’s just no pleasing you.

For the rest of us the new body will come with all the decals that have been faithfully rendered in 1:1 style, all the officially licensed logos are present, and it has all the window masks and overspray film that you need to paint it right.  It will also fit the old Stampede 2wd for those of you still using ancient technology.  It’ll start shipping soon at a MSRP of $30.  Check out the JConcepts site for more info.

From: Venom Racing
Direct Link: Venom VMX 450
Review by Brian.

Venom VMX BikeSo we recently got our hands on a Venom Racing VMX 450 1/4 RC Dirt Bike!

From the moment I opened the box, I was pretty excited about this motorcycle. First off, it’s big. There have been a bunch of 1/5 scale motorcycles going around lately, and let me tell you, the difference between a 1/5 scale and 1/4 scale is huge. Bigger is better, right?

What's new: Monday, January 17th, 2011

JConcepts Ford Raptor

JConcepts has introduced a one size fits most Ford Raptor SVT body to fit the short course class of vehicles. They have confirmed placement on the Slash, Slash 4×4, SC10, Blitz, Ultima SC, Losi XXX-SCT and Hobao | OFNA Hyper SC, which is basically just about every SC vehicle on the market! They have a new 1:1 headlight and grill treatment, extended cab with recessed windows, and front and rear fender flares for maximum clearance.

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Make sure to check out the JConcepts web site for more info.

Pro-Line, not content with having a BullDog body for nearly every platform, has decided to keep expanding the line.  The next truck  in line to receive the cab forward design is the RC10T4.1.  Like every other Pro-Line body, this one will come with all the requisite decals, masks, and overspray film.

The BullDog for the T4.1 will start shipping on January 21st with a list price of $28.95.  Check out the Pro-Line web site for more info.

A powerful charger is an essential accessory.  There’s a ton of good options to choose fromThunder Power is adding to that selection.  Their new TP820CD can put out up to 800 watts of power from two independent charging ports, which is enough to allow you to charge up to 8S LiPos on both ports at the same time.  But it’s not just limited to LiPos, the TP820CD is a multi-chemistry charger that can fill up NiMHs, NiCads, LiFes, and Lead Acid batteries as well.  You can also connect it to a computer for data logging and upgrading the firmware through the mini USB port.

The TP820CD is shipping now.  Check out the Thunder Power web site for more info.

I know we’re all thinking it, but I’m just going to come out and say it.  Premounted tires take all the fun out of the hobby.  I remember as a youngster spending much of my free time with a big bottle of glue and a stack of tires and wheels, putting them all together.  Actually, most of my memories of that time are hazy at best… though  I do remember the smell of the glue quite well.

[Disclaimer: Big Squid RC management does not condone sniffing glue.]

What was I writing about?  Oh yeah, Pro-Line has some new premounts for the short course crowd.  Their road friendly Street Fighter SC will be mounted on the standard black Renegade wheel which is compatible with the Blitz (f/r), Slash (rear), or Slash 4×4 (f/r) and also the ProTrac Renegade which is compatible with a ProTrac suspension equipped Slash or the SC10 with Pro-Line’s front inboard hub adapters.  The track friendly Caliber SC will be mounted on the ProTrac Renegade wheel.

Pro-Line isn’t giving an exact release time or price range for these sets, but they should be available “soon” and somewhere just north of $30, as with their other premounts.  Keep an eye on the Pro-Line web site for more info.

Ready for yet another big week in rc-land? I know the crew at BigSquid is, hope you are too…

BigSquidRC has started a new weekly “column” of sorts called our Tuesday review. So in case you have yet to notice, be alerted that each and every Tuesday we’ll be posting an all new way-super-duper-dope product review (and rumor has it we’ll be posting two this week!).

Where ever you might work, do they put stickers in with your paycheck? Does Red Bull put stickers in with Pastrana’s paychecks? Does Bill Gates include them for his Microsoft employees? Well, we get’em here at BigSquid, and…. Brian doesn’t just put little bitty stickers in the checks either, they are the great big ones that only fit on the sides of full size cars or large Snap-on toolboxes. If he is gonna super size the stickers can’t he at least super size the paychecks (ya know, like Happy Gilmore style)? If the worlds supply of adhesive is exhausted in the next few months you’ll know where it all went to, so just FYI…. :)

The rc world revolves around Traxxas now days, with another case in point being their exposure on the Monster/AMA/FIM Supercross broadcasts. Last weekend the race was televised live from Phoenix and during the post race interviews the Traxxas logo was prominently displayed on the podium. Yup, in clear view right behind the Lite class winner Pro Circuit/Monster/Kawi/Traxxas riders head Josh Hansen was a big ole’ Traxxas logo, and it was right there for Bubba, Villopodium and Canard in the Supercross class as well. I hate to sound like a re-run from last week, but it’s just beyond cool to see Traxxas involved in prime time live Supercross.

The Nuremburg Toy Fair is nearly here kicking off on February 3rd. Expect full coverage from your favorite basher types right here on BigSquid. We can’t release any word on “hot” new releases that will be debuted at the toy fair yet, but you know those crafty industry types always have more uber stuff on the way.

Spektrum introduced their new DX3R Pro (complete with 50 model memory and drop down wheel) last week, here’s to hoping its got better range than the DX3S we TESTED!

Arguably the fastest rc racer on the planet, Jared Tebo, made some big news last week by switching fuel companies, going from Byrons to a new company by the name of Maxima. IMO Byrons is some of the best stuff on the planet (if you simply must run nitro), so here’s to hoping Tebo the best of luck running the new stuff. In perhaps bigger news, Tebo has recently mentioned expanding his personal JTP (Jared Tebo Products) line-up for 2011 (which used to consist mainly of t-shirts and sweatshirts), something that should be really cool as anything Jared has input on is bound to turn out pretty uber.

Wanna chance at winning a ridiculously uber Kawasaki/Traxxas KX450F? Hit your nearest Monster/Feld/AMA/FIM Supercross and get entered! Complete rules HERE.

Lastly, the crew here at BSRC has recently gotten the opportunity to interview the owner of a very large rc manufacture that starts with the letter “A”. It’s not close to being posted yet, but keep your eyes on the main page for it in the next few weeks. We do Not hold back on our questions, so the interview should be quite revealing (to say the least).

With that I’ll bring yet another sizzling edition of THE Cub Report to a close. Go left, turn fast, and until next week, drop by your LHS, tracks and bash spots and let’em know how much you dig your hobby.

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Saturday, January 15th, 2011

Photo of the Week:

by Francesco

I think it’s time for a roundup of some great build logs and how-tos that I’ve missed over the past couple weeks.

Build Log: Micro Land Rover Defender

Build Log 2: M1088 Scale  Build

Build Log 3: Tough Truck Hybrid

Conversion: Putting Futaba 2.4 GHz radio gear into Kyosho’s Mini Z line

Video of the Week:

What's new: Friday, January 14th, 2011

Danny Fundraiser
Our own Bill (aka Wrench) was at the Host Family Fundraiser Thursday night where he and a few others put on a RC demo for the people that came out to show their support for Danny Host and his family. Danny was diagnosed with Grade 4 Gioblastoma Multiforme last year at age 6, and that’s about the worst form of brain tumor there is. We heard that Danny was a RC fan, so you know Bill was going to do whatever he could to get out there and make something happen. He was out there grabbing some big air and entertaining the crowd.

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Bill said he had his Slash 4×4, Stampede VXL, Summit, and E-Revo with him. The demo lasted 1 hour and I’m sure he was going big with every vehicle!

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If you are interested in helping out Danny and his family, you can still make donations, all that information is on their facebook page RIGHT HERE, or you can click the image link for a bigger version with donation details.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to Danny and his family!

Update: It was late when I was posting, but you can see in some of the pictures, Steve, the owner of our Local Hobby Town was also there showing his support and helping put on the good show!

Is there anything more important for a scale rig’s realistic looks than authentic full scale logos?  RC4WD doesn’t think so, that’s why they’ve been licensing every full scale product they can.  This latest product is the Viking Offroad Fairlead winch guide.  RC4WD’s miniature version is machined out of aluminum and powder coated with the Viking name engraved on top to finish off the detail.

This piece will be available direct from RC4WD on January 20th.  The price will be $11.99.  Keep an eye on the RC4WD site for more info.

But before you get any wild ideas in your head, you should know that Tom Cruise was NOT involved in the creation of this Cocktail.*

It’s not often that we bring news of a new nitro fuel.  Most manufacturers are happy with their blends and haven’t mixed it up much lately.  The O’Donnell gang wasn’t satisfied though, so they went back to the drawing board and came up with their new Speed Blend.  They even go so far as to say that this new fuel offers up smoother idle, crisper throttle response, and cooler temps.  All of which are probably good things to those of you that use nitro.  Also, it’s orange.

The Speed Blend will be available in 20%, 25%, and 30% blends, and prices range from $10.99 – $12.99 for quart size and $29.99 – $34.99 for a gallon.  Check out the O’Donnell Racing Fuel web site for more info.

*Big Squid RC Management would like to officially apologize for Jeff’s lame attempt at a joke.  He has been punished.

What's new: Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Did you think your days of taking apart motors was over when you switched to brushless?  Well, you were wrong!  WRONG!  Taking motors apart will always be a part of this hobby, whether you like it or not.  Along those lines, Novak has a few new pieces for you to put back in your motors.

The epoxy dipped stators for the Ballistic brushless line are made for harsh conditions to keep the motor windings from moving around and contacting the rotor.  That will help keep your motor from shorting out and dying prematurely.  There’s a number of stators that will be available, from 6.5T up to 25.5T.

Also available is a new 1S graded sintered rotor for all of Novak’s brushless motors, including the Ballistic line.  This new rotor is 12.3mm in diameter and allows for higher RPM in 1S applications, such as 1/12 scale carpet racing.  The rotor has also been nickel plated for a longer life.

Both of these products are available directly from Novak, the stators start at $39.99 and go up to $42.99 for the 25.5T, while the rotor is priced at $16.99.

And to believe there was a point in time when we hardly got any emails around this joint…. You guys aren’t mess’n around now days, thanks for keep’n our mailboxes full.

I was just wondering if the HPI Mini Trophy would be able to take Li-Po batteries straight out of the box without any mods? If so, is there a low voltage cut off in the ESC?
Thanks, Ben

Cubby- The mightly HPI Mini Trophy truck, the best looking truck on the market, the truck that could’a/would’a/should’a been a huge seller….

Ok, our BSRC crew only used Lipo’s in our test HPI MTT. Most seemed to fit with zero issues, albeit any pack is a bit hard to put into the stock battery tray. No, the included HPI SC-15 speedo does NOT include any sort of low voltage cut-off protection for Lithium based batteries. And no, we didn’t run an LVC nor did we have any issues with our Lipo’s. To keep from running our Lipo’s too low we simply quit driving as soon as we felt the battery going “soft” (it feels like you are losing power, it’s no longer as punchy as it was). If you are unsure that you’ll be able to stop driving before your battery is too low, then by all means install an LVC.

Dear whoever,
When will the review for the horizon hydrogen fuel cell car be up? it looks interesting, and I would like to know more about it
Your Fan

Whoever (aka- Cubby)- Ya know…………… it’s never a good idea to put an item of value in a factory drivers hands, they Always blow it up!
Now I’m not going to mention any names here (he drives for Castle and his last name rhymes with “door”), but “someone” testing our Horizon fuel cell test unit took it well outside of spec on it’s third run, blowing it to kingdom come. Hence we had to return it, and further hence we’ve yet to post our review on it. The Horizon guys were at CES last weekend, and last I heard we’ll have a new test unit in a couple weeks.

To boil it down for ya on what we’ve learned thus far about the Horizon fuel cell-

1. Don’t let a factory driver install one of his uber wayyyy too fast motors on it.
2. It turned heads Everywhere we went.
3. If you are into “going green”, this is for you.
4. If you are into being on the very cutting edge of technology, here it is.
5. The unit will extend your runtimes, but we didn’t notice any increase in acceleration (in the short time we ran it).
6. The H2 filled HydroStiks get very cold during use.
7. The fuel cell system is safer than the Lithium battery you’ll be using in conjunction with it.
8. It sounds really cool when the solenoids purge the system of air.

So hold on tight, and we’ll do our best to get that review busted out as soon as we can. Until then, enjoy the ONLY pic of the Horizon unit mounted up in an HPI Blitz ESE.

Horizon Fuel Cell RC

Just curious if you guys have played around at all with the Losi Mini SCT. I know that you have reviewed the mico and discussed the xxx-sct, but I haven’t seen anything about the mini. My son and I have Slashs, SC-10s, and Evaders, but he wants to get something smaller for fun. Trying to see how durable the Mini is, we like to jump and have fun.
Thanks in advance for any info.
Thanks, Darren

Cubby- Yo, hey what’s up Darren, thanks for reading and for the email.

At the iHobby expo one of our crew ran a Losi Mini SCT’s during some of our demos. The driver was Wesley “Micro Man” Dennis, he’s one of the uber micro/mini racers on the circuit. I gave him a quick call tonight and he says that after driving/racing/bashing his Losi MSCT for several months now it has been very durable and a total blast to drive. And btw, no, Wes does not drive for Losi, so that’s a pretty honest testimonial.

On a personal note, I’ve gotten in limited trigger time on the Mini SCT- it seems to drive well, even outdoors on a rough parking lot. The MSCT is quite a bit larger than a normal 18th scale Mini-T or RC18, perhaps a bit too large to be run in spaces you’d normally have loads of room running most other 18th scalers. The added size is great for rougher or larger areas, but then you’ve already got a full compliment of 10th scalers for that. Personally I’d recommend the Associated SC18- it’s smaller so you can drive in smaller areas, 4wd, and also extremely durable. But, the Losi Mini SCT sure was fun to drive, let us know what you think of it if you get a couple of’em.

That’s it for this week, please feel free to crush my mailbox at Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!
YOUR Cub Reporter