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What's new: Thursday, January 27th, 2011

HPI RS32From the people that fueled the mini craze with their Mirco RS4′s, HPI is introducing the RS32! This is a 1/32 scale vehicle, it comes RTR with a 2.4Ghz radio, charger, battery, a few extra gears and anything else you may need.
This first vehicle (I’m sure there are more styles on the way) comes with the Calsonic Nissan Skyline body. Hopefully more bodies are not far behind, because I have a feeling these will be all the rage in the office while we are snowed in, and if everyone has ‘the blue one’ it’s gonna make getting in a few laps around the water cooler a little tougher.
HPI RS32
I’m glad to see HPI introducing something new to the market. I would like to see them come up with a micro short course or something to add another choice to that market. It won’t be long before Cubby has one with a brushless and lipo strapped inside I’m sure!

Retail price is $199, but expect them to hit shelves around the $100 range! Hit the HPI Racing website for more info.

Axial is expanding it’s RR line of budget nitro engines for bashers and weekend warriors.  Their new .21RR-1 engine is Axial’s first .21 size engine for 1/8 scale buggies and totally fricken awesome 1/10 scale cars and trucks.  But being for bashers doesn’t mean that they took any shortcuts in it’s design.  It’s got that fancy ABC construction, a 7-port design, a two needle carb with swappable venturis, and a balanced crankshaft.

MSRP for the .21RR-1 is going to be $290.00.  It should be hitting hobby shop shelves very soon.  All the info on this engine should be on Axial’s web site as soon as they update it.

Savox USA has a special deal for you when you order stuff directly from them via their web site.  If you put down $50 or more on an order you’ll get free shipping AND a free T-shirt.  If it weren’t for free t-shirts, I’d spend most of my time walking around shirtless… and that’s not something you want to see.  Anyway, to take advantage of this offer use the coupon code SAVOXUSA during the checkout process.

Get all the info and fine print at the Savox USA web site.  And just for the record, Andy is an alright guy, it’s nice to see him finally happy.

Axial really wants the budget bashers to open up their wallets today.  Their new, low-cost, 2.4, 2-channel radio is about as bare bones as you can get.  The AX-2 features throttle and steering trims, plus servo reversing.  And… a wheel for steering… and a trigger for throttle control… oh and there’s an on/off switch too!

Ok, so it doesn’t really have any features, but for an MSRP of only $90 what do you expect?  Isn’t the low-cost and high quality 2.4 GHz signal enough for you?  If you’re looking for a 2.4 GHz replacement for some 27 MHz RTR gear, then the AX-2 may be a good place to start looking.

Check out Axial’s web site for more info.

Axial has partnered up with Castle Creations to develop a new ESC for the budget minded rock crawlers in the crowd.  The AE-2 is a fairly simple and straight-forward ESC that comes from the factory programmed with drag brake and zero delay forward/reverse.  In addition, it is also programmable with Castle’s CastleLink programmer, has a preprogrammed cutoff for 2s LiPos, and has Tamiya and bullet connectors already crimped on for easy installation into any Axial crawler.

The MSRP for the AE-2 will be $90.  Check out Axial’s web site for more info.

Cubby

Hey guys,
I have to tell you, I have been a long time supporter of your website but you have me close to the end on that. I always read through your editorials and lately I feel you guys are forgetting this is supposed to be about fun. Does ROAR need to change? Yes. Do other companies need to pay attention to how Traxxas is marketing? Yes. The point is, don’t race if you don’t want to, don’t buy anything other than Traxxas if you don’t want to, just like I may take your website off my favorites list. Bring back the good times here. Go bash your vehicles and stop bashing the industry. If I want controversy I’ll watch Glen Back. By the way, I don’t do that either.
Chris

Cubby- Hey what’s up Chris, thanks for the email.
I’m totally with ya on your Traxxas/ROAR point. Problem is, I gotta write 52 Cub Reports a year, and well, there are a lot of slow weeks for news. Therefore the mighty TRX and ROAR get overplayed. So achtung industry types- give me something better to write about.

As far as “Bring back the good times here”, I can personally assure you ALL the time is a good time around the BSRC offices. Brian can usually be found re-reading one of his many mint condition John Norman “Gor” books, Jeff The Web Dude can be found watching the movie “Hackers” for the 8th googolplex time, Bill The Wacky Wrench Minion is always happily fixing all the cars we taco, and of course I spend all day surfing Dutch porn websites and slug’n down 38 degree Dom. Good times I tell ya. :)


Hi Brian,
I was searching thru the website looking for any kind of review on the XTM rail. Has Big Squid done one yet, if not do they plan on doing one any time soon? If not, is there anything that you know about the XTM rail? I’m really interested in buying one but I’ve only seen a few reviews and the result is that I haven’t been able to determine if it is a go or a pass on this vehicle. Any help or info would be greatly appreciated.
Daniel P.

Cubby- I like stealing from Brian’s email box, especially when it’s a great question.

XTM/Global doesn’t even talk to us, which is a shame really, as their XTM Rail buggy looks like one of the most uber bash machines ever made. Why won’t they talk to us? Wouldn’t ya think XTM would want their uber bash-mobile plastered all over the worlds #1 basher site? Well, it might very well be my fault, as I tend to ruffle a lot of feathers (who would have thunk?). But…. if our readers keep hit’n XTM up, telling them that BSRC is the place be, maybe they’ll start play’n some ball with us.

With that said, I have had some experience with older XTM vehicles (typically very poor durability), and yes, I’ve had a “little” experience with the XTM Rail. I was in an LHS a couple months ago where they had a Rail sitting out on the counter. “Someone” I was with “accidentally” pushed it off the counter and it landed right on its roof/rollcage on a cement floor. The result was a furious LHS worker, and a severely bent rollcage on the XTM. Based on that experience, if it can’t take a fall off a LHS counter, I highly doubt it’s up for what our typical reader is going to put one through. So… IMO, it’s a pass.


That’s it for this week, start mash’n your keys and shoot us your questions, suggestions, epic meltdowns, expired coupons, and used English 100 books to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Here’s another wheel for the basher crowd from the JConcepts gang.  The Rulux wheel is 2.2″ with a 12mm hex drive.  The important aspect of this new wheel is that it’s designed to give the 1/16 E-Revo a wider stance, making it more stable and a better performer.  The stylish design will also add to the looks of your mini monster.

In addition, these wheels are also available in premount combos with JConcepts’ popular Goose Bumps tires in their sticky green compound.

MSRP for the wheels will be $7.00 per pair, while the premounts will retail for $25.00.  Check out the JConcepts web site for more info.

What's new: Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

JConcepts has a hot looking new wheel style for a few different Traxxas vehicles.  The Tense is a one piece wheel with a cool little added detail, wheel caps.  The caps come in two styles, open and closed, with the closed featuring JConcepts’ logo machined on.  They’re held on with six button head screws for a realistic look.

For the Slash/Slash 4×4 you can get the standard 2.2″/3.0″ wheel (part #3324 for Slash 2wd rear and Slash 4×4 f/r, part #3323B for Slash 2wd front) and for the Rustler and Stampede there is a 2.2″ wheel (part #3335B for front, part #3336B for rear).

MSRP for all is $11.00 per pair.  Check out JConcepts’ site for more info.

LRP is ready to power your 4×4 short course truck with their new X12L line of brushless motors.  When they hit shelves they’ll available in 4.5 and 5.5 turns.  What makes them appropriate for short course trucks is their longer, 550 size can, which let’s them use a longer rotor and stator to generate more torque that big and heavy 4×4 SCTs require.  The motors also feature a 5mm output shaft and easy to solder tabs.

The X12Ls will be available next month with a MSRP of $199.99.  Check out the LRP section of Associated’s site for more info.

What's new: Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

It’s not Team Associated’s SC10 4×4, but it is another 4×4 short course truck.  German outfit Ansmann Racing is showing off their new X4TT.  This is an early prototype and the specs are subject to change.  But it’s for sure going to use a shaft driven drive train and be configured to use saddle pack batteries.  Also the pictures show it to have a metal chassis, probably aluminum, but that’s subject to change and based on their other 1/10 scale cars and trucks, may end up as a molded composite chassis.

What does this mean for the US crowd?  TQ Racing and Ansmann are business partners, so we will likely see this truck from TQ in the near future under their SX10 line.

Ansmann suggests that their version of the truck could be hitting in May or June, beyond that there isn’t much other info available.  Check out the Ansmann Racing site for info.

Airtronics has been spending some time cooking up something new.  The MT-4 is their new mid-range radio with all kinds of high-end features.  It starts with a new, light weight pistol grip design that features adjustable steering movement, trigger, and a selection of grips.  But more important is what’s packed inside.  The onboard computer features a fast navigation system to get to the settings you need quickly and easily.  Many of the external switches are assignable to different channels and tasks.  Some of the programming options include 4WS steering mixing, anti-lock brakes, multiple types of EPA, and more.  The telemetry features work in real time and sensors for monitoring receiver battery voltage, temps, and RPMs are included.

The MT-4 should be hitting shelves some time in February at a cost of around $250.  Tell Airtronics to update their site so I can tell you to go there for more info.

THE West Mountain Computerized Battery Analyzer (CBA) III and 500 Watt Amplifier Review

From: West Mountain Radio
Direct Link: West Mountain CBA III and Amplifier
Review by Cubby.

West Mountain CBA and Amplifier

If it’s Tuesday, that means BigSquid is posting an all new uber review. This week I’ve been elected the “lucky” review writer, so lets jump in knee deep on a very handy test instrument, the venerable West Mountain CBA.

What does a West Mountain CBA do? In simplest terms, it tests batteries. When I say it tests batteries, it tests a ton of different types, from small 100 mah to large 8,000+ mah capacities, from Lithium Cobalt to Lead Acid, it is capable of testing virtually any type of battery you are ever going to use in a surface rc.

How does it test my batteries? READ MORE

What's new: Monday, January 24th, 2011

The HPI Switch made some waves a couple years ago when it was first announced.  It’s design was a major departure from the typical on-road chassis with it’s McPherson Strut style suspension and being front wheel drive.  But then it seemed to disappear.  Some places still have the original Switch in stock in limited quantities, but it even fell off of HPI’s web site.

It’s back now.  The original chassis design remains, but the body style has changed.  This time it’ll come from the factory dressed as a Scion xB in white, silver, or orange; but it’s wheelbase and width are adjustable to accept other mini sized bodies and HPI’s entire line of Cup Racer bodies.  It’s also fully RTR with a 35-turn brushed motor, full ball-bearings, a 6 cell NiMH battery and wall charger, and AM radio gear.

The HPI web site suggests these will only be available through Toyota dealerships, but we’ll see how the market works out.  MSRP is going to be $359.00 but the street price should be hovering around $200+.  Check out the HPI web site for more info.