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What's new: Friday, March 4th, 2011

Speed Passion is ready to tell you all about their new line of brushless motors.  The Ultra Sportsman V3 series will feature sensored operation, a locked end-bell, and zero timing, making these a good option for stock/spec racing.  The motors will be available in a number of winds from 10.5 up to 25.5 for multiple applications.  There will also be a modified version for off-road applications that will be available in 7.5 and 8.5 (and possibly a 5.5 turn version as well, their announcement didn’t say as much, but included a link to a 5.5 version product page).  To keep things equal for spec levels of racing the Ultra Sportsman line features a locked end bell design that prevents adjustments from being made.

For more info, check out the Speed Passion website.

What's new: Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Cubby

First off, one I stole from Brian’s mail bag……

Hey Brian,

First, after a 10+ year hiatus from the hobby I’ve finally returned and your website provides me a wealth of knowledge since a LOT has changed since then so I tip my hat off to the Big Squid Crew.

Speaking of changes, I have never seen such aggressive marketing in the RC world than what Traxxas is doing nowadays. All those sponsorships and mainstream racing events are making the public take notice. Here’s an example:

I have a co-worker who is a die-hard motocross fan and he just attended the motocross race up here in Oakland. We were talking this past week and I brought up the subject of how I’m back in the hobby. I even showed him pictures of my Revo 3.3, which he has no idea what it is but he was very impressed. He was asking me a bunch of questions like “how fast does it go?”, “is it easy to work on?” etc, etc. Then he says, “have you heard of Trakis?” (mispronounced) I said, “oh, you mean Traxxas?” He said yeah and continued to tell me about the demo Traxxas did at the race. He was telling me of how they had these rc monster trucks with really small bodies (I’m guessing E-Revo’s or mini E-Revo’s) do backflips off the jumps. So we went to the Traxxas website on my computer where I was telling him about the different vehicles and about the Revo I hopped up. He got really excited and was amazed about the speed and performance of the vehicles. He said he wants to buy one now but he doesn’t know if his wife will let him. LOL So I guess that’s sort of a victory for Traxxas marketing, either way, it’s working…..

Joe

Cubby- Cool email, and thanks for writing in Joe. And yes, our hobby is very fortunate right now, lets hope that Traxxas and the other companies pump’n the big bucks into marketing to the masses see a large enough return to continue doing so.

For those of you that have never been to an AMA/FIM/Monster Energy/Traxxas Supercross, support your hobby and give one a shot. Nine races remain on the 2011 schedule- Daytona, Indy, Jacksonville FL, Toronto, Dallas, St Louis, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Vegas. Traxxas sends a crew to every event to support a booth in the pits and to put on a small driving display. So if you hit a Supercross, drop by the Traxxas booth, they’ll be stoked to see some friendly rc faces.


Hey
Thanks so much for your help, I would be eternally grateful if you would help me with one other matter. I’m thinking of getting into Nitro trucks but don’t have a huge budget to blow, found this site called Nitrorcx.com selling Exceed Nitro trucks at a great price. As they are an American company and I live in Europe I thought you might have a scope on them, are they bona fide and if so what are the trucks like???

Any Intel on the matter would be greatly appreciated
Ciao
Jud

Cubby- Buongiorno Jud, and thanks for the email. Are you as anxious to see the 2011 F150 race at Melbourne as I am? Surely Alonzo can land the WDC this year….

So how is the quality of the trucks from Nitrorcx.com? Honestly, nobody at the BigSquid offices has driven one of their Exceed trucks, and they haven’t sent us one for testing… but… I have seen them in “action”. Well, I don’t know if I can honestly say I truly saw them in action, as they didn’t tend to run for very long. Based on what little I’ve seen of them in the field, I’d put them right around Redcat territory. To boil it down, at this point, until we get the opportunity to test one and prove me otherwise, I’d have to recommend that you pass on the Exceed trucks.

I’ll also recommend that you if you are gonna go nitro, don’t buy used. Too many used nitro trucks labeled as “barely broken in”, or “only 1 gallon on the engine” are anything but that. As a noob nitro buyer it’s hard to tell if a used engine has been abused- such as run without an air filter, run too lean, etc. Abused or worn out nitro engines will only make you curse, and then curse some more, then curse until you smash the entire truck with a sledgehammer. So buy new, buy from an established brand, and carefully follow the break-in procedure.


Hey, that’s it for this week folks. Shoot us an email, you know ya want to! Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com is the addy, so let’er rip. Whatever is kick’n inside those minds of yours is good for us. Supercross, Formula 1, nerd questions, hell, even rc questions, I don’t care, just send’em in!

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Venom has a new transport case, and it’s a hot one, with looks to match the function.  The Transport Race Case features all kinds of pockets and drawers to help you carry everything you need and keep it neatly organized.  The top portion of the bag features a built in tool organizer.  The top drawer is large enough to hold a 1/8 scale buggy and there’s four other drawers with plenty of room to store a lot of other stuff.  A lot of stuff usually means a lot of weight.  To help out with that problem the case also has wheels and a retracting handle to make moving it along easy on your back.

The Venom Transporter Race Case is available now with an MSRP  of $199.99.  Replacement drawers are also available at a MSRP of $69.99.  Check out the Venom website for more info.

It’s not a patented Big Squid RC giveaway (another one coming soon, keep your eye on the front page), but it’s still an awesome giveaway.  Traditional and online retailer Hobby People is giving away 25 radios over the next couple months.  All you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter and, as along as you’re a resident of the US, US territories, or Canada you just might win your choice of an Airtronics SD-10G competition aircraft radio or, more pertinent to us, a super high-end Airtronics M11X.

So to get your name in the hat get on over to the Hobby People website and sign up.

Robitronic is finally stepping onto the short course with their Smasher Short Course Truck.  The Smasher is 2wd, with extra long a-arms, a new style of chassis that provides more ground clearance, oil filled shocks, full ball bearings, a strong gear diff, and plenty more.  It’ll come from the factory as an RTR with a brushed 20-turn motor matched to Robitronic’s Speedstar 2 ESC, and it also features a 2.4 GHz radio gear and a strong steering servo.

Check out Robitronic’s website for more info.

LRP has a couple new chargers for both types of people, beginners and non-beginners.  The Element charger is useful for charging 4 – 8 cell NiMHs and NiCads at selectable rates of 1, 2, or 4 amps.  It takes it’s power from good ol’ AC outlets.  The Element Pro adds 1S – 3S LiPo/LiFe charging capability with a cell balancer built in.  It also includes the option to suck juice from 11v – 15v DC power sources.

LRP promises an “unexpectedly low price” for these guys, but don’t mention how low that might be.  Though you should be able to find out for yourself soon as they are shipping now.  Check out the LRP website for more info.

What's new: Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

TrakPower is adding some big capacity to their line of hard-cased LiPo batteries.  Three new batteries are now available: a 2S/6200 mAh, 2S/5600 mAh, and a 4S/5600 mAh.  TrakPower claims a continuous discharge rate of 60c for the 5600s and 50c for the 6200.  All of them come with Deans Ultra connectors and balance plugs preinstalled.  MSRPs are $120 for the 2S batteries and $250 for the 4S, expect street prices to be lower.

Now, in this second paragraph is where I usually say “check out so-and-so’s website for more info.”  Unfortunately the TrakPower website consists of a single page with the TrakPower logo and a small marketing blurb, plus some links to Facebook and YouTube.  Not much to see there.  Go if you want, but don’t expect to find any more info.

To paraphrase Lee Iacocca Charles Wilson, as goes full scale, so goes our hobby.  Axial has a new set of large tires for rock crawlers, and in the announcement for the new Ripsaws Axial says Within the 1:1 crawl & off-road race segments, overall tire diameters have been on the rise, literally and directly influencing the R/C crawl segment… So that’s why you’re seeing massive 2.2″ tires mounted on a 1.9″ scaler rig.  The Ripsaws are molded with Axial’s sticky R35 compound, have an overall height of 5.5″, and include standard foam inserts.

Unfortunately Axial hasn’t updated their website with complete information, so no word on availability, but MSRP is going to be $35.00.  Also check out the Axial blog that goes into a lot of detail on mounting these massive monsters on the SCX10.

From: Pro-Line Racing
Direct Link: Pro-Line Street Fighter SC Tires
Direct Link: Pro-Line Split Six SC Wheels
Review by Cubby

If you are truly a core BigSquid reader, then you don’t spend much time on a track, you spend most of your time bashing. In fact, that’s what the vast majority of rc’ers do, they bash- from city parks, to empty parking lots, to suburban cul de sacs, if there is an open enough space, then it’s the perfect place to get some wheel time.

Pro-Line has some uber new tires for your short course truck called Street Fighters. Do they live up to the famed Pro-Line reputation? Are they worth your hard earned cash? Let’s dive right in shall we??
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What's new: Monday, February 28th, 2011

Our editor/publisher/boss, Brian, is out of town for a while, so I have total control over the site (insert evil laugh here).  With that, I’ve decided to let you all in on a little secret.  The only reason we post news about ACER Racing introducing some new sizes of ball bearings is so we have a reason to post the pics of their hot promo models.

With that out of the way ACER has a bunch of new boobieshot chicks … sizes of their super high-end, extremely smooth blondes, brunettes, and red heads … Ceramic Nitride bearings.  They are now available in all of the following sizes:  B, C, D, DD … 15x28x7mm, 10x22x6mm, 35x47x7mm, 30x42x7mm, 25x37x7mm, 25x37x6mm, 17x26x5mm, 12x28x8mm, and 10x26x8mm.

For more pron info be sure to check out the ACER Racing website.

Why carry around a Fluke Multimeter when you can toss Hobbico‘s tiny Pro-Series Lithium Voltmeter into your tool bag and promptly loose it?  Well, that might be a reason, but seriously folks, do you need a big multimeter just to check the voltage on your LiPos, LiFes, and Li-Ion batteries?  I really don’t think so.  The Pro LVM can give you volt readings on any of those types of batteries from 2S to 6S, and best of all it’ll give you total volts for the whole pack or it’ll break it down for you and display the volts in each individual cell in a pack.  The LVM includes a FlightPower and Thunder Power 6S inline adapter and comes with Hobbico’s Pro-Series 2 year warranty.

MSRP for the LVM will be $14.99 and it’ll be hitting shelves in early March.  Check out the Hobbico website for more info.

CubbyIn rc we are used to getting hacked, meaning you go into a corner and the guy behind you rams ya and parks ya in the cheap seats. Shoot, “hacking” happens in nearly every corner of the local novice class. It’s a bit more rare seeing “hacking” at the top level of AMA/Feld Supercross, but last night in Atlanta Chad Reed let it be known that he’s in it to win it by hacked James Stewart late in the race in an attempt to take the win. The hack didn’t go as planned for Reedy, as both he and Bubba hit the turf, allowing Ryan “The Leaping Leprechaun” Villopodium to take the win, but a bold statement has been made- Reed isn’t backing down for Bubba ANY more. Last nights live airing of the ATL Supercross was epic to watch, expect even more exciting action (read- Bubba’s payback!) to go down live on Speed this coming Saturday in Daytona, check your local listings.

I daydream. I daydream a lot. I daydream more than a middle school full of 7th graders the hour after lunch break. I daydream more than Brian after his 7th beer and 3rd Riddlin at The Tilted Kilt. This week I decided to share with you what I daydreamed about last week. In my daydreams, these things come across as actually being real……………..

Associated- Associated has not been first to the table in a long, longggg azz time. In my daydreams AE have just released an all new from the ground up SCALE 10th scale buggy, something that looks like it just came off a full size track. It’s got scale rims/tires, shocks, and body, yet it drives like a dream on an rc track. Oh ya, and it lets all the air out of the tires of the Losi 22, making Losi look like they are idiots for releasing a new platform in a dead class. AE’s new scale buggy takes over the world, and once again the world is right because AE is back to being in a market leader instead of the last to the big show.

HPI- The Savage platform has been wildly successful for HPI, but it’s getting extremely dated. I mean, wasn’t the original savage released a decade ago? Well in my dreams HPI has just released a totally updated Savage with huge big bore shocks, tougher parts, and more unique engineering from head to tail. It’s tougher, meaner, faster, and just plain looks cooler, everything a great selling monster truck needs to be.

Traxxas- Traxxas paid the big bucks to Feld/Monster Jam to be able to sell Grave Digger/Maximum Destruction/Monster Mutt/etc bodies on their trucks. Unfortunately, Traxxas put these uber shells on their dated Stampede platform. In my dreams Traxxas engineered an all new chassis to go under those uber lids. Traxxas took a look at the full sized Grave Digger and just scaled it down for their rc version. In my dreams the scale Traxxas MT rigs have multi-link suspension, hefty axles, and multiple huge shocks. Not only do they look scale, but they are tough as nails, and jump like a dream (and they take over every bash spot in America).

Losi- In my dreams the Losi badge is only used for race specific vehicles, while all the other cars/trucks they sell get re-branded as Sportwerks/Electrix/etc. You will no longer see a Losi LST, it would be the Sportwerks LST, no more Losi Mini-T, it would be the Sportwerks Mini-T, and so on.

Pro-Line- In my dreams Pro-line makes a lot more than just bodies and tires, they also put out upgrade a-arms, shock towers, chassis, and esoteric progressive clicker shocks for Everything (from a T4, to a Mini-T, to an RC8). Oh and, they’ve forgotten all about that ridiculous “cab forward” craze.
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What's new: Sunday, February 27th, 2011

We printed out all the entries for the GH Racing Slash Hop-Up Contest and picked two names out of the box. Congratulations to our two winners, Phil R. and Davy C.!!! Phil’s name was drawn out of the box first, so he will get the choice of the Silver set, or the Red and Blue set, and Davy will get the other.

Thank you to everyone who entered and helped us test out the comment system at the same time! We have another awesome one coming up we will be telling you guys about in a few days, so stay tuned!