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What's new: Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Venom creeper crawler
Crawler fans have been waiting to find out how the Venom Safari Creeper is going to do on the trails, and now they can find out for themselves! The 1/10 RTR Crawler comes with a pre-installed dig system, 35T 550 brushed motor and FM radio.

Visit for details.

Venom fvp-1 pro
We announced it a while back but the Venom GVP-1 Pro is now shipping for all you cycle fans! The Pro kit includes Carbon Fiber Chassis, Alloy Forks, Front Disk Brake, 6 spoke wheels and a bunch of other hop-ups!

Visit for details.

What's new: Monday, November 29th, 2010

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Need some bling for your Blitz? ST Racing Concepts has a bunch of awesome looking hop-ups for the HPI Blitz! They have new front and rear aluminum skid plates as well as hex adapters. These things are CNC’d out of a solid block of aluminum so they can also take some bashing abuse! They are available in Orange, Gun Metal, Silver and Red anodizing.

Check out the STRC web site for more info.

Click through for a few more pictures. READ MORE

Outerwears jammin scrt 10 New from the folks at Outerwears is the Jammin SCRT 10 Short Course Truck Shroud. These shrouds help keep out dirt, water and debris while allowing airflow to get to the components underneath to help keep them cool. For bashers these shrouds are becoming more and more popular to help keep out the messes we seem to get into. They are available in all sorts of colors, from black to lime green!

Visit the Outerwears Performance Products site for more info on their products!

RPM hpi 5b roof guard RPM hpi 5b roof guard

New from RPM is this cool little HPI 5B Roof Guard. Once again the guys from RPM have come up with a cool idea to help protect that spark plug sitting out in the open of your HPI 5B. You know RPM is tough stuff, so if you are looking for some added protection, this roof guard is probably a good solution.

Visit the RPM RC site for details.

So….. the banter around the office this weekend revolved around whether or not tax dollars should be used to support our beloved rc hobby. Just how did this convo even come up? Well, editor Brian told us about a new track get’n ready to open up down south. This particular track was given its building by the city, and on top of that, it was given money by the city to fix up that building.

Of course YOUR Cub Reporter is as “pro-rc” as the next guy, but I do not feel tax dollars should be used, at least that extensively, to help an rc track. IMO, there are too many hungry kids out there to feed, too many sh!tty roads to fix, and too many underpaid teachers that could use that money first. Editor Brian rebutted my argument stating that if the tax dollars were not used on rc, they’d just be wasted on something else, so they might as well go to something WE can use. Yes, sure, I appreciate a good rc track as much as the next guy, but we are in a HOBBY, one that should make it’s own way, not rely on tax dollars. Supporting your local track is a good thing, but should I have to pay my entry fees plus my tax dollars to do so?

All across America there are rc tracks in city parks. These are tracks where rc clubs have convinced their local governments to let them use a corner of a city park for a track, and I’m fine with that. The club gets a place to promote the hobby and the city gets some added activity in one of their parks. It’s a win-win situation for both. But, in nearly all cases, the rc club has to pay for electricity, water, drivers stand, and timing system. If the club has their act together they have no problem paying for those, if they don’t, they are forced out business, just like it should be.

On a much different subject… Yes, we’ve taken forever to get our 4S Lipo shootout done. But guess what? It’s done! In it you’ll get to see CheckPoint vs Thunder Power vs Turnigy vs Venom vs Ace, going head to head on track, on the radar gun, and on the West Mountain CBA discharger at a 30 amp continuous discharge. This is not one to miss so look for it on the main page here on BigSquid any minute now.

I would also like to ask hobby shops around the globe for their achtung. BigSquid would like to do a weekly feature on your, yes Your, hobby shop. If you’d like to be featured, submit some photos and some info on what makes your hobby shop special to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. This is not just limited to the USA, we want shops from all countries!

Lastly, the “biggest” product news of the week came when HPI announced their new Baja 5SC truck. This is a 5th scale gas truck that seems to be everything their 5T should have been in the first place. The 5SC has an uber short course body along with numerous refinements that fix many of the small problems on their 5 series. Not that the HPI 5th scalers suck, they don’t, they are the best thing to ever happen to 5th scale, but it looks like the 5SC will put an exclamation point to just who owns the best in class. If you haven’t driven one of these beasts try to giving one a wheel, they are more fun than free samples day at the cat house.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Sunday, November 28th, 2010

golden horizons sale

For those of you looking for just about any hop up on any vehicle, GH Racing probably has you covered! Even better? From November 29th till December 26, they are having a sale with 15% off their product lines!

So if you are looking for a little bling, or a major overhaul, head over to the official GH Racing site and start adding some items to your cart!

What's new: Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Photo of the Week:

Full Scle RC Hummer
‘Full Scale RC Hummer’ by

While there isn’t a lot of info on the site except that they took a new Hummer H3 and one month to convert it to RC, there is almost no other information except that it ‘handled well’. Lots of people have done full scale RC but whenever you see someone convert a full scale car to RC, it’s never anything good. It’s always some piece of junk. Converting a truck that might actually handle some action would be something to see! Heck, get a stadium and a half-a-dozen of these things and lets bash!

RC Track: – First City Owned RC Track – Trackseekers , grand opening happening soon!

Cool Link: USATRUCK.NL – Tons of huge Peterbilt rc semi trucks. They have pictures, videos, and even a jet powered truck! Can’t really read it because it’s in Dutch I think, but some cool pics and videos.

Build Link: Huge RC Monster Truck Build – Guy builds a pretty big RC truck with golf cart wheels. Has some serious suspension, and videos!

Shameless Self Promotion: Contest! Don’t forget to enter to win!

Video of the Week:

Now this is a JetTruck! The flame coming out of that thing is insane! The fact that he drives it around and near those people?! I would of been running for my life! I think I have a new project for Bill that we could use for iHobby next year!

I had video of the RC Hummer in action, but it never went much over 10mph. You can see that video HERE.

I just wanted to end with a little about winter and RC. There are not a lot of places to run indoor RC, and in our area when then temperature is below zero, it’s nice to go indoors and bash! If you have a local indoor track, make sure to go support it this winter. Those guys are usually hurting all summer long, and depend on the winter crowd to keep them going!

What's new: Friday, November 26th, 2010

Due to heavy racer demand, Team Durango has announced that the Truggy version of their popular DNX408 buggy will indeed happen.

There aren’t many details just yet, but you can stay tuned here, or watch  the Team Durango Blog for any more upcoming info.

A Main Black Friday

A Main has WAY too many Black Friday specials going on to list here. There are killer deals on a ton of great stuff going on today, AND – They are rotating in extra special goodies throughout the day as well. Make sure you keep an eye on what’s happening over there today, you never know what’s going to show up!

Click over to A-Main Hobbies right now for all the hotness!

Castle Black Friday Sale

Great Black Friday Savings going on today at Castle Creations

Make sure to also check out their Garage Sale section for some true “door buster” prices on great  gear.

Find all the deals when you click here: Castle Creations Website.

What's new: Thursday, November 25th, 2010

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Leave it to HPI to get my 5th scale juices flowing again! They just announced the new Baja 5SC. A 1/5th scale short course truck based on the Baja series of vehicles! It comes with a 2.4ghz radio and the 26cc Fuelie engine that will get your giant short course truck up to 40mph!

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Click through for more pictures and details from the press release! READ MORE

big squid rc team photo
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! While your sitting around stuffing your faces full of turkey, try to remember and think about all the people that helped you get to where you are today. Think about your friends and family that help you and encourage you every day, and try to do the same for them.
I want to thank the entire Big Squid RC team for helping put us where we are today. I couldn’t of done it without any of them! We had another amazing year of growth with no signs of slowing down any time soon!
I also want to thank all the readers and fans! You guys are awesome! Thanks for helping spread the word, and keep up the great work!
We have been doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes and have a ton of surprises planned to be announced shortly, so stay tuned!

Again, Happy Turkey Day, now pass the gravy!