I just wanted to post a quick update on the lack of updates. I have been, and will be out in Vegas this week. I should be back in town late Friday night, as long as I have enough money to get back.
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What's new: Thursday, September 11th, 2008
What's new: Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
The good folks over at Team Novak have just sent off a press release talking about the new Havoc Sport Sensored Brushless System. The press release was huge, and I’ll try and post the hole thing in the NEW Product Forum. Some important details, it should be a good fit for the Traxxas Slash, HPI E-Firestorm, Kyosho Lazer ZX-5, and just about any other 1/10th scale electric. They claim speeds over 40mph in the Slash, and I’m sure that will perk up a few readers out there.
It’s setup to be very customizable and easy to use with Li-Po cutoff options, reverse disabling, and even a throttle curve.
We just got word from our buddy Scooter over at Scooter Motor Works that he’s got a new ESC/Motor combo in the works. It’s a brushless setup called the Nemesis. My favorite part, it comes with the hand held programmer, so you don’t have to go lugging a laptop around. He mentioned a price point that seemed very reasonable. There are more details posted over at the official Scooter Motor Works site. Go check it out. I think he will be taking pre-orders soon. Make sure to tell Scooter, Big Squid RC sent ya there!
What's new: Monday, September 8th, 2008
This week yielded entry number three into the hot new “CORR” truck genre as HPI introduced their hot new truck, the Baja 5T. Obviously, this is based off their incredible 5th scale gas Baja buggy chassis, but comes in full “CORR” off road truck attire. Unfortunately, the truck just misses the mark on looks, as the body is too narrow, and the tires look “almost” like they should. HPI has long been known to have the most realistic cars on the market, strange how they shouldn’t be spot on with the 5T. A big part of the reason the “CORR” type trucks are so popular is due to their realism. If you miss the mark on looks in this category, you’ll miss your sales target goals as well.
For what the 5T lacks in authenticity, it should more than make up for in fun factor. It’s daddy, the Baja 5B buggy, is easily the most fun rc car ever produced. Big statement I know, but if you’ve ever gotten the chance to pinch throttle on one, you know exactly why I would make such a bold statement. The big daddy Baja buggy handles more realistically than any other rc car (ever!), is very reliable, and it’s gas engine is a huge plus. Oh yes, that wonderful lil’ gas engine supplies insane run times, and zero tuning hassles like a typical nitro engine would. If you are truly core about “CORR” racing, you’ll come closer to the real thing driving a 5T than anything else that is offered, or will probably ever be offered. Now, the Baja buggy or the 5T will not be the biggest seller on the market due to it’s one grand price point, but all that big fun does have to come at some sort of price.
Speaking of “CORR” trucks, the Traxxas Slash phenomenon is STILL amazing industry insiders- from other manufactures, to distributors, to LHS owners. Some are even reporting that sales of the Slash are even hotter than those of the original T-Maxx, once thought to be impossible to surpass! The guys sitting behind the big fancy tables at Traxxas have to be given props for finding the perfect mesh of looks, drivability, reliability, and perhaps most importantly, price point. If you haven’t bought one yet, I’m not sure what you are waiting for, but go ahead and jump on this bus, as it’s an affordable, and fun ride.
Some sort of rc “crawling” nats went down last week in Utah. The only guy I recognized in the top five was Austin Dunn, who’s an incredibly smooth driver, and has probably the hottest girlfriend I’ve ever seen at an rc event. I’ve gotten with several people in the industry, trying to convince them to lend BigSquidRC a hand and do event coverage from big crawling events, but to no avail. So if you are one of the guys traveling the crawling circuit (either as a vendor, promoter, competitor, or whatever), and can write better than the average 2kd grader, hit up our execute editor, Brian at BigSquidRC.com and offer your services as a contributor. Writing up some event reports will not only get your sponsors/company more exposure, but BigSquidRC actually has a large crawling following, so you’ll actually have people foaming at the mouth to read your reports. Ditto’s for any traveling regular on the rc drag circuit.
That’s it for this week rc fans. Check your BigSquidRC daily, support your LHS and local tracks, and get off your computer and go pinch some throttle.
What's new: Saturday, September 6th, 2008
Congrats to Pro Driver Tim Mohr! I got a brief text message that his wife had their baby today, and everyone is good and healthy! Awesome stuff! Every time Tim and I hang out, he’s got a smile on his face, I can’t imagine that grin today, but I could almost see it through the text message!
What's new: Thursday, September 4th, 2008
Breaking news! HPI Racing has just released official pictures and information on the Baja 5T. HPI has sent this info out to the press, and they will have a webpage setup for people to check it all out in about 24 hours! The Baja 5T is a ready-to-run 1/5th scale off-road truck. It’s based on the 5B family with desert truck looks.
It has a new body mounting system, bumpers to protect the headlights, dirt guards on both sides for extra protection. It comes with a FM radio system and fail safe, 3000mah rechargeable receiver pack and a new shock tower for increased suspension travel.
I have a feeling we will be seeing a lot of these in the near future!
1) Billy Q. – Indiana 2) Chris M. – Illinois 3) Sawyer F. – Indiana
Wow, I need some photography lessons! Here are some more amazing Fan Pictures for the Big Squid RC Contest! The quality is super, and so is that content! I’m sure the girls were really happy about this picture.. haha. I guess it’s better then having some guy hang on them though saying ‘Take my picture!’.
Keep those awesome pictures coming! Keep up the great work TitaniumXRC! Thanks for sending these in!
What's new: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008
Striking while it’s hot, Pro-Line Racing has just announced a second body for the popular Traxxas Slash! The folks over at Pro-Line know a good thing when they see it, and I have a feeling it’s going to do very well for them. I was invited out to the track this weekend for a little bashing fun and I think there were more Slash’es then monster trucks! It was like an infestation! They should of named it the Traxxas Roach, they are everywhere!
Anyway, don’t be like the people I saw this weekend getting them confused with other blue and silver ones! Run out and get yourself a body and some original paint! Don’t forget the Big Squid RC Stickers!
What's new: Monday, September 1st, 2008
Hopefully, you and yours are enjoying a long Labor Day weekend. Hopefully kicking back, drinking a few cold one’s, and even getting in some serious trigger time with your favorite hobby grade rc car or truck.
First off, let’s thank about all those people in the rc industry, those people that put in the time, money and effort (and entire lives!), that make our hobby so special. While I’m best known for ripping most of these guys new A-holes on a weekly basis, I do certainly appreciate all their hard work. Most rc companies are a LOT smaller than you think, and it’s a dern hard living coming up with the next big thing. With the current economy, finances are especially tough for these people and their families, huge props to all of them for working extra hard to keep their doors open.
Well, it’s finally here. Somebody finally did it. I placed my bet on Horizon/Losi months ago, and indeed, they are the first “big name” with a production 8th scale brushless buggy. The consumers have wanted, hell, even demanded this product, and finally Losi steps up to the plate. So huge props to them for being the first big name to have the nutz to deliver the most highly anticipated platform since the electric 10th scale “stadium” truck in the early 90′s.
So, what are the big up-sides to the new Losi (dubbed the Eight-E)? Well, it comes as a “race roller”, meaning it comes assembled, with speedo and motor, but no transmitter. Speedo is non-sensored, and looks a lot like a Monster Max. I’m not saying that it is, just say’n the likenesses are uncanny. Anyways, the next “plus” is that it is based off the popular and race tested Losi 8 platform. That particular buggy platform works especially well with electric conversions due to it’s off-set center drive line. An electric specific platform would be preferred of course, but we’ll take the nitro platform for now over waiting more months/years. Price is going to be around $879 American dinero’s. This might sound horrifically high, but is actually a plus. If you were to buy a normal 8th scale buggy, big azz speedo and motor, plus a conversion kit, it would cost wayyy more than $879. The cost of an 8th scaler plus big speedo and motor just plain isn’t cheap. Price will go down somewhat in years to come, but you will never see a $299 price point 8th scale RTR electric buggy.
Downsides? This once would have been a plus, but now days, not coming with full electronics (it doesn’t come with a radio system) is actually a downside. Next, the new Losi 8E does not come with a slipper clutch. If indeed it has the driveline from hell, it might survive, otherwise, a slipper really is a “must” have. I think we already know what one of the first “upgrades” released will be, LOL. Finally, and what I see is the biggest thumb’s down- the 8E relies only on motor braking, not servo/rotor braking. Any dirt 8th scaler drives mucho better with a bunch of brake bias towards the front. Using only motor braking, gives half the braking power to the front, half to the rear, making it mucho harder to get through corners. At least this gives Horizon/Losi some room for improvement on their next-gen electric big scaler.
Horizon/Losi also released another truck last week, and it’s perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the year. The Losi HIGHroller (Up In Smoke) totally blindsided most people in the industry. It’s basically a 2wd electric 10th scale monster truck, very much Traxxas Stampede style. Price point? $179, right in the heart of Traxxastown. To me, at a glance, it screams “Hey look, Horizon’s got a new kit source in China!”. Once again, that just might be me, but just say’n. I read on-line where someone took one glance at the HIGHroller (Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie) and said it made him want to burn his XXX-T MF2, the reason being that the Losi name used to stand for the best racing equipment you could buy. Yes, and while the looks and price point of the HIGHroller (Nice Dreams) will make it a big seller, it’s one more dagger in the heart of the Losi brand name. Horizon would be best suited to be careful with how far they drag it down. They paid good money for it, and it’s only of use to Horizon if it still means something race worthy, not bash material. Horizon’s in-house Sportwerks name would be much better suited on the HIGHroller (It Came From Hollywood).
That’s it for this week freaks. Get outside, enjoy your extra time off work by dropping buy (Freudian slip) your local LHS, visit your local bash spot, or put the transponder in and get some racing in.
Your Cub Reporter
What's new: Thursday, August 28th, 2008
Whoa! RPM RC has just about every electric Traxxas vehicle covered! This new cover is for ALL ELECTRIC Traxxas Slash, Stampede, Bandit, Rustler. This inclues the XL-5 and VXL models. They carry their limited lifetime warranty and are only about $7! We are big fans of RPM and their dedication to bashers!
The full press release will be posted in the NEW Product Forum.
What's new: Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
Some new products from Muchmore Racing are coming in. First up is this Multi-Wheel Balancer. It uses specially designed magnets to balance racing wheels, two way adapters to fit all on-road and off-road 1/10th scale wheels, and comes with a caddy for shafts and adapters.
A few years back I was having issues getting around a dirt track when someone suggested I try to balance my wheels. I honestly didn’t think it would really make that much difference, but I couldn’t of been more wrong. Having balanced wheels is night and day! From accelerating to cornering, it’s really an important step. If you are looking to improve your driving, make sure you get balanced!
The full press release is in the NEW Product Forum if you need all the awesome details!
What's new: Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
The Duratrax people have tossed their hat into the ever growing LiPo Battery ring. The packs are protected inside an impact and puncture resistant ABS case. They are wired for balancing with gold-plated bullet connectors for all terminals. They can be bought with a variety of leads such as Deans or the standard DTXC2211. I find the bullet connections right to the pack interesting.
The full press release is in the NEW Product Forum if you need all the awesome details!