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What's new: Monday, October 18th, 2010

First off, a couple of updates. Our 4S Lipo battery shootout is awaiting completion pending arrival of our West Mountain discharging gear. 90% of the shootout is done, it should be just a couple more weeks till we get the uber test gear into our hands so we can collect the rest of our data.

Next, the BigSquidRC transmitter shootout should be hitting the front page before iHobby kicks off. Have you ever wondered which transmitter would win an ergonomics contest when all the testers were blindfolded and didn’t know what brand they are holding? Ever wonder which transmitter has the longest range? Ever wonder if you could actually feel a difference in speed and control between a $500 transmitter and a $70 unit? Well, we have too, and all those questions will be answered in the transmitter shootout, look for it in a couple days. Once again, expect some of the results to rock the rc world.

Myself, BigSquidRC, and all the exhibitors at the iHobby International Hobby Expo would like to invite you, your friends, and your kitchen sink to The Show this week. Dealer days are this Thursday and Friday, while the show is open to everyone this Saturday and Sunday (10 am till 5 pm). Ticket prices are 10 bucks for adults, 8 bucks for seasoned citizens over 65, and kids aged 10 and under get in for free. The Show is located in the northwest corner of the Chicago metro in a city called Rosemont, and you can get All the info Here.

As I mentioned last week, BigSquid is going big at the show. We’ll have two live cams blow’n up- a booth cam, and a booth-babe cam, both of which will be on-line during show hours Friday-Sunday (we’ll be using Thurs as a shakedown day). Look for a big link for them on the front page. During our daily driving exhibitions on the race track, we’ll be giving away Traxxas trucks (one during each of our 4 demo’s Sat and Sun), and t-shirts (from BigSquid and MaxAmps batteries). We are booth 2208, and we are located right next to the BigSquidRC Race Track. The Traxxas hauler is located right behind us, with Air Age (RCCA) to our left, and Shengzhen Vigor (who?? LOL) batteries to our right. Please drop by the booth to say hello, pick up some uber stickers, and get your pic taken with our way super dope booth babes. We are looking forward to getting to meet and talk with you guys.

That’s all I’ve got for you this week. Support your local hobby shops, tracks, bash spots, and trade shows!

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Saturday, October 16th, 2010

Having a bunch of LiPo’s around is no joke. So HPI is helping keep us safe with the introduction of their Plazma Pouch LiPo sack. It’s the perfect place to store and charge your LiPo batteries. It’s flameproof and ready to increase your safety.

Hit the HPI Racing website for more info.

One of the reasons to get into on-road rc is the fact that they have way cooler bodies. For example, the new HPI McLaren F1 LM! The 200mm version is designed for the 1/10 scale touring car class. Comes with pre-cut decals and window vinyl along with official logos.
You can also be like a true basher and run car bodies on trucks, but it’s just not the same.

Hit the HPI Racing website for more info.

Photo of the Week:

Jumping the fire pit
by Jeff Rogerson

The IHobby Expo is just around the corner and I have to finish packing my bags for the flight out.  It just occurred to me that the airlines charge for baggage now, so I have to unpack all my r/c cars.  I just can’t afford to take 18 bags for a five day trip.  Of course if I only take one change of clothes, that’ll leave me a little room to pack something along.  Decisions… decisions…

Build Log: Taking an non-r/c inflatable toy boat and turning it into a brushless powered r/c beast – There’s two ways this can turn out: wicked awesome or spectacular failure.   Either way, EPIC.

Cool Link: An Original Skidmark – A great guide for painting r/c car bodies.

Forum Post of the Week: PontiacGT201′s SCX10 Build – A bunch of excellent photos of a very cool truck.  If you’re not participating in the forum, you should be.

Tested: Leopard Hobby 2200Kv Brushless Motor

Shameless Self Promotion: Cubby’s Losi Micro SCT Review

Video of the Week:

What's new: Friday, October 15th, 2010

hobby town Once again our local Hobby Town is having an amazing sale this Friday and Saturday! They have a 25% off coupon anything in the store! If it’s not in the store, and special order, you get 15% off!! If you were thinking about picking up a new vehicle, with 25% off, NOW is the time! Click the image for the big coupon to print out! Don’t forget to tell them BSRC sent ya!!

HPI is feeling extra generous, they’ve extended their factory rebate until the end of this month.  Depending what you buy you can get $25, $50, or $100 back from HPI.  Here’s a generic list for you to peruse because I’m too lazy to try to write it out in a creative fashion.

$100

  • Baja 5T RTR
  • Baja 5B 2.0

$50

  • Baja 5B SS
  • Vorza
  • Savage Flux HP
  • Savage XL
  • Savage Flux 2350

$25

  • Savage X SS
  • Savage X 4.6 RTR
  • Nitro 3 Evo+ RTR
  • Nitro MT2 G3.0 RTR
  • Wheely King
  • Cyber 10B
  • Cup Racer
  • Blitz RTR
  • Blitz ESE
  • Mini-Trophy
  • Hot Bodies Ve8
  • Hot Bodies D8T

Check out the HPI web site for info on how to get your rebate.

ST Racing Concepts, the makers of many fine aluminum hop-ups, have taken the time to make even more aluminum hop-ups.  This time for the Kyosho Ultima line, including the Ultima SC and Ultima RT5.  Parts include a front suspension brace, front bulkhead, precision steering rack, hub carriers, motor plates, and more.  All parts are available in blue, gunmetal, and red anodizing.  Some of the parts are also available in different configurations for additional tuning options.

Prices range from $6.99 up to $28.99 and they should be available soon.  Check out the STRC web site for more info.

Thanks again to our friends at HobbyMedia.It we get to see the first in-the-wild pictures of Kyosho‘s new Inferno Neo Race Spec from the 2010 Tokyo Hobby Show.  There’s not much info available just yet except that it’s going to be a RTR with a 2.4 GHz radio and the Kyosho KE25 engine.  No word on the exact release date either, but expect it early next year.  For more pics of this new buggy hit up  HobbyMedia.it.

It’s not often we get news about the Traxxas Stampede.  It’s a shame really, they are fun trucks.  But today JConcepts sends word that they now have a new body based on the Ford Raptor.  This is an officially licensed body, so it features all the details of the full scale version, including all trademarked emblems.  Window masks and a complete decal sheet are included.

The Stampede Raptor body is available now with an MSRP of $32.00.  Check out the JConcepts web site for more info.

Surprising no one the Punisher is now available for Associated’s RC8B-eJConcepts debuted this body at the ROAR 2010 Electric nationals and won the whole enchilada.  Now you can emulate your favorite professional racer that is sponsored by JConcepts.  It’s got the cab forward design that has been so popular of late plus all the other stuff that the other Punisher bodies have.  It comes from the factory clear and includes window masks, decals, and overspray film.

Retail price is $29.00 and it’s available now.  Check out the JConcepts site for more info.

Max Amps Race Edition
Just announced! The new MaxAmps Race Edition 150C Hard Case LiPo Battery! Wowza! The packs are 6500mah, and will be ROAR Approved. They come with the 3-year, 300 cycle guarantee, can charge at 5C, 100% waterproof, and come with deans ultra wire. They are available in 7.4v, 11.1v, and 14.8v versions! Looks like someone just raised the bar!

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Make sure you head over to the MaxAmps.com site for more info!

What's new: Thursday, October 14th, 2010

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Our friends from HobbyMedia.it are currently covering the Japan Hobby Show, and have sent a few pics our way of the new Kyosho V-One R4 Nitro vehicle. It looks pretty darn sweet! How often do you see a new RC vehicle and say ‘whoa.. look at that!’ These pics are from the 1/8th scale on-road version, due out in 2011! Fingers crossed someone will have one in a booth at iHobby Expo next week!

You can see a few more pictures on their site here.

pac man halloween decoration
Ok, I know it’s not at all RC related, but as a lot of our readers know, I’m a bit of a video game nut, so when I found this awesome Pac-Man Halloween inflatable, I knew I had to get it and share! The night picture didn’t turn out so great, sorry! It’s about 4 feet tall, and 8 feet long. At night the lights blink on and off for each ghost separately, and looks pretty cool!
Anyway, it’s was a slow news night with iHobby coming up, everyone is saving their news. Enjoy the pics!
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