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What's new: Thursday, September 16th, 2010

golden horizons ball end remover golden horizons ball end remover

A new product from GH Racing could come in useful. It’s a Ball End Remover made from billet aluminum. Helps remove ball ends from ball studs without trouble. Two size ends, 4-4.8mm and 5-6mm. Available in red, black or blue for under $12
Head over to the official GH Racing site for more info!

Venom microjets Venom micro jets

These look kinda cool! The new Venom Micro Jets are available in eight different models. They are ARF (Almost Ready to Fly) and are Electric Ducted Fan style. They come with a brushless 4200kv motor, esc, servo’s and 3s Lipo! Charger and 3 Channel radio not included, but for a price under $85, that’s pretty darn good.
I have never been a good pilot, but maybe I can convince one of my flying friends to get one of these a try, I’d like to see them in action. They are just over two feet long with about a 18 inch wingspan.

Visit Venom-Group.com for details.

Traxxas Torc Series
Didn’t get a chance to make it out to any of the Traxxas TORC series races? Well now you can catch them on HD Theater! Tune in every Thursday night for some racing action!

Need more info? Visit the Traxxas site for details!

Every week we get tons of email, and every week I pick the two that are easiest to answer and use them here! Hehehe
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“Hello,
I was wondering whatever happened to the HPI Hellfire that was supposed to
be the next big monster truck for HPI?
Patrice from Québec”

Cubby- What’s going on up there in the land of hockey, curling, donuts, fries w/ mayo, and high test Molson?

Funny you mention the HPI Hellfire. Last week I was getting some laps in with a guy driving a Hellfire. I still think it’s one of the toughest looking truggies of all time.

About your question. I think a better one would be, “What the hell happened to truggies as a whole?!” For a couple of years truggies looked to be taking over the planet, today, while still popular in some circles, it’s obvious their sales have really dropped off. Why? IMO, the biggest reason is because they look ridiculous, there is no full scale truck (in this solar system) that looks remotely like an 8th scale truggy. Combine that with their high buy-in price point, high cost of their tires, and needing a fairly expensive servo to throw those big tires around, and you just don’t have a vehicle that is going to be embraced by the masses, no matter what brand it is.
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“Hi Cubby big fan, how does a Lipo balance charger work?

Terry G.”
Cubby- Hey ya Terry, thanks for the email.

So just how does a balance charger work? First off, there are basically two kinds of “balance” chargers around now days, the type that only connects to your balance tab (that doesn’t use the larger main positive and negative pack wires), and another type that connects to your balance tab and your batterys main power wires.

In the first case where the balance charger only connects to the batteries balance port, it works by charging each cell separately to 4.2 volts. READ MORE

de racing wheels de racing wheels

New from DE Racing are the Trinidad Wheels for the Team Associated SC10. They come in white or black, and your choice of front or rear. They are designed for strength with a realistic look, meet ROAR requirements, and are made in the USA!

They have a bunch in development for all sorts of vehicles so hit up the DE Racing site for more info! Don’t forget to tell them Big Squid sent ya!

What's new: Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

If you looking to upgrade to the HPI Flux Brushless system, you can now buy it one piece at a time. The Flux Q-Base Brushless ESC can handle 14.8volts of LiPo power and is ready to work with the Alphastar 2350 brushless motor. It comes with a Deans plug to connect to your power source and can be programmed with the HPI Programming Kit. (#100573)

The Flux Alphastar 2350Kv Brushless Motor is the other half of the system which can now be purchased separately. It uses a 5mm shaft, and is ready for action!

Hit the HPI Racing website for more info.

Want that BIG TRUCK look for your Savage XL? HPI has released the GT Gigante Truck Body. The body is clear, and designed to fit the Savage XL with provisions for the shock towers, engine and exhaust. Comes with decal sheet and official logos. It will also fit any other Savage or similar size monster truck, just need to change the body tower holes.

What's new: Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Duratrax Evader EXT2
Not that long ago we got the Press Release about the Duratrax Evader EXT2! and before that we had the DuraTrax EXT2 Exclusive Spy Shots!

Well, now we finally have one in the office! I have become a renewed fan of the DuraTrax Evader series after the release of the Evader DT! Heck we did a Evader DT Week! So I can’t wait to get it outside for some action.

Duratrax Evader EXT2 Duratrax Evader EXT2

Quick impressions out of the box, it has a lot in common with the DT and the original Evader. I am missing the huge soft bumper that the DT had, so we will see how much of a beating it can take. I have to admit I like the sticker choice to go with the eyes and mouth instead of the grill and lights. It has those also, but I like to be different, so these brought a smile to my face! I could literally hear Cubby’s eyes rolling in his head as I applied them. That makes them even better!

Tons more pics here! READ MORE

Futaba 4pks
We recently mentioned that the Futaba 4PKS (S as in Super) would be shipping soon, well we got our hands on one today!

First impression out of the box, the thumb stick used to navigate the menus is a huge improvement over the last model! It is much easier to use, and didn’t hurt your fingers when you pressed it.

Enjoy the unboxing photos, and watch for a full review in the near future!
Futaba 4pks Futaba 4pks

Check out the rest of the pics: READ MORE

What's new: Monday, September 13th, 2010

RPM axle carriers for Traxxas 1/16 E-Revo and Mini SlashRPM is at it again and once more the beneficiaries of their generous nature are the owners of Traxxas‘ selection of mini trucks, the 1/16 E-Revo and Mini Slash.  These axle carriers, made out of the notoriously tough RPM Material, are among the most requested parts from you guys, so says RPM.  Even more proof that one of the most awesome manufacturers in the industry is worthy of such praise.  You spoke, they listened.  As with most RPM parts these axle carriers are available in red, blue, or black, so you can match them to your aesthetic tastes.  These new parts are available now at a MSRP of $12.95 per pair.

For more info hit up the RPM web site.

I just got done with a most way super duper dope weekend, hope you all had the same. For starters, it was a Formula One race weekend, Monza to be exact. At Monza, not only did my beloved Ferrari team land on pole, but the man with the largest eyebrows on the planet (they kinda look like two ginormous caterpillars colored black with a Sharpie), Fernado Alonzo, put his Ferrari on the top spot on the podium for the race win. If only I could have been in Maranello to hear those bells ring….

But of course I was on Americas left coast at the final round of the AMA Motocross series in Pala California. Ryan Dungey broke all the rookie records this season and locked up the 450 title 2 races ago, but the 250 class has been one for the ages, with the final round having more plot twists than a Chuck Palahniuk novel. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Traxxas rider Christophe Pourcel went into the final round with a scant 7 point lead, while his main rival, Geico Hondas Trey Canard came in with a better win record and more momentum. Early in moto one of the 250 class Canard crashed, sending him back in the pack, while Pourcel motored away looking to put a lock on the title. But, anything can happen in racing, and a few laps later Pourcel crashed hard on a step-up double jump dislocating his shoulder, forcing him to sit out of the rest of the day, laying the title squarely in Canards lap. Congrats to Trey Canard, his family and his race team, he’s a great young man who worked his a$$ off for his first pro national championship. And here’s hoping Christophe heals up soon, as he is even more amazing on a bike than Masami is driving with his feet.

Then, to put last weekend over the top on the kick ass scale, it was opening weekend of the NFL season. Our Chicago Bears might not have looked so impressive, but a win is a win, no matter how ugly, and we’ll take’em any way we can get’em. Here’s to the Bears being 1-0.

While sitting around my overly plush, and ridiculously well lit office the other day, we got on the topic of big name print mags/papers that have recently went out of business (the one hitting me the hardest being the weekly pub Cycle News). Nearly every other hobby/sport/etc has lost at least one big hitter, yet the rc world has lost none. Now that either goes to say that the rc industry has remained steady and our hobbyists still like reading their dead trees, or perhaps all the mags went into this economic downturn (as nobody likes calling it a recession) with overflowing bank accounts, or perhaps the rc mags are only still alive because hobby companies are slow to switch over from advertising in mags to websites (where their ads will actually be seen). I am too far into the hobby, so my opinion on this is quite skewed of course, but I do not personally know of one of my rc friends that even look at a mag on a monthly basis, yet every one of my rc buddies spends 2 hours per day reading BigSquid, RedRC and posting on RcTech.

Btw, I still talk to marketing people for various rc companies that believe that the internet is just fad (OMG, LOL) and is not worth advertising on (to which of course I start laughing uncontrollably on how anyone could be that obtuse). It’s not that I want to see the mags go belly up, I don’t, I hate seeing anyone lose their job, but I just know from seeing the raw data (and talking to so many people in the hobby) that the best “bang for the buck” in marketing now days is on the net, period. With marketing budgets being slashed at so many rc companies, it only makes sense for those precious advertising bucks to get the most mileage, and 2 grand a page in one of the mags is Not it right now.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, and as always try to support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

ps- Our 4S Lipo shootout is coming up soon, and is gonna be gnarly!

pss- We are going burly for the iHobby expo this year, seriously, I mean it, we have lots of uber stuff in the works this year! So beg, borrow or steal to make it to the iHobby expo October 23rd and 24th in Rosemont Illinois.

What's new: Sunday, September 12th, 2010

stl rc street racing

Drag racing and high speed runs keep getting more popular all across the country. Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet up with a group in the St Louis Missouri area and do some high speed running. The STL RC Drag Racing Club meets every Sunday where they get their cars out and have a great time in a very casual atmosphere.

The STL club was more about top speed than about drag racing, although they should have their actual drag racing timing system ready in the next week or so. Yesterday we were using about 300 feet to get up to top speed, with a guy at the end holding a radar gun. Cars ranged from 10th scale touring, to 18th scale touring, 8th scale on and off roaders, and monster trucks. Top speeds ranged from around 30, all the way up to 96 mph, but the main thing was that everyone was hanging out, smiling, and enjoying their time with friends and their insanely overpowered rc cars. There were about 40 guys in attendance yesterday, but I’m told the club is new, and keeps getting bigger every week.

If you are around the St Louis metro area, throw some crazy power into your car and join in the fun!

Check the second gallery of shots! READ MORE

Big Squid RC Girls So as you can see from the new site, things are still really booming around here, so we can use some help!
There are two ways to help:

1) Join the Big Squid RC Street Team!!

2) Write for Big Squid RC! While Cubby makes it sound like it’s all fun and games around here (for him it is, that’s why we need help!), there is actually a lot going on behind the scenes! We are writing reviews, making videos, updating websites, posting news and press releases, monitoring forums, and of course bashing!
Do you hang out in the forums? Stay on top of the latest and greatest RC news? Have access to photoshop or some other picture editor? Want to write for the hottest site in RC? We need your help!

If you know a little about web pages/html, picture editing, and have a way with words. We need help from daily news to original articles. Having some contacts in the RC industry is a plus, but not a requirement. Being able to use a picture editor to scale and place logo’s is must, as well is some decent communication skills.

Have a specialty? Only into Drag Racing, or Rock Crawling, Micro Scene? That’s cool. We cover it all, and we need more people to write about it. We are growing, and the only way to keep it happening is to feed the squid more writers!
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