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What's new: Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Recently we mentioned that we got our hands on a XR10 kit from Axial. Bill and I recently started the build, and I thought I’d share a few pics from the work shop.

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We are going to be using the Team Tekin FX-R Rock Crawling System with two 45T motors and the Punk RC Dig switch for our dual dig setup.

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axial xr10 build pictures So far the build is going pretty smoothly. We got a few hours in on it, and the chassis is all ready to go. We have the electronics and wiring left, which we should have done soon. Then it’s crawling time!

Check out Axial, Tekin, or Punk RC for more info!

We just posted in the RC Reviews section the Pro-Line ProTrac Suspension Kit Review. If you are a 2WD Traxxas Slash owner, and you have been having suspension issues, you may want to read this! The kit is a nice upgrade.
Click the picture or link and check it out!

Check out the Punisher latest body from JConcepts. It’s designed to fit the Team Associated B4.1 and B4, and comes with 6.5″ wide high downforce V-Wings

Check out the JConcepts web site for more info.

hobby town

Our local Hobby Town is having an amazing sale this Friday and Saturday! It’s their 5th year anniversary, and to celebrate they have a 25% off coupon anything in the store! Plus spend $100 and get a $20 hobby cash coupon!
That’s insane! If you have been waiting for any reason to go buy something RC, now is the time and that’s the place! Click the image for the big coupon to print out!
Odds are Bill or I will be there as well just to check out the chaos. LOL.

What's new: Monday, September 6th, 2010

Acer Racing Girl ACER Racing recently sent out an email reminder of all the new products they have been putting out lately. There are a ton of individual bearings, but I’ll post the kit’s here. So if your looking for a new Ceramic Ball Bearing kit for your RC, here’s a start of what they have to offer: Traxxas E-MAXX Brushless Kit, TRAXXAS SLASH 4×4 Bearing Kit, HPI Racing BLITZ Kit, HPI VORZA Bearing Kit, Jammin SCRT-10 Kit, Kyosho Lazer ZX-5 FS Ceramic Bearing Kit, Kyosho Mini Z AWD Bearing Kit, Kyosho Mini Z AWD Bearing Kit, SERPENT 811 Kit, Tamiya TRF 416X Bearing Kit, Team Durango DEX410 DEX410R Ceramic Bearing Kit, Traxxas E-REVO VXL 1/16 Ball Bearing Kit Polyamide Sealed and more!

Head over to the ACER Racing Website for all their kit info.

I don’t know how many of you rc guys follow Moto GP, but they lost a great rider, and a wonderful human being, yesterday during the San Marino Grand Prix in Shoya Tomizawa. In real full scale racing, you put your life on the line every time you swing a leg over, my heart is filled with great sadness that Shoya is no longer showing us his great skill on this Earth.

Ya, sucks starting out a Cub Report on a downer, but life is full of ups and downs, and the bad news about Shoya is the heaviest thing on my mind right now.

But, there is some good bike news from last week. Most people know Team Associated has long time ties with the American Honda motocross team. Last week, Honda held a press introduction for the 2011 CRF450R at MC’s ranch in SoCal and Associated was there in force with some very trick short course trucks for the moto mags to drive around. Props to the big AE for their cross marketing.

Also in rc news- this one does not go down as fiction, nor wishful thinking or rumor. Sooner rather than later you will be running a liquid cooled brushless motor in your rc car. They’ve done it for years in rc boats, expect to see legit liquid cooling systems for the rc surface crowd introduced at the iHobby expo in October. Brushless motors have done wonders for the electric side of the hobby, liquid cooling them will open all new doors to power and reliability. They say water and electronics do not mix, but in this case they are a match made in heaven. I for one am truly looking forward to not having to worry about overheating my brushless motors.

On a different note…

I have a son getting ready to turn “racing age”, his birthday is next weekend and he’s turning 6. Every dad wants his son to do what he is most interested in, and my son is pretty stoked about anything with wheels. So I got to thinking, do I want to help “encourage” him to race motorcycles? How about carts? Or how about rc? Well I’ve raced all three, and been lucky enough to see what’s at the “end of the rainbow” in two of those forms of racing through friends. Motocross requires years of physical training, years of riding, a decent chunk of cash, various injuries and the potential for loss of limb and/or life. If you make it to the top of the motocross heap, you’ve spent your time in various hospitals with injuries, but are looking at a 7 (or 8) figure income to ease your pain. Rc requires countless hours of wrenching and at the track, thankfully there is zero time in the hospital, but if you are lucky enough to get to the very top of the rc heap the financial rewards aren’t quite so bank busting. There are a whole lot of guys that never get a dime for making the A-main at a ROAR national. The top 3 racers in rc, arguably Drake, Tebo and Cavalieri, make more than all the rest combined. Now if rc racing was “all about fun”, the lack of money wouldn’t really matter much, but even the smallest sh!t-kicker weekly race has turned into a miniature national, at least in attitude. Truth be told, I’m ashamed of the rc hobby as I don’t feel I can take my son to even a local race without him being verbally attacked by some over zealous sh!t-kicker racer. I’ll think I’d rather see him race motocross and do all the worrying and hospital visits over the moral deformation my son would suffer for just being a kid at a local rc track.

That’s it for this week….

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Sunday, September 5th, 2010

Photo of the Week:

Build Log: Camel Trophy Defender 110 build.

Charted: Scale truck and crawler tires comparison chart.

Review: Thunder T610 charger reviewed @ Ultimate RC

Shopping Around: Lots of Labor Day Sales out there.

Story Time: What’s your worst run away story?

Video of the Week:

RC Swagger Wagon parody

What's new: Friday, September 3rd, 2010

Acer Racing Girl Even more Labor Day Goodness! ACER Racing is offering 20% off any order over $100 until September 6th, 2010! Use code LD20 at checkout!

Head over to the ACER Racing Website for savings.

We just posted in the RC Reviews section our review of the Kershaw Designs 1:10th Scale Brushless Combo Review. A lot of people are always asking us for tips on cheap brushless systems, well they don’t get much cheaper than $99! Head over and check it out!

Is it just me or am I a day late with this as well? :) Let’s get on with your questions/comments….

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“I’ve really enjoyed your battery and charger shootouts. It’s nice to see
someone take a somewhat scientific approach to this stuff. Too many people
make crazy assumptions that if you pay 3X as much for something, that it
must be 3x better, and your shootouts show quite well that some of the
cheaper options are just as good (or nearly so) as the pricey stuff.

I was wondering if you’ve ever considered doing a similar shootout for transmitters/receivers? I picked up a ridiculously cheap 2.4GHz flysky GT-2 a couple months ago, and it performs flawlessly for what I use it for. But every time I recommend it to someone, they always say “if it’s that cheap, it must be junk”. I think you should compare the GT2 and fancier GT3 to the some of the more expensive (futaba, spektrum) units and see if you really do get anything extra for your money with the name-brand stuff.

-Chip Andre

Cubby- Yo what’s up Chip Andre? Perhaps you and I are from the same mold? I’m the type of person that would much rather test first hand and find out if a $500 part is REALLY better than a $80 one. While I’m sure at some level all the marketing hype does affect my view of products, but I’m the type that takes anything and everything said in an advertisement with a very large grain of salt.

As you already know, we’ve got our 4S Lipo shootout coming up in a couple weeks, but after that, I’d be totally stoked to do a radio shootout. The rest of the staff and myself have already shot around test categories, ones that we can truly measure, and ones that really matter at the end of the day. Just like you, I’d like to know if in fact a uber high-zoot $300 transmitter is truly worth the money over one that only costs half as much. Perhaps we’ll find out in a couple months?

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Cubby
I just bought a new Jammin 4×4 SCRT-10 and I want to put the best of everything in it. So far I’ve picked up a Castle brushless system and Pro-line wheels and tires. Cubby what would you recommend for best the servo?

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Cubby- What’s up Jammin? READ MORE

Pro-Line sniper tire Looking for a new short course tire? Pro-Line has the new Sniper SC 2.2″/3.0″ M2 tires. These tires use the same design as the Hole Shot tires but scaled up for dustier track conditions. So if your track isn’t getting watered enough.. check these out. Sized to fit Slash, Slash 4×4, Slayer, SC10 and the Blitz.

Get over to the Pro-Line web page and check it out.

Venom micro lipo
Have a micro plane in need of some Micro LiPO’s? Well Venom has the Micro LiPO for you! These little guys are 25C, 3.7v and come in 120mah or 150mah. They are ideal for Parkzone or E-flight micro sized aircraft. They have a micro price as well under $7!

Visit the Venom-Group.com for details.

What's new: Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Pro-Line jeep wranger body

Pro-Line has added another Jeep body to their growing stable of licensed goodness. This time it’s the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. The Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon is designed for 1:10 scale rock crawlers and scale builders. It fits 12.3″ wheelbase rigs, and it pretty tall so you may need some extended body posts to make it right.

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Get over to the Pro-Line web page and check it out.