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What's new: Saturday, March 19th, 2011

The cool cats at VG Racing were living it up at their first RCX showing.  And one of their big, new items is this metal roll cage for the Team Associated SC10.  It’s so new, in fact, that they had just received their shipment of them a couple days ago and haven’t had a chance to put them up on their site yet.  The roll cage is a drop-on fit and it powder coated for a durable finish.  The price will likely run around $60 and it’ll be available for order as soon as they get a moment to catch their breath after RCX.  So if you’ve been cussing AE for not putting a cool roll cage on the SC10, keep an eye on the VG Racing store for more info.

More RC Expo 2011 coverage.

At times the Traxxas Try Me Track at RCX 2011 seemed more like the Traxxas Demo Derby Pit.  It’s a good thing the old Stampede chassis is tough enough to handle it.

As promised, here’s a bunch of pics of what is sure to be a big hit for the gang at HPI.  Check out the gallery and read the previous post with all the pertinent information.

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Basher favorite, RPM, is set to make your SC8 more tougher.  They are introducing front and rear A-arms for the truck, as well as the RC8B buggy.  Beyond the legendary RPM material adding much strength to your ride, you can also expect some nice added touches like molded in shock mounts and additional clearance to allow for more droop in the suspension.

More pictures and info to come when I can get back to the hotel room and use my laptop.

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Novak is showing off their new Kinetic 4S 1/8 scale brushless esc and Ballistic motor combo. It’s current feature set includes timing advance in addition to all the features of the other Kinetic line, minus boost mode. While nothing is set in stone yet, Novak is testing various combinations of motors in the 1800 – 3000 kV range.

Unfortunately they have no set plans for a release time frame or price point.

Look for more pictures later when I can get them off my camera.

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We first saw the SavageXS Flux at Nuremberg.  Now here it is stateside.  While it’s still in prototype form, the word from RCX is that it should be hitting mid-summer.  It’ll come from the factory RTR, with a waterproof 2.4 GHz radio system, Flux brushless system, and a top speed on 3S of about 60 MPH.  I’ll be posting more photos later, so keep an eye on the front page.

Update: Forgot to mention that HPI is aiming for a sub-$300 price point on this bad boy.

Update 2: MOAR PICTURS!

What's new: Friday, March 18th, 2011

HPI E-Firestorm Flux

Looking for a new 1/10th scale stadium truck? HPI may have what you are looking for. The new E-Firestorm 10T Flux comes RTR with a 2.4GHz radio, WATERPROOF receiver box, steering servo and Flux Speed Controller, and with the new Castle motor you can get speeds of 50mph on 3S Lipo!
The truck also comes with 8.4v 3300mah battery pack, wall charger, and even AA’s for the transmitter! Everything you need to be up and running in no time!
The truck looks pretty good, but I have to thank HPI for listening to us and jumping on the waterproof bandwagon! The bashers really appreciate that!

Hit the HPI Racing website for more info.

Looking to add some strength, bling, and better heat transfer to your XR10 Crawler? Axial Racing’s new heavy duty gear plate has your covered. Precision machined from billet aluminum, the plate is 4mm thick at the motor mount, and designed to dissipate heat quickly and efficiently for better perfomance and all-day crawling. It even comes with three 5x9x3 flanged rubber sealed bearings for increased strength and durability.
Head on over to Axial to pick one of these up for your bad rad crawler!

Jeff Hoy's MicroMan
‘Jeff Hoy Does His MicroMan’ by Brian

It was one year ago today that Jeff posted his first post on Big Squid RC! He’s been kicking a$$ the entire time with posts and tons of behind the scenes work! We really appreciate all the work he does around here, so much that we sent him away this weekend! :)

Just wanted to say thanks for the awesome year Jeff, and here’s to a ton more!

What's new: Thursday, March 17th, 2011

NEO: Whoa.  Déjà vu.
TRINITY: What did you just say?
NEO: Nothing.  Just had a little déjà vu.
TRINITY: What happened?  What did you see?
NEO: A F-150 Raptor SVT body went past us and then I saw another that looked just like it.
TRINITY: How much like it?  Was it the same F-150 Raptor SVT body?
NEO: It might have been.  I’m not sure.

Pro-Line has another Ford F-150 Raptor SVT body ready for you to purchase.  This time it’s made to fit the good ol’ Stampede and the new hotness Stampede 4×4.  It’s formed out of some bulky .060″ Lexan so it should handle all the rough-and-tumble you can throw at it.  You can expect to find decals with officially licensed Ford logos, window masks, and overspray film.  Just paint it and mount it and you’ll be good to go.

You can expect to find this version of the F-150 Raptor SVT body on store shelves around the 23rd of this month at a list price of $28.95.  Check out the Pro-Line website for more info.

proline m4 caliber Looks like
Pro-Line is bringing their super soft M4 tire compound to the off-road series. The Revolver, Hole Shot, and Caliber tires will all be getting the M4 treatment in the near future. If you have a 1:8 or 1:10 off-road, and need some soft and traction grabbing action, watch for these coming very soon!

Check out the Pro-Line website for more info.

Badland Traxxas Tires Got a Traxxas vehicle you like to run, or some Traxxas 2.8″ wheels that need some new rubber?
Pro-Line has just announced a bunch of new Direct Fit Tires for the Traxxas 2.8″ Wheels. The Road Rage, Badlands, Bow-Tie and Dirt Hawg will now be available to slip right on those Traxxas Rims.

Check out the Pro-Line website for more info.

So who had four months in the “How long before Pro-Line releases a BullDog cab-forward style body for JQ’s THE Car” pool?  Personally, I had three days, so I lost by quite a bit.  I think Brian gets the prize money.  Anyway, you can expect to find all the usual kind of stuff that normally accompanies a new body, such as decals, window masks, overspray film, and all that jazz.  It’s made from some nice and beefy .040″ Lexan, so it’ll be lightweight while also being durable.

THE BullDog body for THE Car will be shipping from Pro-Line on the 23rd of this month, but you can pre-order it now at a cost of $29.95.  Check out the Pro-Line website for more info.