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What's new: Friday, January 7th, 2011

Have you been snapping the front shock tower on your SC10 or T4 with shocking regularity?  Then you might want to invest in RPM‘s latest product, a drop-in replacement front shock tower that will also fit the RC10GT2.  Being made out of the Basher Approved RPM material makes this new part tough enough to survive crashes that would break the stock pieces.  But that’s not all, this re-engineered shock tower also weighs less than the stock tower.

So how much would you expect to pay for better features and greater peace of mind?  How does an MSRP of $9.95 sound?  Good, right?  Expect it to be hitting the hobby shop shelves soon.  Check out RPM’s web site for more info.

In a never ending attempt to market their small racing toys to big racing fans, Traxxas have now taken to giving away full scale motorcycles.  You may have recently heard (elsewhere, because I apparently dropped the ball) about Traxxas putting up the cash to become the “Official RC Truck of Supercross.”  Well to capitalize on that, at every round of the Supercross 2011 season Traxxas will be giving away a Kawasaki KX450 dirt bike that’s dolled up in Traxxas sponsorship style.  No details about how the giveaways are going to go down have been given yet, but I suspect you’ll have to attend one of the rounds of the Supercross 2011 season.

What's new: Thursday, January 6th, 2011


Day after I day I patiently sit at my desk doing nothing other than waiting for your emails, thankfully this week you guys came through…

Hey guys, Been waiting on the De10 review forever. Any update ?

Cubby- You caught us with our pants down Mike, we’ve had a Duratrax DE 10 speedo in hand for weeks now but we still haven’t busted out the review. Because of your email, I have officially taken control of BigSquidRC and have demoted Brian from bigwhig down to cleaning crew, Jeffro from uber web dude down to gofer, and our wrench freak Bill down to, well, I guess wrenching is as far down the ladder as it goes. But seriously, we’ve been slack’n and we know it, so after one of our famous “no holds barred” meetings, we’ve decided to put really get to work and bust out a review EVERY Tuesday. So ya, you tune into BigSquid every single Tuesday and there will be a new “to the point- no bullsh*&- just what you need to know” review.

Oh and Mike, ya, it might still be a couple weeks before the Duratrax review goes up, but so far its worked flawlessly and the digital programmer is very easy to use.


Great work guys. What a fantastic site. I’m an old school RC guy from back in the Tamia Fox/RC-10 days. Just recently getting pulled back in. Your
site has some great information and it’s getting me back up to speed quickly. I’m currently running an SC10 Team Truck, an HPI Savage, a Losi SC Micro and my newest purchase yet to arrive is the 1/5 scale Killer Krawler. I’d love to see a Squid review on that beast. One of the advantages of being “old school”, you can afford all the cool new stuff.
Anyway, keep up the good work and I’ve got you firmly set in my favorites list.

Cubby- Yo Patrick, thanks for the props, glad ya dig the site, and we hope to make it even better in 11′.

Hey guys I’ve only just heard of ur site and so far I’m diggin it. I’ve been off the r/c scene for a while but lookin to get back in. Just for starters I want something all-terrain and affordable but I also like speed. So I was thinking about the Evader DT. As it stands I think I’m gonna go with the EXT2 ST instead because it seems to show more potential. So the questions I have are… 1) is the tranny in the DT brushless ready should I want to upgrade it And 2) one thing I want is somethin to run in the snow so aside from the electronics what else needs to be sealed up if I were to purchase something like the traxxas Vilenion brushless set up? I’d greatly appreciate it if u could help me out. And… I WANT STICKERS!!! I’d gladly tat my new truck up with ur stuff.

Cubby- Hey now Erich, thanks for the email.

About question #1- Is the Duratrax Evader DT tranny “brushless ready”? Yes and no. We’ve run it on “typical” (2S low kv) BL power with no issues. So if you aren’t putting in crazy power, you shouldn’t have any issues. But… lets say you wanna crank in some ridiculous power (high cells counts and/or high kv’s), in that case the DT comes stock with a metal pinion, plastic spur, metal top shaft, plastic idler, plastic diff gear, metal planetary gears. and steel dog-bones. So…. to bomb proof the drivetrain for ultra high power use you’ll need to at least replace the idler (easy enough with Duratrax’s #DTXC8081- Aluminum Idler) and the diff gear. The most popular upgrade to the diff is to replace it with the one off an Associated B2. As far as I know, metal diff gears for the Evader are not readily available. If any of you readers out there have a hook-up for metal Evader diff gears, shoot us an email. Anywhos, the Associated B2 diff set-up can take substantially higher power than the stocker, but will not handle stupid power such as 3S plus.

Question 2- Once you’ve got all your electronics waterproofed, yes, there is still an issue with water/snow- your bearings. If you go out and get your snow drive’n on, the bearings in your wheels, tranny etc can (and will) rust in a matter of hours. After you run in snow/water, WD40 is your best friend, hit all your bearings with it.

Lastly, hit me with an addy and your stickers will be on the way.

That’s it for yet another week- submit your questions, comments, suggestions and apple pie recipes to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

RC Helicopter on TV

Adding yet another story to our RC On TV section, Adam spotted a guy trying to sell two nitro helicopters on the TruTV show Hardcore Pawn. The guy did a little demo with some 3D flying, but wanted too much for the Pawn guys to make a jump on the deal.

RC Helicopter on TV RC Helicopter on TV

Always cool to see RC getting a little mainstream tv coverage!

Hitec has decided that your RTR’s servo sucks.   So they’re offering you two new, affordable sport servos.  The HS-5495BH features Hitec’s “Karbonite” composite plastic gear set.  It puts out a respectable 89 oz/in at a transit time of 0.17 second when powered by 6 volts, or 104 oz/in at 0.15 second when juiced with 7.4 volts.  The HS-5496MH is built with an all metal gear set and offers up 83 oz/in, 0.18, at 6v or 100 oz/in, 0.15, at 7.4v.

These will be reasonably priced, likely going for about $30 for the HS-5495BH and just shy of $50 for the HS-5496MH.  Head on over to the Hitec web site for more info.

What's new: Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

The Losi XXX-SCT may be new to the scene but ST Racing Concepts is already on their way to producing big time hop-ups for it.  They sent along a bunch of CAD renderings for us to gaze at while we wait for them to hit the market around the third week of this month.  If it’s a part on the XXX-SCT, STRC is making an aluminum or carbon fiber piece to replace it.  You can expect hub carriers front and rear, steering knuckles, a steering bellcrank, bulkheads, a few carbon fiber braces and straps. plus a ton more.  Probably the trickest looking piece that they are preparing is the threaded aluminum shock bodies pictured at right.

The guys didn’t offer up any details on pricing at this point, but it’s probably safe to assume that they’ll fall in line with the aluminum hop-ups that STRC offers for the other short course trucks out there.  When we get more info it’ll be passed on to you.  Check out some of the renderings in the gallery below then hit up the ST Racing Concepts web site just for fun.

Thunder Power Z4R Brushless Thunder Power z3R brushless back

Starting off the new year with a bang, we just got word from Thunder Power RC announcing their new Z3R 540 Sensored Brushless Motors!
File this one in the “Didn’t see that coming” box! Known for their awesome LiPo Batteries, Thunder Power is tossing their hat into the brushless motor ring. They are introducing the Z3R-S Stock Spec and Z3R-M Modified 540-Class sensored brushless motors for cars, trucks buggies and more. They will be available in a ton of different winds, all ROAR approved and ready to rock. They have a feature on the back that allows easy adjusting of timing from 0-50 degrees and fast-switching to help maximize performance.

Pretty big news from the Thunder Power folks to start off the new year! Head over to the Thunder Power RC site for all the details!

The Stampede 4×4 is, by all accounts, a pretty awesome truck.  You know what would make it more awesome though?  RPM products all over it.  And wouldn’t you know it, just today we received a press release from the guys at RPM with a whole list of already existing RPM products that will fit the Stampede 4×4 just fine.  So if you got your Stampede 4×4 for Christmas and have been looking for hop-ups check out these compatible part numbers and prices.

  • 70362 – Rear Shock Tower – $10.95
  • 70392 – Front Shock Tower – $10.95
  • 73932 – Adjustable Height Body Mounts (Rear only) – $10.95
  • 80702 – Black Front or Rear A-arms – $11.95
  • 80705 – Blue Front or Rear A-arms – $11.95
  • 80732 – Rear Axle Carriers – $10.95

From: Traxxas
Direct Link: Traxxas Summit
Review by Bill.

Traxxas Summit in SnowI have seen the top of the mountain, and it is good! When first unboxing the Traxxas Summit, one word comes to mind, BIG. Big wheels, big tires and a big suv body. Just looking at the Summit, it looks like it can go anywhere and do anything, and that is exactly what Traxxas built it for.


What's new: Monday, January 3rd, 2011

He’s at it again.  Chris at Rogue Element Components is firing up his CNC machine to turn out another limited availability product.  This time owners of the Tamiya Blackfoot (or Blackfoot bodies used on scaler rigs) are the recipients of his craftsmanship.  His new styrene and wood bed kit goes a long way to replicating the look and classic signature of the Blackfoot’s full size counterpart.  All the pieces are pre-cut and ready for assembly.  The wood is unfinished so you can stain it to your tastes.  This product will only see one production run, so get it now or don’t get it at all.

Kits will be sold for $47.95 and require a $5.00 deposit by January 11th.  He expects to start shipping them around January 25th.  For more info and to send in your deposit click on over to the Rogue Element Components newsletter.

As we ring in 2011 people tend to realize a new year is sorta like a fresh start, a time when anything is possible, a year where we can put our best foot forward and swagger on while (hopefully) not repeating our former mistakes.

On New Years Eve I was fortunate (or perhaps unlucky?) enough to host a rather large party. Among those in attendance were friends, family, but mucho more fun was having several of my rc compadres in the house. As time inched closer to midnight, of course myself and the rc crew started talking about our resolutions for 2011 (after a few rousing moto’s of mancave Losi Micro SCT supercross). One of the guys promised to never yell at another turn mashal, while another guy vowed to never fake being injured (so as to never be excused from turn marshalling again… LOL). Eventually it became my turn to give up a resolution, but I’m just not that type, my brain just isn’t wired for coming up with ridiculous “I’m gonna do better next year” wishes, so I didn’t have anything for’em. Eventually, long after all our guests had left, I got to thinking, thinking hard, about what I should improve on for 2011.

I guess I could promise to quit complaining so much. I could quit flip’n out on every new rule and class that our major sanctioning body comes out with. I could quit flip’n out when some manufacture released a moronic new product that only a person with brain damage would buy (no, I’m not mentioning Anything about the new Trinity brushless motor “diaper”). I could quit running the selfish pricks into the ground that insist on run’n every noob away from their track. I could be all kiss a$$. Every product I see I could declare to be the best thing ever. Every new rule that comes out I could proclaim to be the one that will save racing. Every ridiculously bogus mag article I read (not that I read the mags anymore, as they are impossible to find, even in large metro areas) I could deem to be unbiased and the best ever written.

Awwww well, who am I kid’n? I must be painfully honest, I love complaining far too much to quit. I live to complain. And not only do I love to complain, but someone in the rc biz Needs to have a loud, booming voice of dissent. Many of the issues I bring up (and complain about) you hear every day at local tracks, but the industry never hears about them that way. Nearly always when industry folks are face to face among the masses, all they hear are good comments, not the bad. But… when that same issue is addressed here in THE Cub Report, response from the industry often only takes minutes (I’m not kidding here, it’s not uncommon to get calls/emails from industry types within minutes of a Cub Report going up). Many industry types are so busy working/busting out new product that they simple are too busy to keep their ear to the grindstone with the concerns of the average rc user.

So I guess if forced to give a resolution it would be- more of the same, to stay the course, to keep b!tch’n and moan’n, to bring up all the ugly lil’ problems our “family hobby” has to offer. There is a reason why BigSquid went from nothing to being perhaps the most read and trusted rc site on Earth, and I believe that reason is because all of us here go WFO with everything we do, no regrets, just full speed ahead.

That’s it for this weeks sarcastic rant, support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Everybody’s getting retrospective with the closing of the New Year, and Brian (not our Brian, another Brian… seriously, there’s at least two guys named Brian in this world…) from Roger’s Hobby Center offers up his thoughts on the year passed in the r/c hobby world.  He’s got some interesting, thoughts:

And finally, I think 2010 is going to be known as the year electric power became cool. Electric cars have always outsold the nitro variety before, mainly due to price. But now, the comparison is so lopsided, it’s a wonder anyone is still making the nitro cars. We’ve pushed electric hard, and it’s paid off. And with all the fun, but a third of the hassle, it’s no wonder that electric cars and trucks have taken center stage in the last year. I expect to see that margin grow in 2011.

And then closes with a good question:

And to those that would rather purchase your hobby wares online – what are we doing wrong? How can we better serve your needs, and earn your loyalty? While there are some things that, admittedly, we simply can’t do that the “e-tailers” can, if there is anything I can do to earn your business…

Overall, another interesting read, so go check it out.

What's new: Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Reef Squid at Bonaire

It’s New Year’s Day.  You’re all probably too hung over to read this and make sense of it anyway (or maybe I’m still too drunk to write it in a way that makes sense to you…), so I’m just going to put in a bunch of squid related links.  Also, nobody is doing anything except partying, so there’s not much out there to link.  We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled Around the Web next Saturday.

Anime: Squid GirlAs she sets out on her vengeful journey … she becomes aware of certain limitations.  She’s nothing but a squid out of water…

Forum Thread: What Are Your R/C Rules to Live By? – Wait… This isn’t about squids… How’d this link get in here?

In Squid News: Imported squids now cost more in Sibu – But here on the internet, your daily order of Big Squid will always be free.

More Squid News: New ‘glow-in-the dark’ squid discovered ‘We think we have more than one new species of squid,’ Rogers said. ‘This just happens to be the biggest and most glamorous one.’ – These are very exciting times for squid lovers everywhere!

Recipe: Calamari – I tried calamari once… I found it unsettling… It felt like I was cannibalizing a fellow human.

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