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What's new: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

JConcepts 1/8th Dirt WebsJConcepts has announced that their popular Dirt Webs tires are now available for 1/8th scale buggies. The Dirt Webs are designed for use on indoor clay tracks as well as treated outdoor tracks. Dirt Webs are known for having loads of forward bite while a single rib around the outside edges gives more side-bite in the corners.

* 83mm bead mounting size
* Comes with closed cell inserts
* Vertical and horizontal bars for more side-bite
* Web-bars for more stability and forward traction

The Dirt Webs are available in four different compounds and are street priced around $28. Click Right Here for more details over on the JConcepts website.

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RC4WD Gelande II D110 Truck Kit With Hard BodyThe latest RC4WD release for you scale enthusiasts is the Gelande II D110 Truck Kit with Defender Hard Body. The G2 has numerous new features like Yota II axles, an R3 single speed tranny, and the servo mount is up on the chassis for a more scale appearance. A four link suspension is used on the rear while a 3 link with panhard bar is used up front.

* Designed for true to scale looks
* Long wheelbase G2 chassis
* Metal axles with locked diffs
* Center mounted transfer case
* Dirt Grabber 1.9″ tires
* 5 lug 1.9 beadlock wheels
* Dual spring oil shocks
* Width- 7.87″
* Length- 22.44″
* Wheelbase- 13″
* Weight- 105.6oz

The part number is #Z-K0047, it is street priced at $599, and you can hit up This Link for more details over on RC4WD’s website.

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What's new: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

THE Losi 8IGHT-E RTR with AVC Review

Losi 8IGHT-E RTR Review

8th scale buggies are prime bash machines, they are fast, corner well, and can make the biggest of the big jumps. We’ve been bash testing the new 8th scale Losi 8IGHT-E RTR for weeks now. Is it a burly bash machine? Can you go huge with it? Does it come with big power? How easily does it break? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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Gear Head RC Aluminum M-12 Micro Crawler WheelsLooking for a trick set of wheels for your Losi Micro Crawler or Micro 4×4 Trail Trekker? If so, the folks over at Gear Head RC have the hook-up for you. CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum right here in the USA, the latest wheels from Gear Head can give your Losi Micro Crawler a cool scale look while being ultra-durable out on the trail.

These are available with either an aluminum or black finish, they are street priced at $49 for a set of 4 and they are available right now. You can hit up This Link to get more details over on the RPP Hobby website.

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Exotek F1 Front SuspensionExotek has a new F1R2 Independent Front Suspension Set to make your F1 car faster than ever. The Exotek IFS gives your car more suspension travel and body roll, this allows you to drive into corners harder while being able to soak up curbing and bumps without backing off the throttle. Designed to fit a standard F104 bolt pattern, the Exotek suspension set was made for maximum performance and durability. The part number is #1473, it is priced at $65 and you can get more details at This Link over on Exotek’s official website.

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Pro-Line Big Give 2014Pro-Line is known for several things- sharp bodies, great tires, winning championships, doing a lot of charitable work, and generally just going huge when they do something. On the charity side of things, Pro-Line has started their annual BIG GIVE event. This runs through Thursday December 18th and gives you a chance to not only win some very trick Pro-Line products, but to also have Pro-Line give some big cash to a charity in your name.

Each day a winner will be given a Pro-Line Prize Pack that consists of a new PRO-2 SCT, a PRO-2 SCB, or PRO-MT, a Pro-Line apparel pack, and a $50 to $100 gift certificate. Also in the prize pack is a donation to a charity in your name ranging from $1000 to $5000. All in all, Pro-Line’s BIG GIVE gives away over $30,000 in donations and prizes.

How do you enter? It is very simple, just hit This Link to head over to the BIG GIVE page over on Pro-Line’s website. To get more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC simply hit up This Link.

Losi XXX-SCT UnboxingWe’ve been testing and bashing the new Losi XXX-SCT Brushless RTR with AVC for several weeks now. When we cracked it out of the box we took a bunch of pictures to show our readers exactly what it looks like when you get one in your hands. What you’ll find inside is everything needed to get the truck running including AA batteries for the transmitter and a 3000mAh LiPO battery w/ charger for the truck. Our full review will go up soon, until then enjoy the unboxing pictures and you can Click Right Here to get more details over on the official Losi website.

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What's new: Monday, December 8th, 2014

ST Racing Concepts Battery BraceThe good guys over at ST Racing Concepts have announced 3 new upgrades for some of your favorite Axial trucks.

First up (and shown above) is an Aluminum/Graphite Battery Brace for the Axial Yeti. The battery brace is used to reduce the flex that can cause your battery to fall out during extreme bashing. These are available in several different colors and are priced at $20.

Next up are special green anodized versions of STRC’s Short Wheelbase Kit and Front Upper 4 Link Kit for the SCX10. These are made from high quality aluminum and are priced at $69 and $15 respectively.

To get more information on these and all the other hop-ups that STRC has for Axial trucks simply Click Here to head over to their official website.

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Associated RC10 Worlds Buggy RollerWant to get into vintage racing but don’t want to build a kit? Associated is now selling their RC10 World’s Car as a pre-built race roller. These are built in house at Associated and come with the latest updates like a V2 slipper clutch and shocks.

The part number is #6002RR, it is priced at $199, and you won’t find these at local hobby shops because they are only available directly from Associated. Click Right Here for more information over on Associated’s website.

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Pro-Line Come Drive With Us VideoIf you really want to get your rc blood pumping, the latest video from 5150 Productions and Pro-Line will do it. The Come Drive With Us video featuring the IFMAR 8th Scale Worlds has some pretty incredible action footage along with loads of interviews. From the opening ceremonies to the newly crowned world champ spraying champagne after the win, the video gives an in depth look at how it all went down at the biggest race of the year. Also featured in the video were some of the hottest new products from Pro-Line like their Trifecta Lexan 8th scale buggy wing, their new fuel stick, and of course their world championship winning tires.

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Cubby Horizon AVCHello Joe Blows, hello gnar-core hobbyist, and hello industry types, wake the heck up, it’s Monday morning and time for THE Freak’n Cub Report.

Last week I had a 4 hour convo with one of the makers and shakers in rc. He was going on and on about how slow sales had been in ’14. On my end of the phone I was thinking about how mad I was at my financial planner for asking me out to Ruth’s Chris to show me his “appreciation” for my business. I mean, he makes thousands upon thousands of dollars off me every year, and all even though I am huge fan of a Ruth’s Pittsburgh filet, at most I was going to run the bill up to a couple hundy. Anyways, when my attention swung back to Mr RC Industry Guy I had already worked myself into a frenzy and just let it out on him. Sales are down, I get it, but there are numerous marketing avenues that rc is severely lacking in, one of which is a proper industry show. Once my temper wore off, we spent a long time on the phone going over exactly what was needed for a true kick azz rc industry show.

In rc there are 6 “big shows”, iHobby, the Vegas tabletop show, Lincoln, RCX, Nuremburg, and the big Asian show. None of them cater well to consumers, none of them get proper media coverage, and none of them do a very good job of generating a good frenzy like a big show would. And… it’s not impossible to do, CES has been declared dead a half dozen times and now is bigger than ever. And think about all the buzz (read- marketing) generated by Comic Con (or shows like SEMA) that last for weeks before and after. Want more sales? Generate more buzz, and there are very few better ways of doing it than a killer show.

So… if the job of making a kick ass trade show was dropped in my lap, this is what I would do…

1. Based on the incredible success of shows like Comic Con, I would do more to cater to end consumers. Things like… have some uber big names in rc (the Lett/Losi Jr/etc types) put on question and answer sessions with consumers. How freak’n incredible would it be to get a half hour of face time with an rc legend? It would be really cool if a consumer could go home and tell his friends how he got to hear an industry icon talk in-depth about the back workings of the latest hot product, or the earliest beginnings of how they got their feet wet in the industry.

2. More product sales to the public. Manufacturers constantly complain that they can’t justify the cost of doing a show, while consumers complain that it sucks not being able to buy anything. Cubby’s RC Con would encourage sales to consumers.

3. RC Con would have more hands on driving by consumers. Did you see the latest hot truck that was just announced in the Happy Flower booth? Go 3 isles over and actually be able to drive it. Consumers already get an incredible buzz from seeing a just announced product, allowing them to actually pull trigger on it would be even better. Imagine Mr Joe Blow going home and telling all his buddies that not only did he get to touch the latest hot product, but also how he knows exactly how it drives.

4. So what really makes hobby shop owners want to attend a show? Arguably… #1 is simply the chance to get out of the shop, with #2 being business, specifically the chance to place POs that save enough on special show pricing to pay for their trip. Cubby’s RC Con would place emphasis on giving dealers real savings to make it worth their while to attend.

5. On the manufacturers side of things… no matter what type of marketing they do, it boils down to how much it costs to get a set of eyeballs to land on a product. Low booth prices would be a good start on getting more manufacturers to attend. But more importantly, a good relationship with a wide variety of media outlets would give each manufacture more bang for their attendance buck. What makes a booth at CES worth every penny? It’s not the thousands of show goers dropping by the booth, it’s the avalanche of web, dinosaur, and tv coverage that it gets. RC shows get a whole lot of love here on BSRC, but virtually none elsewhere, and while we have a lot of readers, a manufacturer needs (deserves) more eyeballs on their booth than just one big website like BSRC. If a proper show can provide enough eyeballs, the manufacturers will climb over each other to be there.

A truly kick azz show boils down to a lot communication and co-operation. Whoever might want to take an rc show to an entirely new level has to promise a little, deliver a lot, and they have to get the manufacturers to show up in force to benefit the entire industry.

That’s it for this week, support your local bash spots and hobby shops when ya can…

YOUR Cub Reporter

PROTOform Dodge Dart BodyPROTOform has teamed up with Dodge yet again to come up with their most advanced touring car body ever, the Dodge Dart. The latest offering from PROTOform is officially licensed by Dodge and brings the aggressive look of the Dart to the touring car crowd. Designed for a neutral feel with ample steering and a planted rear end, the Dart comes with window masks, a detailed decal sheet, wing mounting hardware and overspray film.

The part number for the Dart body is #1541-30, the light weight version is #1541-25, and both are priced around $28. Click on This Link to get more details on PROTOform’s website.

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What's new: Sunday, December 7th, 2014

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We just did a quick update to the location page of where you can find the Big Squid RC Monthly. Every week we feature a different shop that sends in a photo with the publication in it. This one comes from Urban RC in Oklahoma ! You can see both issues of the monthly in front of the register and a serious parts wall in the back.

Click over to the Big Squid Monthly Page to find a shop near you! We are updating this page constantly. If you do not see your shop on the list, make sure to let them know they need to carry it!

Looks like the monthly is expanding out of the US pretty quickly, just added more Canada and Australia stores! They will be on the list for the next shipment.