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What's new: Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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After my previous article talking about Flytrex Core V2 Multirotor Flight Recorder, my email BLEW UP asking for more! I quickly got my hands on the latest shipment and was able to unbox (or unbag, really), install, and test out this neat chip on my Blade 350QX.  Check out the unboxing pics and my experience with it by Reading More…

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TrakPower LiPo 2S 7.4V 5800mAh 90C
Square LiPo Packs are becoming more common in the 10th scale buggy scene and TrakPower has a new pack for that application. You see, square packs are advantageous because they have less connections than saddle packs and because they help provide optimal weight distribution. For power, the new TrakPower square LiPo features a 90C discharge rate and is rated at 5800mAh of capacity.

* Max Discharge Current- 504 amps
* Max Charge Rate- 1C
* Form factor- 69 x 25 x 93 mm
* Weight- 295 grams
* Uses 5mm bullets and a genuine Deans connector

The part number is #TKPC0626, it is street priced at $89, and This Is The Link you want to get more information.

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High Speed ECX 4WD Circuit
While we’ve had a fantastic time bashing the ECX 4WD Circuit at the local park, it does come with brushed power that isn’t very fast. Like most people, we are always longing for more speed, therefore we decided to do a few modifications to see what it would take to break the speed limit. Hit the READ MORE to see what we did to get some serious speed out of the 4wd Circuit, and watch the video.

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Gear Head RC Trail Pod LED Light Bars
Gear Head RC keeps on expanding their light bar line-up with their new Trail Pod LED Light Bars. These feature two ultra-bright LEDs in a low-profile Delrin housing for a proper scale look. Totally waterproof, you don’t have to worry about avoiding big mud holes, and they were designed to run off of 4.5 to 6 volts.

* Available in white, amber and yellow
* Made in the USA
* Runs off receiver aux/bat port or four AA batteries
* Includes 12″ servo lead
* Dimensions: 0.89 x 0.60 x 0.76″

The white have a part number of #GEASCA034, they have a street price of $35, and they are available right now. Get full details at This Link over on the RPP Hobby website.

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What's new: Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Pro-Line T-shirt
You clean and bling-out your truck so it looks good at the local bash spot every weekend, why shouldn’t you look good too? Pro-Line has announced 5 new shirts to bling-out you and your girlfriend. Available in a wide variety of sizes, the new Pro-Line shirts are a good way of showing the world you are into rc.

All the shirts are priced at just $16 and you can get complete details at this link on Pro-Line’s Official Website.

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Axial Yeti Review
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There has been a good amount of new vehicle releases lately, but I don’t believe there has been a vehicle released in the last 2 years that has received as much hype as the Axial Yeti! Heck, we posted 3/4 of a picture of the thing, with a link to where you could pre-order, and not only did we receive a record amount of traffic that day, I have heard the pre-orders from our page were through the roof! So does the Yeti deserve all the hype? Is this the rock racer the world has been waiting for? Click the ‘Read More’ to find out, and make sure to check out the video!

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Reedy LiPo Battery
The fine folks over at Reedy have announced a versatile 2S LiPo for receiver pack and transmitter applications. Highlights include a 2C charge rate to keep charge times down and a JST-XH balance plug to work with a wide variety of chargers.

* Voltage- 7.4 (2S)
* Capacity- 2100mAh
* Size- 86.5 x 30.5 x 16.5mm
* Max. Charge Rate- 4.2A (2C)
* Weight- 88g

The part number is #315, it is street priced at $37, and they are available right now. Here is the link for full details over on Associated’s website.

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Maxxis TiresLast week our wonderful sanctioning body put out a press release (of sorts) concerning traction control at their races. Here is their PR where they state anyone caught using it gets a 5 year insta-ban…

“The ROAR Executive Committee has decided on a 5 year Suspension from ROAR events for any infractions of rule 5.2.3 The use of traction control sensing devices, active suspension devices, and steering control devices aided by gyroscopes or accelerometers (G-force sensors) of any kind is strictly prohibited. Sensors may be used for the purpose of passive data recording but not for adjusting the performance of the vehicle while in motion.”

As most of you know, I am very “pro stability control”. I dig new technology, and I like how it can (in certain circumstances/conditions) make rc cars easier to control. So ya, you can guess my reaction to the ROAR press release.

Here are some reasons why the ban on stability control is a bad thing, and/or doesn’t make any sense…

1. Been to a “big” race lately? I have, and traction control/stability control won’t make much difference at those types of events. Why? Because they are all about like driving on fly paper. I guess some people don’t realize you have to be sliding around for traction control to actually kick in. These sugar coated/traction additive soaked tracks offer so much traction drivers spend all weekend fighting traction roll, not spinning out. Makes me wonder if any of the people making the “rules” have gotten out much lately.

2. There is no better traction control than the highly skilled trigger finger of a factory driver. Then you put those guys on a fly paper track, and well, seriously, they have no need, nor would get any benefit from, stability control.

3. Most local tracks go by “ROAR rules”. This means they will automatically adopt “no traction control” for their weekly racing. Have you been to many local races lately? Yes, of course I have, and those are the guys that can benefit from the new technology. Head over to YouTube and check out some local race videos. What you’ll find is one or two guys how can actually drive their cars hard and control them, and a whole lot of guys slipping and sliding and crashing their way around the track. How much fun is it to crash all the time and get lapped 5 times in a 6 minute race? Can’t be much…

4. The most elite racing on the planet, F1, has allowed traction control multiple times in the past. They were smart enough (and open minded enough) to try it. It’s truly sad that our tiny toy car sanctioning is so closed minded.

5. A few weeks ago I had a face to face convo with a multi-time IFMAR World Champion about stability control. He was/is as elite of an rc racer as anyone walking this planet. What were his thoughts on stability control? He stated that he wanted to see everyone have the best experience possible in rc, and for the vast majority of drivers that would mean using stability control. While neither of us wanted to see it used at IFMAR WC and ROAR National events, we both agreed that allowing it at the local level, if even just in the “novice” classes, is a great thing for the overall health of our hobby.

To boil it down, it seems like some of the people who are supposed to be “leading” our hobby continue to do everything in their power to keep it in the exact same place that it was in 1985…….

That’s it for this week ya bunch of lunatics, support your local hobby shops, bash spots, and tracks that allow stability control when ya can…

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Friday, June 20th, 2014

traxxas-summit-scalingNote – Yes, I know there was a huge Axial announcement this week. You’ll hear PLENTY about it very soon on BigSquidRC. :)

It’s no secret that the crawling community is hard on Traxxas (then again, isn’t everyone these days?). Many hardcores have long felt slighted by the Big T. Suffice it to say, when discussion on the trail inevitably turns to shop talk, Traxxas garners more than a few eye-rolls. I bring this up not to hate but to show how interesting it is that even with the scene’s general malaise towards the manufacturer, one vehicle in their portfolio is still shown a begrudging respect by almost everyone within the community: the Summit.

The truck has plenty of negatives. It costs a king’s ransom ($629 currently), takes two batteries to operate, is a pain to work on, weighs a ton and doesn’t have one specific purpose it excels at. This is balanced by a long list of positives – it has a reliable 2 speed tranny, remote locking diffs, an aggressive exo-cage body, it’s tough, waterproof and can do a bit of everything. It’s also freaking gigantic. In general, it’s just a crazy vehicle.

While I used mine primarily as a basher, it’s cool to see one of these goliaths out on the trail. No, even when the axles are locked and it’s in low gear it won’t out-crawl an Axial SCX10, but it’s still a blast to watch it take on crazy obstacles that even the heavily modified trail trucks won’t do. I’ve seen them hucked off of cliffs, ford deep creeks (they float thanks to the tires), and climb some pretty gnarly hills…all the while driving away completely unscathed. It’s also cool to see a vehicle of that size plowing around the woods. Even an Axial Wraith looks small next to one.

The Traxxas Summit may not have solid axles or look super scale, but somewhere in that servo-laden monster truck chassis beats the heart of a scaler. I think that’s why it’s endeared itself to the community. The truck is the “crazy cousin who is fun to hang out with on the weekends” of the scale 4×4 r/c scene.

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Pro-Line Tires
Pro-Line has announced several new tires for your racing/bashing pleasure. First up are several new Electron VTR 2.4″ buggy front tires. There are four new sets of these available- M4 and MC compound for both 2wd and 4wd 1/10 buggies. These are all priced at $20 per pair.

For the 8th scale buggy crowd, Pro-Line has announced a bunch of variations of their new LockDown. You can get just the tires in 5 different compounds, or for those you who like saving time (like us!), you can also get them pre-mounted in 3 different compounds. Pricing for just the tires is right around $24 a pair, while the pre-mounts are priced at right around $36.

Hit up This Link to get more details on the Electrons, Click Here for more information on the LockDowns.

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MuchMore Double Accel Charger
Is your pit bag so full it is about to explode? Muchmore Racing can help you save some room with their Cell Master Double Accel. Muchmore says their Double Accel is the “world’s smallest 2-port charger” and it measures in at 5.1 x 4.5 x 1.9″. You can charge up to a 6S LiPo pack with the Muchmore and it has a maximum charge rate of 10 amps per port.

The Cell Master Double Accel is available now and you can hit up This Link for complete details over on the Muchmore website.

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Pro-Line RAM 1500 Clear Body
Remember our big contest where we gave one of these away a couple of weeks ago? Big props to the Pro-Line crew for hooking up one of our readers before they were officially announced.

Now that the official press release has come out, have a look at the official pictures and information. The RAM 1500 for monster truck is not only good for replacing that mangled stock body of yours, but can also bring up your bling-factor several notches. The body is fully licensed, made from genuine GE Lexan, and has some sweet scale detailing. The RAM was designed to fit the Traxxas E-Maxx/T-Maxx 3.3/Revo 3.3/Summit and the HPI Savage.

The part number is #3427-00, it is street priced at $33, and you can get full details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

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What's new: Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Kyosho MB-10 MP9 TKI3
The crew over at Kyosho have announced a special 50th Anniversary Edition of their Mini-Z Buggy. This special MB-010 MP9 TKI3 Mini-Z comes with a slew of upgrades making it extra trick, some of those upgrades include-

* GF main chassis
* Aluminum motor plate and heat sink
* Foam tire inserts
* XSPEED motor
* Ball diffs front and rear
* Universal drive shafts

The part number is #32285BCRS-B, it is priced at $349, and Here Is The Link you want to get full details over on Kyosho America’s website.

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