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What's new: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Pro-Line Pre-Assembled Pro-Spec Shocks
What’s better than a new set of high-end Pro-Line Pro-Spec shocks? When they come already assembled to save you time, that’s what. Now you can get both front and rear Pro-Line Pro-Specs pre-assembled, just add some oil and they are ready to mount up to your short course truck.

The part number for the fronts is #6308-30, the rears are #6308-31, and they have a street price of $67 per pair. Get complete information at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

Have you read our Pro-Line Pro-2 short course truck review? If not, you can read it Right Here.

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Click here to read Part 1 of this series or click here for Part 2.

The servo that comes with the RTR Axial SCX10 isn’t bad for a stock unit, but the combination of running aluminum steering links (you upgraded, right?!) coupled with bigger and heavier tires/wheels make a servo upgrade a high priority. The factory unit is also decidedly NOT waterproof, which can be a huge negative depending on where you want to run.

Like everything else in this series, my recommendations are made based on what I’ve used “in the field”. Without a doubt my personal favorite is the Hitec HS-5646WP Waterproof Servo (click here for full specs). It provides enough torque to easily turn 1.9 tires on the rocks (if you are sporting big 2.2′s you may want something more powerful) and with a street price of around $50 the price to performance ratio is very nice. And while the light blue case is sealed and ready for the drink, the relatively low price point makes it MUCH easier to dunk with reckless abandon. Even though I’ve never had one fail on me it’s still nice to know that if it did (hey, it happens when dealing with water and electronics) I wouldn’t be out a couple C-notes.

The servo comes with a thick plastic horn that works very well with some slight modification. The stock bolt mounting hole just needs to be drilled/reamed out slightly and it will fit snug. The plastic is hardy enough that I’ve never had a breakage or stripping issue in over 14 months of heavy use (with 3 of these servos).

axial scx10 with waterproof hitec servo

Ok, so lets talk battery placement. If you have a Trail Honcho you are fine (they come with the mount up front) but if you have the JK RTR you will need to relocate. The parts you need should be in your extra trees (they were for mine when I purchased one a year ago). Click here to check out an excellent guide on the procedure over at Axial’s site. Getting that battery up front will make a huge difference when climbing.

So yeah, at this point you should have a serious trail machine. When we drop Part 4 of this guide we’ll take a look at over/ under drive gears, what exactly they do, and if they are right for you.

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Kyosho FAZER Ferrari FXX Evoluzione
Kyosho has a neat looking Ferrari FXX Evoluzione aimed at the bashing crowd. It comes completely built and ready to run, and even comes with waterproof electronics for the bashing crowd. A plastic tub chassis and solid camber rods keep things simple and durable, while a 2400kV Orion brushless motor makes sure it isn’t boring when you tag the throttle.

The part number for the Kyosho Ferrari is #30915B, it is priced at $305, and you can get more information by clicking This Link over on the Kyosho America website.

Get more Kyosho news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

asiatees.com rebates
The folks over at Asiatees Hobbies have a lot of deals going on. Right now you can get a $3 store credit as a new customer, plus you can get up to $35 off on qualifying purchases until March 28th. Hit up This Link to get all the details over on the Asiatees Hobbies website.

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AKA MULE ROLLING GEAR BAG
AKA has a new gear bag called the Mule to get all your equipment to the track or bash spot in one trip. Made from durable nylon mesh and reinforced with plastic, the Mule can make it a whole lot easier to get all that stuff of yours around, and to do it in style.

* Size– 31″ x 14.5″ x 11″
* Max loaded weight- 65 lbs
* Telescoping handle
* Oversize wheels w/ bearings
* 1 main & 8 auxiliary compartments

The part number is #98301, it has a street price of $140, and they are available right now. You can get more information at This Link over on the official AKA website.

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What's new: Monday, March 24th, 2014

Cubby Horizon AVCA number of times our good friend Hawaiian Chris has come out to help us do vehicle reviews. First off it’s always good to get another opinion on a review, and second, he is super well versed on “everything rc” making him a great asset to have around. HC has been core into 5th scale, core into nitro, core into oval, core into just plain everything that moves on 4 wheels that is remote controlled. But… nearly every time I hand the controller over to him he freaks out a little. Why? Because typically we test with a “lot of power” installed in the cars, and he just isn’t used to that. HC is used to the “norm”, what the guys down at the track run, what most of the guys on the forums say to use, ect, and well, we don’t operate that way around here. When possible, we put wayyyy too power much in and simply don’t use it all except for rare occasions (like making a big jump, long runs on pavement, etc).

HC isn’t alone though, it is very common for us to hand over controllers to long-time, hardcore rc’ers who start in which a lecture that goes something like this- “OMG, you guys are out of your minds, you can’t put that power down and all you are going to do is break parts!”. Yes certainly, an HPI Blitz on 6S can be hard to drive, and yes it can instantly break a lot of parts, but that totally depends on the driver. A driver used to “stupid power” will lightly, VERY lightly, feathers into the throttle, they never just tag it WFO like some stock class racer would, and when driven with care, even stupid power doesn’t have to break parts.

So where am I going with this… we run crazy power in some of our test vehicles for one reason only- it is fun. There is nothing like pulling 50 mph wheelies on a 6S MT4 G3, or double backflips with a 4S 2wd Slash, fast is exhilarating. And… if you’ve been a hobbyist for as long as we have, it’s good to really get the blood pumping once in a while. Double and… we sure as heck aren’t going to install a slow power system in a car just because that is the “norm”, or that’s what “everybody else is running”, we are going to install what we think is fun.

Which finally gets me to the moral of the story… if you are a consumer, you do not have to listen to what all the lifers on the forums tell you to install in your car, put in what you want and find out for yourself what works for you. If you work for Happy Flower rc car manufacturer, just because short course trucks is hot doesn’t mean you have to put out another one, put out what YOU are passionate about and what you would have fun driving. If you are in the rc media and think you have to give some POS car a 9 out of 10 score because you might lose some advertising, grow a set and give it an honest rating. Yes, you might lose one advertiser, but there are plenty of good companies out there that will respect you because of it, and they just might cut you bigger checks because of it.

A couple of quick BSRC notes here…

Hey, we’ve got uber new BSRC hoodies that will tell everyone you know what’s up in the rc world. Hit up the BSRC shop button at the top of page to check out all our swag.

Review this week- Pro-Line short course buggy conversion, look for it Thurs or Fri.

Vote for your favorite truck/buggy/car in our March Bashness contest. Your vote is actually legit and everything, not like other reader voted on things out there on the net. At the end of the brackets the winning vehicle is actually the one that our readers were the most zealous about, and at least one of you guys will win something really sweet.

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

YOUR Cub Reporter

MIP Pucks Shiny Drive System Serpent Spyder SRX-2
For all you Serpent buggy owners, MIP has announced their Puck CVD System for the SRX-2. The Puck Shiny System comes with steel CVDs to handle mod power, plus the replaceable pucks will keep your outdrives & CV bones from wearing out so quickly. Oh ya, they look sharp and help with quicker acceleration too.

The part number is #14125, they are priced at $75, and This Link will take you over to MIP’s website for more information.

Click Right Here for more MIP news on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Clear Monster Truck Body
After releasing some teaser pics last week, Pro-Line has posted full information on their new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Clear Body. The Jeep body was designed to fit trucks like the Traxxas T/E-maxx, Summit, and Revo, as well as other monsters like the HPI Savage. The tough classic styling of the Jeep Wrangler will help set your truck apart when bashing with your buddies, and is molded out of strong GE Lexan.

The part number is #3405-00, it has a street price of $38, and you can get complete information at This Link over on Pro-line’s website.

Check out one of our Pro-Line tire reviews by Clicking Right Here.

Great Planes RC4WD
There is some big news out of Champaign Illinois that Great Planes is now distributing RC4WD products. This arrangement makes it easier for GP dealers to stock RC4WD products. On the consumer side, it means more local hobby shops will have your favorite RC4WD scale parts on the shelf, or if not in stock, they will be easier to order in for you.

For more information on Great Planes simply Click This Link and you can hit This Link to visit RC4WD’s official website.

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[Update: The Polls are closed, Part 2 of Round 1 continues tomorrow at 8:00 am CDT. Check the front page for the new polls. Thanks for voting everyone!]

[Update 2: Part 2 has started! CLICK HERE to head over and vote in round one part 2! ]

[Update 3: Round 2has started! CLICK HERE to head over and vote in round 2! ]

Your nominations have been tallied and a bracket created. The Traxxas Slash 4×4 lead the way with nominations, with the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 taking a very close second. Will those numbers foretell our Final? Only time, and your votes, will tell.

Today we start Round 1 of the bracket. 16 trucks are starting in the show, eight will be sent crying home to momma at the end of two days of voting. We’re splitting Round 1 into two parts. Part one opens now and runs until 11:59 pm CDT, on Tuesday the 25th of March. Part one sees four good matchups between some new, young blood, and some old veterans that have done this dance before. ECX’s rough-and-tumble short course truck, the Torment, is going up against the scale master Axial’s EXO Terra buggy. Vaterra is back in the game again for a second year, this time with their hyper new monster truck, the Halix. It’s going to fisticuffs against Helion’s manic new monster truck, the Invictus. The third poll has a first round rematch of a third round fight from last year with the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 facing the Traxxas Summit. Can the MT4-G3 pull it out this time? You tell us. And last, but certainly not least, it’s Traxxas’ venerable Stampede 2wd facing the new hotness, Granite BLX.

If you’re on the front page, click the Read More button to see the polls, otherwise just scroll down to get your vote on.

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What's new: Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Ready for Battle

Ready for Battle

Want to do more with RC boats???? How about naval battles. would you like to go and sink your buddies boat. RC Naval Combat maybe just what you need, with small and quick to big and Beastly.

RC Naval Cannons

You should be able to find something that will trip your trigger. Firing BBs or small ball-bearings. These RC ships Can send your foe to the depths.

For more boat news on Big Squid RC click almost there

What's new: Friday, March 21st, 2014

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It’s been a very busy week over here so forgive me for being a bit scatterbrained! TGIF indeed.

As the pic above shows, I received my RC4WD Gelande 2 and have started the build. Thus far I’ve been very impressed with the kit. Everything was laid out in well marked screw bags or packed neatly in foam (many of the pieces are pre-assembled like the tranny, axles, and transfer case). The truck is loaded with metal goodies and the machine work is all top notch. The super detailed body feels way lighter than I thought it would be. Hopefully the heavy chassis and (relatively) light hard body make for a rig that isn’t too top heavy. I’m gonna finish her up this weekend and test it so look forward to some hot Land Rover action gracing this virtual space next Friday.

We just posted our review of Carisma’s Porsche 959 Rally and I strongly recommend you take a gander. Watching a big on road car being hucked repeatedly off a ramp is pretty impressive. Yes, Tim, Cubby, and the rest of the Bash Crew pounded the car and it took it like a champ. It’s becoming harder and harder for your scale columnist to resist splurging on a rally car, and doubly so with kits like that gorgeous Porsche readily available.

RECON G6  is coming up really soon here in St. Louis (April 12) and with my club “playing host” we have been putting in a lot of work getting the grounds ready for the influx of scalers. There is going to be a “Big Squid RC Driver’s Challenge” series of special gates on the course that I’m overseeing and I hope to give you a tease of that next week as well. It’s going to be comprised of several man made obstacles and a muddy frame twister section. Drivers are going to hate me!

And finally, forgive me for treading on Kevin’s territory but I want to talk helicopters for a minute. So I had been thinking about getting a quad forever when our latest quad shootout article went live (please note, I did not take part in the shootout, only edited the video and read the article). That kicked me over the hump and I decided to purchase the winner, the Ares Ethos 130 QX. I headed down to my local Hobbytown USA and plunked down the $100 to finally get my fly on. I’m a total noob to aerial r/c but this copter has been a joy to fly from day 1. The toughness of the platform cannot be understated – I’ve flown it into buildings/trees, it’s had several scary 100+ foot drops, and my 3 year old has had a few wrestling matches with the garage ceiling (the ceiling is undefeated FYI). You know what’s broke? One LED. It’s one rugged S.O.B. I’m definitely still a landlubber but in 2 months of owning the Ares it’s been nothing but good times.

Hopefully Spring has sprung wherever you live so you can get out and bash this weekend. It’s 70 degrees here so I’m counting down the minutes until I can leave the office and hit the rocks. Til next time!

For more scale r/c news on Big Squid click here.

Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper SC 2.2"/3.0" Tires Mounted
Do you hate spending time gluing up tires as much as we do? If so, the crew over at Pro-Line have announced pre-mounted Interco Super Swampers for short course trucks. These save time by coming pre-glued and are mounted on the proper offset F-11 wheels for a perfect fit on the Pro-Line PRO-2, Losi SCTE, and Associated SC10 4×4.

The part number is #10103-11, they have a street price of $36 per pair, and you can get complete information by clicking Right Here.

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