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What's new: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Unboxing ARRMA Granite Mega Series
Have you heard about the new Mega Series from ARRMA? If not, it is their most affordable line-up of vehicles with prices starting at $159. We recently received one of the Mega Series Granite Monster Trucks for review and took some pictures so you can see exactly what it looks like when you open the box for the first time. The RTR Mega Series Granite is waterproof, comes with a 15 turn brushed motor, and is priced at just $179.

Enjoy the unboxing pictures and our full review should be ready sometime next week. If you want more information on the Mega Series Granite Here Is The Link to its page over on the official ARRMA website.

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Carisma M40S Golf 24
All you Carisma fans will be happy to hear that 3 new models are now available here in the states.

The first new model is the M40S Volkswagen Golf 24. This is a 1/10th scale 4wd RTR that comes on the durable M40S platform. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Street price $169
* Wheelbase- 10″
* Length- 14.7″
* Track width- 7.2″
* 540 brushed motor and 2.4GHz radio system
* Shaft 4wd with 3 differentials
* Comes with battery and charger

The second new model is the GTMK3 Touring Car. This is a 4wd 1/14th scale roller designed for big fun in small spaces. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Street price $99
* Wheelbase- 185mm
* Length- 310mm
* Track width- 135mm
* Threaded aluminum shocks
* Full bearing set
* FRP chassis, top deck, and towers
* Slipper and 2 ball differentials
* Belt driven
* Clean body and wing

The third new model here in the states is the GTB 4WD Race Buggy. The GTB has been quite dominant overseas in small scale racing and finally we get a chance to wheel them here. The GTB is 1/16th scale 4wd roller that comes without electronics. Some of its features and specs include-

* Street price- $139
* Wheelbase- 190mm
* Length- 275mm
* Track Width- 205mm
* Threaded aluminum shocks
* Clear cab forward body and wing
* FPR chassis and towers
* Belt driven with slipper clutch
* Front and rear ball diffs

Click Right Here to visit the official Carisma website, or Click Here to visit the Falcon Hobby website where you can order one of the new Carismas.

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Pro-Line Car Stand
A good pit stand makes your car easier to wrench on and can make it look tricker when in the pits. Some of the latest to hit the market are from our friends over at Pro-Line. The new motocross inspired stands from Pro-Line are powder-coated blue and made from a tough alloy. They are made right here in the good old USA and even comes with holes in the top to hold your shocks while you build them.

The part number for the 8th scale version is #6257-00 and it is priced at $44. The 10th scale unit is #6258-00 and comes with a price of $34. Get complete details by hitting up This Link over on Pro-Line’s official website.

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HPI Crawler King 1973 Ford Bronco
First shown at the Nuremburg Toy Fair, then recently seen again at the HobbyTown USA Convention, the HPI Crawler King ’73 Ford Bronco is getting close to its September release date. With its release date right around the corner HPI has released some pictures and information to wet your appetite.

The retro schemed ’73 Bronco is made for rock crawling and mud bogging. It’s a RTR that comes with waterproof electronics so you can bash in any kind of weather. It also features over 6 inches of suspension travel, plenty for soaking up those bumps in the road. Some of its other highlights include-

* Officially licensed body
* High performance HB Rover crawling tires
* Heavy duty alloy suspension links
* 2.4GHz radio system
* 55 turn brushed crawling motor
* Locked differentials
* Nothing more to buy, comes with 7.2V 2000mAh Ni-MH pack, charger, and AA batteries for the transmitter

The part number for the Bronco is #113225 and you can get a bit more information at This Link over on HPI’s website.

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Pro-Line PRO-2 Aluminum Steering Rack
You can never have a tough enough truck, nor can you have enough bling. The new PRO-2 Aluminum Steering Rack from Pro-Line does both. Made from aluminum with a carbon fiber steering link, it has both the bling and toughness you are after. The rack comes with bearings for silky smooth performance, while an eliminated servo saver helps to give the most precise control possible.

The rack fits the Pro-Line PRO-2 SCT, Pro-Line PRO-2 SC Buggy, Traxxas Slash 2WD and Traxxas Electric Rustler. It has a part number of #6067-01, a street price of $42, and you can get complete details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

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What's new: Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2
Some have dubbed 2014 as “The year of the monster truck!” and it would be hard to argue otherwise. What is the latest monster truck to be announced? The Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2.

The e-MTA G2 uses elements from the first generation of e-MTA plus it has some new additions. The change that strikes out the most is its shocks. They are no longer a lay-down style like what was found on the original e-MTA, they are now a more traditional stand-up design. The G2 also comes with a 6S capable speed controller as well as 6 point wheel hexes with wheels designed to fit them perfectly. Also new is a more impact resistant body to stand up to all those big hits while out bashing.

* Low center of gravity
* 8 big bore shocks
* ACE 6S BLC-150C ESC & 2000kV motor
* Wheelbase- 370mm
* Width- 440mm
* Length- 620mm
* High grip road tires
* Waterproof, metal gear, digital 9.8 KG & 0.17 sec servo
* Cougar GP3 2.4GHz radio system

The part number for red is #6407-F111, the part number for blue is #6407-F112, but we have not heard if these will make their way stateside. Of course we will post more information when we get it, until then you can hit up This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger America website.

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Estes Proto-X Canopy TheToyz
If you’ve ever flown a bunch of Estes Proto-Xs at the same time then you already know how hard it is to tell them apart. On the same note, if you are a big fan of the Proto-X then you know there just aren’t many aftermarket upgrades available either.

Lucky for you TheToyz are big fans of the Proto-X and have announced some new colored canopies. These takes just seconds to install and come in either green or yellow. Finally your Proto-X can stand out in a crowd.

The part number for yellow is TOYZ 101 Yellow, green is TOYZ 101 Green, and they are street priced at just $3.99 each. Hit up This Link to get complete details over on TheToyz’s website.

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RC4WD Dick Cepek Fun Country 1.55” Scale Tires
The latest set of 1.55″ sized tires from RC4WD are Dick Cepek Fun Countrys. These are officially licensed by Dick Cepek and are molded from RC4WD’s super soft and super sticky X2 SS rubber compound. Not only should these tires give you the uber scale look everyone is after, but should also provide plenty of traction while out on the trail.

* Made for 1.55″ wheels
* Width: 1.42″
* Weight: 1.75oz each
* Outer Diameter: 3.74″
* Inner Diameter: 1.57″

The part number is #Z-T0124, they are street priced at $24, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on RC4WD’s official website.

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What's new: Monday, July 21st, 2014

Blade 200QX Quadcopter by Horizon Hobby – Review

200QX Up Close

In a RC World where quadcopters are becoming THE thing to pilot, Blade Helicopters took the popular 350QX platform and shrank it. Luckily, there was no movie starring Rick Moranis, but I did get the opportunity to give the 200QX Quadcopter a good test and you can see my thoughts on the aircraft after the jump…
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PR Racing SB401 4wd Off Road Buggy
What’s new over at PR Racing? The 1/10 scale SB401 4wd buggy kit. The SB401 is PR’s first 4wd 10th scale buggy and was designed to be ultra-adjustable to suit a wide variety of conditions. Some of its highlights include-

* Aluminum 12.75mm big bore shocks
* Carbon fiber towers and top deck
* Can use shorty or saddle packs
* Hard anodized aluminum chassis
* Full bearing set
* One piece aluminum motor mount

The part number is #SB401 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the PR RC website.

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Cubby with TP199 Truck at TORCThe other day I was on the phone complaining about the high prices of dry cleaning to Brian. I told him how every towel roughly costs $3 a piece to have cleaned and how that was just getting to be outrageous (which it is)! He commented on how he had never heard of “dry clean only towels” before and that if they did exist, I had to be out of my mind to actual own them. I had never heard of towels that didn’t need to be dry cleaned, well, except for those nasty pieces of cloth they call towels at hotels, and couldn’t believe he didn’t use dry clean only towels himself. Anyways, I’ve since been appointed a “towel snob” and now you know the story behind this week’s title.

Oh ya, and how about some rc? I don’t think so, why not go old school and talk moto first?

I’m certain you either attended in person or watched the coverage of the AMA Motocross National over the weekend. Yes, Jeremey Martin is killing it, the Dunge is showing his age, but most importantly, did you see all the different lines in the track at Spring Creek? Every corner had multiple lines, some just 2, other a half dozen, either way, all those lines are something us rc’ers can only dream about. Well, unless you’ve only ever raced rc and think one line tracks are the norm and the way things should be, and if that is the case, I feel very sorry for you. I can only hope that somewhere, someday, somehow, rc track “designers” get their act together and start doing what it takes to develop multiple lines, the racing for all involved is sooooo much better.

Speaking of rc… all the “big” new product announcements for the Christmas buying season are just around the corner. I am of course sworn to secrecy, but the X-Mas 2014 rc season has some pretty cool stuff ahead. I am chomping at the bit to say more, but if I do it means getting blackballed on further cool stuff, and I am not going to let that happen.

For even more teasing… did ya know BSRC is ten years old? As unbelievable as that might seem, BigSquidRC has somehow managed to keep the doors open for a decade. And lets face it, you know how we are, we are gonna have to celebrate! And just how does BSRC celebrate a decade of demolition? Well, by giving away some cool stuff to our way super dope readers, plus by having a seriously cool party. More info coming on these soon ya’ll……

And yes, even more teasing… our next shootout is well under way and we hope to finish it up next weekend. What shootout might that be? Our Gasoline Monster Truck Shootout of course. This is just a two truck shootout between the HPI Savage Octane and the Losi LST XXL-2, but for all you hardcore bashers it should be right down your alley. We are aiming for it to hit our main page in about 2-3 weeks.

But what about this week’s review? Oh yes, this weeks review is a good one featuring the Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy. The Mini 8IGHT-T might be small but it packs big power and the dastardly AVC that the old timers love to hate. Find out in just a few days how horrifically we treated the truck, and how long, or even if, it survived.

That’s all I got for ya this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Team C TC02C Evo Buggy
While it may be blazing hot outside right now, the indoor season is right around the corner. For all you guys headed indoors in a couple of months, Team C has announced their latest 1/10 2wd buggy called the TC02C Evo.

The Evo is loaded with many popular features and comes in a mid motor configuration for high bite surfaces. Some of the highlights of the Evo include-

* 4 gear mid motor design
* 8mm longer chassis
* Cab forward body
* Threaded 12mm big bore shocks
* Aluminum arm mount & rear sway bar
* Gear diff
* Fits shorty or saddle packs

The part number is #TC02C Evo and you can get more details by hitting up This Link over on Team C’s website.

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STRC TLR Weight Reduction Kits
Want to shave some weight off your TLR 22 2.0 or 22-4? If so, the crew over at ST Racing Concepts have some new screw & nut weight reduction kits to put your buggy on a diet. The screws are made from titanium making them both strong and light, while aluminum nuts are used to shave even more weight.

The part number for the 22 2.0 set is #STTLR-22-2 and it is priced at $39. The set for the 22-4 is #STTLR-22-4 and it has a price of $32. Both are available right now and you can get complete details at This Link over on STRC’s website.

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