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What's new: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper 2.8Just like in the full scale world, the single most effective upgrade you can make to your basher is better tires. The new fully licensed Interco TSL SX Super Swampers from Pro-Line promise more grip with a great scale authentic look. These are designed to fit the popular Traxxas 2.8″ wheel size and come with the new high-zoot closed cell Pro-Line inserts. The Super Swampers are said to give slightly more side-bite than PL Trenchers, with similar amounts of forward bite. Pricing is $21 per pair and they have a part number of #10110-00. Check out This Link for more details.

Click Right Here to learn more about Pro-Line on BigSquidRC.

Big Squid RC 10 Year Anniversary Bash

I’d like to thank everyone who came out to our 10th Anniversary Bash event this past weekend to show their support and have a fun day of bashing! We had a record turnout of entries and spectators! Every time I’d look up from announcing the play by play for one of the events, the amount of people standing and watching was staggering. We had almost 50 individual entries with over 130 vehicles! And here I was worried there would be leftovers from that giant cake! That thing was gone in minutes! We had people from 4 surrounding states that I know of, there may of been more! Thanks for making the long drive!

The obstacle course event ran a little longer than expected, but that was mostly due to us never having run that many entries before. We will be better prepared for next time, thanks for your patients. The great thing about our location was people waiting on the next event could run on one of the available tracks so there didn’t need to be any downtime. Sadly, our Sumo Table was left in the wrong place at the wrong time, and got broken beyond repair shortly before the event was supposed to start. Doh! The figure 8 and demo derby events were not only a blast to watch, but the amount of carnage was cringe worthy. Congrats to Xerxes who won BOTH demo derby events that started with over 20 vehicles! He is on everyone’s radar for the next one. The long jump event was a blast as always, with people going HUGE! The amount of landed back flips was an impressive number for sure.

One of the highlights of the bash was the money we raised for charity. All proceeds after the track rental fee’s are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Between the entry fees, raffle tickets and auction we raised $1038! That’s One Thousand Thirty Eight Dollars! Thank you all!

I’d like to thank the Big Squid RC Crew for help making it all possible! Everyone had multiple jobs to make sure things went smooth, from setting up the events to entries and organization! Thank You to Kevin ‘Tomato Sauce’, Tim Mohr, Bill ‘Wrench’, Tiffany, 3DBill, and Adam the Intern!

We would like to thank our prize sponsors:
Hobbico and Futaba for the Futaba 4PX, T-Shirts, and other small items.
Pro-Line Racing for the awesome bodies, pit mats, t-shirts, glue and stickers.
Axial Racing for the incredible opportunity to give away the first Axial Yeti XL to a consumer! (Congrats Adam B!)
RPM for the Chrome Engines, camber gauges, parts trays, Banner and all sorts of other miscellaneous stuff.
Team KNK for the hardware kits and t-shirts.

I had so many people come up to me during and after the event to thank me for everything that we are doing for the RC community, and it really means a lot! It’s great to hear stories about how someone found our site, and our articles got them back into rc, or how our reviews influenced their last few vehicle purchases and they couldn’t be happier! We really love meeting and hanging out with all the fans, and hopefully we can do this more often in the coming years!

Special thanks to Leisure Hours Raceway and their crew for letting us host the event at their location. They were very helpful and accommodating with anything we needed. It was great to be able to take some of the events inside and get out of the cold Chicago weather.

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losi 5ive-t saleSeveral months ago our readers declared the Losi 5IVE-T the winner of our annual March Bashness contest. What does that mean? It means our readers voted the 5IVE-T as the king of the bashing hill, and for good reason, it is big, mean, and can take a beating.

The folks over at Horizon Hobby have announced a special offer on the 5IVE-T BND that extends until December 31st. When you purchase a new 5IVE-T BND you can now save $200 instantly. You get the discount at any participating retailer or on the Horizon Hobby Website.

Click Here to see how our March Bashness 2014 unfolded.

Exotek carbon fiber chassis Durango DEX210v2What is the single trickest upgrade you can put on your car? Oh ya, a carbon fiber chassis! Now you Team Durango DEX210v2 owners can do just that thanks to Exotek. Made from 2.5mm carbon fiber, it is ultra light (35 grams lighter) and flexes slightly than the stock aluminum unit to provide more grip. Best of all? It just looks SIK. The Exotek chassis will set you back $79 and it has a part number of #1459. Get full details over on the official Exotek Website.

Click Right Here for more Exotek news on BSRC.

Pro-Line Volkswagen Baja Bug Clear Body Axial YetiFully licensed by Volkswagen, the new Baja Bug Clear Body from Pro-Line will truly set your Axial Yeti apart. The Baja Bug is a perfect fit for the Axial Yeti and comes with window masks, a decal sheet, and over-spray protection. Street pricing is $37 and the part number is #3238-02. To be the fist person on your block to get one, simply hit the pre-order button at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

Can’t get enough Pro-Line news? Get More on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, October 20th, 2014

Ares Advantage Optim 80

Hot off of the delivery truck, aka Brian’s car, is the newest endeavor in a collective pitch (full 3D Capable) helicopter from Ares Advantage of the Firelands Group: the Optim 80 CP. I am excited to review this Ready to Fly helicopter and test my flight skills on this new design and stabilization system. The full review will be ready in the coming weeks, but for now enjoy the unboxing!

For more Firelands Group news on BigSquidRC, Click Here.

VBC Racing Lightning10 Pan Car KitWhile 10th scale pan cars don’t make good outdoor bashers, they sure can be fun indoors on carpet. What is the latest pan car to hit the market? The Lightning10 from VBC Racing.

The tenth scale Lightning10 is perfect for the popular World GT class held here in the states. The Lightning10 was designed with versatility in mind. For example, it comes with two different servo mounts, one for regular size and one for a smaller 12th scale style servo. Its chassis also makes it easy to change weight bias when using a shorty style LiPo battery. Some of its other features include-

* 2.5mm carbon fiber chassis
* Adjustable bumper to fit a wide variety of bodies
* Adjustable wheelbase
* 7075 aluminum bulkhead, caster blocks, steering knuckles, motor mount, rear axle mount & chassis brace mount
* Slop free composite materials

Street price is $299 and they should start shipping in early November. Complete details can be found over on the official VBC Racing website.

Never heard of VBC before? Find out more on BigSquidRC.

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The guys over at Vaterra have recently released a new scale kit with many new ideas that simply aren’t availible anywhere else. Earlier this week I was able to get my hands on a brand new Vaterra Ascender kit! This truck  has had all sorts of rumors going around about it, good and bad honestly I belive there is some serious potential here for some major competition to the Axial scx10. While opening up the box I took a few pictures to show the quality and organization of the packaging, I’ve already started wrenching on it so watch for the full review very soon!

For more details check out This Link over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

Click Right Here to read more Vaterra news on BigSquidRC.

cubby chairA decade of bashing down, BSRC is officially 10 years old, even we can’t believe it. Nor can we believe that a lil’ ole website like ours could help change the face of rc, but it has.

So where do we go from here? Ya, for sure it’s hard to top what we’ve done, but being who we are we are going to keep pushing the limits like we always have. I can’t say for sure where the next ten years will take us, all I can say is that we are more dedicated than ever to trying new things and promoting the rc hobby as much as we can. As long as we continue to put out lots of quality original content offering a look at the hobby like nobody else can, we’ll do fine.

More than anything during our look back at the first ten years we are grateful. A website like BSRC doesn’t exist without a TON of help. Help from dozens/hundreds of fellow bashers for helping with the site, on reviews, attending our bashes, and reading every day. It also doesn’t exist without the industry. BigSquidRC isn’t made up of a half dozen bashers/writers, it truly is a culmination of a whole lot of people on the basher side of the hobby that still like to have fun. To everyone that reads and supports BSRC we give you a Huge Thank You. You are the ones that made it possible for BSRC to make the 10 year mark and we salute you.

So… what’s going on this week at BSRC? We have a lot on our plate (as usual). With any luck you’ll read full coverage of our 10 Year Anniversary Bash tomorrow. We are also going to try and have an EPIC week for reviews – the Futaba 4PX transmitter, the Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT, and the Vaterra K-5 Blazer.

So that’s all for this edition of THE Cub Report, I’m back to work on reviews for now. Have a great week and I hope all of you get in some serious trigger time. Oh ya, support your local hobby shops when you can, our hobby can not exist without them.

YOUR Cub Reporter

T-Bone Racing Differential Skid Plate Axial AX10 RidgecrestT-Bone Racing sure makes a wide variety of products. From wheelie bars to bumpers, they are doing their best to keep bashers from busting up their cars.

One of their latest creations is a Diff Skid Plate for the Axial Ridgecrest. The skid plate is aimed for the truly gnar-core off-roader and comes with a lifetime warranty. It is priced at $13 and includes everything needed for a clean install. These have a part number of #12015 and are available for your bashing pleasure right now. Get full details over on the official TBR Website.

Want to see what else T-Bone Racing has been up to? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

AKA Double Play Nut DriverWe are all about saving space and having the right tool for the job. Enter from stage left, the new AKA Double Play Nut Driver. The Double Play has a machined aluminum handle to shave weight, while it saves space by putting both a 5.5 & 7mm socket into one wrench. A hard anodized finished gives it a cool factory look and it has a street price of $29. If you want to get one on order, it has a part number of #44004 and they are expected to start shipping in about 2 weeks. For even more details hit up This Link over on the official AKA website.

Want more AKA news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Friday, October 17th, 2014

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Woo Hoo! It’s time for another edition of SquidInk! This one gets a little deep while tying in some recent headline news. We will see who gets it, or if we need to keep it to tree and porta-poty destruction. :)

Don’t forget to click the pic above for the full size if you can’t see the text that well, and hit those share buttons to show your friends.

Enjoy!

Looking for previous comics? Click Here to see all of them to date.

bigfoot-open-house-trigger-king-monster-truck-race002014 has been a year of monster truck resurgence in the r/c industry. One has to look no further for evidence than right here at BSRC, as our review went live this week for basher of the year contender, the Pro-Line Pro-MT monster truck. What better way to end the week then, than with a recap of a major monster truck event that went down last weekend (both r/c AND 1:1); the Bigfoot 4×4 Open House and Monster Truck Spooktacular.

This free event has always taken place at the Bigfoot shop in Hazelwood, MO as a way to say thanks to the fans. With it growing in popularity each year, they decided to to move it to the bigger confines of Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL. The event was an all day affair as pit party festivities took place all morning/afternoon giving way to a big show in the evening. We rolled in at 8am and watched as the big trucks got setup on the premises. Once they were staged for their displays (7 Bigfoot trucks were on site) we got out the r/c stuff and setup our track. We laid out several scaled down versions of what you’d find at a full size show and went to town all afternoon.

We ran several sessions of racing with both old school retro trucks and modern race machines. When that was finished we topped it off with a big freestyle show (complete with mini Jet jump!). When the dust settled it was Josh Rhodes and his sweet Grave Digger Clodbuster taking home top honors for the race class, and Chris Blank doing the same in retro with his classic Sassy Chassis’d Clod. Danny Maass took home the freestyle win (judged by several Bigfoot team members and hardcore fans) with his “Heavy Hitter” Axial based monster truck.


Finally, as the sun went down the big boys came out to play. Despite being very muddy the whole fleet of trucks put on a heck of a show. It was especially cool seeing Bigfoot #1, the original monster truck, lead the fleet into battle. There was even an appearance by the 10 foot tall tired Bigfoot #5, the biggest pickup in the world, making a super rare car crushing performance!

Big thanks to the Bigfoot crew for letting BigSquidRC be a part of the action, especially to team members (and r/c racers) Bob Chandler Jr. (helped organize the r/c portion with me) and Danny Maass (shooting pics when I was running a truck or trying to keep everything moving). I also want to say thanks to the Trigger King R/C club for putting in the time and effort to make the event a success, and of course to the Big Squid readers that said hey and scored some stickers.  We are already making plans to do it bigger next year…hopefully the whole BSRC bash crew can make an appearance for total r/c anarchy!

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