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What's new: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

Vaterra Halix Pro-Line Body How To
The single biggest difference you can do for the looks of your truck is to change its body. Changing out the body will make your truck look different from everyone else’s at the local bash spot, and in some cases, can even improve performance. For those reasons changing the body on our Vaterra Halix was a “must do” project.

In years past, prepping, masking, painting, then trimming a new body took hours. For people with little free time it can hard, if not impossible, to find a free evening to paint up a clear body. Thankfully pre-painted bodies are becoming more and more common, most of which can take less than 15 minutes to mount up.

For our Halix project we were looking for a scale looking body that came pre-painted. Our friends over at Pro-Line Racing had just what we were looking for, a red pre-painted Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The body has a gorgeous scale look and takes under a half hour to install, perfect!

Here are the steps to installing a pre-painted body on your Halix-

1. Drill the rear body holes. Test fit the new body on top of the truck. Use a Sharpie or hobby knife to make marks on the under side of the new body where the body posts are resting. Once you have double checked to make sure your markings are where you want them, bust out the body reamer and make the holes. Helpful hints- we used a hobby knife to mark where the holes should be front-to-back on the body, and a pair of calipers set to make sure the holes were the proper distance apart. Also, start with a very small holes just in case you are a little bit off.

2. Drill the front holes. Put the new body on and clip it down in the rear, then make two more marks on the underneath side of the body where the front body posts touch. Once again, break out a body reamer to make a pair of appropriately sized holes.

3. Set the height of the body posts. We lowered the body posts on our Halix by two holes front and rear to get the look we were after. This is quite easy, use a 1.5mm hex wrench to remove the four screws required to lower (or raise) the posts.

4. All done! Put in a freshly charged battery pack and get some bashing in! Our Halix has a trick new look and Pro-Line bodies are known for taking a good beating.

Next up in our hop-up series is how to install MIP CVDs on the Halix. Until then you can Click This Link to read more how-to articles on BigSquidRC.

Tomato Sauce with AMAAs my picture shows, I am excited this Raging Rotors because I am now eligible to fly at all Offical Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) flying fields all over the United States. This membership is good for all pilots looking to fly, for while flying on official fields you are provided with a significant insurance package to protect yourself from accidents besides including a subscription to Model Aviation magazine. Full membership prices vary based on what you plan on flying, so stop by your local hobby shop or visit the AMA website by clicking here for more details.

Which leads me to the main topic: clubs. I recently became a member of my local flying club, and boy is there a great untapped knowledge base there! From flying helicopters and planes to building them to learning the basics (and physics/engineering) behind aircraft and other RC Technology, the guys at the local club sure have a lot of information to share! Granted the RC Surface world isn’t always as organized (lack of national membership hub, goverment sponsored driving areas, etc), but don’t hesitate to Google local clubs, search around, and get a hold of some to find a new source of fun for your hobby. For you Chicago Suburbs pilots, the local club I joined can be found via this website and anyone can find information about their local clubs (including more clubs in the Chicago metropolitan area) by searching online using This Link. I was able to connect with a professor from my alma mater in my club who also enjoys custom multirotor aircraft, so that may be something to look forward to in the future for all of us.

In other news, the first Raging Rotors build series is coming soon, which will be in addition (if possible) to the usual article. I cannot wait for you guys to see all the fun stuff I’ve been working on the past few weeks. Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Parma SpeedFlo SCT Body
The folks over at Parma have redesigned their SPEEDFLO body with more cab forward styling and updated aerodynamics. The new body, the SPEEDFLO 2.0, fits all popular 1/10 short course trucks and is said to have more front down force than the previous model. The updated aerodynamics can give your truck more steering and less chassis roll, while large vent holes are easy to cut out and help prevent parachuting over big jumps.

The SPEEDFLO 2.0 comes in .040″, part number #1243, and in .030″, part number #1243L. Both are priced at $41 and you can get more information by hitting up the official Parma Website.

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Ofna SSe Electric Buggy
If you want to go really fast on dirt, brushless 8th scale buggies are the weapon of choice by many a basher. The guys over at Ofna have a new brushless 1/8th scale buggy hitting the market, the Hyper SSe. The SSe comes with a high performance brushless power system and has a deep battery tray with velcro straps that allow for a variety of battery pack configurations. The SSe also comes with a tough anodized aluminum chassis and big bore shocks to handle the roughest terrain at your local bash spot.

The part numbers for the SSe are #14360 for orange, #14361 for blue, and they have a street price of $459. To get more information simply Click This Link to visit the official Ofna website.

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[Update: Polls are closed. We're going to take the weekend off and spend that time carefully reviewing the final results, after some earlier poll spamming shenanigans. Stay tuned to the front page for the Championship round and our big March Bash-ness give away entry information. Monday is the day that the end begins.]

This is it. The Dance is almost over. 12 have been sent packing and four are left. Round 2 saw some very surprising results. The Halix handily handed the EXO Terra it’s pink slip. The Arrma Granite BLX took down the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 (wait… what?! I just…). Losi’s fire breathing 5ive-T JUST BARELY squeezed by the Ten-SCTE, seriously, three votes… THREE VOTES, separated the trucks at the end. And it really came down to the wire, I had to change the graphics a few times, thinking the voting was over, only to have another vote or two sneak in and change the results. And finally the Traxxas Stampede 4×4 unceremoniously kicked the HPI Savage Flux HP (wait… what?! I just…) out of the competition.

So that leaves us four. The Vaterra Halix is taking on the Arrma Granite BLX in what promises to be a very good match-up between two very good trucks. The second match puts Losi’s 5ive-T up against Traxxas’ Stampede 4×4, two more disparate trucks I don’t think you could find.

Quite frankly, we didn’t expect this group of trucks to make it this far. Not that they’re bad or disliked trucks, in fact all of them are much loved platforms around the offices. But the Selection Round numbers showed greater interest in other, now eliminated, trucks. As previous years have shown (2012 anyone?), March Bash-ness is always surprising.

This round will run until 11:59 pm CDT on April 3rd. If you’re on the front page, click the Read More button to hit the polls, otherwise just scroll on down and tap that… vote button.

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Duratrax r/c paint
Pactra left a big hole in the paint market when it was discontinued, leaving many customers wondering where they would get their favorite colors from. Whenever there is a demand, there will be someone to fill in the supply, and now we’ve learned that Duratrax is coming out with a new R/C paint line-up. The Duratrax R/C Paint line will feature a wide variety of colors and be available in both rattle cans and for the airbrush crowd. No pricing or release date information has been announced yet, but we will post when we receive it.

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What's new: Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

cubby_roar
I was hoping he would give some sort of final ‘Goodbye from The Cub Report’ but apparently that’s not how he rolls. We are sad to see him go, and believe me, the counter offers were BIG. We wanted to do something special, but he really wanted to just fade away. Cubby’s last day was this morning at Big Squid. I can’t really give too many details, I’ll let him do that from his new office if he chooses to do so. The short version, it sounds like ROAR decided, if you can’t beat him, or get him to shut up, hire him! Starting in a few weeks, our own Cubby will be the new front man/face of ROAR! He thinks he’s going to be making changes, and helping convince the powers that be put an end to 5 days of qualifying, and endless hours of sitting around sniffing glue. He thinks he can convince them that off-road tracks should once again consist of dirt, and bumps, and well.. off-road. Personally I think he has already drank the company koolaid, and can’t see that this is just a ploy to get him to stop the bad mouthing. They are too far gone to make it right.

That being said, we get emails from disgruntle former industry insiders on a weekly basis asking to contribute, so while there may be a change in appearance, we are looking at it as a regeneration. Think of it as time for a new ‘Doctor’. If you think you can fill the shoes, drop us an email. Believe me, it’s not as easy as it looks… or maybe it was..

Jeep Buys Axial
In unprecedented industry news, full scale manufacturer Jeep has announced it bought rc manufacturer Axial. Never before has a full scale company ventured into the small scale world, but that might explain why Axial has only been putting out only fully licensed Jeeps for new models. On the other side of things, we’ve learned that there might very well be a full scale Axial G6 Edition coming out. This will set on a tricked out full scale Jeep platform with Axial livery, and each vehicle will be signed on the dash by none other than G6 frontman Brian Parker. Put me down as first in line for that one!

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Vaterra Craigslist
It has been reported today that a Naperville Illinois man bought a Vaterra Nissan GTR off of Craigslist for $75,000. While a Vaterra sells for under $300 at a local hobby shop, because of the cars incredible scale realism a seller was able to pass one off as the full size version in a Craigslist ad for 75 grand. It just goes to show that there is a sucker born every minute.

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What's new: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Basher Bearing Tips
Bashers just might be harder on bearings than anyone else on the planet. We run them through water, mud, sand, and dust, then subject them to the high RPMs of our power systems, pretty much a worst case scenario for the life of a bearing. Recently I got with Thomas Boothe over at Boca Bearings to see if he had any bearing tips for us bashers. This is what Thomas had to say-

“The most important thing to realize is that just like tire compound and spring stiffness, different bearings should be used in different environments. The first and simplest thing to understand this is that metal shielded bearings are for on road use (clean environments) and rubber sealed bearings are for off road (dirty environments). Boca offers many different options in both varieties.

For bashers running in mud or off road conditions a great option is our Econo rubber sealed bearings with contact seals. Contact seals will touch the inside and outside race and will keep dirt out and lube in, making these bearings maintenance free

For on road we first recommend our Econo metal shielded bearings with a light oil for lubrication.

For bashers looking for an upgraded off-road experience, our Green Seal and Yellow Seal bearings are great places to start. Green seal bearings would be the first step, being a tried and proven bearing with slightly less drag than the Econo version, they retain the maintenance free aspect. The next option would be the Yellow Seal Ceramic Hybrids, again these are for off-road use, maintenance free, and slicker and faster than both the Econo and Green Sealed versions.

The upgrade option for on-road use would be the Ultra Seals, which are a non-contact labyrinth type Teflon seal, also maintenance free. The ultra seal is also available in the ceramic hybrid version for the next upgrade.

If you are looking for the highest level of performance, Boca offers a high performance Orange Seal Kits that will give you the ultimate competitive advantage. These are non-contact Ceramic Hybrids and are virtually friction less. These are used by our ultra competitive guys looking to save every 10th of a second off there lap time.The orange seal bearings are available for on-road with oil lube and off-road with grease lube, both maintenance free.

No matter which route you choose you will always have the piece of mind knowing Boca stands behind everything 100%! Not only that, all of our bearings will out last stock manufacturer ones.”

So there you have it from Thomas the bearing expert, use good quality shielded bearings to keep your off-roader running smoothly. Feel free to hit up the Boca Bearing Website for more information on all the different bearings they produce.

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RC4WD LED Light Bar
In their quest to have the trickest products on the trail, RC4WD has announced a new 1/10 SMD LED Light Bar. This high performance light bar is not only designed up to brightly light up the trail, but to also add even more scale realism to your truck.

* Uses 20 individual LEDs
* Adjustable brackets for easy install
* Vented sides to dissipate heat
* Comes with standard receiver plug
* Designed to work on 7.4 volts
* Overall Length: 4.81″
* Overall Height: 0.81″
* Weight: 1.44oz

The light bar has a part number of #Z-E0056, a street price of $39, they are available right now, and you can get full information at This Link over on RC4WD’s website.

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THE Cub Reporter“Hey Cubby, who killed off scale short course buggies?” was the text message that woke me up wayyy too early last Tuesday morning. I guess one of my SoCal industry buddies thought that was a great question to get my day started, LOL. Don’t worry, I returned the favor yesterday morning (Sunday) to him, I’m quite certain he loved my multiple text messages at 4:30 am his time. LOL

Why would he say such a thing about short course buggies? Are they really dead? Well… they aren’t dead, that’s for sure. For example, Pro-Line just released their scale buggy conversion for the PRO-2, and if Pro-Line is doing it, it is far from dead. Another example is 2 of our staffers drive their SCBs on a nearly daily basis (they much prefer how they drive compared to an SCT), and we see more of them out bashing than we see of their smaller UFO counterparts. However, SCBs, which are great for the long term health of the hobby (due to their scale appearance and larger size than UFO buggies), haven’t been getting as much support from the industry as they should be. Losi killed off their SCB a long time ago and Axial disco’ed the EXO too. The Associated SC10B is alive, but it and the Pro-Line conversion are now the only options for a high performance “scale buggy”.

Losi and AE could have intro’ed their new platforms (22 and B5 respectively) as short course buggies, but instead they went the traditional UFO route. If either of those platforms would have first debuted as scale buggies (and later made into UFOs & stadium trucks), it would have shown some real leadership, something that would have looked great for either/both companies, and have given a real boost to a genre that is nothing but good for the hobby.

I have no inside info on why AE & Losi did not intro their new platforms as scale buggies, but a possible reason may have been rc’s sanction body not pushing them at all. Had “our” sanctioning body pushed short course buggies from their resurgence (or heck, just stuck to their guns on scale realism from the beginning of the class wayyy back in the day), perhaps we would already have an Associated SC10B5 and Losi 22-SCB on store shelves. Unfortunately our sanctioning body is all about the status quo, seemingly trying to keep everything the same as it was in ’89, instead of progressing forward into modern times where scale appearance is not only nice to look at, but huge for sales among new hobbyists.

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

YOUR Cub Reporter

Outerwears Losi Desert Buggy XL
For all you Losi Desert Buggy XL owners, the crew at Outerwears have announced a Pre-Filter and Shockwears for your big bash machine.

Shockwears can help protect your shocks and come in a wide variety of colors, while the Pre-Filter helps to keep dirt, water, and other nasty stuff out of your engine. Expect street prices to be around $17 for the pre-filter, $45 for the Shockwears, and you can hit up This Link to check out the official Outerwears website.

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