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What's new: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

JConcepts Honeycomb Motor Mount Associated
If you are a proud new owner of an Associated RC10B5/B5M you are probably looking to uber it out. I mean, no self respecting rc’er goes to the track with a bone stock buggy now days.

JConcepts has been putting out loads of option parts for various vehicles, their latest is a Honeycomb Aluminum Motor Mount for the B5/B5M. Their new motor mount looks high-zoot and its honeycomb design helps make it rigid in multiple directions (to prevent bending).

The part number for blue is #2353-1, black is #2353-2, and they are priced at $25. For more details simply follow This Link over to the JConcepts website.

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Hot Bodies fans can rejoice. Not only does Hot Bodies have a new WEBPAGE, but it actually looks pretty good. They have added a blog section, featured products, videos and more. We were recently reminiscing about the old HB days, and it’s cool to see they are still staying on top of stuff over there.

If you are interested, head on over to the new HB page by clicking here.
Get more Hot Bodies news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, August 18th, 2014

CRC WTF-1 Formula 1 Kit
The WTF-1 Formula 1 kit from Calandra Racing Concepts is not only affordable, but also one of the fastest cars in its class. The WTF-1 was designed from the ground up to be a racer featuring a low center of gravity chassis, an ultra smooth 16 ball differential, and lightweight materials. For you bashers out there, it was also designed to be rugged with a 3mm quad axial carbon fiber chassis and durable front end parts.

The part number is #1500, it has a street price of $249, and they start shipping in the next two weeks. Get complete details at This Link over on CRC’s official website.

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Axial Rigid Light Bar Set
Your truck isn’t truly a scaler without lights, hence the reason Axial has released an officially licensed Light Bar Set from Rigid Industries. The Rigid light bar set looks just like its full scale equivalent and is sure to brighten up your nighttime trail drives.

* Comes with 3 different length bars
* Constructed out of plastic
* Mounting hardware & universal mounting brackets included
* Comes with instructions and clear LED lenses
* LED lights are not included

The part number is #AX31152, they are street priced at $28, and they are available right now. Here Is The Link you want for full details over on Axial’s official website.

Catch up on more Axial news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Cubby Quadcopter ShovelHey now everyone, thanks for tuning in to yet another Cub Report, where all the cool industry types get their water cooler fodder.

How was our SoCal trip? Man, I hate to use the word “epic” as it will make me sound arrogant (read- guilty as charged), but ya, that pretty much sums up our trip. If you are “in the industry” and read that (and we haven’t visited you yet), you would probably take that as we “landed” a bunch of new accounts. Quite the contrary, we aren’t the dinosaur media, we didn’t hit anyone up for money, when we road trip we go to simply touch base, rc bench race, and generally get in some serious face time.

So…. what made our road trip so epic?

Trigger time. We got in a lot of driving on this trip (or at least Brian and Tim did, I spent most of my time shopping for car parts). Yes, we get in trigger time every day, but getting the chance to pull trigger at new venues with the actual people that are shaping the industry is something special. For example, if we are out with the Axial crew bashing the new Yeti and we wonder why the rear suspension was done the way it was, we could simply turn to the guy next to us and ask, after all he was the guy that designed it. Or if we are over at Pro-line trying to destroy one of their PRO-2 trucks and can’t get it done, we can pat the guy that designed it on the back and tell him great job. Any trigger time is awesome, trigger time with the actual people that designed the product is truly something epic.

The food. I feel bad for our guy Tim, he had just kicked off a new diet and missed out on some pretty incredible grub. SoCal has a LOT of excellent places to eat, but even better, the manufacturers seemed to hook us up with only the best of the best. Sometimes that meant fancy dancy food at a high buck joint, but we even had kick ass food at a local mom-n-pop joint that didn’t cost much more than eating at Denny’s. Good eats is good times.

Face time. Yes, there is a place for email. Yes, text messages are great. However… nothing will ever beat actual face time. Whether it simply be rc bench racing, talking product specs, or trying to pry out info on upcoming vehicles, nothing beats face time for being able to read someones facial expressions or for being able to really connect with someone. We can run lots of ideas past people over email (and them past us), but doing that face to face in real life yields immediate and often times spectacular results.

So… thanks to all the people that opened their doors to us out west, we’ll have to roll out one seriously kick ass red carpet for you when you make it out our way.

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

YOUR Cub Reporter

Vaterra Chevy Blazer Video

The crew over at Vaterra have put up a video showcasing their new ’86 Chevy K-5 Blazer. In the video you can learn more about some of its features, more about its Ascender chassis, and you can even see it in action. Click the video below to check it out, and if you get one on Pre-Order before this Thursday you’ll even get free 2 day shipping from Horizon Hobby.

Click Right Here to read more Vaterra news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Friday, August 15th, 2014

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Our hobby has seen it’s fair share of great rivalries. Back in the day Tamiya and Kyosho duked it out in a battle for monster truck supremacy. Associated, Losi and the aforementioned Big K have been waging war on the race track seemingly forever. When it comes to bashing it’s been Traxxas versus….well, everyone I suppose (at least for the last decade or so). It’s looking like another great rivalry could be on the cusp of happening – Axial vs. Vaterra in the crawling arena. (Note - RC4WD is also popular but I’m not counting them because they make aftermarket parts for other manufacturers in addition to offering their own kits).

Oh sure, Vaterra has been releasing vehicles for awhile now, but nothing like what was announced last week: the Ascender K5 Blazer. The rig has the scale crawling segment all hot & bothered and it looks like Axial’s SCX10 line could see its first true competition for market share. By now many of you have probably seen the press releases and all that, so let’s cut through the BS and talk about why certain features have scale 4×4 enthusiasts excited. Click the “Read More” below. READ MORE

aquacraft miss seattle
Want to talk about wild? Unlimited hydroplane boats are some of the wildest and fastest boats on the water. For your bashing pleasure the crew over at AquaCraft have a new unlimited hydroplane on the way called the Miss Seattle.

The Miss Seattle is a RTR that comes fully assembled and ready to tackle the water. An unlimited hydroplane has to come with crazy power, so it comes with a 2200kV brushless motor that is recommended to be run off of a 3S LiPo battery. To put all that power to the water the Miss Seattle comes with a high performance ABS hull.

* 2 piece cowl
* 2.4GHz Tactic radio gear
* 30A ESC w/ stutter-bump warning system & rudder safety system
* Overall length- 18″
* Width- 4″
* Weight- 17.1 oz

Miss Seattle has a part number of #AQUB1822 and you can hit up This Link to visit the official AquaCraft website.

You never know what is behind a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

RC4WD Raceline Monster 1.9 Beadlock Wheels
Need some extra bling for that 1.9 scaler of yours? These black RC4WD Raceline Monster Beadlock Wheels can help give your truck the look you are after. These are CNC machined from billet aluminum then anodized in black for that tough off-road look.

* Officially licensed and highly detailed
* Fit on standard 12mm hexes
* Scale hex head bolts for realistic look
* OD- 1.9″
* Width- 1.08″
* Weight- 2.4oz each

The part number for the new Racelines is #Z-W0185, they are priced at $99 for a set of four, and they are available right now. Get full details by clicking Right Here to head over to the official RC4WD website.

Happy Friday to everyone out in rc land, why not click a Big Squid RC TGIF Mystery Link???

Axial 2.2 Walker Evans IFD Wheels
Need some new wheels for your Axial Wraith or AX10? If so, these 2.2″ Walker Evans IFD Wheels from Axial would look mighty fine on your truck. These use Axial’s Interchangeable Face Design that make it easy to change looks and work with most 2.2″ tires.

* Officially licensed by Walker Evans
* Three piece bead-lock
* Uses six screws for disassembly
* Breather holes are adjustable
* Uses plastic hub adapter

The part number is #AX31037, they are priced at $30 per pair, and they are in stock right now. Hit up This Link for full details over on Axial’s official website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Click Right Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

What's new: Thursday, August 14th, 2014

ASK Cubby

“QUESTION FOR CUBBY
Dear Cubby;
I’m a speed and bash rc truck person – slash and savage, etc. – but I really like the looks of some of the crawlers. And was wondering if anyone has had any luck modifying a crawler for speed and bashing. I realize they have a high center of gravity but I thought the wide stance and large tires might welcome a brushless system and performance oriented shocks. Your thoughts?
Blessings
Damon H.
San Rafael, CA
Ps. This is in fact the first time in my life I have ever had the privilege of consulting someone named “Cubby.””

Cubby- Hey ya Damon from California, thanks for the letter, shoot us your snail mail so we can totally hook you up with a BSRC sticker pack.

So… you want to mod-out a crawler and make it go really, really fast. Hey, I dig that idea. Throwing on some foams, a huge pinion, and a 6S 7700kV power system in an Axial SCX10 just sounds gnarly to me. If you do it, be sure and send us pics/vid because even I can’t wait to see one of those doing 60 mph speed passes.

However… I would recommend you simply pick up one of the new Axial Yetis. From getting in a bunch of time driving the Yeti, I have found it is a perfect vehicle for doing some light crawling, while also having the ability to do 40 mph speed runs and hit’n big jumps. It has the uber scale looks that you would expect from an Axial product, and performs like nothing else on the market. Oh and… from speaking to the Axial crew a couple days ago, they expect for them to start hitting consumer hands in about two weeks, get your order in now if you want one.


“Looking for a Rally Car
With so many rally cars out there, Which is the best onroad basher and light gravel machine? Looking to keep it scale or have the option for a scaled body. Subaru is a plus.
-Shane H.”

Cubby- Yo hey Shane, congrats on making the big time, don’t forget we can’t hook ya up with stickers unless you send us your snail mail.

To your question… it has been some time since we did our Rally Car Shootout, but it is still quite relevant today. For purely on-road use, I am personally a big fan of the HPI WR8 Flux. Compared to the others in its class, it has loads of power and handles very well on pavement. However, you may not be a big fan of its Ken Block/Ford livery.

For a Subaru fan such as yourself, the Kyosho DRX VE Impreza would also be a good choice. The Kyosho isn’t as good on pavement as the HPI, nor does it have as much raw power, but it still drives well on-road, and still has a solid amount of brushless power. Also of note on the Kyosho, its body is absolutely top-notch, and it handles off-road better than pretty much any other dedicated rally car on the market.

Make the decision, cut the check, insert Hugeeee smile on face.


That’s it for this week ya mongrels, shoot your letters/comments/rants/questions to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If (and I highly doubt it will) your letter hits the big time you’ll win a BSRC sticker pack or maybe even one of our new t-shirts!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Team Associated Shocks
Team Associated has just made it easy to upgrade the shocks on your RC10 Classic or Worlds Car with their new V2.71 Threaded Shock Bodies. The new bodies are designed to offer lower friction (for better action) and the internals are designed to last longer between rebuilds.

The part number is #7438, they are street priced at $23, and they are available right now. This is the link you want for full details over on Associated’s website.

Catch up on Associated news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Pro-Spec Shock Guide
Now that you’ve got that uber pair of Pro-Line Pro-Spec shocks mounted on your truck, it’s time to get them tuned in perfectly. You might want to go to softer springs for more traction, or harder springs for heavier vehicles or for absorbing those big roof jumps. To make that task easier, Pro-Line has put out a handy chart that lists all their different springs from super soft, to super hard. Check out the chart below to see how all their different springs stack up, or simply Click This Link for more information over on Pro-Line’s website.

Click Right Here for more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.