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What's new: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Himoto Bowie Monster Truck
The folks over at Asiatees Hobbies wanted us to let you know they now have the Himoto Bowie in stock. The Himoto Bowie is a 10th scale monster truck that comes RTR with either a brushed or a brushless powerplant. The brushless version goes for about $240, while the brushed version is priced at only $110. Want more details? Find them at This Link over on Asiatee’s website.

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What's new: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

STRC Screws Nuts Associated B5
The good people over at ST Racing Concepts now have weight reducing Titanium Screws and Aluminum Lock Nut Kits for the Associated B5 and B5M buggies. These kits weigh about half as much as their stock counterparts and look a whole lot better to boot.

The B5 screw/nut kit has a part number of #STCB5ti and they are priced at $32. The B5M kit is #STCB5Mti and is street priced at $36. Both kits are available right now and you can get complete details at This Link over on STRC’s website.

Check This Out for more STRC news here on BigSquid.

Estes Proto X New Colors
The mighty little Estes Proto-X has become a huge phenomenon. With their low price point and huge fun factor, everyone (and their Uncle, and their Uncle’s dog) bought one. However, if you’ve flown your Proto-X as much as we have, you already know they do eventually wear out.

For all you guys needing a new Proto-X, Estes has announced that you can now get them in Six Different Colors. The colors are the original black, plus green, purple, red, white and yellow. But that isn’t the only thing different on the new Proto-Xs, they now come with an Auto-Upright Stability feature that makes hand launching a breeze.

The part numbers are #ESTE48** and the price stays the same at just $39. To be the first person on your block to have a Proto-X in one of the new colors, hit up This Link over on the Tower Hobbies website to get yours on pre-order.

Click Here to read more Proto-X news on BigSquidRC.

Duratrax Onyx 110 AC/DC Peak Charger
The Duratrax Onyx line of battery chargers are quite popular among the bashing community- they work well and are priced right. The latest Duratrax charger to hit the market is the Onyx 110.

The Onyx 110 is a simple NiCd and NiMH charger that can be powered by 12 volts DC or off 110 volts AC. Batteries can be charged at 1, 2 or 4 amps, and it can charge packs ranging from 4 cells to 8.

The part number for the 110 is #DTXP4191, it is street priced at $24, and you can Click Right Here to get full details over on Duratrax’s website.

Hit up This Link to read more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, July 7th, 2014

ARRMA Typhon Buggy
First seen at the Nuremburg Toy Fair over the winter, the mid July release date for the ARRMA Typhon buggy is quickly approaching. The Typhon is big news not only because it is the first 8th scale to be released by ARRMA, but also because it will be their first 4wd.

The Typhon was designed to be a high speed-high power bash buggy, but perhaps more importantly, it was also designed to handle the rigors of constant 6S LiPo operation. Some of features and specifications of the new Typhon include-

* BLX 2050kV brushless motor
* Heavy duty gear diffs w/ steel outdrives
* Waterproof receiver box
* Adjustable battery tray with velcro straps
* Adjustable steel turnbuckles
* Aerodynamic body and wing
* High-impact knuckles, arms and hub carriers
* Pivot ball front suspension
* Center diff with ultra-strong spur gear
* Aggressive dBoots tires with foam inserts
* Waterproof BLX180 6S ESC with fan
* 2.4GHz ATX-100 2.4GHz transmitter w/ ARX-100 receiver
* Waterproof ADS-15 15kg metal gear servo
* Width: 12″
* Length: 20″
* Wheelbase: 12.9″
* Height: 7.2″
* Weight: 6.6lb

The part number for the ARRMA Typhon is #AR106001 and they have a street price of $429. To be the first person on your block to get one simply hit up This Link to get one on pre-order.

Click Right Here to catch up on your ARRMA news right here on BigSquidRC.

Fantom IONv5 Brushless Motors
Fantom Racing wants the world to know about their new IONv5 brushless motors. These feature all the latest in brushless technology and are designed to give you the extra power you are looking for. The IONv5s are available in a wide variety of winds and are ROAR legal. Some of the updates on the version 5 include-

* 8 grams lighter than previous model
* New stator and infinite timing adjustment
* New 3 piece can with an improved endbell
* The bearing on sensor end is now open for easier cleaning
* Large cooling vents
* High temp pure copper wire w/ certified wire gauge

Prices range from $95 for their Spec Edition motors up to $167 for their high zoot works edition motors featuring ABEC 7 hybrid ceramic bearings. Get full details at This Link over on Fantom’s website.

Get more Fantom news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

FPV RC CubbyTo mix things up a little this week I’ve decided to make THE Cub Report about some of my favorite hobby shops. I travel a lot for my “work”, so each year I am lucky enough to hit dozens of shops coast to coast. After all my traveling these are my top 3 hobby shops, the ones that if you are a gnarcore hobbyist you have to hit before you die.

3. A Main Hobbies, Chico California - While A Main is known primarily for their on-line sales, their brick and mortar is no joke. Their store isn’t the largest, but with their huge warehouse only about a mile away, it has to be considered one of the best stocked in the country. Want the latest Schumacher? No problem. Need to new Mugen? No problem. Quite simply they have all the stuff in stock that you wished your LHS carried. Also adding to the allure are their top notch tracks and the ability to get all the latest SoCal gossip from the guys working the counters. If you are in SoCal and want to get a real taste of rc, hit up the A Main shop.

2. Slot and Wing Hobbies, Champaign Illinois - Ok, so while A Main has every piece of uber new gear you could possibly want, Slot and Wing has a mind blowing amount of classic products. Slot and Wing, located just a few miles from the behemoths of Hobbico and Horizon, have been buying up “scratch and dent” items for years, thus making for an incredibly diverse product selection. Walking down an isle at Slot and Wing is like walking down memory lane (their classic body selection is particularly impressive). While many local hobby shops have a few leftover parts for older models, what makes Slot and Wing so special is the shear volume of older parts they carry. If you are into a walk down memory lane, or new to the hobby and want a real taste of what the hobby used to be like, plan a pilgrimage to Slot and Wing, some of the items they have on the pegs will blow your mind.

And now for my #1 favorite hobby shop here in the states…

RC Madness, Enfield Connecticut - Does RC Madness have the most gear? Nope, not by a long shot. Is it the most pristine shop you can walk into? No way. However, what makes them the number 1 shop in the country is how they treat their customers. Nearly every time I get to visit I am amazed at some of the things they do to help customers. The crew behind the counter are extremely well versed on the surface side of things, so you never get the deer in the headlights look when you ask for a strange part like you would at most hobby shops. Also, the shop owner Chris would do just about anything to make sure you leave with the parts you need. I’ve never known him to say “no” to even the most bizarre of requests. For example I would say something like, “Hey Chris, any way you can get me one of those #1 Phillips Hudy screwdrivers that only came in the XRay M18 kit?”, and his typical reply is never “No.”, it is more like “Give me a second and let me look.”. This inevitably ends up with him searching around the back, then walking to the counter with obscure part in hand and a price on his mind. In fact, I’ve seen him crack open brand new kits to get a customer the parts they needed. And when they don’t have the parts (or a suitable replacement) in stock, they have no issue going to great length to acquire them. To boil it down, the reason why RC Madness is #1 is because they go the extra mile (sometimes several extra miles) getting every customer exactly what they want. Oh and yes, if you are a hardcore hobbyist it is absolutely worth planning a dedicated trip just to visit Madness, they have multiple tracks to keep you busy once your spending spree is over.

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

YOUR Cub Reporter

XRay X10
The folks over at XRay have recently announced the 2015 edition of their X10 pan car. The X10 was given a slew of upgrades to make it easier to work on, drive, and to adjust. Some of the updates on the X10 include-

* Narrow chassis with new battery placement & weight balance
* Narrow rear pod
* Harder material used on new front arms
* Updated ride height adjustment
* New servo saver
* New side tubes and rear link brace

Want more details? Hit up This Link over on the official XRay website.

Click Here for more XRay news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Friday, July 4th, 2014

Some pretty cool video of fireworks shot with a quadcopter, thought everyone might enjoy! Go fullscreen and HD.

roughneckscalers-trailrun6Happy 4th of July!

I recently had the pleasure of heading out to one of the first official trail runs for the Roughneck Scalers Missouri Chapter and had a heck of a time. The club originally hails from California but recently expanded to St. Louis, MO due to the exploding scale off-road scene in the area.

The trail spot was Bangert Island Park in St. Charles, MO. The densely wooded trails run along the banks of the Missouri River and are a popular destination for those looking to get their scale on. While the park generally houses a wide array of terrain (river silt, rocky creek, dirt paths) today it was mud, mud and mud. The area saw torrential rains the night before but there are no rain outs in scaling. You kwitcherbitchin’ and get out there!

Despite the thick mud and awful Missouri humidity about 20 people showed up and we had a blast. It was also a lot of fun watching a few tug-o-war competitions take place on the sandy river banks. Motors were smoked, parts broken and a good times were had by all. Big thanks to the Roughneck Scaler guys for having me out and letting me wheel my trusty old “Missouri Mule” Axial SCX10 with them. For more info on the Missouri branch of the Roughneck Scalers you can check them out on Facebook right here. Have a safe holiday weekend everyone!

To see 5 more galleries of scalers getting very, very dirty click the “Read More” below.

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Noticed on last week’s episode of Street Outlaws on the Discover Channel, that Big Chief (Justin Shearer) has a good amount of short course vehicles on the wall of their garage!

Love it or hate it, it’s still great to see them up there, getting the word about RC! I think Big Chief needs to give us a call, and we can show him how it’s done in the RC world.

Just thought I’d do a quick mention of it as part of our RC On TV category. Need more? Click that link!

It’s Still Friday! Have a BSRC Mystery Link.

Basher Approved Team Durango DEX408 v2

We recently stopped by the Hobbico offices where we handed off the latest Basher Approved Award for the Team Durango DEX408v2 Buggy. Scott Cramer did the honors of accepting the award for the Durango folks while we were in town.

Team Durango DEX408v2 ReviewThe DEX408v2 has been hard to pry from Cubby’s hands. When he called it one of the best jumping vehicles he has ever driven, he wasn’t kidding! The Durango kit has been his go to buggy for a while now, and we decided any vehicle that can have that sort of effect on Cubby as well as the rest of us here, must be special!

Curious what it takes to get a Basher Approved Award? You can read all about them Right Here and also see who else has won the prestigious award.

Want to know more about the Durango DEX408v2? You can read our review at This Link.

Congrats to Team Durango, keep up the great work!

It’s Friday! Happy 4th of July everyone! Check out the BSRC Mystery Link.

What's new: Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

THE Losi LST XXL-2 4WD Gasoline Monster Truck Review

Losi LST XXL-2 Review

Hype, hype, and more hype, that has been the name of the gas game so far. The first offering, the HPI Octane, seemed to come up a bit short of all the promises. Hit the “Read More” button below to read our review of the second gas burner to hit the market, the Losi LST XXL-2 Monster Truck. Does it have enough power to be fun? Does it easily start every single time? Do you have to constantly tune it? Is it worth your hard earned cash? Make the jump to find out…

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