If you have been reading BigSquidRC for any length of time, you know we are big fans of Pro-Line Racing. Their products are top notch, just like the people behind them. Yesterday we were once again lucky enough to visit the PL crew and learn more about what it takes to get all their uber products to market. During our Pro-Line visit we were also able to get a closer look at the new PROTOform F1 bodies, as well as their new Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XLs mounted up on an Axial Yeti. Both looked incredible and should be hitting the market in the very near future.
We would like to say an extra special “Thank You!” to Todd, Jessica, Gerardo, Matt, Tim, and all the good folks over at Pro-Line for once again letting us invade their home office. If you haven’t visited the Pro-Line Website lately, click Right Here to check out all their fine products.
California Dreamin - Pro-Line Racing
I’ve had my Pro-Line Faultline 1.9 wheels on my main Axial SCX10 comp/trail truck for close to five months now and in that time have beaten the tar outta them. Click the “Read More” below to see how they fared!
If you didn’t see it already, I took a lot of pictures over last weekend when I was at the IRCHA Jamboree 2014. I even walked out of there a winner! In a lot of cases, pictures do the Jamboree justice, but there still is a lot one can talk about that the pictures can’t start to describe. I thought I’d make a few points of what I saw whether it was pilots, products, experiences, or just things I wanted to point out in general. See what I have to say about it all after the jump!
Similar to Mythbusters here in the states, we can always count on Top Gear UK (yea yea, the good one, we know) to include some sort of RC madness every few episodes. Hey their intro used to show them holding rc controllers!
This episode had Jeremy Clarkson pretending to be a police officer, and he was showing off all the new hi-tec gadgets they could use to fight crime. Though I don’t believe they actually strap explosives to RC vehicles and drive them under criminals cars. I’m also pretty sure Jeremy wasn’t flying that ‘Drone’ so easily from a briefcase on his own.
Either way though, we are always happy to see RC being shown to the general public, and hopefully someone gets off their couch and says ‘heck yea, I want to do that too!’
LV Home Insurance Gallery
You can watch some of the police chase parts here.
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This past weekend I had the privilege to join my fellow helicopter and multirotor pilots in Muncie, IN near the headquarters of the AMA for the IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) Jamboree 2014. This almost week long festival is a combination of RC helicopter competitions, product showcase, and shopping for all things RC Helicopter. There were speed competitions, product demonstrations, partying, fireworks, and all kinds of fun. Don’t just read about it: check out the gallery below and a ton more after the jump!
IRCHA Event Gallery 1
This week the BigSquidRC Bash Crew is back in Southern California and yesterday we got a chance to hang out with the folks at Axial Racing. As seen in the picture above, we got a chance to bash with the Axial crew and I can assure you they bash as hard, if not harder, than we do.
The more time we spend with the Axial crew, the more we find out how hardcore they are for not only their products, but also about the people that buy them. They absolutely want everyone who buys an Axial product to have the best (and most fun!) experience possible. We would like to personally thank Rodney, Jeff, Brandon, Jamie, Andrew, and Matt for bashing with us, we had a fantastic time and really appreciated their hospitality during our visit.
Want to learn more about Axial? Check out their official website Right Here.
California Dreamin - Axial
Last weekend I loaded up the SUV and huffed it over the Mississippi River to the small town of Jerseyville, IL for a big r/c truck pull. The Central Illinois R/C Pullers (check em out on Facebook) were nice enough to invite me out, and it just so happened I had two trucks prepped and rarin’ to go (my RPM Mock Intake installation article last week featured one of them).
For those that don’t know how pulling works, it’s a cousin to drag racing. Whereas the object of dragging is to see how fast you can go, in pulling it’s how far you can go. Drivers pull a sled that transfers weight from a rolling to dragging load via a weight box that bears down on a skid pan the further a vehicle travels. Every class pulls the same amount of weight with distance measured from where the chain attaches to the sled pan.
The Central Illinois guys run the standard 30 foot track and give drivers two pulls; distance is combined to get a final total. 60” is max. If multiple drivers make 60” (i.e. full pulls) then there is a final pulloff where more weight is added to the box. Drivers then get one final yank for a tiebreaker.
CIRCP runs 3 main classes. Pro stock trucks are basically tweaked scalers with added front weight boxes (Axial SCX10′s are a popular platform and make quite capable pullers), and then the purpose built mod 2wd and 4×4 trucks pack big power and mega wheel speed. I had a great time pulling in 2wd and 4×4 (Modified and Smokin’ Mule trucks, respectively) and I’m already looking forward to my next trip up to Jerseyville. Big thanks to the CIRCP folk for running a great program and showing me lots of hospitality!
Central Illinois RC Pullers Gallery 1
Central Illinois RC Pullers Gallery 2
For full event results and more pics click the “Read More” below! READ MORE
Hot off the press at IRCHA 2014 Jamboree: SAB Heli Division adds one more collective pitch stunt helicopter to their line: a 380 Size (380mm approx blade size)! Called the Goblin 380, this helicopter only has 38 parts outside of bolts/bearings, which is the lowest part count for a helicopter of that size, EVER! Built to handle a 6S LiPo power system, this helicopter will definitely give the Align 450L Dominator package a run for its money! No pricing, but more details to come from SAB later this month or beginning of next…for now just enjoy the flyer above.
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In the latest LV Home Insurance Commercial from our friends across the pond, a young boy has set up quite the RC drift track in hit house. Around furniture, the family dog, and even up onto the dinning room table. (I still can’t get away with that!)
We love any time a company uses an RC vehicle in their commercials as it just helps spread the word about our wonderful hobby.
LV Home Insurance Gallery
You can watch the full eposide below.
Hard to tell what vehicle is under that body, but if we had to guess, we’d probably go with a HPI Racing Sprint 2. Thanks to fan Justin for sending in the tip.
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As the title states above, this is indeed a “quick-n-dirty” edition of THE Cub Report. Instead of laboring for days making sure the CR is something that would put anything Donald Barlett ever wrote to shame (read- in my dreams), today’s CR is mainly a quick tease.
This weeks CR’s has to be short because the BigSquidRC Bash Crew is once again packing for a trip to Southern California (we’ll be on the ground by the time you read this). This particular trip was supposed to be on the down low, but after getting numerous texts from people wanting to meet up, people who should have had no clue we were going to be in SoCal, it seems our trip didn’t stay a secret for very long.
With all that said…. of course I can’t say why we are going to SoCal, or who we are going to see during our stay. I can’t say if we are going out there to simply enjoy some smog riddled days in the sun, or because there are projects big enough to warrant the trip out. I can’t say if we’ll even be doing posts about our trip this time. If there are things of interest that can be posted on our front page, they will go up, but is NDAs are involved, we may not be able to post much, if anything at all. All I can say is that we’ll definitely try to post as much as we can possibly get away with.
So that’s it for this week folks, the biggest tease ever I guess. If you are a basher in the SoCal area and want to say hello (read- destroy some cars), we are on a pretty slammed schedule, but shoot us an email at the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page and maybe we can work something out. Until next week, go fast, spin tires, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.
YOUR Cub Reporter
For all you Associated RC10 Worlds drivers, JConcepts has announced a new body to give your buggy a new look. The Detonator for the RC10 Worlds car pays homage to several different old school bodies and is sure to make your buggy stand out at the track.
* Cab rearward design with snug fit to chassis
* Large window detail and reverse hood scoop
* Comes with 5.5” rear wing, decal sheet, and window mask
The part number is #0279, they are priced at $26, and you can get complete details Right Here on the JConcepts website.
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Over the last several months there have been a lot of product announcements. While the big releases rightfully garner the most attention, one of the smallest made me the most excited – the RPM Mock Intake and Blower set. As a guy who’s been into scale looking trucks for a long time, engine parts are always a pain to find. How many of you have spent $30+ on a scale model (especially the 1:16 scale Muscle Machines) just so you could pilfer the engine pieces to use on a build? *RAISES HAND* I had a truck just jonesing for a scale mill sticking out of the hood so I ordered one immediately after the product announcement. It arrived last week and I just got it installed. Click the “Read More” below to see how it went.
Now for something a little different, the new Arsenal 5.25″ Mil-Concept Wheel and Tire Combo from RC4WD. What are these wheels/tires for? These were designed for ultra-rough applications (like Robotics) but can be used to give your rc truck one heck of a different look. The wheels feature a flexible honeycomb for a smooth ride, while its exterior rubber tread is used to get traction.
* Fits on 12mm hex
* Injection molding wheel
* Weight- 6.38oz each
* OD- 5.32″
* Width- 1.24″
* Center Hole OD- 0.16″
These have a part number of #Z-W0180, a street price of $25 per pair, and are available right now. Hit up This Link for more details over on RC4WD’s website.
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