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What's new: Monday, May 26th, 2014

Pro-Line Phantom body Tekno EB48.2
Tekno RC has taken off the last couple of years and now it’s fairly common to see them hauling around local tracks. However, there was not many choices when it came to aftermarket bodies for them. To help solve this problem Pro-Line Racing has just finished up their new Phantom series body for the Tekno EB48.2 buggy. Like other bodies in the Phantom line, the unit for Tekno has modern lines and is designed for optimal handling on track. Expect a street price around $27 and you can hit up This Link to check out all the goodies over on Pro-Line’s official website.

Have you seen our Pro-Line Buggy Conversion Kit Review? If not, you can check it out Here.

KO Propo  EX-5FH Transmitter
The folks over at KO Propo have announced their latest radio system, the EX-5FH. The EX-5FH features their DDS Direct Digital System which helps make it one of the fastest radios on the market. The new radio is also set up to be used with KO receivers that have an internal gyro (like the KR-212FHG). The EX-5FH allows gyro adjustments from the transmitter while driving and makes it one of the latest radio systems to incorporate electronic stability control.

The EX-5FH is shipping now and the unit that includes the transmitter, gyro receiver, and a servo has a part number of #10602. Expect a street price of under $200 and for more details hit up This Link on the official KO Propo website.

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

Cubby's PlaceI got slammed in the face last week, slammed by the fact that the gasoline powered trucks are finally making it to the market.

While I know it’s a good thing for the hobby (the added realism of the sound and smell of a fossil fuel powered engine), I am forever a hardcore electric guy, and the realization that gas might be taking over again, well, it frankly sent chills down my spine. Why?

Just before the 2000′s life was good in rc. Most people drove electric 10th scale buggy, tracks were quiet, you knew pretty much everyone at the track, and things were in a nice quiet routine. Then came the Traxxas T-Maxx. The T-Maxx set off a firestorm that our hobby had never seen before.

Perhaps the biggest change it brought to the hobby was nitro, for years afterwards that’s all most people, including first time noobs, wanted to run. It also fostered in the age of Ready-To-Runs. Before the T-Maxx most hobbyists wouldn’t touch an RTR with a ten foot pole, afterwards, that’s all “average” hobbyists wanted. It also brought about a huge change at local tracks and bash spots. All of a sudden there was a huge influx of first time noob drivers, some driving the right direction on the track, others the opposite direction, and some others were simply jumping every pipe and going which ever direction suited them. Yes, there were a whole lot of near misses, a lot of chassis bending slams, and plenty of the ever hysterical, rod stretching, nitro runaway. Seriously, the early T-Maxx days were insane, at the local bash spot, and on dealer showrooms. Dealers couldn’t keep the T-Maxx, or its incredible amount of aftermarket parts, in stock.

Now… I am fairly certain that even if the new gasoline powered trucks are superb that they can’t make the same kind of incredible change to our hobby like the T-Maxx did. But still, gas just might blow up huge giving our hobby a very nice shot in the arm, something it could really use right now. That might not be something us seasoned hobbyists are really going to enjoy, but it is for the good of the hobby, so we need to help out all the noobs the best we can. Yes, seriously, even if you really don’t want to, play nice and be good ambassadors for the hobby.

Btw, for gasoline powered machines to really take off they really only need to do one thing- perform like a 5th scale HPI Baja 5B. By that I mean they need to- 1. start easy, 2. rarely need carb adjustments, and 3. have such a long runtime that you get tired of driving before it runs out of gas. Can the new breed of 8th scale gas burners pull those three things off? Well… our review of the HPI Octane Savage goes up tomorrow, there you can find out just how close the first entry into the gas market comes to those 3 goals. But… even if the early entries into the gas market do not solve all the problems nitro had, give the R & D departments at the various rc manufacturers some time and I’m pretty certain they can work out the kinks. To boil it down, IMO it’s just a matter of time until gas takes over, at least for a few years (but I’ll be very happy sticking with my 6S MT4 G3 thank you very much).

That’s it for this week ya bunch of raving lunatics, support your local hobby shops and bash spots, and don’t forget about all the people that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Sanwa SGS-01C gyro system
Electronic Stability Control Systems are all the rage now days. The Horizon/Spektrum AVC system is taking off here in the states, it has proven to be an invaluable tuning tool when driving on slick surfaces.

Overseas, the Sanwa SGS-01C system has been available for a few months, but has now been picked up for distribution by LRP in Europe. The Sanwa unit was originally designed for the drifting crowd, but now that stability control has become more mainstream for off-road vehicles, it is being marketed for all surface vehicles. The Sanwa unit makes use of an internal gyro to automatically counter steer when the rear of the car breaks loose, thus keeping the car from spinning out. The SGS-01C is adjustable, and even offers an “Active Range” adjustment when used with select Sanwa/Airtronics controllers. For more details hit up This link over on the European LRP website.

Click Here for more LRP news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Sunday, May 25th, 2014

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Just a quick action shot from us bashing the HPI Savage Octane this weekend.

Get more HPI news at This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Friday, May 23rd, 2014

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It’s Memorial Day Weekend here in the States, so before getting into this weeks piece let me give a big THANK YOU to all the veterans out there! My younger brother (also a lifetime r/c junkie) just went on a six month Air Force deployment to the Middle East so a big hello if you’re reading this! Our soldiers sacrifice so much so people like you and me can go out and do nonsensical things like play with toy trucks every weekend. And playing with toy trucks is exactly what I’m gettin’ ready to do.

Well, toy cars I suppose. I’m taking my Pro-Line Pro-2 oval car out for it’s maiden race this weekend at the SmacTrac Midwest Shootout in St. Charles, MO. Speaking of that, I appreciate all the nice feedback I received for the build article last week. I know oval isn’t everyone’s cup of tea but it’s my goal to try and showcase some of the “r/c paths less traveled”. Anyways, I’m a bit nervous getting back in the saddle again for a competitive race. Will part #2 of the build series consist of a wadded up hunk of plastic and wires? I guess we’ll all find out soon, heh.

I’ve also been seriously wrenching on my Mega Truck preparing for the first Trigger King RC Mega Truck Series race on June 1st in Wentzville, MO. I put together the series with a couple friends and we’ve been feverishly working to create a difficult track full of mud, air, and close racing. I’ve also changed up my mud truck considerably since my last build article and I’ll be detailing what I’ve done to it very soon. Here’s our plans for the track, most of which is laid out and already finished.

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Ok all, I’m keeping it short this week. Enjoy the weekend, be safe and pull LOTS of trigger.

For more scale news on BigSquidRC you can click here.

Unboxing ECX Circuit 4wd 4x4
The ECX line-up has become quite popular among the bashing crowd, and the Circuit 4wd is yet another affordable bash machine from them. While we were unboxing our review ECX Circuit 4wd we took some pictures to show you exactly what it looks like inside the box.

The Circuit 4×4 is a RTR stadium style truck that comes with everything you need right in the box. You can see in the pictures it comes with the AA batteries needed for the transmitter, as well as a wall charger and 6 cell NiMH pack already mounted in the battery tray.

Our full review of the Circuit 4wd gets posted later next week, until then please check out the unboxing pictures, and you can hit up This Link over on the official ECX website for full details on the truck.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Click Here for a TGIF mystery link!

Losi LST XXL Gasoline Powered Video
Gasoline Fever seems to be sweeping over the rc world right now. The HPI Savage Octane has just hit the market, and the Losi LST XXL-2 is just around the corner (the latest we’ve heard is they are about 2 weeks from shipping).

The folks over at Horizon Hobby have released a new video of their gasoline powered LST XXL-2. The video features plenty of rough off-road bashing and there are several parts in the video where you can hear the engine working. From the video it sounds like the engine rips, and it looks like the XXL-2 is up for some serious bashing.

To learn more about the LST XXL-2 hit up This Link over on the official Losi website, and hit up This Link for a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

Asiatess Memorial Day Sale
For Memorial Day AsiaTees Hobbies is having a sale. Now through May 27th you can save 10% on all red, silver, and blue upgrade parts. To get all the details on the sale simply click This Link.

AsiaTees is also offering 10% off all car kits. This promotion runs through May 30th and includes brands like Serpent, Team C, and Tamiya. Hit up This Link for all the details and to find out which cars are included in the sale.

Click Here to get your 3 day weekend kicked off right with a BigSquidRC Mystery Link.

RC4WD Mickey Thompson 1.9 Baja MTZ Tires
Always upping their game in scale realism, RC4WD has announced some very cool looking Mickey Thompson 1.9 Baja MTZ 4.6″ tires. These licensed tires really have the authentic scale looks you are after and are molded in RC4WD’s X2 SS Compound for plenty of traction while out on the trail.

* Weight: 2.32oz
* Fits on 1.9″ wheels
* Width: 1.85″
* Outer Diameter: 4.6″

The part number is Z-T0123, street pricing is $29 per pair, and they are available right now. Get all the details at This Link over on the RC4WD website.

Happy Friday to you, why not Click Here for a BSRC Mystery Link?

What's new: Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

THE Team Durango DEX210v2 Buggy Review

Team Durango DEX210v2 Review

If you are an “old timer” then you probably spent years driving/racing/bashing a 2wd tenth scale buggy. Now days the class has had a resurgence in popularity, making it arguably bigger than it has ever been. The “new crop” of 2wd buggies are loaded with tech from front to rear, and one of the companies staying on the leading edge of 2wd buggy technology has been Team Durango. We’ve been bashing the living daylights out of their new DEX210v2 to find out if it’s just a race machine, or if you can actually have fun with it at the local bash spot. What did we find out? Click the “Read More” button to find out…

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JConcepts Foxy Battery Brace Associated B5 B5M
Over at JConcepts they have just announced their sleek new Foxy Battery Braces for the Associated B5 and B5M. Made from 2.5mm thick carbon fiber, these are both stronger and much tricker looking than the stock pieces.

The part number for the B5 rear motor model is #2349 and it is priced at $20. The part number for the B5M model is #2350 and it’s slightly cheaper at $15.

Check out This Link Right Here for more JConcepts news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Closed Cell inserts for Bashing

Hi Cubby,
I really like the ProLine Trenchers for bashing, but less so after they filled with sand.
I made a few holes in the tires to let the sand out, but that’s not very good for the foams. I noticed the pre-mounted Trencher 2.8′s have standard white foam.
And there I thought that Closed Cell foams were the thing to have for bashing since they don’t take up water.
Seems silly that even though these are premium “bashing” tires (35 euros per set) they don’t come with Closed cell inserts.
Boiling tires off rims just to replace inserts is rather contrived. Can’t BSRC poke ProLine for shipping Bashing pre-mounts (Trencher, Masher, Big Joe, Badlands) with closed cell inserts?
Thanks for great website.
Cheers,
Seth M.”

Cubby- Yo yo to the yo yo Seth. Congrats on making the big time, feel free to hit up Brian for some sic BSRC stickers.

Ummmmmm…. after briefly, very briefly, scanning over your email here is what I have to say.

1. You mention something about closed cell foams not “taking up water”. I can see you’ve never driven closed cell foams in water before have you? “Regular” foams soak up a ton of water, closed cell foams also soak up water, just to a lesser extent. Regardless the type of foam that you are using, you need to give each tire several good squeezes to get rid of as much water as possible after river running.

2. There is a good reason why foam that doesn’t absorb water is not used in rc tires. That style of foam would not absorb water, nor would they absorb all those bumps/lumps/divots that you drive over. They would drive like an ATV tire with 25 psi of air in it, not pretty.

3. I can tell you first hand that the Pro-Line crew is all over the issues that bashers have with tires (like water retention, pizza cutting, etc). However, none of those issues are easily solved while still keeping the price of the end product in check. Willing to pay $200 for a pair of tires/inserts? If so, I’m pretty sure they could fix all the ills you have. Want to keep prices where they are? Give the PL crew some time to come up with proper, yet cost effective solutions.

Thanks for the props Seth, go fast, turn right, sweep what’s left up with a broom.


“Shoot out suggestions

Hi Cubby!

Your guy’s shootouts are great! They really inform me on what batteries, radios, SCT’s, etc. to buy. But one thing I noticed was that, well, they weren’t really budget minded. They sort of were with your 2nd radio shoot out, but that was a $200 budget- some rtr’s are cheaper than that. So I was wondering, would you guys do a budget shoot out? And I mean a heavy budget, like $50 max (maybe less) for lipos and $75 for radios or something. Heck, see who can build the best car from a slash roller for under $150 or something. I want you guys to do this because there are a lot of kid hobbyists out there like me, who have to save for 4 months just to buy a battery. And I’m certain that you could probably find $40 gear that works as well as $100 gear. Why not try hobby king stuff? I know I just keep going on and on and I may sound crazy, but I am serious! Try cheap stuff! It may surprise you, it may steer you away from it! I really think it would be cool.

Oh, and why not a 2wd sct shoot out?

Thanks
Alec S.”

Cubby- Hey now Alec, if I remember correctly your email said something about you being from South Africa. If you didn’t already know, I am so all about zef style.

So… why no super-blow-out-uber-cheap shootouts? It’s because we haven’t gotten around to them. There are like a hundred great shootouts we would like to do, but each one takes a mountain of time, and we simply don’t have enough time in the day.

However… you bring up a great point, one that we, and many people in the industry, forget about far too often. There are a whole lot of hobbyists who are on super tight budgets and simply will not, or can not, crank out big bucks for rc gear. Being in the industry most things are “free”, or trades, and when they are not we typically have the cash sitting around to just buy whatever we want, but that is far from the case for many hobbyists. I’ll see what I can do about a super low buck shootout just for you Alec.

And… why not try Hobby King gear? Because years ago we made a stand. We could take Hobby King money, or we could refuse it, and we decided we would rather not be supported by them. Yes, as crazy as it might sound to some people, we actually refused advertising dollars because of our personal beliefs. We are not fans of what they (HK) have been doing to the rc industry, therefore we will not take advertising from them. Yes, we have reviewed some of their products here and there, but that was as a service to our readers to show them roughly where HK product was stacking up. IMO, while HK might be crazy cheap, you can still find “name brand” gear at roughly the same pricing when on sale/disco’ed/eBay/etc.


And that is all she wrote for this weeks ASK Cubby. Don’t be shy, hit me up with your emails at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Most likely I will never read your email, or even if I do it is incredibly unlikely it will ever see the light of day on our front page, but if it does you will get a free sticker pack. Oh and, for that one lucky person that wins “Letter of the Month” they get hooked up with a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter