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What's new: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

RC4WD Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Sport Shock by ARB
RC4WD has announced new scale looking shocks and shock boots for your scaler rig. The Old Man Emu Nitrocharger Shocks by ARB give a perfect scale look, along with helping to improve your ride. The RC4WD ARB shocks come in 70, 80, and 90mm lengths, and cost about $35 a pair. Some of their other features include-

* Billet aluminum construction
* Utilizes an internal spring design
* Weight: .42 oz each
* Distinct Old Man Emu styling

The Super Scale Shock Boots are available in red, blue, yellow and black. These are made out of rubber, add protection, and fit a variety of ARB and SuperLift shocks. Price is $9 for a set of four and you can get more information HERE.

Click Here for more RC4WD news right here on BigSquidRC.

Spaz Stix Paint Review

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Recently several major paint companies have tossed in the towel. One of the few companies left is Spaz Stix. These paints are known for being very different and cool colors. While they make regular colors like blue, they also make Electric Blue Fluorescent. Why settle for orange when you can have color changing Orange/Purple /Teal. So besides the cool names, how does the paint go on? Do you have to be a pro to use the stuff? Keep reading to find out..

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RDRP Aluminum Option Parts for Durango 210 Series
The guys over at Revolution Design Racing Products have just announced a couple of new aluminum upgrades for the Team Durango 210 series. The first is a new Heat Sink Motor Plate. CNC machined from 7075-T6 aluminium, the new RDRP motor plate is designed to help keep the temperatures down on your motor while bringing up the bling factor of your ride.

The second is a pair of Aluminium Battery Stoppers. These are also CNC machined from 7075-T6 aluminium and are much tricker than the stock plastic parts.

Click Here for more RDRP news right here on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho ULTIMA RT6 Stadium Truck Kit
There was a time when driving a Kyosho 8th scale buggy was awesome, but you wouldn’t even think of racing their tenth scalers. Jared Tebo has changed all that, winning lots of races, and showing that the Kyosho tenth scalers are plenty competitive.

Kyosho has just released pictures and information on their new 10th scale stadium truck, the RT6. While the buggy class has seemingly been getting all the love lately, stadium trucks are still quite popular, and the new RT6 should be a strong contender in the class. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Mid and rear motor configuration
* 7075 hard anodized chassis
* Linear RB6 steering crank system
* Compatible with straight, separate and shorty packs
* Gull wing rear a-arms
* Big bore, velvet coated shocks
* Width: 328mm
* Wheelbase: 290mm
* Gear ratio: 2.6:1

The part number for the Kyosho RT6 is #30069B and it is listed at $599. For more information simply click This Link.

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What's new: Monday, September 16th, 2013

PROTOform Pontiac Firebird Trans Am
PROTOform has just announced their latest body, a 1971 Pontiac Trans Am. Once again the PROTOform crew has knocked one out of the park, the Trans Am looks awesome and it should perform quite well on your VTA racer or cul-de-sac speed machine.

With scale realism all the rage, PROTOform put lots of scale detailing into the Trans Am, examples of this are the shaker hood scoop, duck tail rear spoiler, and aggressive front beak. The Trans Am also comes with a spare nose cone just in case you crash as often as we do.

* Officially licensed by General Motors
* Lots of details for added scale realism
* Formed from genuine GE .030 lexan
* Fits VTA rules touring cars
* Comes with extra nose cone & hardware
* Extensive decal sheet is supplied
* Comes with over spray film and window masks
* Length: 17.87”
* Height: 4.17”
* Wheelbase: 10.24”
* Width at front wheel wells: 7.8”
* Width at rear wheel wells: 8.15”

The part number for the PROTOform ’71 Trans Am is #1535-30, it has a street price of $33, and it has a release date of September 19th.

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HobbyZone Duet RTF Airplane
Looking for something easy to fly to get a feel for the air side of our hobby? HobbyZone has a new plane for beginners called the Duet. The Duet is a very affordable RTF that is both easy to fly and easy on the wallet. Even better, everything you need to get up and flying is included in the box.

* Durable construction to help prevent crash damage
* 2.4GHz transmitter with built-in charger
* 3-channel control
* Bright, easy to see trim scheme
* Virtual Instructor technology provides control assistance, countering the effects of wind and turbulence
* Rechargeable 150mAh 1S Li-Po battery

The part number for the HobbyZone Duet is #HBZ5300, it has a street price of only $59, and they should start hitting hobby shops in late October. Hit up THIS LINK for more information.

Click Here for more HobbyZone news right here on BigSquidRC.

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The random name grabber has picked 25 More Winners for our Duratrax 400 Tire Giveaway! Thank you all as always for entering! We know not everyone likes to do things on Facebook, so we’ll make round 3 a little different! More on that later.. Lets get down to the good stuff!

Not sure what giveaway we are talking about? Check the OFFICIAL DURATRAX 400 GIVEAWAY PAGE.

Here is the list of the first 25! You will all be contacted via Facebook or Email in the next day or so. Congratulations!

Cory Delaney
Jeremy Weggen 
Shane Mccollom 
Donald Cook 
Shaun Duffy 
Shane Dunn
Steve Woods
Kevin Patrick
Charles Nichols
Justin McKee
Rusty Heath
Andrew Trask
Simeon P. Manalili
Devin Clark <— Devin C. Please drop us an email! Don’t have your contact info…
Chris Keiser
Jeff Lawrence
David Len
Will Smith
Kyle Henderson Cruise
Tyler Stephens
David Swann
Rick Putnam
Lane Howard
Howard Chancey
Jason Hartley

Didn’t win in round 2? Don’t worry! There are still 200 tires and a GRAND PRIZE to give away! Watch this page for the next round of entries, and what you need to do to win! We will be announcing round 3 rules shortly!

RC4wd Predator Track Fitting Kit for HPI WR8 Flux
It won’t be long until the ground is covered with fluffy white stuff, why not convert your HPI WR8 Flux into a wild snow (or sand, or dirt!) blasting machine? The RC4WD Predator Track Fitting Kit makes the conversion a snap. The RC4WD kit comes with everything you need to mount up their Predator Tracks, making your machine not only an off-road beast, but a real head turner too.

* CNC machined parts with black anodized finish
* OEM fit and finish
* Complete front and rear fitting kit
* Direct fit for HPI WR8 Flux & Ken Block Edition
* Front left knuckle (Black)
* Front right knuckle (Black)
* Two rear uprights (Black)
* Four bearing spacers (Gold)
* Four special 12mm hexes (Silver)
* Four extended output shafts (Black)
* Four 2mm OD pins (Black)
* Does not include RC4WD tracks- #Z-W0057, #Z-W0003, or Z-W0017 (about $120 per pair)

The part number for the RC4WD Fitting Kit is #Z-S0796, it has a street price of $79, and they are available right now.

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Tamiya Porsche 911 Carrera RSR TT02

The crew over at Tamiya have announced another new entry level car, this one based on the Porsche 911 Carrera RSR. The legendary Porsche racing body sits on top of the 10th scale 4wd TT02 chassis, making it affordable yet sporty to drive. Some of its features include-

* 1/10 4wd on-road kit
* Plastic friction shocks
* Clear polycarbonate body
* ESC and 540 brushed motor included
* Plastic bushings
* Easy to build
* Symmetrical suspension components

The Tamiya Porsche 911 has a part number of #58571 and it has an MSRP of $227. Hit up THIS LINK for more information.

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rc mainstreamAll the best stories start with “So I was walking through my local Fry’s…”.

So… I was strutting through the isles of my local Fry’s, just looking to pick a techno babble fight with one of their 19 year old greenhorns, and I stumble across a quite “hobby grade” looking rc car for sale. And not just one, but they actually had several on display. Now, you might not have a Fry’s near you, if not, they are basically your local Best Buy, only bigger and cooler, with more uber gear, with an immensely better buying staff (as in, at the corporate level). Your local Best Buy is most likely a train wreck from bottom to top with zombified morons working the floor, and a management staff clearly trained from the Bill Lumbergh handbook. So while it’s no big surprise to see some $29 quad sitting on the shelf at a Best Buy, it was a real eye opener to see some “hobby grade” looking surface products taking up precious shelf space at Fry’s.

However… those “hobby grade” cars weren’t Losi, or Traxxas, or Associated, they were manufactured by ZD Racing (Who??? Actually I know who they are, but I would doubt an average hobbyist has ever heard of them). I don’t have to tell you guys how much raw cabbage some of our big hobby grade companies have spent on mainstream advertising, yet when “hobby grade” looking cars finally hit my local Fry’s, it wasn’t one of their products.

I look at GoPro cameras in much the same light as Traxxas rc cars. At many events I go to, both are major marketing players, and when I sit at home often times their commercials are run during the same breaks. GoPro cameras aren’t “needed” by anyone, but due to some savvy marketing, a “need” has been created, and thus you can’t walk into any Wal-mart or Best Buy, or pretty much any electronics store, without seeing their uber display. GoPro is the Kleenex of “action cameras”, and now days the creator of the GoPro, Nick Woodman, is worth over a Billion dollars.

Nobody “needs” a hobby grade rc car, but with a great marketing plan Traxxas has been put on many a mainstream kids Christmas wish list. Much like a GoPro camera, Traxxas rc cars have become a highly desirable niche electronic, and arguably the name Traxxas is the Kleenex of rc. Yet… I can’t walk into my local Wal-mart and pick up a Traxxas product. It seems to me that if you were to replace the stagnant car stereo area (or GoPro display for that matter) with Traxxas product at your local Best Buy, the wonderfully marketed Traxxas product would fly off the floor, thus making more cash for the big box.

So what happened, GoPro made it into mainstream stores and Traxxas did not (yet). Is it an issue of the buyers dropping the ball at the big box retailers, or has it been dropped elsewhere? Is it a case of me being too far involved in the hobby, thus making me too bias to not instantly realize what the real scoop is?

All I can say is, from my perspective, that Traxxas has gone the extra mile (or ten) to market to the mainstream and ZD Racing seems to be reaping the rewards thus far. I would love to see a Traxxas (or Losi, or AE, or Thunder Tiger, or HPI, or Axial, etc) display in my local Best Buy and Wal-Mart. As a long time hobbyist, not only would it be just freak’n cool, but it would bring some clout to the hobby for my non-rc friends and family. Oh and I would sure love being able to go buy a-arms at 3 am in the morning while also picking up the new Star Trek movie on Blu-ray. Also, it might help non-rc’ers think that our hobby is a bit more legit, not just some dumb hobby that geeks do in dark alleyways with Urkel glasses on.

To really boil it down, I’m ticked that GoPro made it and the fact the hobby grade cars at my local Fry’s are ZD Racing. Uffa!

Anywhos…

We’ve got at least one cool review coming up this week, the Hitec X1 Touch battery charger. Stay tuned Tues-Wednesday’ish for that one, plus I hear there is one pretty decent sized product announcement coming out this week. Also, don’t forget we are still giving away a bunch of tires with the Duratrax folks, free is always awesome. Lastly, for you sicko’s that actually read all the way to the bottom, we are still in need of a couple more booth babes for the iHobby show the first weekend of October, if you know of anyone who might be able to stand around and look hot, shoot Brian an email.

That’s it, have a great week and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Saturday, September 14th, 2013

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We got our hands on Axial’s Jeep Wrangler Poison Spyder Wraith and it looks great! The color of this Jeep is awesome it really stands out and catches an eye! Looks like a sweet truck but you have to wait and see how it performs. Review coming very soon!!

Make sure to hit the Axial Racing website for info and details.

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What's new: Friday, September 13th, 2013

JConcepts Nissan Armada SCT body
Tired of the same old short course truck bodies? Yes, we are too. Here’s a fresh one for you, the new Nissan Armada body from JConcepts. This clear body will definitely give your old truck a new look.

JConcepts uses air escape passages to help fight the dreaded parachute effect, while a low profile roof line helps keep the center of gravity low. A rear spoiler is included for more rear traction and greater straight line stability.

* Fits a wide variety of SCT’s
* Scale inspired design
* Officially licensed by Nissan
* Hi-Flow areas to reduce parachute effect
* Fender flares for greater tire clearance

The part number for the JConcepts Nissan Armada is #0263 and it has a retail price of $43.

The weend is oh-so-close, you never know what you’ll find at the end of a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

You have seen the unboxing pictures, and read the Vaterra Glamis Fear Review, and now you can see it in action. We put together just a short video from some clips while we were out testing. Enjoy!

It’s Friday! Have you clicked a Mystery Link today?