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Hey Guys, join us for our Big Squid RC Live Show #6! The fun kicks off at 9pm cst! Come join in the action, watch us talk about the latest in RC news, answer questions live from viewers, and just have a good time.

Update: The Live show is over, the replay is available above or on our YouTube channel. Thanks to all the readers who stopped by in the chat and asked questions.. that was the most we have seen yet! Very Cool!

Update: Live show is over, the replay is available above or on our YouTube channel.

Here it is, us, live! Just like we are in real life! On tonight’s show we’ll be talking about the new Castle Sidewinder and Mamba Monster ESC updates. Plus whatever else we think of, maybe that OFNA GT-V2e 1/8th onroad supercar thing. It’s been a slow week, forgive us. We’ll also be doing Q&A with you all in the chatbox below and from the YouTube page.

Oh, and about that giveaway thing we do. Yeah, we’re not doing one tonight. Can’t give something away on EVERY show.

BigSquidRC Google Plus Live Show
A quick reminder that the BigSquidRC Live show starts at 9pm CST tonight. So if you are online, or thinking about grabbing some dinner, make sure you are back here at your PC soon! Something crazy always happens during these shows, you might as well be here to catch it live right?!

Want to check out the BigSquidRC Google Plus page? HERE is the link you need. Want to check out our previous shows? Click right HERE.

Cubby grabbing the Bull by the tail, not the hornsHey gang, welcome to Christmas week. My how time flies, it seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the start of 2012, but here we are and it’s almost over. I sincerely hope you guys get a few extra days off work and that your Christmas is a very merry one.

We won’t be taking any days off here at the BigSquidRC offices, that’s just how the internet game works. The internet game is 25/8/366, we don’t work dinosaur media hours here. You guys are on-line every moment of the day, therefore we have to be ready to post big news regardless of when it might pop up. This week we’ll be doing our normal compliment of articles/news/reviews, plus our Wednesday night Google + Hangout Live Show. We hope to totally hook you guys up with rc based entertainment while you are at home enjoying your holiday. There may not be “loads” of news till after the new year, but we’ll be here to report any important stuff that might surface.

On a different note…

I’ve told this story before, some of you TCR (THE Cub Report) aficionados will remember it, but while I was growing up I raced motocross nearly every weekend during the fair weather months, and rc during the winter. For whatever reason, my departed father never watched me race, nor lifted a finger to help me in either of those endeavors. Which, as I get older, I find stranger and stranger. He was constantly chastising me for my love of man and machine, yet if he truly hated it that badly he could have instantly brought my racing to an end, but he never did. I would like to think he had some “master plan” behind his hatred of my racing, but I’ve yet to figure it out.

As many of you know I’ve got a young son. This year I feel like he’s finally old enough to get his first ever hobby grade rc truck. Like many of you dads out there, I’ll be placing a hobby grade rc truck under the tree for my youngster and I can’t believe how stoked I am about it. There is a certain pleasure that comes with passing down one of my life long passions that I have never had the opportunity to experience until now.

I spent a good deal of time thinking about which truck was going to be his first, then prepping it to be ready for its first run on Christmas day. The first car/truck/whatever you get in this hobby is an extremely memorable event, ask any hobbyists and they will go on and on for hours about their first car, so I took picking the right vehicle extremely seriously. I ended up going down to my LHS and picking up a new ECX Torment for my son. We’ve had probably a dozen of them around the office and they’ve proven themselves as a capable noob bash machine. I have no doubt the Torment will bring my son as many hours of fun as it has brought to myself and the other staffers here at BigSquidRC. The Torment has been our “go to” vehicle for over a year now when we just want to grab a truck and play some demo derby in the parking lot or hit some small ramps.

But of course, being the noob rc dad that I am, I couldn’t leave the Torment stock, I mean I am THE freak’n Cub Reporter. My son is still fairly young so he’s still big into things being his favorite color, this necessitated a new Pro-Line Flo-Tek and painting it a bright red. Maybe this first red body will morph into his personal “paint scheme” in the years to come. Next up was water-dipped his motor, a “must do” if you are looking for any kind of life from an RTR brushed motor. The stock cast pinion leaves a bit to be desired, so I picked up a new Robinson and dropped one tooth. A drop in pinion size will help motor temps and run-times, plus the more precisely cut Robinson pinion will be less likely to burn up the spur. Next up was loosened the slipper a bit, at my sons age I’m quite certain he’s not gonna let off the gas when up against a wall and I’d rather him burn up the slipper than some of the other drive-line parts. Finally, I charged up and installed a new 6 cell 1800 mah sport pack, set all the trims, then wrapped that sucker up. It’s ready for a drive as soon as he opens it on Christmas morning, and I’m ridiculously stoked to say I am looking forward to my very first bash session with my son.

Now… I totally realize I may be creating a monster here. In the years to come my son may become an rc freak like me, spending entirely too many hours of his life truing tires, adjusting camber, rebuilding diffs, then putting in countless hours wearing out the local track.

Or… I may be setting myself up for a huge let down. My son may take one look at the truck and go “Meh, what were you thinking dad? Where is my Kindle Fire HD with Angry Birds on it?”. Of course being an rc’er I’d like to see him enjoy the hobby I’ve spent a gianormous portion of my life on, but I’m mentally prepared for the opposite as well. Any which way, whether my son becomes an rc-a-holic or ends up dedicating his entire life to the Halo franchise, I fully intend to support whatever hobby he may end up with. My only real wish is that he finds one that he can be passionate about. I know the time I spent fanatically wrenching and racing a gold tub RC10 (and YZ Yamaha’s) kept me out of trouble in my youth, with any luck a good hobby will do the same for him.

That’s it for this week folks, have a very Merry Christmas with your families and/or friends, and… support your local hobby shops and bash spots if ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Yes it’s that day of the week! Are you ready for Big Squid RC Live? Tonight at 9pm CST we will be doing a live web show where we discuss the latest RC news, reviews, and answer your questions!

Other big news tonight? We have a NEW TRAXXAS announcement! We are pretty sure nobody has posted this news yet. We will take a look at several upcoming reviews, discuss recent hot news, and all sorts of other stuff.

Other HUGE news.. You, yes YOU could be on LIVE with us as a special guest!! All you need to do is have a G+ account setup with a webcam and mic! Around 9pm cst will will tell you where to send an email with your G+ webapge info! Then around 9:10 we will pick someone at random and ask you to join us LIVE! We will even give you a special surprise for being the lucky viewer that gets to join in.

Update2: Thanks to everyone who joined us for the live show! It was a crazy ride bringing random viewers on live, lol.

The replay is now on our YouTube Channel, or watch it here.

Special thanks to this evenings sponsor, Duratrax for all their support of Big Squid RC!

BigSquidRC Google Plus Live Show
Just a reminder that the BigSquidRC Live show starts at 9pm CST tonight. All you have to do to view it is visit our front page and we’ll have a post that shows the live stream and a comment box so you guys can post at your leisure.

Of note tonight- we will be including one viewer in our broadcast. To be eligible you will need to have already set up your own Google + account and have a working web cam with a microphone. At around 9pm we will have you email us a link to your Google + page, then around 9:10 we will pick one person to join us live on the air. The lucky winner will not only get to join in the fun, but we also have a very cool surprise for them. :)

Want to check out the BigSquidRC Google Plus page? HERE is the link you need. Want to check out our previous shows? Click right HERE.

BigSquidRC Google Plus Hangout Wednesday Night Live Show
Tomorrow night we will put putting on another of our Google Plus Hangout Live shows at 9pm CST. During this weeks show we’ll be commenting on the rc news of the week and responding to the comments that you have written, all live on the air.

Brand new for this week we will also be having one of you guys join us in the Hangout. To have a chance of getting in you’ll need to have already set up a Google Plus account in addition to having a working web-cam and microphone. If you are chosen as the person that joins us in the Hangout you will be rewarded a very nice surprise. So mark your schedule and don’t miss our show tomorrow night!

Want to check out our Google Plus page? HERE is the link you need. Want to check out our previous shows? Click right HERE.

Cubby with Booth BabesHappy Monday rc’ers of the world, the Holiday Season is nearly here, a time for giving, a time for fine food, a time for family, and even more importantly, a time for a few days off with the chance of pulling some trigger.

First up- yes, we’ll be putting on another BigSquidRC Live show this Wednesday night at 9pm CST. This week we have a hook- one lucky viewer will be joining us LIVE in our Google + Hangout. What does that mean? It means that You, yes YOU, have a chance of not only joining us live on our broadcast, but to receive a pretty nice “surprise” for being there. For you to be eligible you have to already have a Google + account and have a working web-cam and microphone. On Wednesday night you will need to put up a comment in our Hangout thread on the front page of BigSquidRC, then we will be select one of the eligible people to join us live via their webcam in our Google + Hangout. If you get selected you will be hanging out with us to bench race, comment on what’s going on, and to get your “surprise” (it’s a good thing I promise). It should be a wild ride, one that should make for some interesting viewing to everyone watching.

Next up- we will be announcing the official BigSquidRC “Bash Vehicle of the Year” on December 31st at noon CST. All year long we talk about each vehicle as we review it sizing up if it has what it takes to be declared the big kahuna. Each staffer sort of lobby’s for their favorite, listing all the “pros and cons”, then we finally come to an agreement on a single winner (read- a whole lot or arguing between us). The primary two criteria are- the vehicle has to be extremely tough and it has to represent a great value. Last year the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3 was named “2011 Bash Vehicle of the Year“, but even we don’t know who is going to win this year. I can assure you guys there will be hours upon hours of “friendly debate” about this in our office right up till noon on December 31st.

Also big news- an extra special thanks to YOU. You helped us crush all previous traffic records for BigSquidRC last week. We’ve had plenty of “big” weeks before, and maybe even we thought we didn’t have much more traffic to gain, but you guys showed us wrong. Thank you so very much for supporting our website. The epic numbers do nothing but deepen our desire to work harder and make BigSquidRC even better.

In product news… the re-announcement of the HPI gasoline powered vehicles were easily the news of the week. HPI first announced the radical departure from nitro to gas nearly a year ago at the Toy Fair in Germany, calling their new engines “Xtreme” at the time, but now they’ve renamed them “Octane“. No doubt the word “extreme” was thoroughly worn out in the early 90′s, Octane has a much better ring to it. Anywhos… I’ve railed on HPI several times this year calling them out on blowing way past their rumored release date, and well, they once again teased they are on the way.

The rc hobby goes in cycles, for several years nitro will dominate, then electric has its turn at the top. If the HPI gas engines really do what they claim they will, we’ll be looking straight at a period of “fuel” dominance once again. Electric power has been quite prominent since roughly 2006. Shops that once made a living selling nitro fuel, glow plugs and clutch-bell bearings now make a living selling Lipo batteries, brushless systems and battery chargers. But… the new “Octane” series HPI trucks might very well change all that.

If you are an rc’er that has gotten into the hobby recently, the age I like to refer to as the “mass marketing cross-over” age, you are used to hitting a local bash spot and seeing 10 electric trucks running and one guy trying to get his nitro started. As short as not quite a decade ago it was completely the opposite, you’d have 10 guys attempting to get their nitro’s started and one guy with an Associated T3 pulling some trigger for 7 minutes till his battery died.

Ya, I give HPI a hard time about their massive delays in their gas engine program, but… it’s only because myself, the other staffers here, and pretty much every hobbyist on the planet is dying to try one out.

That’s it for this week folks, see you Wednesday night at 9pm CST and be sure to support your local hobby shops and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Are you ready for Big Squid RC Live? Tonight at 9pm CST we will be doing a live web show where we discuss the latest RC news, reviews, and answer your questions!

Other big news tonight? We will announce another BASHER APPROVED Winner!

Did we mention we are giving away another BRAND NEW ARRMA Vehicle?!

Update: Live show is now over. You can watch a replay above or on our YouTube Channel.

Rules for the ARRMAcontest: You must leave a comment below in the comments section DURING THE LIVE SHOW. Chatting in the live chat won’t get you an entry, you must leave a comment in the COMMENTS SECTION (protip: click that link) of the post. It’s not ideal, but it’s the only way we can get a confirmed email address for the winner. So be sure to do that, then come back to the live chat box and get your chat on. This contest is limited to US residents only. A random comment will be chosen towards the end of the show, live, and a winner will be announced!

Special thanks to this evenings sponsors, ARRMA RC for the giveaway vehicle!

BigSquidRC Live Show
Tune in to our main page tonight at 9 PM CST to catch our third BigSquidRC Live show. We will be talking about some of the latest rc news, announcing a Basher Approved transmitter, talking about your live comments, as well as giving away another brand spank’n new truck live on the air! Feel free to leave us a comments on the BigSquidRC main page or on the YouTube feed so we can reply back to you in real time!

Want to catch up on our first two shows? Hit THIS link.

BigSquidRC Live Show
Here is a quick reminder that we will be doing another BigSquidRC LIVE show this Wednesday night at 9pm CST. Last week we benched raced some of the news of the day, Jeff and I had technical difficulties, we gave away a new Durango, we announced the ECX Torment as Basher Approved, and Cubby joined in live from his local spa. The focus of this weeks show will be responding to the comments that you post during the show. Also, we might just be giving away another brand new truck this week (hint, hint). Don’t miss the fun, tune in and find out how nutty we can be. :)

Check out THIS link to view previous BigSquidRC Live shows.

Are you ready for Big Squid RC Live? Tonight at 9pm CST we will be doing a live web show where we discuss the latest RC news, reviews, and answer your questions!

Other big news tonight? We will announce another BASHER APPROVED vehicle!

Did we mention we are giving away another BRAND NEW Team Durango Vehicle?!

Note: We will be live at 9pm CST.. please hold…

Rules for the Durango contest: You must leave a comment below in the comments section DURING THE LIVE SHOW. Chatting in the live chat won’t get you an entry, you must leave a comment in the COMMENTS SECTION (protip: click that link) of the post. It’s not ideal, but it’s the only way we can get a confirmed email address for the winner. So be sure to do that, then come back to the live chat box and get your chat on. This contest is limited to US residents only. A random comment will be chosen towards the end of the show, live, and a winner will be announced!

Special thanks to this evenings sponsors, Team Durango for the giveaway vehicle!

BigSquidRC Live
Here is a reminder that tonight the second edition of our BigSquidRC Live show starts at 9 PM CST. On tonight’s show we will be discussing some of the biggest rc news of the week, talking about your comments, announcing a new Basher Approved award, and then giving away a brand new Durango truck live on the broadcast. To join in the fun all you have to do is check out our post on the top of our front page at 9 PM tonight, see you then!

HERE is the link for last weeks show, and hit up THIS link to catch up with BigSquidRC on Google +.