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What say you? What is the best 2 wheel short course available right now?
Keep up the good work
George F.

Cubby- Hey what’s up George, thanks for the email and shoot Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with a BigSquidRC sticker pack.

The word “best” is a very powerful word. Not that I’m going to skirt around the question, but the word “best” used in conjunction with short course trucks can have many different answers. For example, what is the best turning 2wd SCT? IMO it’s the Venom Gambler in mid-motor configuration. With proper tires and tuning nothing rails corners like the Venom can. What is the best overall handling 2wd SCT? For pure bashing I’d say the Slash, but for track use my vote would go to the Durango. For pure toughness, which is the best? IMO that would go to the ARRMA Fury. Which is the best value? My vote would go squarely to the Torment.

However… none of those “bests” mean a darn thing to you George, or any of our other readers out there. The only “best” you give a dern about is which of those trucks meets your criteria making it the best one for you and your specific needs. Your email you give me absolutely zero specifics to see how you would be using a new SCT, so I would highly recommend you read a bunch of our reviews and make your buying decision based on those.

But… as I attempt to never “dodge” a question, I will blindly say go for the ECX Torment if you are looking to save some bucks, or take home a new Durango DESC210 if you are looking for something for both bashing and track use. But those are just my personal picks, if you would ask one of the other guys sitting around the office I’m quite certain their picks would be different.

Hi Cubby,
I caught the bigsquidrc live show last night and I had to shoot your an email and say that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Keep it real guys and thanks for taking rc talk to the next level.

Cubby- Hey Henry, thanks for the props on the show. It wasn’t ment to be uber polished, nor some super high buck production, what it was ment to be was just some good ole’ laid back rc bench racing, and I hope it came across that way. Well actually, I hope it was at least worth your time and kept you interested for at least 10 minutes.

First off, expect us to be doing more “BigSquidRC Live” shows each Wednesday evening, for at least a few more weeks to sort out if they are truly worth doing or not. So if you haven’t already made plans, make them now for next Wednesday evening 12/5. It might be at 10 pm CST, but we are also considering 9 pm CST to make it easier on our East Coast viewers.

We had talked for a long time about doing a podcast, but I rarely listen to them. In fact most of our guys don’t listen to podcasts as they take up a lot of time and most come across as boring. We had also talked about doing something video related, but that also sort of fell short of what we were looking to do.

Then… the Google Plus Hangout technology came along, and with most of us being “tech” types we latched onto it. We’ve had a blast over the past few weeks using the technology and we were hoping you guys would enjoy watching us goof around while doing some rc talk. The G+ tech also allows for soooo many possibilities in the future, the current set-up is cool, but I think it will really come to fruition when our readers can join in live on cam as well. Full live video chat between us and our readers is ultimately the goal I think.

We’ll be trying out a bunch of stuff in the coming weeks, everyone please shoot us an email telling us what you think is working, what is worth watching, and what’s not. I think as long as we are all having fun it will be entertaining. Yes certainly its needs some polish, and none of the BSRC staffers are models nor incredible speakers. But… what we are is average Joes just like most of our readers, and I think that relationship can make the “BigSquidRC Live” concept really take off.

That’s it for this week folks, shoot me your questions, rants, rants, or anything else in that deviant mind of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com! If your question makes the bigtime on the front page you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim your email as “email of the month” we’ll totally hook you up with a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

You know all those Venom Group vehicles, like the Gambler short course truck and the Creeper rock crawler and the… uh… VMX 450… and… Well, anyway, all of those things will no longer be under the Venom badge. Starting real soon, you’ll be seeing them and other accessories under the Atomik RC label, yes, that’s Atomik with a k. Because nothing is edgier than misseplled wrods. Anywho, this change doesn’t affect their battery line, which is very successful in both the rc hobby and other industries. Those will still fall under the Venom name.

I would provide a link, but, there isn’t anything to link to, so here’s a link to a video of a kitten riding a tortoise.


I want to get my son a r/c for xmas. I like the Torment for the 2.4ghz radio but he likes the monster truck look of the ruckus. I was thinking I could do a cheap 2.4 radio in the ruckus. What truck did you think was more durable? What would you suggest? Thanks
Ryan J.

Cubby- Yo thanks for the email Ryan, and Merry Early Christmas.

Which is more durable, the ECX Torment or the ECX Ruckus? Well… we didn’t do a demolition derby between the two (but that does sound like fun!), so it’s hard for me to put one above the other as both have proved quite durable for us. The Ruckus has bigger tires allowing it to drive over smaller trucks, but the Torment has big bumpers and body mounts that help protect the running gear underneath.

The Torment comes stock with a Spektrum 2.4 GHz transmitter that has very good ergo’s, the Ruckus comes with one of the worst stock transmitters I’ve ever seen/used. I’d pop the extra bucks for the Torment based on that alone, but that’s just me. Brian would totally go for the Ruckus because it’s more like a monster truck. Either way, both ECX trucks are great starter trucks that are easy on the wallet.

1st off, i love the site man.. but i have a question.. im a nitro kinda guy but just bought a rustler vxl which rocks, and a Helion Dominus 10SC… its fun as is… but… I NEED BRUSHLESS!!! Im kind of ballin on a budget coz of christmas for the kid and family and ive decided to go with a ezrun brushless combo coz ive read nothing but good reviews for them… my question is.. will a 4000kv brushless motor be good for the dominus? I dont really get the whole kv thang… i know a 3500kv would be good but cant afford that.. so is 4000kv good or something different? Ive saw people saying 3500kv-6000kv.. i need help! Lol.. wish the brushless kv was as simple as the cc for the nitro lol… thanks for ur site, time, and help man…

Donnie M
Huntington, WV
TCRC Tri cities RC Club

Cubby- Hola Donnie, thanks for the props. I haven’t been to West Virginia in a while, I need to get back there! Maybe I can catch some laps at TCRC?

Does a 4000 kv brushless motor work well in the Helion Dominus? I can’t answer that as we’ve yet to throw brushless in our Dominus. However, I’ve got our resident racer guy on it, he’s doing a series of hop-up articles on our Dominus and a brushless upgrade is coming in the next couple of weeks.

About kv ratings- thankfully they are really simple to understand. A 4000 kv brushless motor simply means that it can produce 4000 rpm for every volt of input. Given 1 volt of input it can produce 4000 rpm, given 2 volts it can produce 8000 rpm, given 3 volts it can produce 12,000 rpm, etc.

I will add that with the Dominus being a 4wd short course truck be sure and go with a 550 sized motor. A 550 is slightly longer than a typical “10th scale 540″ motor. The added length typically has more torque, but more importantly, 550′s typically run cooler and with less issues than a 540 in a 4wd SCT.

And now one from Brian’s email box. :)

Hi Brian thanks for the great site I need it I’m 45 years old and was forced to retire 12 years ago cause of a back injury. Going Nuts at home then a friend Roger M told me about your site cause I told him I needed a light hobby and he’s into short track. He has the Venom Gambler and I live here on Prince Edward Island Canada. It’s just starting here, I mean short track RC and not much to do here, so in your opinion what is a good choice for price and strength to keep up with the Venom GAmbler? Having 3 kids and trying to get them into something Cool like this I hope would be great but me it’s the $$ factor with everything going on Dr.s visits and all. Sorry to ramble on and my skills in letter writing are not the greatest. Anyway thanks for your time oh and do you have rules and regulations for short track?? Have a Great day!
Sean K.

Cubby- Hey there Sean, what’s up in the great white north eh? Thanks for taking the time to shoot Brian an email. It’s a good one so here it is in ASK Cubby.

Your buddy has a Venom Gambler and you are looking for an affordable alternative. Here’s what I am going to recommend- another Venom Gambler! Why? Spare parts. Your buddy probably already has some spares, and if you get a Gambler you can “share your spares”. When out bashing you’ll have twice the pool of spare parts to rely upon. Not to mention the Venom is already a very reasonably priced truck. Lastly, in my opinion, the Gambler is the best looking 2wd short course on the market, and the best handling in the corners, a good truck, one well worth owning.

What are the rules and regs for short course racing? For local racing they vary from track to track, so give your local track a call and find out. But.. chances are they are racing one or more of these classes in 2wd SC-

1. Spec SCT- typically meaning running the stock brushed motor, stock electronics and stock tires.
2. Stock SCT- a class that allows normal upgrades but limits brushless motors to 17.5 turns.
3. Mod SCT- all normal upgrades allowed and no motor limits.

And… one last bonus email!!!

hi would you no if you would ever have a drag race event in philly or nyc

Cubby- Ummmmmmm…….. maybe? LOL

But seriously, the NYC/Philly area is filled with fervent rc’ers that don’t get much love from the industry. There are a few big names out there, so honestly it shouldn’t be tough to find some rc drag racing. We’ve been approached to do something out east in 2012, so who knows? Keep your eyes on our front page..

That’s it for this week gang, submit your questions, comments, and other non-sense to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

venom gambler hop ups

New from Venom are these anodized red hop-ups for all those Gambler SC truck folks out there. Available are Pivot Balls, Alloy Front Pin Support, 3.5 degree Toe-In front block, a 3.5 degree toe in rear block, and a 1.5 degree tow-in rear sub set.

Head over to the Venom Website for details!


What is the deadline for winning your gambler and can I enter more than once?

Robbie D.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Cubby- What’s up Robbie D?

For those that have not heard, I am giving away my BSRC test Venom Gambler short course truck. It’s in fine shape and ready to tackle your backyard or track. To enter all you have to do is shoot me an email with 10 reasons you want to win my truck (heck, I’ll even take just 3 reasons for those slackers out there). I’ll pick the email I like best and my Gambler will be on its way to the winner ASAP.

My email address is Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com and the cut-off for entries is this Saturday night at midnight central time (July 23rd,2011). And ya sure, you can enter as many times as you like. I’ll post the winner in this Mondays Cub Report. So far I’ve received less than 30 entries so your chances are pretty dern good at this point, so get to emailing!

I’m assuming Brian’s LHS that offers test drives is Hobbytown Orland Park. If not, make sure it is on your list.
I wanted to add that Al’s Hobby Shop usually has multiple vehicles available for test drives. I know they have dNaNo cars they can try out and have a track at the facility (so you get to actually TRY racing with lap times). There is almost always other cars available for test drives.

If you do end up having a “test drive locator”, I’d love to see mention of the ChiMini R/C club as well ( as we’ll let anyone try their hand on trying out a Mini-z. Granted I’m not a LHS but it offers up a chance to try out racing on an affordable scale.

Greg Z.

Cubby- There ya have it people, if you live in the Chi-Town metro you are dialed with free test drives. You’ve got the HobbyTown USA location in Orland Park, Al’s Hobby in Elmhurst, and the ChiMini R/C club in Berkeley. Geez I need to get up there and partake of those test drives myself!

So what about the rest of America? Not one other hobby shop in the country does free test drives? If you know of a place that allows free test drives of hobby grade vehicles shoot me an email, I’d love to help spread the word. If you are a hobby shop owner I KNOW you have a couple cars just laying around that you could use to give noobs a test drive, so bust’em out!

Hi Cubby I hope you can help me out. I drive a Traxxas brushless revo on a pair of 3S zippy lipo batteries. The problem is every time I plug the batteries in they spark. What am I doing wrong? I don’t want to ruin anything. Please help I don’t have much extra money laying around.

Cubby- Hey ya Darren, thanks for the email.

Most likely everything is all good, it’s just the high voltage of the two packs wired in series for 6S creating the spark, but double check your wiring just in case. On the first pack the positive wire goes to the positive on the speedo, on the second pack its negative goes to the negative of the speedo, the remaining two wires, the negative from the first pack goes to the positive of the second pack and not to the speedo at all. That’s the wiring for crazy speed.

If you are looking for slow speed and maximum runtime you’ll want to wire in parallel. The positive wires from both the first and second pack go to the positive of the speedo, while both negative wires from the batteries go to the negative of the speedo. This wiring won’t yield much top speed or wheelie popping power, but you’ll have oodles of runtime.

That’s it for this week, get your “Win Cubbys Gambler” emails sent in, and submit your questions, comments, and really whatever is on your mind to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby Hello core rc’ers, and once again welcome to a another fun-a-licious edition of THE Cub Report.

Did ya see Jesse Pinkman wearing a Metal Mulisha t-shirt on Breaking Bad tonight? How core is that? Fantastic episode to begin season 4, I highly recommend.

Now for something is that isn’t talked about much in our industry, perhaps one of our industry’s lil’ dark secrets…

So… have you ever wondered where all our old BSRC test vehicles go? The manufactures send us product to test all the time, just what becomes of it after we are done? Well… in our case, some of the products get broken so they are disposed of properly. Other product is given away during contests or to some lucky kid at the local track. But… the bulk of it is kept to be used in demos and for letting noobs drive at bashes.

BSRC certainly isn’t the only company given product for review, lots of mags/web-sites get stuff. Unfortunately not all old test gear ends up like ours does, some of it actually ends up getting sold for a profit. I’ve also seen a few drivers who get their gear for free pull the same trick, profiting from gear that was given to them in good faith.

Test product doesn’t come with any type of contract or list of rules on what you can and can’t do with it, but for us at BSRC it’s just common sense that if a manufacture trusts us enough to send us product that we put it to the best use possible for the entire life of the product. Is it technically wrong to sell gear you were given no strings attached? Technically no, but I say morally yes it is wrong. Every time I see someone selling gear that was given to them in good faith makes me sick. And… some of you bad apples out there should be ashamed of yourself.

On a different note…

This weeks Tuesday review is of the Thunder Tiger 12th scale short course truck. The TT SC is a bit smaller than a normal 10th scale SC, but it’s not a lot smaller. The TT SC is no joke and comes with brushless power and 4wd. I was lucky enough to get a lot of wheel time with the TT SC and I had a blast with it. The Thunder Tiger SC had above average power and I liked how it drove. We beat the truck hard and yes, even jumped it off the roof of a local drivers stand, tune in Tuesday to find out the final verdict…

Speaking of giving away trucks… it’s time for “Win Cubby’s Gambler“. We are giving away the Venom Gambler I tested a few months ago to a lucky reader. So exactly how do you win my Venom Gambler? Well… I want to hear the top ten reasons you want to win it. Your top ten reasons can be comedic like a top ten list on Letterman, or they can be dead serious like how your dog just died, the bank just foreclosed on your Alpaca farm etc. So… if you want to win my Venom Gambler submit your top ten reasons to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. I will read all the entries and whichever one I like best wins! The winner gets my Gambler and I will post the winning top ten list right here in THE Cub Report.

Lastly… don’t forget RCX Chicago is rapidly approaching (it’s a little over 2 weeks away). If you are truly hardcore about your bashing you will be there. Our BigSquid bash crew will be there in full force and we’ll also be putting on the ultimate bash even- Bash-A-Palooza. Want to attend the most uber bash ever held in America? Well then you better hit RCX Chicago. We are restricting entrants to just Monster Trucks and Short Course trucks, so sorry no 8th scale buggies or truggies. For more complete info hit me up via my email address above.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

THE Venom 1/10th Gambler SC RTR Review

From: Venom
Direct Link: Venom Gamber – Short Course Truck

Review by Cubby
Photos by- Sam “The Photog”

Venom Gambler

Ever since the Traxxas Slash was introduced to the world, short course trucks have been all the rage. The rc world was used to driving alien looking “stadium trucks” and “buggies”, but instantly fell head over heals for the realism and just plain cool factor that the scale looking Slash had to offer. With the Slash being such an overwhelming hit it was obvious that there were going to be plenty more short course trucks on the way from other manufactures.

At Nuremburg 2010 Venom announced they were tossing their hat into the 2wd short course ring with a truck dubbed the “SCX”. Venom certainly isn’t know for being a car manufacture, they are known more for their batteries, heli’s and such, but it is always good to see more choices in a hot product category. Well, after over a year of development, the Venom truck is now hitting hobby shelves renamed the “Gambler“.

Venom is selling both a brushed and brushless version of the Gambler, this week I am reviewing the brushed RTR version. So just how does it stack up to the competition????

Recently we talked about and showed some pictures of the Venom Gambler SC truck, well now the video that provided those shots is ready for your viewing pleasure!

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Venom Gambler Short Course Truck
Looks like the Venom short course truck called the Gambler is inching it’s way closer to release as we now have a few action shots! Looking forward to getting our hands on one when they are available in the next month or so.

Venom Gambler Short Course Truck Venom Gambler Short Course Truck

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