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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

Cubby with Vaughn Gittin MustangGood morning everyone, happy Monday to you all, and here’s to hoping you have a great week that just freak’n blows by.

First up, some BigSquidRC news.

Yes, we’ll be doing another BigSquidRC Live show again this Wednesday. If you caught it last week you saw exactly what can happen during a live net show. Jeff’s computer decided to chunk a tire while Tim’s microphone sounded worse than a sand filled spur gear, so both of them DNF’ed the broadcast. This dropped the entire show in Brian, Adam, and Craig’s lap, and well, it just went downhill from there. On the upside, it should have made for some good viewing watching Brian wiggle around with nothing to say. :) Anywhos, the live show will again be starting at 9 pm CST this Wednesday, and this weeks show will be focused on your comments. You can comment on the YouTube feed or in the post on BigSquidRC, and yes, we’ll be giving away ANOTHER truck live on the air! Be there or be square.

Hey, if you get a chance, check out the BigSquidRC Google + page. Yes it’s rad, and there is stuff on there you won’t see here on our dot com or on our FB page.

FYI, we are 21 days away from announcing our “Bash Vehicle of the Year“, perhaps the only media driven award that consumers actually trust. Who will win? Stayed tuned to find out…

We’ve got some cool reviews coming your way this week- the Durango DESC410R V2 4wd short course truck, the Thunder Tiger TS4E touring car, and the Traxxas QR-1 quadcopter. We’ve been driving and bashing the heck out of the Durango and the Thunder Tiger for weeks now, I hope you enjoy reading the reviews, goodness knows we have enough time put into them. 3 of our staffers ended up getting the new Traxxas quad- one wouldn’t bind out of the box and the other two wouldn’t fly properly without some serious tuning. Should be interesting to see how that review comes out, LOL. Oh ya, expect the majority of our reviews to come with short videos to accompany them from here on out. :)

One vehicle you won’t see reviewed this week is the HPI Ken Block Rally Car. As I’ve previously mentioned ours died about a minute into testing, its pinion gear exploded and the output shaft on the motor broke off and we’ve just got our replacement parts to fix it. This makes the second HPI vehicle we’ve attempted to review this year that broke early and ended up sitting around while waiting for parts. I hope you guys are having better luck getting HPI parts than we are. We should have it back up and running this week so we can get the review finished off.

On a different note…

Ya, ya, I know most of you guys don’t follow rc racing very closely. In this Traxxas RTR world racing has become less and less important to normal hobbyists. I believe part of that is because most users are more concerned about what the latest hop-up is for their bashing rig, and the other is they’ve experienced some of the racing scene and know first hand how broken it is. Well here’s a little story for ya from the IFMAR 8th scale buggy world championship held last week…

Most of the factory guys arrived in Argentina about a week and a half ago. Since then they went through practice, then qualified for nearly a week. The “TQ” for the event was a racer named Elliot Boots from the UK. You may not recognize the name, but he was clearly hauling ass all week and looked to be the class of the field. You will recognize the name of Jared Tebo, after qualifying for a week he ended up sitting in 4th spot. However, neither of these two men, arguably the two fastest men at the IFMAR world championship, would make it into the “A” final to even fight for the chance of being world champion.

How can it be that the Top Qualifier for the IFMAR world championship wasn’t even on the grid of the “A” main? Because… IFMAR screws around and qualifies for a week, then they run a set of qualifying mains. To make the “A”, you have to finish 5th or better in one of the two “semi final” mains, plus they add the two fastest times that didn’t finish top 5. For Boots, his steering servo gave out a few minutes into his semi, meaning that even though he was TQ of the event he wouldn’t be on the grid for the “A”. Tebo also ran into some mechanical issues and ended up missing the “A”, even though he had spent a week qualifying 4th.

As preposterous as that sounds, that’s the way IFMAR works. It sucks for the men that earned their spot in the “A”, it sucks for the companies that spent thousands upon thousands of dollars to put them there, its sucks that perhaps once again the fastest man on the planet in 8th scale buggy was not crowned world champion, and even worse, it’s yet another black eye for rc racing. Not only a black eye to the non-rc masses, but also a black eye to all the average Joe Blow rc’ers that are attempting to base buying decisions on the race results.

IFMAR spent wayyyyyyy too long qualifying, and once qualifying was over, it was all for naught. What in the hell are they thinking? Why do any of the manufactures even support these idiots? There is a better way, and it does not involve any of the people currently running the show right now. The purpose of racing is to fairly determine the fastest driver/car, the current IFMAR set-up does not do that. Maybe two years from now when the worlds are held again they should just sit around and flip coins because that is essentially what they are doing right now.

But come to think of it… IFMAR would even screw up flipping coins. They’d flip coins for weeks in some country where nobody wants to go (and hardly anyone owns a hobby grade rc), then they’d throw out all the results and play rock-paper-scissors with backwards rules FTW. “Sigh”……….

That’s it for this weeks Cub Report, support your local hobby shops and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

BigSquidRC LIVE Show
Here’s a reminder that we’ll be doing another BigSquidRC LIVE show tomorrow night. This weeks show will be one hour earlier, 9 pm CST, to make it easier on our East Coast viewers. This week we’ll be announcing another Basher Approved product, as well as giving away a brand new Durango RTR live during the broadcast! To watch the show just check out our front page at 9 pm CST for a new post featuring the live Google + Hangout feed on YouTube.

Also of note, this weeks show will feature more interaction with you guys! We’ll be responding to more of your comments from the BigSquidRC post and from comments on the YouTube feed. So join us Wednesday night for loads of rc bench racing and interactive fun!

Did you miss our last live show? Catch the replay RIGHT HERE.

THE Cub Report, King CubbyHello everyone, it’s yet another Monday and time for another Cub Report, the finest example of sarcasm (and bull) that you’ll find in the rc world. I hope THE Cub Report gets you all off to a great start to the week.

First up, best of luck to all the American racers down in Argentina right now going for the IFMAR 8th scale buggy championship. Yes, that race lasts about 9 days too long, but best of luck guys and bring that trophy back home with ya to the states.

Next up- I hope you caught our BigSquidRC Live show last Wednesday night on Google Plus and YouTube. We’ll be doing another show this Wednesday night, this time an hour earlier at 9 pm CST, so I am cordially inviting you to join us. This week we’ll announce another recipient of our “Basher Approved” award, and yes, we’ll be giving away another brand spank’n new truck! We hope to see you there, and while you are at it check out BigSquidRC HERE on Google +. Oh and- get your own G+ page rock’n! The real goal of our live show via the Google + “hangout” is to have live interaction with our readers, meaning at some point (in the not too distant future) you guys (yes, YOU) will be invited into the hangout with us to bench race, ask questions, or to just talk rc smack.

Now to get to what this Cub Report is all about- each year I go around the office and ask our Bash Crew, cost being no object, what rc product they’d like their loved ones to get them Christmas, and why. Yes, we’ve certainly got quite a diverse crew around here, sometimes they want very different things, other times they are amazingly the same. Let’s take a look and see what the BigSquidRC bash crew members would wish for in their stockings this year…

Iron Mike- Seeing as how Mike always Bogarts our Pro-Line tuned Traxxas Slash everywhere we go, his answer was no surprise to me. If cost were no object Mike would pick a Slash fully decked out with Pro-Line hop-ups. A Pro-line Pro-2 Slash is not only an animal on track, but one seriously tough truck, so nice pick ya made there Mike. Maybe before next Christmas Pro-Line will release an entire truck? Hummm….

Hawaiian Chris- Chris had a fast response for me, if he could get any rc product for X-mas it would have to be a Losi 5T 4wd gas truck. No doubt the 5T is a beast and fun to drive, but Chris put it on his list because its price point is so high that it is something he would never buy for himself.

Craig The Uber Ramp Guy- The Losi 5T also made Craig’s list, but he wants his converted to insane brushless power. Also on Craig’s list is a full head tracking FPV system. The Losi 5T is quite insane on gas power, and about that times 2 on brushless, so I can see why it would make his list. Craig didn’t say which of his vehicles he would install the head tracking FPV system in, but hopefully not the big BL Losi, at least not if I am standing anywhere near. :)

Jammin Jim Swift- There is no Losi on Jim’s list as he told me his Christmas present of choice would be a LCG Traxxas 4×4 Slash. Jim wants one because the LCG chassis would help make it more competitive on track, it should be super durable, and when you do need a part they should be easily found at nearly any local hobby shop.

Tim Mohr The Pro Driver Guy- No Losi or Traxxas was on Tim’s list, he told me a new Durango DEX408 8th scale electric was what he was looking for. Tim’s the kinda guy that is totally into hitting the track every day and quad’ing every double on the track, and no doubt the Durango would bust out lap after lap with him being pinned WFO everywhere.

Adam The Intern- Adam is sort of our resident scale/crawler type guy so his answer was no surprise to me, it was an Axial XR10 crawler. Adam says he doesn’t have an MOA so an XR10 would be neat for him to find out just what it could do that his other Axial trucks could not.

Brian The Editor- Brian has a couple of things on his list. The Losi 5T also made Brian’s list because it is such a big beast of a bash machine, but he also listed a GPS enabled quadcopter. If you’ve never flown a GPS quad, it’s almost like cheating because they can be extremely easy to fly. Brian has been flying a bunch of different quad’s lately, so he’s certainly been bitten by that bug, but will quads be able to keep him interested or will they just be a short term thing for him?

Myself- Now to finally get to the really important person around here, me. I’ve got too many cars/trucks already, so I’d be wishing for more FPV equipment. FPV has been able to make the hobby interesting for me again and it’s a whole new world when it comes to equipment. You can go with a monitor or you can go with glasses. You can go with one camera, or a dozen. The cameras can move with the steering or be fixed. There are tons of different transmitters and receivers to boot. I’ve got a small selection of FPV gear already, but if money were no object I’d sure like to try some of everything to find out the best possible combo for my personal FPV driving requirements.

So there you have it folks, that’s what the crew here at BigSquidRC would wish for if money were no object this Christmas. Feel free to shoot us an email telling us what you are wishing for to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com.

That’s it for this week folks, be sure to tune into BigSquidRC Live this Wednesday night at 9 pm CST, and to support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

THE Cub Report 11.26.2012Hello everyone, I trust you all had a great Thanksgiving and are ready for another big week in the rc world. Also, I hope you got a chance to catch the final F1 race of the season from Brazil, it was an epic display of why F1 is so much better than NASCRAP. Congrats gotta go out to the Red Bull team for once again pwn’in the world, to Alonzo for being such a gracious loser, and to the Iceman for having the balls to cruise the outer reaches of the Interlagos circuit looking for the nearest pub (during the actual race!).

Ya, so the BigSquidRC crew has big news for ya. We’ve got something all new, different, and way-uber-dope coming your way this Wednesday evening at 9 pm CST. We’ll be posting complete info the day of, but till then I’ll just tease that we’ll be entertaining you in an all new way and we’ll be giving away a brand new Durango at the end (around 9:30′ish CST). So make some time for us that evening, you’ll be glad ya did. Yes, seriously.

Also for your calender, don’t forget to keep an eye out for our Tuesday Review, our Wednesday Interview, and ASK Cubby on Thursday, as well as additional reviews and various rc news throughout the week. If you are look’n to keep dialed on the rc scene, BigSquidRC is the place to bookmark on both your laptop and your mobile device.

On a different note…

A buddy of mine from England posted on Facebook how he thought that his country should have more indoor clay tracks instead of running on carpet. My homie had just made a tour of the grand ole’ U S of A and had visited some of our indoor facilities and I guess he was bitten by the high bite dirt indoor scene. However… from having spent far too many hours on both I don’t think he has any idea how superior indoor carpet tracks (yes, off-road) are to dirt.

Changing the layout of an indoor dirt track is a huge PITA, not only from the standpoint of having to drive a BobCat around indoors (and rollers, and watering, and all the other tools required), but also from all the dust created and the massive amount of time involved. Changing an off road carpet track is literally as easy as grabbing one of the local hangout guys and asking for some help moving the pipes and re-positioning the ramps.

And… the reason we mainly have indoor dirt tracks here in America is “certain” racers don’t think it’s off-road unless the track is made out of dirt. These are the types of schmoes that haven’t actually raced a full scale “off-road” event in their life, thus having no idea what real off-road is about. High bite indoor dirt tracks are really nothing different than carpet tracks except they are a hell of a lot more work and cover everything around them with a fine layer of dust. Clay tracks give lots of traction, so does carpet. Clay tracks require little to no treads on the tires, as does carpet. Clay tracks are glass smooth, just like carpet. However, a “true” off-road track is quite the opposite. True off-road tracks are rough and bumpy as hell, and even more so on the next lap. True off road tracks require big knobs to dig into the loam or the mud. True off-road tracks are more about balls and throttle control than chassis set-up.

So to my little friend from the UK, if you are going to race on glass smooth high bite surfaces please just stick to your tried and true carpet my friend, they are a whole lot better overall than all the indoor clay tracks we have kick’n here in the states. Too bad so many American’s have such large ego’s that they can’t see past all that dust and install carpet, or better yet, to go True freak’n off road with loamy dirt and no track maintenance during the race weekend, thus allowing the track form naturally like a “true” off road track does.

Rant over.

One last note for this week guys… you may have never heard of Google Plus before, but it is a type of competitor to Facebook. This week we are starting to update our G+ page on a regular basis, so if you have a G+ account put us in your circle of friends and look for some exclusive content over there that we won’t be posting on our FB feed or on our dot com.

That’s it for this week folks, thanks for reading and as always, support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter