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HPI Crawler King 1973 Ford Bronco
First shown at the Nuremburg Toy Fair, then recently seen again at the HobbyTown USA Convention, the HPI Crawler King ’73 Ford Bronco is getting close to its September release date. With its release date right around the corner HPI has released some pictures and information to wet your appetite.

The retro schemed ’73 Bronco is made for rock crawling and mud bogging. It’s a RTR that comes with waterproof electronics so you can bash in any kind of weather. It also features over 6 inches of suspension travel, plenty for soaking up those bumps in the road. Some of its other highlights include-

* Officially licensed body
* High performance HB Rover crawling tires
* Heavy duty alloy suspension links
* 2.4GHz radio system
* 55 turn brushed crawling motor
* Locked differentials
* Nothing more to buy, comes with 7.2V 2000mAh Ni-MH pack, charger, and AA batteries for the transmitter

The part number for the Bronco is #113225 and you can get a bit more information at This Link over on HPI’s website.

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HPI Hot Bodies Booth HobbyTown USA Convention
While it may seem that HPI/Hot Bodies has been a bit quiet the last couple of years, their room at the HobbyTown USA convention had multiple new vehicles on display.

The newest model in the HPI/HB room was the spank’n new Ty Tessmann edition D8T Truggy. This new nitro truggy kit features new suspension geometry and various lightweight and aluminum upgrade parts. After looking at it in person, we really wanted to stuff it our backpack and take it home.

For the scaler crowd, HPI was showing off the ’73 Ford Bronco Crawler King that they first announced at Nuremburg. The body looks sweet, and it comes with high-end crawling tires right out of the box.

HPI was also showing off their latest Micro RS4, this one being a Discount Tire version. Like many of the other Micro RS4s, this version comes as a ready to run and features an impressively detailed body.

Another vehicle that HPI first teased at Nuremburg, a 1/10 BMW M3 Flux was also on display. The pictures below, taken in a dimly lit room, do not do justice to how good looking the BMW was.

We also asked about the upcoming HPI Cue, a 1/32 scale buggy that was not on display in Lincoln, and were told that it is indeed coming along nicely. We were also told to expect a very affordable price point on the Cue when it does hit the market (like around the $50-$60 price point!).

Want more information on HPI products? Hit up This Link to visit the official HPI website.

Click Here for more HobbyTown convention coverage.

HPI Racing Micro RS4 Subaru WRX STI RTR
First shown at the Nuremburg show, the new Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen Edition HPI Racing Micro-RS4 Subaru WRX STIs are getting close to hitting the market. These feature highly detailed bodies with some sweet Global Rallycross livery for a trick look. Under the hood they sit on the tried and true Micro RS4 platform that is known for good handling and its durability.

* Belt driven 4wd
* 1/18th scale RTR
* Fully licensed replicas
* Full bearing set
* 2.4GHz radio system
* Comes w/ 180 sized motor & 6 volt 1200mAh battery
* Includes four AA batteries for transmitter
* Wheelbase- 150mm
* Length- 220mm
* Height- 80mm
* Width- 105mm

The part number for the Lasek Edition is #112465, the part number for the Isachsen Edition is #112466, and both are street priced at $169. Both are set for a late July release date and you can get full details at This Link over on HPI’s website.

You can read more HPI news by hitting This Link on BSRC.

ASK Cubby

“carisma rc

Hi Cubby. First sorry for the english im live in Brazil. Lets see if you can help me again, i follow your advice and have many rcs and there are two that you help me choose when i was in doubt and im happy that i follow your advice when buy the scte and the vorza. But now i love the minis and after some months of hard work i have 600$ for rcs and was thinking of buying the carisma gt10dt and the gt16mt. But i was a little afraid, my summit 1/16 give me many problems and the losi mini 8ight of my brother when we do light bashing always break something. My summit now is just an onroad car.

So the question is this, are the two carisma minis really durable cars? I dont do 20% there you make in your videos but don’t have luck and always something breaks. Really worth buy these two minis?

Jonas T.”

Cubby- Yo hey Jonas, shoot us your snail mail address so we can get ya hooked up with a BigSquidRC sticker kit. They will instantly keep all your rc cars from breaking. (insert sarcasm tags here)

So… you are on the fence about cutting the check for a Carisma GT10DT and GT16MT. I was there for the review of both of those vehicles, and yes, they are quite durable. In fact, the GT16MT was the only test vehicle we’ve ever had here that I grew tired of trying to break. We slammed it full speed into every hard object we could find, jumped it off every roof in the neighborhood, and it was still able to drive away. For durability, I can very highly recommend it.

The GT10DT buggy was also fairly durable. It took quite a bit of slamming to get it to break. But… with you being in Brazil (where soccer madness is about to explode) you need to make sure you have easy access to parts. No matter how tough any vehicle may be, it will break at some point.


“Recomendations

I have been into RC’ing for quite some time:
(1) I have a 1994 Vintage Traxxas Nitro-Hawk and it is frustrating as H&*%L. (the small Image-12 engine is quite finicky)

(2) I wanna get into Electric – I love the stadium truck platform, I am (for some reason or another) steering toward the HPI E-Firestorm Flux

do you think this particular truck has an advantage or disadvantage over the Rustler
— or is there another RTR Stadium you would recommend over one of them..
I live in a great neighborhood for street running (city provided nice speed bumps for my pleasure) I also have decent access to Golf Course roads.
So speed (quick enough to confront a varmint or two) and light bashing (speed bumps and sand traps are calling my name) would be great,
Any input would be great,
–Thanks –

Carl D.”

Cubby- Yo hey Carl, somehow your email got forwarded to me from my ever increasing staff of interns, so it must be worth answering. Give me a second to read it…

Ok, so I didn’t actually read your email, but I did give it a light skimming. If I skimmed correctly you want to know what truck would I recommend, the HPI E-Firestorm Flux or a Traxxas Rustler VXL.

Btw, before I answer your question, I think I read something about a Nitro Hawk in your email? Hopefully you don’t own one, those things were a PITA to keep running properly.

So on to your question. To be perfectly blunt, I would recommend the HPI. Why? While it isn’t the latest in uber tech, it is a much more modern design than the Rustler. Because of that, it simply handles better, a lot better. Also, it’s a fairly tough truck. Yes, of course you can get it to break, but under “normal” use it can take some good hits without exploding like it just ran over an IED.

But…. and there is always a “but”, the Traxxas does have one outstanding feature- parts support. If you break something on the Rustler most decent hobby shops will have the parts in stock to get you going again.


That’s it for yet another week of ASK Cubby. You can attempt in vain to shoot me your questions at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make it on our front page and we’ll shoot you a free sticker pack, get named as “Letter of the Week” and you’ll get a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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Since the day we unboxed the HPI Savage Octane, people have been begging us for video. We tossed together a quick video of clips from some of our time out during the review process. You can check out the speed runs, bashing, and just messing around with the truck. Enjoy, and don’t forget to watch all the way to the end for a special treat from Adam the Intern!

Have you seen the review? Check it out Right Here.

HPI OCtane Savage VideosWant a closer look at the intricacies of the HPI Savage Octane? Have a new Octane and need some help getting it dialed in? The folks over at HPI have released a set of videos for their new Octane. The videos cover everything from the basics, like how to mix the oil and gas together, to how to fine tune the engine and 3 speed transmission. All the videos are short and well done, so whether you just need some tuning tips on your Octane, or don’t have one but are thinking about getting on the gasoline bandwagon, they are a good view.

To watch all the videos simply Click This Link. The link takes you to a page on HPI’s website where all the videos are listed for your viewing pleasure.

Check out This Link on BigSquidRC for more HPI Racing news.

HPI Racing – Savage XL Octane Review
*Update: Now with Video!

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The world has been waiting for almost three years since HPI Racing announced the Savage XL Octane, and it’s a good thing we were not holding our breath because we were all expecting it a little sooner. The Savage XL Octane is the first 1/8 Scale GAS monster truck to hit this the market, and a lot of people are wondering if this will be the beginning of the turn from electric vehicles dominance to a full change in the market place. Should you start saving your cash? Is the next rc vehicle you buy going to be gas? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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It’s time to unbox the HPI Savage XL Octane! The world has been waiting almost three years for this moment, and it’s finally arrived! We are looking forward to hearing this thing purr.

Couple of quick notes, it feels pretty heavy, the roll cage looks cool without the body on, and honestly for the $960 we just spent, a foam or rubber steering grip on the transmitter would of been nice. Plastic, really?

Enjoy the pictures, there are a bunch! So make sure to hit the READ MORE button to see them all.

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HPI Savage Octane
Hang on rc world, here comes gas.

If you have been by our BigSquidRC Facebook Group lately, then you will have seen that the HPI Savage Octane has shipped and is started to hit consumer hands. One of the members of our group, David F., has already posted a few pictures of his HPI Octane, so we thought why not show off a few more!

We continue to hear reports of them hitting local hobby shops and popping up on eBay. While most (all?) of the trucks on the first shipment have been spoken for, there are bound to be a few that will slip through the cracks. If you want to be one of the first people to check out the gas powered Savage Octane, now is the time to land one.

The HPI Savage Octane has a part number of #109073 and are street priced at $869. We see them being listed as high as $1200 on eBay, so good luck finding one at close to street price.

If you can’t get your hands on one.. at least you can enjoy the pictures above. While you are at it, let us know in the comments if you plan on being part of the GAS revolution or not. We’d like to know what you guys think!

The full BigSquidRC review of Savage Octane goes up next week, until then hit up This Link to check some of our other recent reviews.

HPI D-BOX 2 ADJUSTABLE STABILITY CONTROL SYSTEM
The crew over at HPI Racing have announced their new D-Box 2 Adjustable Stability Control System. The D-Box 2 can be connected to any radio system, and plugs in between the steering servo and receiver. The D-Box 2 includes a steering priority setting, a feature that helps prevent under steer in tight corners.

The part number for the D-Box 2 is #105409, it is street priced at $68, and they are set to drop the middle of next month. For complete details simply Click This Link to head over to the official HPI website.

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HPI RS4 Nitro Drift
For added realism HPI’s new Discount Tire Nitro RS4 Nissan S13 RTR uses a nitro power plant, giving you the sound and smell of a tire burning drift car. The Nissan sports a fully licensed body and Falken tires for a sharp scale look, and the Nitro Star 3.0 engine provides more than enough power for serious sideways action. Putting the power to the ground is a 4wd nitro RS4 chassis, while a 75cc fuel tank helps provide long runtimes.

The part number is #112587, it is street priced at $329, they are available right now, and you can get complete information by hitting up This Link on the HPI website.

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HPI Racing D8S Nitro Buggy
The World Championship winning Hot Bodies D8 is now available as a ready to run. The D8S comes fully assembled with big nitro power to go fast and jump long. Some of its features include-

* Nitro Star F3.5 engine
* 2.4GHz radio system
* Waterproof brake/throttle servo
* Oil filled big bore shocks
* Full bearing set

The part number for the HPI/HB D8S ready to run is #HPID0918, it has a street price of $479, and they are available right now for your bashing enjoyment.

Check out This Link for more HPI Racing news on BigSquidRC.

HPI Micro RS4 Box Side 2

Just this past week HPI Racing released another Micro RS4, this time the black Mustang of Vaughn Gittin, Jr. This kit, like its Sprint2 brother, has both soft and drift tires in the box, and I cannot wait to test my hand in drifting! I hope to have some video up soon, but for now here are some nice unboxing images!

More information on the Micro RS4 Vaughn Gittin Jr Mustang can be found on the HPI Website.

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