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HPI Waterproof Bullet ST FluxWe posted a few days ago about the HPI Bullet MT getting a waterproof upgrade, now the Bullet ST has received the same treatment. With the newly updated HPI Bullet ST you can splash those mud holes without worrying about frying electronics. The Bullet ST received a new waterproof receiver, waterproof servos, and a waterproof battery box to make sure your bashing doesn’t end if the going gets wet.

The part number is #107008, they are street priced at $349, and they are available right now. Click Right Here to get full details over on the official HPI website.

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HPI Discount Tire Micro RS4 Drift
Coming soon from HPI Racing is a Micro RS4 Drift featuring Discount Tire livery. This version will come as a RTR and features hard tires and locked diffs, making it easy to drift your way around your local bash spot. Yoshihara Designs Champion wheels and a highly detailed body make it look just like its full scale equivalent, while a 180 sized motor and 4wd put the power to the ground.

The part number is #112856 and you can Click Right Here to get more information over on the official HPI website.

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HPI Rallycross Wheels
HPI has come up with a way for your WR8 Rally Car to really stand out in a crowd, their new bright Orange 35mm Method Wheels. Officially licensed by Method, their bright color and cool design can drastically change the look of your car. Also, these were made to be a perfect fit for several of HPI’s 2.2″ on-road tires, making for an easy install.

The part number for the wheels is #113688 and you can get more information over on the official HPI Website.

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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.


Just a quick action shot from us bashing the HPI Savage Octane this weekend.

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HPI Garage Banner…There we go…Now that I have your undivided attention…

Yes you did read right! Our friends over at HPI Racing have opened a new sub-site called the HPI Garage. This site is built to help you keep track of the HPI cars you own as well as being a repository of information regarding parts, hop ups, and forum links related to your HPI vehicles.

By joining the Garage and signing up for a MyHPI account, you also get entered into quarterly contests automatically. Which brings me back to the Savage XL Octane. Anyone who signs up for an account by March 31st will be entered into this quarter’s drawing, the very first XL Octane off the line!! Don’t worry if you have no HPI vehicles, you can still sign up for an account too!

Still don’t believe me? Check out all the details of MyHPI and the contest via THIS LINK.

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Hello, sorry I didnt know who else to ask, so maybe you know. Will the carisma M10DT volkswagon beetle desert edition come to the U.S?
I sure hope so, it really looks sick.Thanks for your time, oh I love your website.
JA Sugar

Cubby- Hey what’s up Sugar?

The Carisma crew has introduced a bunch of new trucks lately, all of them look like prime bashing mobiles and we have been getting a bunch of emails about them. Back in the day, Carisma was distributed by Horizon here in the States, but not any longer. We’ve heard some rumors of Carisma possibly getting picked up by another distributor here in the states, but as of right now they’ve yet to work out a deal. To boil it down, if you want a Carisma product you’ll have to buy it from overseas. This might be expensive (and a huge PITA), but you will instantly be the coolest guy at your bash spot. If you do pick one up send us some pics.

Hi Cubby my name is Matt got a little problem and thought you might be able to help. I just got a hot bodies dirt demon for 99 bucks and it ran good for about a week and then the trans went to crap. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on replacing the hole trans with something ells being as they do not make the spur gear and more no one does it sucks . If you got any thoughts its a god rc just bad that they do not make the 4wd trans any more. All the help will be helpful .
Matt H.

Cubby- Yo what’s up Matt? That HB Dirt Demon was a cool monster truck back in the day. And… that’s exactly the problem, it’s an old platform.

I haven’t dug into it, so I have no idea what other spur gear might work or which tranny might drop in. The reason why I haven’t researched it is because even if you can find another tranny to drop in, that doesn’t really “fix” your problem. What if you break an a-arm? Or a hub carrier? If you drive your truck at all you are going to break other parts sooner or later.

So.. what I’m going to recommend is two routes for you. The first route is the cheap one. If you have a GOOD hobby shop near you, take your truck in. A good hobby shop will look through their parts supply and figure out what they have in stock that can be used to get your Dirt Demon back up to speed.

The second route is a bit more expensive but it’s the one I would take if I really liked an older platform vehicle. Search around on eBay, Craigslist, and the forums, then buy any complete Dirt Demon you can get your hands on. If you stockpile a
couple of complete trucks you should be dialed for at least a couple of years.

I bought a HPI 2WD Electric Blitz for myself and my son.. Both trucks have the same problem… Press full throttle forward and sometimes no response.. battery is fully charged and I believe to have set up the truck correctly.. I must be missing something???
Please help!!!

Cubby- Thanks for shoot’n us an email Randy, make sure to send Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with some stickers to plaster all over your Blitz’s.

I really like the HPI Blitz. It drives well and the RTR version can take some serious abuse. Sucks to hear you are having a problem with yours but that is part of the “fun” of our hobby.

If both your trucks have the same problem it sounds like you may not have calibrated the transmitters to the speed controllers properly. What this involves is having the speed control “learn” where full throttle, full brake, and neutral is from your transmitters. Read your manual for exact instructions, but this typically involves turning on your radio, then turning on your truck, then going from full throttle to full brake and then to neutral in the first couple of seconds the speedo is on. Depending on the speedo, you might have to press a programming button to accomplish
this task.

If it isn’t a calibration issue then it might simply be there is a lot of lag/delay between reverse and forward. On some speedo’s you can instantly go from reverse to full forward, on other brands it might take a couple seconds. It’s been several years since I have driven a stock brushed Blitz, I can’t recall off the top of my head if the Blitz had a bunch of lag/delay or not.

That’s it for this week folks, shoot me your questions, smack talk, or whatever else is on your mind to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If your question makes the big-time you get free stickers, if I pick yours as “letter of the month” we hook you up with a BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

BZM Pipe for Baja
Remember how exotic the pipes on factory motocross bikes looked back in the day? The new Baja exhaust pipe from BZM-Micro looks like an ultra-trick one-off factory part all the way. This uber new BZM pipe was designed to give slam’n low end torque without sacrificing top end power on today’s high end 5th scale engines. It fits in all variants of the Baja, and it comes with 2 different headers, one to fit BZM, and another to fit Zen/CY engines. Street pricing is $230, and HERE is the link for more information.

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Futaba 3PRKA Review
Do you stand by your rating and review of this product ?
I am considering one after reading your review however find your review extremely favorable compared to others, I have read from users of this radio.
I run in environments with other radios and cars present on the track.

Cubby- Hola Phil, thanks for the email.

Do we stand by our review? Hummmm….. of course we do, what answer did you expect? LOL

But… I have a little story for you. We recently reviewed the Losi Mini 8IGHT buggy. Brian had no issues and very little breakage on the unit he reviewed, therefore it received a very high score on durability. However, I was around a different unit and it seemed to break constantly. Was the unit that Brian tested a better example of what most people saw in the field, or was the unit I was around a better example? Obviously one of the two was a better example, but how do we know which one? Well… we aren’t going to test a dozen samples of each product, there simply isn’t enough time in the day.

In regards to our Futaba 3PRKA, I purposely tried to destroy that transmitter. At the end of the review it was still working as well as the day it came out of the box. It didn’t look nearly as good, but it functioned fine. Based on our test unit, I highly recommend it.

This next email is a long one… so keep reading to see it all…

Truggy Help!

Hey Brian.

I am new to the rc world even though I’ve been a fan for a long time. I recently bought a used MERV and I’ve been loving! It’s a mean little machine. There in lies the problem… It’s little. I’ve been frustrated trying to keep it in a straight line while running around with my friends RC10GT2. It’s clear to me I need (want) a bigger machine.

I’m really in love with the idea of a truggy. Unfortunately there doesn’t seem to be many options. I’ve narrowed it down to a couple different rides. I’m unsure of them all for different reasons. Can you please weigh in on this and give me some feedback? Pretty please?!

I mostly bash but I race motocross and autocross so I appreciate something that handles well. I would like to get into racing perhaps down the road soon. I’m not looking to spend more than $400 if I don’t have to.

Option 1. Caster Fusion F8T-RTR.
This looks like an awesome machine and I’ve seen it advertised as low as $389. I am mostly concerned about replacement parts availability and upgrades. I can’t find a lot of info on how durable this guy is either.

acer bearings In the market for a new RC vehicle? One of the first things on your hop-up list a bearing set? Well the people over at Acer Racing want to help. Acer Racing is now selling vehicles at comparable prices and are including their bearings with the vehicle at basically no cost! They have a bunch of vehicles to choose from, and say they are adding more to their list. We checked their prices against a few other sites, and they are pretty close, and their bearing kits usually cost around $90+ ! So this seems like a decent deal. The vehicles they list for sale as of this post are HPI Baja 5SC, HPI Baja 5B SS, Mugen MTX5, Team Associated B44.1, Tamiya TRF201 Buggy Kit, Team Associated TC6.1, RC8.2 Factory Team Kit, Axial Racing 90022 Axial 1/10 SCX10 Trail Honcho Electric 4WD RTR, Traxxas Slash 4X4 VXL RTR, Team Associated SC10 Factory Team Kit, and a Mugen Seiki 1/8 MBX6R Nitro Off Road Buggy Kit.

Head over to this Acer Racing webpage for details.

Forget that HPI Racing  teaser pic, that’s like so 30 seconds ago!


Here is some info on the new HPI WR8 3.0! It’s a 1/8th scale NITRO Rally Car! The official HPI part number is #106949. It’s RTR, 4WD, It will have waterproof servos, 2.4 GHz Radio system, and 3.0 HO Engine!


Comments on for this one also.. now what do you guys think?


The official HPI Racing site does not have any details at this time.

Oooh! I’ve been waiting quite a while for this… It’s time to unbox the HPI E10 Drift Monster Energy/Falken Tire Ford Mustang RTR! Avid readers of Evan’s 5:00 will know I’ve been looking for a reason to get into the RC drift scene, and this is it. For those of you lucky enough to make it out to BASH-A-PALOOZA 2011, you probably got to see Vaughn Gittin Jr. drive the full-size version of this bad boy in a series of drift ride-alongs and demos in the parking lot. Apparently, those demos have turned this into the hottest vehicle around and is a little hard to find in the Chicago area. Luckily, we were able to snatch one up and here it is in all of its unboxing glory. Before you even ask…YES…a review will be coming :)

Head over to HPI Racing for all the info and specs!