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SWORKz S350T Truggy
The folks over at SWORKz have been teasing their first ever truggy for months, now they have released full details.

The 1/8 SWORKz truggy is dubbed the S350T. This is a nitro powered machine loaded with high performance features. Some of its highlights include-

* 7075 aluminum chassis with black hard coating
* CVDs all around
* Sealed front and rear arms
* 150cc fuel tank
* 7075 shock towers
* Pro 2.0 shocks with hex bladders & impact pistons

The part number is #SW-910019 and you can Click Here to check out the official SWORKz website.

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Mugen MBX7R Buggy
The 8th scale buggy World Championships are quickly approaching. As such, expect to see a lot of new products being announced for debut at the big event.

Mugen knows what it takes to win world championships and they have just announced their latest uber race machine, the MBX7R. The 7R is based off the highly praised MBX7, with updates and refinements to make it an even more lethal racing machine. Some of the highlights of the 7R include-

* New 16mm big bore shocks
* Re-designed front hub carriers
* More camber adjustability in front arms
* Front and rear universal driveshafts
* New rear wing mounts
* Re-designed baffle in fuel tank

The part number is #E2015 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official Mugen website.

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XRay Pan Car
With indoor carpet season just around the corner, XRay has announced their new 2015 X12 pan car kit. The ’15 edition of the X12 comes with plenty of updates to keep you at the front of the pack. An all new chassis leads the list, but numerous others make the X12 easier to drive, easier to work on, and more adjustable than ever. To get complete details, hit up This Link over on the official XRay website.

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Cubby Associated B5One of the most interesting trends that I’ve been hearing more and more about behind the scenes is about kits. You remember them don’t ya? Where you buy a new car, open the box, and all you see is part trees? From what I’ve been hearing there are several manufacturers that would love for them to come back into fashion.

As I’ve said many times before, rc is like anything else, if you wait long enough everything comes back into fashion. Bell-bottoms were huge (no pun intended) in the 1970s, then made a short comeback in the 90′s, and I have no doubt they will once again be all the rage at some point down the road. Therefore I know for a fact that eventually kits will again rule the rc world, it isn’t a matter of “if”, it is a matter of “when”.

There are a whole bunch of upsides to kits ruling the world. In particular, the manufacturers would love for kits to make a comeback. On the business side of things profit margins on kits are greater and it totally eliminates the hundreds of headaches associated with having an RTR assembled. On the consumer side of things, kits create more of a bond with a car owner and ensure they know how to fix their car when it breaks. There is lots of win/win on the kit side of things no doubt.

However… RTRs rule the roost for good reason, especially in the basher world. Most people are either too busy to build a kit or too lazy, so it is simply much more convenient for a “casual” consumer to get into rc via a RTR. So what is it gonna take to flip the rc world upside down? Ya, you already know the answer… marketing. From the rumblings I’ve been hearing throughout the industry, don’t be surprised to start seeing marketing that emphasizes how fun kit building is instead of how convenient RTRs are.

In BSRC news…

While this might sound quite early, I need to start pumping up (read- spamming) the iHobby show. Why so early??? Because iHobby ’14 isn’t gonna be a traditional show for us, it is going to be ground breaking. Of course this is just a tease because I can’t say more, but 100% legit, everyone in the rc world is going to be shocked at what we have in our booth this year. Mark your calenders, put in for vacation time now, and be sure to join us October 2-5 in Schaumburg Illinois. I promise you our booth will not disappoint.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

JQ THECar White Limited Edition Buggy
“Good guys always wear white” (at least in the movies) and now you can get an All White Edition of JQ’s THECar. THECar white edition will not only make you instantly stand out in a crowd, but it is a full on race buggy capable of busting out fast lap times. Trick looks, fast laps, what more can you ask for.

The part number is #INT-JQB0677LE, they are priced at $599, and they start shipping on September 1st. There are only 100 of these kits being produced and you can get one on pre-order by Clicking Right Here.

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CRC WTF-1 Formula 1 Kit
The WTF-1 Formula 1 kit from Calandra Racing Concepts is not only affordable, but also one of the fastest cars in its class. The WTF-1 was designed from the ground up to be a racer featuring a low center of gravity chassis, an ultra smooth 16 ball differential, and lightweight materials. For you bashers out there, it was also designed to be rugged with a 3mm quad axial carbon fiber chassis and durable front end parts.

The part number is #1500, it has a street price of $249, and they start shipping in the next two weeks. Get complete details at This Link over on CRC’s official website.

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Tamiya Dual Ridge
There are scale realism people, then there are people looking for something wild. The new Dual Ridge buggy from Tamiya definitely falls into the wild category.

The futuristic looking Dual Ridge is a 4wd buggy based off the long running Tamiya TT-02 platform. It’s a kit so you get the experience of building it yourself, while long travel oil shocks and 4wd help it conquer some serious off-road terrain.

The part number is #58596, it is street priced at $189, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. Click Here to get more details over on the official Tamiya website.

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Vaterra Chevrolet K-5 Blazer Ascender
Are you into rock crawling? Like building your own kits? Is scale realism important to you? If you answered “yes” to those three questions the new ’86 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer from Vaterra should be considered a must buy.

At the heart of the Blazer is the new Ascender chassis. The Ascender chassis features a stamped steel frame, adjustable wheelbase, metal gear transmission, and serious off-road suspension.

For scale looks, the the Blazer comes with a fully licensed 1986 Chevrolet K-5 Blazer body. The body is clear so you can throw on your own paint job and comes with an injection-molded grille with headlight details. Fully licensed Interco TSL SX Super Swamper tires complete the true off-road look.

* 8 spoke 1.9″ wheels
* Aluminum suspension links
* Floating battery tray (holds a shorty pack)
* Crawling style bumpers
* Adjustable side bars
* 4-line rear suspension
* 3-line panhard front suspension
* Low-profile axle housings & locker/ring gear
* HD CV front shafts
* Single speed tranny with slipper clutch
* Threaded oil filled shocks

The part number is VTR03023, it is street priced at $319, and to ensure you are the first person on your block to have one, Click Right Here to pre-order over on Horizon Hobby’s official website.

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Serpent Cobra E-truggy
Big power combined with big tires equals a whole lot of bashing fun, hence the reason many bashers use a monster truck or truggy to bash with. The latest big truggy to hit the market is from Serpent, the 1/8 Cobra E-Truggy. The Cobra is a high-end 1/8 4wd, featuring plenty of carbon fiber and other high quality materials. Some of the highlights of the E-Truggy include-

* Narrow 3mm 7075 aluminum chassis
* 5mm carbon fiber shock towers
* Optimal weight distribution
* Rear mudguards
* Low profile body
* Hard anodized 16mm big bore shocks
* Captured universal joints
* Composite battery trays with hinged covers

The part number for the E-Truggy is #600033 and you can get full details by hitting This Link over on the Serpent website.

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XRay XB8E Buggy
For all you guys wanting to go reallyyyyy fast with a high-end buggy, XRay has announced their new XB8E. The XB8E is based off the nitro XB8 and was designed to be the best of the best. For the track it should put in some blazing lap times, for bashing, it should go huge with premium parts under the hood.

* New aluminum chassis and motor mount
* Better weight distribution
* New side guards
* New a-arms and towers
* New cab forward body
* Pivot ball suspension
* Carbon fiber a-arm stiffeners

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Yokomo BD7 ETS Champion Limited Kit
Just 25 of the new Limited Edition BD7 ETS kits from Yokomo will be put out for sale. This model was made to celebrate its four wins at the European Touring Car series and comes with luxury packaging and special transporter bag. It also comes with a slew of high-zoot upgrades-

* Titanium main gear shaft
* Titanium turnbuckles
* Precision bearing set
* Aluminum servo mount, belt tension cams, & rear bones
* Graphite body mount support
* Hard coated pivot balls
* Double joint front universals

The part number is #MRTC-BD714ETS and you can get full information over on the Yokomo Europe website.

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PR Racing SB401 4wd Off Road Buggy
What’s new over at PR Racing? The 1/10 scale SB401 4wd buggy kit. The SB401 is PR’s first 4wd 10th scale buggy and was designed to be ultra-adjustable to suit a wide variety of conditions. Some of its highlights include-

* Aluminum 12.75mm big bore shocks
* Carbon fiber towers and top deck
* Can use shorty or saddle packs
* Hard anodized aluminum chassis
* Full bearing set
* One piece aluminum motor mount

The part number is #SB401 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the PR RC website.

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Team C TC02C Evo Buggy
While it may be blazing hot outside right now, the indoor season is right around the corner. For all you guys headed indoors in a couple of months, Team C has announced their latest 1/10 2wd buggy called the TC02C Evo.

The Evo is loaded with many popular features and comes in a mid motor configuration for high bite surfaces. Some of the highlights of the Evo include-

* 4 gear mid motor design
* 8mm longer chassis
* Cab forward body
* Threaded 12mm big bore shocks
* Aluminum arm mount & rear sway bar
* Gear diff
* Fits shorty or saddle packs

The part number is #TC02C Evo and you can get more details by hitting up This Link over on Team C’s website.

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