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“RC for 4yr old

Dear Cubby,

Ok, so I’ve had about a dozen or so R/C cars over the years dating back to 1985 (Tyco Turbo Hopper/Tamiya Lunchbox/RC10GT/OFNA 1/8 Buggy, etc). My latests is and Emaxx from 2008 that gets occasional use (considering brushless/lipo upgrade).

My son will be turning 4 in November and he as well as I am interested in getting him into RC. I tried using training mode on the Emaxx (7cells), and it’s definitely too fast for him. Ideally I’d like something that he could use both indoor/outdoor (indoor keeps him out of my wife’s hair for a bit). For indoors, I’d like something slow so he’s not damaging the walls/furniture or hurting his younger siblings. For outdoors, some more speed is ok. I’m close to settling on a Losi 1/24 Trail Trekker due to its crawling/climbing capability and slow speed.

Thoughts? Could I get a 2WD Slash, gear it down, and maybe even run a 4 or 5 cell battery to slow it down for indoor use, or is it still going to be too big/too fast? Do you think the 1/24 Trekker will hold him off until he’s about 6 and then get him a something along the lines of a Slash? I take it the Dromida 1/18′s are too fast for indoor? Would you have any concern for parts availbility if I picked up a Trail Trekker (looks like it was released several years ago).

Thanks,
Dennis K.”

Cubby- Yo hey Dennis, thanks for writing in.

I have seen some 4 year olds that can really wheel an rc, but they were the exception. I know from being to so many different bashes and being around so many young kids (including 3 of my own) that most 4 year olds just aren’t ready for hobby grade rc. Ya, I know you are a stoked Dad who wants to hook your child up, but at 4 they are more interested in being chased or simply pushing the truck around than driving it.

However… if I were to recommend something, it wouldn’t be the Slash. The Dromidas are fairly slow and can be driven straight into walls without much breakage (plus they can work indoors or out). The Losi 1/24th crawler might good because it is geared so low, but then it might be so slow that it won’t hold the short attention span of a 4 year old.

If anything, I can say from first hand experience, that if you hold off for a couple years your child will be much more capable of appreciating a hobby grade rc vehicle. Good luck, and let us know what you get.


Hey guys,
Cory from Florida here. I love keeping up with BSRC. The cub report and everybody’s scalin for the weekend are my favorites but I also really find the shootouts super helpful. I recently used your quad shootout to help pick my sons Ares Ethos…..and it was spot on!!!

Anyways, I had a thought. I have never seen a servo Shootout! ! What would be better than pitting the uber high dollar boys (savox, hitec, futaba) against the budget ones ( tower, solar, ect…) Having two classes would keep it more apples to apples….like ones for a SC truck/offroad racing and ones for crawlers/scalers. Areas like strength, speed, weight, durability and of course price are all really important us.
Thanks for keepin it real,
Cory

Cubby- Hi there Cory, thanks for the email. We are always glad to hear when people are digging the articles and shootouts. We get stoked when we hear someone made a purchase based on something we said, and they are completely happy about it! It reassures us that we are doing something right around here!

A servo shootout huh? As you may or may not of guessed, this topic has been the subject of many discussions around here, and it’s been on the table as something we have wanted to do for a while. Like all of our shootouts, we want to make sure we have the correct tests, equipment, and knowledge to be able to bring accurate results in a format that will benefit the readers. So I can say we have a plan, and there will be one in the future, I can not give you a estimate on when to expect it. Right now we have a pretty good backlog of stuff on the burners, but rest assured it’s not that far down the list.


That’s it for this week ya bunch of lunatics. Got something to say? Got a question to ask? Hit me up at Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If (and I highly doubt it will) your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I name yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll send ya a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

TLR 22 2.0 ChassisThe guys over at TLR have a new chassis for the 22 and 22 2.0 buggy. It is slightly shorter than the stock unit (-2.5mm) and shaves off about 15 grams of weight. The shorter chassis is said to make the buggy turn and rotate more quickly, thus helping you lay the smack down even faster on fellow racers or bashing buddies. It hits the street at $58, has a part number of #TLR331014, and starts shipping next month. Get more of the scoop at This Link over on the TLR website.

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losi 5ive-t saleSeveral months ago our readers declared the Losi 5IVE-T the winner of our annual March Bashness contest. What does that mean? It means our readers voted the 5IVE-T as the king of the bashing hill, and for good reason, it is big, mean, and can take a beating.

The folks over at Horizon Hobby have announced a special offer on the 5IVE-T BND that extends until December 31st. When you purchase a new 5IVE-T BND you can now save $200 instantly. You get the discount at any participating retailer or on the Horizon Hobby Website.

Click Here to see how our March Bashness 2014 unfolded.

Losi SCB AVC

While we were busy doing the iHobby Expo a bunch of new gear was announced.

The folks over at Losi released information on three new vehicles. The Brushless SCB featuring AVC stability control has a part number of LOS03003, a street price of $349 and they should start shipping late next month. On the smaller side of things they announced the 1/24th scale Micro SCTE and the Micro Rally X. These make some news by coming with 7915kV brushless systems and Dynamite’s new 15C HyperCharge System. Both have a street price of $174 and will debut at your LHS in November.

Our bashing buddies over at RPM RC also announced some new items. If you are a Helion Animus 18TR or 18SC owner you will be stoked to hear that RPM has new front & rear a-arms for your truck. These have a part number of #73462 and a street price of $12. RPM also announced new offset compensating front a-arms for Traxxas Slash 2wd and Nitro Slash. These allow you to use the same offset wheels front & rear and have a part number of #70552 with a street price of just $10.

The friendly folks over at Traxxas also announced several new products. They have a new Slash 2wd with On-Board Audio. We watched these machines at iHobby and they can be quite loud (volume is adjustable), hence the reason we nicknamed them “Screamers”. The part number is #58034-2 and expect the street price to be $299. They also announced a new LaTrax RTR 1/18 4WD Stadium Super Truck. These have a part number of 76044-1, a street price of $159 and will hit your LHS later this month. The last new item from Traxxas is a new charger with iD Auto Battery Identification. This item actually created a lot of talk at iHobby, it uses a new connector that contains the main power wires plus the balance wires. It has a part number of #2970 and a street price of only $49.

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Horizon Hobby iHobby 2014
Our friends at Horizon Hobby are showing off a lot of new products here at iHobby 2014.

Perhaps the biggest news from their booth is that Horizon is now distributing Anki Drive Products to hobby shops. You may have heard of the name Anki Drive before, they make some very innovative phone controlled battle cars that you may have already seen in big box stores.

Also new in the Horizon booth was the Losi XXX-SCB Brushless RTR (Street $349). The latest edition of the SCB comes with a powerful Dynamite brushless system, AVC stability control, and new Eclipse SCT tires.

The Vaterra K5 Blazer was a big hit in the Horizon booth, turning heads with its scale appearance.

The tiny new ECX Beatbox and Kickflip are also on display, expect these to be one of the bigger hits of the 2014 Christmas buying season. In person they look like a load of fun to play with.

Horizon also had numerous air products on display, including their recently picked up Fat Shark line that even our own Cub Reporter is enamored with.

If you want to learn more about all the different products from Horizon simple click This Link to visit their official website.

Read up on more iHobby news on BigSquidRC.

Losi 8IGHT-E RTR
Losi has announced that you can now get the convenience of their race winning 8IGHT-E buggy in a Read To Run. The 8IGHT-E has always been a strong performer on the track, as well as being a fast and durable basher. The RTR version comes with Horizon’s AVC stability control, as well as a powerful Dynamite brushless system.

* 130 amp ESC
* 1800kV brushless motor
* Waterproof
* 16mm shocks and tapered springs
* Sealed Viscous Diffs
* Spektrum DX2E V3 2.4GHz transmitter

The part number is #LOS04003, they have a street price of $659, and you can get complete details At This Link on Losi’s website.

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Boom Racing Aluminum Upgrades
The folks over at AsiaTees Hobbies wanted us to let you know that Boom Racing now has an extensive line of aluminum upgrades for the Losi Mini Rock Crawler. These upgrades are made from tough aluminum and are available in silver, black, red, and blue. Some of the aluminum upgrades include-

* Front knuckles
* Chassis link set
* Gear cover
* C-hubs
* Steering tie rod
* Platform skid plate
* Front and rear link arms

Check out the video below (narrated by Nik Johnson) to learn more about the upgrades, or you can Click Right Here for more details over on the official AsiaTees website.

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Xtreme Racing Losi Mini 8IGHT Truggy Carbon Fiber Parts
Carbon Fiber parts are great for two things- 1. making your truck stronger, and 2. looking really trick. For all you Losi Mini 8IGHT-T owners, the crew at Xtreme Racing now has some carbon fiber upgrades for you.

For starters, Xtreme created 3mm thick shock towers. These are much beefier than stock and lightweight to boot.

Xtreme also has some rear wheel guards. These are great for keeping mud out of the rear shocks and driveshafts while adding a cool look.

The mud guards have a part number of #10849, the front tower is #10847, while the rear tower is #10848. Each is priced at $15 and Here Is The Link to the official Xtreme Racing website.

Read more Losi News on BigSquidRC.

Losi Micro Parts Bundle
Do you have a Losi Micro in need of some repair? Just want to save some cash on spare parts? Losi has announced a new 1/24 Micro Brushless SCT Parts Bundle to give you the hook up. The bundle contains a suspension arm set, pinion & spur set, dogbone set, spindles, carriers, hubs, and bumpers, all for one low price. Most of the parts fit the Losi Micro SCT, Rally, and Truggy, while the bumpers are specific to just the SCT.

The part number for the bundle is #LOSB0242PRTS, they are street priced at $29, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the Losi website.

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T-Bone Racing Bumper Losi 22-4
Want more protection for the front end of your Losi 22-4 buggy? If so the folks over at T-Bone Racing can hook you up. They have a nifty Skid Plate/Front Bumper made to take the worst you can throw at it. The TBR bumper is made from tough nylon, comes with their lifetime warranty, and is sure to save front end parts on your 22-4.

The part number for the bumper is #37042, it is priced at $15, and they are available right now. For full details check out This Link over on the official TBR website.

Click right HERE to read more T-Bone news on BigSquidRC.

losi_5ive_winner_3

Remember that insane contest we did, where we gave away a new Losi 5IVE-T, and we had the most entries ever! Well we got pictures recently of the winner, and he looks pretty happy about being the new owner of the March Bashness Champion!

Congrats again! Send us some pictures after your first few bash sessions, so we can see if it’s still in once piece!

Again, thanks to Horizon Hobby and Losi for making this all possible.

THE Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy From Horizon Hobby Review

Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy Review

In today’s review we’ll be taking a very up close and personal look at the Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy from Losi. The Mini 8IGHT-T comes in at 1/14 scale, bigger than most minis, but significantly smaller than a tenth scaled truck. It comes brushless powered and with the high zoot AVC that everyone is talking about. Can the Mini 8IGHT-T take the beating required to be a good bash vehicle? Is it worth its $279 price point? Is there enough yank under the hood to keep a smile on your face? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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THE Losi LST XXL-2 4WD Gasoline Monster Truck Review

Losi LST XXL-2 Review

Hype, hype, and more hype, that has been the name of the gas game so far. The first offering, the HPI Octane, seemed to come up a bit short of all the promises. Hit the “Read More” button below to read our review of the second gas burner to hit the market, the Losi LST XXL-2 Monster Truck. Does it have enough power to be fun? Does it easily start every single time? Do you have to constantly tune it? Is it worth your hard earned cash? Make the jump to find out…

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