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TheToyz.com Traxxas QR-1 Hubsan X4 Quad Storage bag
The Traxxas QR-1 has turned out to be a very popular quadcopter. People that would never even think about buying an air product have latched right onto the QR-1.

Realizing the popularity of the little Traxxas quad, the crew over at TheToyz.com have a new storage bag that is set-up just for it. The bag not only protects your quad from damage while storing or transporting, but it has cut-outs to hold extra batteries, a screwdriver, and spare parts. The heavy duty construction means it should last for years, and it comes with a strap to make it easier to carry.

The part number for the storage bag is #TOYZ 110, the street price is $35 and they are available right now. Hit up THIS LINK for more information over on TheToyz website.

What else has TheToyz been up to lately? Check out THIS LINK for more TheToyz news right here on BigSquidRC.

Ram models inc booth efest 2013
The crew over at Ram Models Inc are primarily known for their LED lighting systems and they have a large display of them at the eFest 2013 fly-in.

Ram is also showing their new Quad LED systems for the Blade MQX, Heli-Max 1SQ, and Traxxas QR-1. These are plug and play systems that weight around 2 grams and have a retail price of right around $15. Hit up the official Ram Website for complete details.

Looking for more eFest coverage? Hit up THIS link.

Traxxas Booth Nuremberg Toy Fair 2013
The Traxxas crew was out in force at the 2013 Nuremberg Toy Fair showing off their extensive line-up of surface and air machines. Of note was their latest Robbie Gordon off-roaders and their QR-1 & DR-1 air machines. Check out the gallery below to get a feel for their booth.

For more information on Traxxas hit up THIS link for their official website and check out THIS link for all our Nuremberg show coverage right here on BigSquidRC.

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

Traxxas QR-1 quadcopter
Traxxas announced yesterday that its new QR-1 quadcopter is shipping and should start arriving at your local hobby shops later this week. That is great news to those of you who have been holding your breathe since Traxxas first released information on them, and they’ll be arriving just in time for the holiday season.

Looking for more Traxxas news? We have lots more right here on BigSquidRC, check out THIS link.

THE Cub ReportHello everyone, happy Monday and welcome to yet another edition of your favorite weekly satirical rc column, THE Cub Report.

When I first started writing THE Cub Report for BigSquidRC a half decade ago there were weeks when I’d rarely receive an email in regards to the column. Steadily over the years that has changed, and it isn’t uncommon to get 50 emails (or more) after a particularly saucy week. But… I have never received emails regarding a Cub Report the week before it was posted, well, not until last week. This week we have received a half dozen emails basically saying “We can not wait to see the next Cub Report!”. Well here it is, hopefully you enjoy, and even if you do not feel the love, hopefully it gets some water cooler conversation started.

Why would people be so stoked with anticipation about this weeks Cub Report? If you don’t already know you must have been living on Mars the last few days- because Traxxas announced their new DR-1 helicopter and QR-1 quadcopter last week.

It was remarkable to see people’s reaction to the Traxxas air product news- initially people simply refused to accept it, and who could blame them, getting into the air market is an incredibly radical departure from their current product line-up. Once the fact had sunk in the next question out of their mouth was “Why air????”. There is no doubt that Traxxas getting into the air market will help their bottom line. Geez, you can’t walk a hundred feet in a mall, flea market, or big box toy store, without seeing some little dual rotor heli, and the quadcopter market is blowing up like a bad guy’s head in a Schwarzenegger flix about right now. It is easy to see there is a lot of cash to be made in the small heli and quad market.

And… how many of those mall/flea market heli’s and quad’s have terrible parts support (hint- all of them)? If you are more than passively interested in flying a lil’ heli or quad, parts support is quite important, and if Traxxas is really good at one thing it’s having parts in nearly every LHS in the country. For heli/quad flyboys it will certainly be nice to be able to walk into nearly an LHS in America and pick up replacment parts right off the shelf.

Double and… after-market support for Traxxas surface product has historically been huge. Surely the mouths of new age heli/quad guys are watering right now with thoughts of uber hop-ups quickly becoming available for the new Traxxas heli and quad. Sure, getting a new product and using it is fun, but hopping it up is what being an American is all about.

So not “everything” about having a new Traxxas heli and quad on the market is bad.

However… you have got to be freak’n kidding me. Traxxas is on top of the world right now, seemingly with more raw cash than Brinks trucks to hold it all. You’d think they’d have more than enough resources available to come up with something more innovative and original for their first foray into the air scene. I am no air guru, nor are most of the people that will be looking at buy the new Traxxas gear, but to me their new heli and quad do not look to bring any of the Texan Swagger to the table that put their surface gear on top of the car/truck market. You would have thought with their first air offerings Traxxas would have been looking to make a bold statement, right now that statement comes across as “Yee Haw, lookee at what we just sourced from Asia!”. Having worked in this industry a long time I know certain concessions have to be made to meet price points and release dates, but when mountains of resources are available and the king of the mountain is looking to make a splash in an entirely new genre, that is the perfect time to go huge, not ho-hum.

I saw first hand another “big name” surface rc company’s first design in the air market when I was in SoCal about a year ago (still unreleased). This company is known for quality surface products and their air design was quite impressive. This particular product was designed from the ground up in-house using known concepts from the air field plus some uber surface concepts to make it like nothing else on the market. No, the product I saw had no chance at making a hundred dollar price point, but it would have been price competitive against its rivals, and it was uber trick and brought some serious performance advancements to the table. It was exactly what the latest offerings from Traxxas should have been.

No doubt Traxxas is going to sell millions of dollars of their new air gear, but like I mentioned in last weeks Cub Report, they have jumped the shark, and their latest air products do nothing but cement that statement.

That’s it for this week crew, support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots. Do you have a rebuttal for this weeks Cub Report? If so, shoot it to me, Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com.

YOUR Cub Reporter

traxxas quadcotper qr1
I bet you didn’t see this coming! Traxxas is now getting into the air market! It’s called the Traxxas QR-1 High Performance Quad-Rotor Helicopter! Street price is about $60 (WOW!) and comes without a radio. With Radio is just over $100. Another thing new for them. Since when is it not RTR? Wow, Traxxas quadcopter, we never would of guessed. More info as we get it in.

UPDATE: More info and more pictures!
We now have pictures of what will come with the RTF versions.
It has a 2.4Ghz 4-Channel Transmitter, two 3.7 240 mah packs, and a dual lipo charger.
There are blue LED’s on the front so you can tell what direction you are flying in.
With the 6-Axis Stabilzation, you can even Flip and Roll it according to Traxxas in Expert Mode! Wowza!
Official specs:
• Quad-rotor thrust with digital 6-axis stabilization
• Quickly master stable hovering and flight in Normal mode
• Perform flips, snap rolls, and banking turns in Expert mode
• Customizable modes let you choose your own settings
• Two blue LEDs light the way
• Includes two high-capacity LiPo batteries
• USB-powered dual-battery charger
• 2.4GHz Transmitter eliminates frequency conflicts
• LCD transmitter display keeps you informed
• Available in red, blue, orange, and green

More details:
Length: 4.7 Inches (120mm) That’s with the blades! without it’s like 65mm.
Width: 4.7 Inches (120mm)
Rotor Diameter: 2.2 Inches (55mm)
Blade Circle: 5.8 Inches (147mm)
Weight: 1.16oz (33g)
Height (overall): 1.1 Inches (28mm)
Stabilization: Six-Axis
Radio System: 2.4GHz 4-channel multi-mode
Chassis Structure/Material: Molded composite main frame
Skill Level: 1
Included Accessories: Two 1-Cell 240mAh LiPo (3.7 volts) battery packs,USB-powered dual LiPo charger, spare rotor blade set, Phillips screwdriver, and four Traxxas AAA alkaline batteries.

Comments are ON! What do you guys think!?

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