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We just posted the teaser pic, and now we have the real deal! Team Associated has officially announced the RC10B5 and RC10B5M. As you can see from the pictures, the B5M is mid-motor, while the B5 has a rear mounted motor. The goal for the RC10B5 was to make the best all around buggy for every type of surface. From loose dirt to blue-groove, and everything in between. The two versions share 90% of their parts across both platforms, but the different parts are what help make them a little more specialized. The B5M Mid-Motor is designed for ultra high grip on the high-speed high-grip tracks. If you have been waiting for a new 2WD buggy, your wait may be finally over.

Click Here to visit the official Associated website.

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RC10 Gold Tub Re-ReleaseRV2 lost the overall at the AMA national over the weekend, but nobody beat him. By that I mean he still pwn’ed the field, but defeated himself by going down twice in the second moto. That destroys his chance of going for a perfect season like RC and Bubba had, and perhaps gives the field a little bit more motivation to keep training/practicing. But still, until a rider actually steps it up (achtung Bam Bam and Dungey) to run his pace the rest of the nationals are going to be real snooze-fest.

Moto fast guy Jeff Alessi is a big fan of rc and he’s racing over in Italy right now on a very trick Honda 350 (you read that right, 350). Here’s to sending the 801 some good luck and we hope he races his way back into shape to win some motos. It would be freak’n awesome to see the 801 with a good ride back here in the states next season.

On to the rc world…

The biggest news from last week? For old school rc’ers it would be the announcement that Team Associated is going to re-release the original RC10 Gold Tub buggy. Sounds like an awesome idea right? Right?

Yes, it has great idea written all over it, but I’m just not sold on it. You see, myself and several of my racing buddies have said for years that we were going to buy old gold tubs, get them up and going, and race them vintage style. Sadly we never have, mainly because there just wasn’t much motivation there. We’ve all already owned several of them back in the day and none of us have the spare time to get one up and going. Plus, there are just too many cool new cars to snatch up and drive. So while old school rc racers might be the prime targets to buy the re-release, if we haven’t found the motivation to buy one over the last twenty years, I’m quite sure we can find a better way to spend $250. Because so many were sold originally, Gold Tubs have been easily found on E-Pay and Craigslist at bargain prices for years, yet none of us have actually cut the check. Ya sure, the Gold Tub was the best of its kind back in the day, and ya sure, they bring back a lot of memories, but is that really worth $250 today? Not to me or my “racer” buddies. I hate to even mention my basher friends, they could really care less about a Gold Tub.

So… collectors should snap up the RC10 re-release right? I don’t think so. You see hardcore collectors want the real deal, the original nearly 30 yr old buggy, not a flip’n “re-release”. The collector I talked to was ticked off and cursing AE because now the market is going to be flooded with all the new buggies and parts, thus screwing up the market on the old buggies as well. So ya, I think you can scratch the true collectors off the list of potential buyers.

How about those guys out there already racing vintage? Just how fair is it that someone can go out and buy brand new parts when the other guys are spending weeks or months scouring E-Pay, Craiglist, and forums trying to find the parts to keep their old Kyosho or Losi up and going? How fair is it that somebody can show up with a brand new and fresh buggy and race against equipment that has been driven to death for years? Ya, if you are “that dude” that shows up with a brand new re-release Gold Tub to a vintage event expect to catch a lot of crap.

Maybe noobs want to relive the past and see what driving a historic car like the Gold Tub is all about? They must be curious right? Yes, I believe that every noob would benefit from a good solid taste of vintage rc to help them appreciated how good today’s product is, but how many are actually willing to pay $250 for that chance? Would a noob rather have an old school Gold Tub or an ECX Boost that drives better, is much more durable, comes RTR, and only costs $149? Ya, just how many noobs are willing to pay nearly twice as much for something that isn’t as good just to get a perspective on the past? I suspect not very many…

To boil it down, ya, re-releasing the Gold Tub sounds like a great idea on paper. However, it just goes to show that AE is fading into the past, not charging into the future. When AE’s biggest news this year is a vehicle from 30 years ago, something is dreadfully wrong. AE has a truly iconic past, they should let it stand, proudly as it deserves to be. Instead they take the “easy” way out to make a few quick bucks selling a re-release. The hard way is to put their resources into making brand new uber products to replace their terribly aged current platforms (hint hint B4/T4/SC10), but I guess they just aren’t up that challenge anymore……….

On a different note…

Don’t forget to check out our review of the Vaterra Glamis that goes up later today, our G+ Live show on Wednesday night, and our daily news up on the front page. Also, you can find the BigSquidRC Bash crew at the Stadium Super Truck event in St Louis this Saturday, and bashing with the St Louis Drag Club on Sunday. Shoot us an email if you want more information on how to meet up with us, to bash, or to just say hello.

Until next week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby grabbing the Bull by the tail, not the hornsHey gang, welcome to Christmas week. My how time flies, it seems like just yesterday we were ringing in the start of 2012, but here we are and it’s almost over. I sincerely hope you guys get a few extra days off work and that your Christmas is a very merry one.

We won’t be taking any days off here at the BigSquidRC offices, that’s just how the internet game works. The internet game is 25/8/366, we don’t work dinosaur media hours here. You guys are on-line every moment of the day, therefore we have to be ready to post big news regardless of when it might pop up. This week we’ll be doing our normal compliment of articles/news/reviews, plus our Wednesday night Google + Hangout Live Show. We hope to totally hook you guys up with rc based entertainment while you are at home enjoying your holiday. There may not be “loads” of news till after the new year, but we’ll be here to report any important stuff that might surface.

On a different note…

I’ve told this story before, some of you TCR (THE Cub Report) aficionados will remember it, but while I was growing up I raced motocross nearly every weekend during the fair weather months, and rc during the winter. For whatever reason, my departed father never watched me race, nor lifted a finger to help me in either of those endeavors. Which, as I get older, I find stranger and stranger. He was constantly chastising me for my love of man and machine, yet if he truly hated it that badly he could have instantly brought my racing to an end, but he never did. I would like to think he had some “master plan” behind his hatred of my racing, but I’ve yet to figure it out.

As many of you know I’ve got a young son. This year I feel like he’s finally old enough to get his first ever hobby grade rc truck. Like many of you dads out there, I’ll be placing a hobby grade rc truck under the tree for my youngster and I can’t believe how stoked I am about it. There is a certain pleasure that comes with passing down one of my life long passions that I have never had the opportunity to experience until now.

I spent a good deal of time thinking about which truck was going to be his first, then prepping it to be ready for its first run on Christmas day. The first car/truck/whatever you get in this hobby is an extremely memorable event, ask any hobbyists and they will go on and on for hours about their first car, so I took picking the right vehicle extremely seriously. I ended up going down to my LHS and picking up a new ECX Torment for my son. We’ve had probably a dozen of them around the office and they’ve proven themselves as a capable noob bash machine. I have no doubt the Torment will bring my son as many hours of fun as it has brought to myself and the other staffers here at BigSquidRC. The Torment has been our “go to” vehicle for over a year now when we just want to grab a truck and play some demo derby in the parking lot or hit some small ramps.

But of course, being the noob rc dad that I am, I couldn’t leave the Torment stock, I mean I am THE freak’n Cub Reporter. My son is still fairly young so he’s still big into things being his favorite color, this necessitated a new Pro-Line Flo-Tek and painting it a bright red. Maybe this first red body will morph into his personal “paint scheme” in the years to come. Next up was water-dipped his motor, a “must do” if you are looking for any kind of life from an RTR brushed motor. The stock cast pinion leaves a bit to be desired, so I picked up a new Robinson and dropped one tooth. A drop in pinion size will help motor temps and run-times, plus the more precisely cut Robinson pinion will be less likely to burn up the spur. Next up was loosened the slipper a bit, at my sons age I’m quite certain he’s not gonna let off the gas when up against a wall and I’d rather him burn up the slipper than some of the other drive-line parts. Finally, I charged up and installed a new 6 cell 1800 mah sport pack, set all the trims, then wrapped that sucker up. It’s ready for a drive as soon as he opens it on Christmas morning, and I’m ridiculously stoked to say I am looking forward to my very first bash session with my son.

Now… I totally realize I may be creating a monster here. In the years to come my son may become an rc freak like me, spending entirely too many hours of his life truing tires, adjusting camber, rebuilding diffs, then putting in countless hours wearing out the local track.

Or… I may be setting myself up for a huge let down. My son may take one look at the truck and go “Meh, what were you thinking dad? Where is my Kindle Fire HD with Angry Birds on it?”. Of course being an rc’er I’d like to see him enjoy the hobby I’ve spent a gianormous portion of my life on, but I’m mentally prepared for the opposite as well. Any which way, whether my son becomes an rc-a-holic or ends up dedicating his entire life to the Halo franchise, I fully intend to support whatever hobby he may end up with. My only real wish is that he finds one that he can be passionate about. I know the time I spent fanatically wrenching and racing a gold tub RC10 (and YZ Yamaha’s) kept me out of trouble in my youth, with any luck a good hobby will do the same for him.

That’s it for this week folks, have a very Merry Christmas with your families and/or friends, and… support your local hobby shops and bash spots if ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Associated 12mm Big Bore Shock Teaser
Team Associated posted this teaser pic on their FB Page of their upcoming 12mm Big Bore Shocks for their RC10/SC10 series of off-roaders. Associated didn’t mention any pricing or a solid release date, all they stated was “They’re getting close…”. We’ll post more information when we get it.

Are you a big Team Associated fan? Check out more Associated news right HERE on BigSquidRC.