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Team Associated Apex Lexus
Team Associated is giving you touring car fans the hook-up lately. Last week they announced their new GReddy Scion and now they have released details on their Apex Series Lexus RC F.

The Associated Lexus RC F uses a highly detailed body on the outside for good looks, while 4wd and a powerful brushless system are used under the hood to get the blood pumping. Its electronics are water-resistant so you can keep bashing regardless of the weather and a 2.4GHz radio system is included.

* Reedy 3300kV 540 motor
* Fully assembled RTR available in two different colors
* Detailed brake components and Lexus RC F 20 spoke wheels
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH 3000mAh battery and charger
* All metal gear transmission

The part number for the Associated Lexus is #30115 and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in September. Get complete details at This Link over on Associated’s website.

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Team Associated Apex Scion GReddy
Team Associated has a new on-road car for your bashing pleasure, an Apex Scion Racing FR-S GReddy edition touring car. The Scion is part of Associated’s affordable Qualifier Series and comes RTR with brushless power.

Set on the Apex 4wd platform, a highly detailed body has the racy look of the full scale version. Under the hood you’ll find waterproof electronics, a 2.4GHz radio system, and a Reedy 3300kV brushless motor.

* High traction racing tires and detailed brake components
* Metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6-cell NiMH and wall charger
* CVA front and rear axles
* All metal gears in transmission
* Full bearing set

The part number for the Associated Scion is #30113 and it is set for a September release date. Click Here for full details over on the official Associated website.

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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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Unboxing ARRMA Granite Mega Series
Have you heard about the new Mega Series from ARRMA? If not, it is their most affordable line-up of vehicles with prices starting at $159. We recently received one of the Mega Series Granite Monster Trucks for review and took some pictures so you can see exactly what it looks like when you open the box for the first time. The RTR Mega Series Granite is waterproof, comes with a 15 turn brushed motor, and is priced at just $179.

Enjoy the unboxing pictures and our full review should be ready sometime next week. If you want more information on the Mega Series Granite Here Is The Link to its page over on the official ARRMA website.

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HPI Crawler King 1973 Ford Bronco
First shown at the Nuremburg Toy Fair, then recently seen again at the HobbyTown USA Convention, the HPI Crawler King ’73 Ford Bronco is getting close to its September release date. With its release date right around the corner HPI has released some pictures and information to wet your appetite.

The retro schemed ’73 Bronco is made for rock crawling and mud bogging. It’s a RTR that comes with waterproof electronics so you can bash in any kind of weather. It also features over 6 inches of suspension travel, plenty for soaking up those bumps in the road. Some of its other highlights include-

* Officially licensed body
* High performance HB Rover crawling tires
* Heavy duty alloy suspension links
* 2.4GHz radio system
* 55 turn brushed crawling motor
* Locked differentials
* Nothing more to buy, comes with 7.2V 2000mAh Ni-MH pack, charger, and AA batteries for the transmitter

The part number for the Bronco is #113225 and you can get a bit more information at This Link over on HPI’s website.

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Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2
Some have dubbed 2014 as “The year of the monster truck!” and it would be hard to argue otherwise. What is the latest monster truck to be announced? The Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2.

The e-MTA G2 uses elements from the first generation of e-MTA plus it has some new additions. The change that strikes out the most is its shocks. They are no longer a lay-down style like what was found on the original e-MTA, they are now a more traditional stand-up design. The G2 also comes with a 6S capable speed controller as well as 6 point wheel hexes with wheels designed to fit them perfectly. Also new is a more impact resistant body to stand up to all those big hits while out bashing.

* Low center of gravity
* 8 big bore shocks
* ACE 6S BLC-150C ESC & 2000kV motor
* Wheelbase- 370mm
* Width- 440mm
* Length- 620mm
* High grip road tires
* Waterproof, metal gear, digital 9.8 KG & 0.17 sec servo
* Cougar GP3 2.4GHz radio system

The part number for red is #6407-F111, the part number for blue is #6407-F112, but we have not heard if these will make their way stateside. Of course we will post more information when we get it, until then you can hit up This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger America website.

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Cubby iHobby Truck Give awayIt amazes me how when every new RTR is announced there are a bunch of old school rc zealots that pop out of the woodwork and go into full idiot mode proclaiming its not worth buying unless it is a kit. Ok, so I understand that some people “like” kits, but to go into a full Chernobyl meltdown after each RTR is announced is a bit much, even by Cubby standards.

Why are the “kit fanboyz” so fanatical? I am certainly no psychologist, so my guess is whatever they may be lacking in life they attempt to make up for by being an “elitist” in the field of rc. They chastise people who don’t share their hatred of RTRs, claim over and over again that RTRs are assembled by blind paraplegics, and state that if you are driving an RTR you are a noob. And after doing so, somehow, someway, it makes them feel “better”.

How is the assembly quality of most RTRs these days? Generally they are much better than RTRs from a decade ago. We go over our review units with a fine tooth comb, and while we do still find a problem here or there, generally RTRs are assembled as good, if not better, than we would have assembled them. The people overseas that are putting these cars/trucks/buggies together do it 40+ hours a week, meaning they are experts at what they are doing. In comparison, an average hobbyist might only assemble one kit every few months. In fact, in the field I’ve seen more poorly built kits than poorly built RTRs over the last couple of years. It seems that while certain hobbyists “want” to build their own rigs, they don’t take the proper time (or read the manual closely enough) to make sure it ends up being built correctly.

If you are driving an RTR does that make you a noob? I’ve personally witnessed pretty much every single big name in our hobby driving a RTR, so that certainly isn’t the case. These big names are no different than the BSRC staff, or the majority of our readers, and they have no problem driving an RTR because it saves them time. It seems that while some of the elitist kit fanboyz swear they would never touch an RTR, the big names they worship have no problem doing so.

And… to all those wanna-be elitists that think every new car announced needs to be available in kit form only- you’ve probably never seen the sales numbers, but I have, and most kits just don’t sell very well. If every new car were banished to being a kit, there would be a whole lot of companies going out of business.

Yes, sure, everyone in the hobby should assemble a kit (or two, or ten) to get a better understanding of the inner workings of an rc car, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with manufacturers putting out mostly RTRs, nor anything wrong with the people that buy them. The advent of the RTR has helped keep our hobby from dying off, and helped finance many of the uber kits that the so called “elitists” like to build.

That’s it for this week ya bunch of rc snobs, support your local hobby shops, bash spots, and ready-to-runs when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Yokomo Toyota 86 SD Sport
It seems like every company is upping their game when it comes to scale realism, with their new Toyota 86 it looks like Yokomo is too. Trick wheels, scale realistic exhaust tips, windshield wipers, and rear view mirrors are sure to turn your buddies heads while out cruising the local bash spot.

The Toyota 86 comes on Yokomo’s tough SD Sport molded chassis and features full time 4wd with a diff in the rear and a spool in the front. The part number is #MRTC-86, it is set for an August release date, and you can hit up This Link for more details over on Yokomo’s website.

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Himoto Bowie Monster Truck
The folks over at Asiatees Hobbies wanted us to let you know they now have the Himoto Bowie in stock. The Himoto Bowie is a 10th scale monster truck that comes RTR with either a brushed or a brushless powerplant. The brushless version goes for about $240, while the brushed version is priced at only $110. Want more details? Find them at This Link over on Asiatee’s website.

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ARRMA Typhon Buggy
First seen at the Nuremburg Toy Fair over the winter, the mid July release date for the ARRMA Typhon buggy is quickly approaching. The Typhon is big news not only because it is the first 8th scale to be released by ARRMA, but also because it will be their first 4wd.

The Typhon was designed to be a high speed-high power bash buggy, but perhaps more importantly, it was also designed to handle the rigors of constant 6S LiPo operation. Some of features and specifications of the new Typhon include-

* BLX 2050kV brushless motor
* Heavy duty gear diffs w/ steel outdrives
* Waterproof receiver box
* Adjustable battery tray with velcro straps
* Adjustable steel turnbuckles
* Aerodynamic body and wing
* High-impact knuckles, arms and hub carriers
* Pivot ball front suspension
* Center diff with ultra-strong spur gear
* Aggressive dBoots tires with foam inserts
* Waterproof BLX180 6S ESC with fan
* 2.4GHz ATX-100 2.4GHz transmitter w/ ARX-100 receiver
* Waterproof ADS-15 15kg metal gear servo
* Width: 12″
* Length: 20″
* Wheelbase: 12.9″
* Height: 7.2″
* Weight: 6.6lb

The part number for the ARRMA Typhon is #AR106001 and they have a street price of $429. To be the first person on your block to get one simply hit up This Link to get one on pre-order.

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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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Vaterra 2014 Corvette
What’s new and hot from the crew over at Vaterra? It’s a fully licensed 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 and Vaterra was nice enough to let the BigSquidRC Bash Crew get an early hands-on look.

Vaterra is known for their incredibly detailed bodies and their 2014 Corvette is no different. The body is fully licensed by Chevrolet and is a real stunner to see in person. The wheels, tires, and brakes on the Stingray are also very sweet looking. If you plop one of these down at your local bash spot it is sure to turn some heads.

Under the body is Vaterra’s workhorse V100-S 4wd platform that is known for being easy to drive and for its durability. The ’14 Stingray comes with an easy to drive 540 brushed power system, but of course is easily upgrade-able to extreme power levels.

* Shaft driven 4wd
* Completely RTR w/ everything included
* Waterproof
* Includes Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
* LiPo compatible ESC
* Dynamite 540 brushed motor

The latest Vaterra has a part number of #VTR03011 and they are street priced at $289. You can be one of the first to see it in person this weekend at the Bloomington Gold Corvette Show at the University of Illinois Campus in Urbana, Illinois.

You can get more information on Vaterra at This Link on BigSquidRC.

HPI Racing Micro RS4 Subaru WRX STI RTR
First shown at the Nuremburg show, the new Bucky Lasek and Sverre Isachsen Edition HPI Racing Micro-RS4 Subaru WRX STIs are getting close to hitting the market. These feature highly detailed bodies with some sweet Global Rallycross livery for a trick look. Under the hood they sit on the tried and true Micro RS4 platform that is known for good handling and its durability.

* Belt driven 4wd
* 1/18th scale RTR
* Fully licensed replicas
* Full bearing set
* 2.4GHz radio system
* Comes w/ 180 sized motor & 6 volt 1200mAh battery
* Includes four AA batteries for transmitter
* Wheelbase- 150mm
* Length- 220mm
* Height- 80mm
* Width- 105mm

The part number for the Lasek Edition is #112465, the part number for the Isachsen Edition is #112466, and both are street priced at $169. Both are set for a late July release date and you can get full details at This Link over on HPI’s website.

You can read more HPI news by hitting This Link on BSRC.