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ASK Cubby

“Vaterra Halix Build

What’s the deal with the Vaterra Halix build? You left me hanging. I was following that build step by step (although I installed the Vaterra CVDs instead of the MIPs.) I figured you guys had gotten busy with the trade show and had put the build on hold, but that’s well in the past. Is the Halix build going to be finished? In addition to the shocks, tires, and CVDs, I installed Robinson Racing’s new Halix Slipper unit. There was a DRAMATIC difference! I’ve ordered another one to install on my Vaterra Raptor. The last piece to complete my Halix is a crazy ESC/Motor. I’d really like your guys’ input on that and any gearing changes if need be.

Thanks.

Dave F.”

Cubby- Yo hey Dave, shoot us your snail mail so we can get ya a BSRC sticker pack for that Halix of yours.

What’s the dealio with our Vaterra Halix build? Yes, more is still in the works. And yes, we’ve just been crazy slammed around the office. I’ll crack some whips around here and see if I can get someone to bust out some more articles on the Halix.

We have been driving it hard (read- abusing it) and have had very few issues with it after some simple mods. We ran it last weekend at a big bash in the freestyle contest and once again it came home in one piece. We have slicked off a few of the stock 48 pitch spur gears though, the Robinson slipper you installed converts over to 32 pitch to take more of a beating.


“big fan of your site. quick question for you sir.
Here is a pic of someones HPI XL octane.

HPI Savage Octane Any chance you can tell me the company that makes those exact rims and also the tires for this car??? Love the way it looks and wish to purchase.

Thanks for your time :)

Johnathan G.”

Cubby- Hey now Johnny G, thanks for the email.

That pic you attached was from one of the first consumers on the planet to get the HPI Savage Octane, David F. And yes, both you and David have good taste in wheels/tires. The ones in the picture are from the good guys over at Pro-Line. The tires are Big Joe IIs mounted up on F-11 3.8″ wheels (find more info Right Here). Expect a set of four pre-mounts to set ya back around 90 clams. We’ve run that wheel/tire combo a lot on various monster trucks and it’s a primo set-up for when you run on multiple surfaces like grass, then asphalt, then dirt.

You’re welcome and all my answer costs you is an Excalibur collection Roger Dubuis. What a small price to pay for such an excellent answer. Feel free to mail the watch to my home address at your convenience. :)


You have made it to the end of yet another ASK Cubby. Why not submit your own question/rant/meltdown/resume? The email addy you want is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. I will be picking a “letter of the month” winner next week, so get to peck’n at that keyboard of yours.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Cubby ROARHello all and welcome to THE Cub Report, the column everyone who is anyone reads to get a weekly dose of rc smack talk.

First up is no smack talk at all, it is good ole’ hard facts. We had more traffic on our website last Monday than any other day in the decade long history of BigSquidRC. Which is truly something, because we’ve had some pretty epic days before. In fact, we had over 30% more traffic last Monday than any other single day. The Axial Yeti review went up that day, plus we had some other decent posts that helped shoot our numbers through the roof. The big numbers prove that our dot com isn’t on a downward trend, it is still gaining momentum, something a whole lot of other sites can not say. So… mad props and huge thanks to all you readers out there for taking the time out of your day to give our little website a visit. It’s all of you that have taken BSRC from being just another little fish in the pond, all the way to being one of the biggest whales in the ocean.

Btw… getting our hands on the Yeti so early was really cool and we need to issue a big thanks to the Axial crew for the hook-up. However, we are not done yet with getting some of the hottest new products wayyyyy early. We have two other items that will be going up this fall that are going to be really, really big deals in the rc world. You guys know I am all about the tease, but I’m not kidding here, luckily we are big enough now days that we can get some big scoops. Both are still a few months out, but they will be legit “big deals”.

On a different note…

Boy, last weeks Cub Report sure got people mashing their keys (about ROAR and artificial stability control). Actually, it was another new record, a record for the most emails after a Cub Report. Those people that love to hate on stability control were out in force, typing out paragraph after paragraph on how that sort of thing is the devil and how I am the biggest idiot on the planet for endorsing its use. Strange, I haven’t run across many people inside the industry against it, nor have I run across many “normal” consumers that consider it something bad. It seems the people going full retard against it are local Joe Blow racers who think they might get beat by someone using it at their local “Paddy’s Cow Pie Trophy Race”. I can assure everyone this, no matter how much you may hate the thought of its existence, it isn’t going away, there are too many people on the design and manufacturing side of things ramping it up right now. Not only does it help make cars easier to drive, but mainly it helps SELL the cars, so don’t expect to see it going away anytime soon.

One last topic…

Ok, so the “gas revolution” is off to a very soft start. The HPI Octane has received a very lukewarm reception, and generally in the numbers we have access to, it looks like the public just isn’t gangbusters for that type of product (yet). Later this week we will be posting our review of the Losi LST XXL2 Gasoline truck. This is the second small scale gasoline vehicle (it just missed by a few days of being first) to hit the market. Does it pick up the ball where the Octane dropped it? Is it the revolution that everyone has been waiting for? Find out later this week on our front page.

That’s it for this week. I wish you all a funtastic July 4th and see you again this time next week. Support your local hobby shops, bash spots, and fireworks stands when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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Since the day we unboxed the HPI Savage Octane, people have been begging us for video. We tossed together a quick video of clips from some of our time out during the review process. You can check out the speed runs, bashing, and just messing around with the truck. Enjoy, and don’t forget to watch all the way to the end for a special treat from Adam the Intern!

Have you seen the review? Check it out Right Here.

ASK Cubby

“My first

Hi my name is Anthony. I’m looking to get a RTR RC truck. I’m into electric RC trucks and so far the only 2 I like are the hpi savage flux hp and the TT mt3 3G. Is there any RC you can recommend and is there anything you can say to make the choice easier between either RC that I have interest in? Like is the savage flux really waterproof? I’m new to this so I’ve read a lot of blogs and reviews including from your web site but there are so many RC to choose from.

Anthony T.”

Cubby- Yo hey Anthony, hit Brian up with your snail mail so he can get a BSRC sticker pack headed out your way.

So… yet another “which should I get” email, this time between the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3 and the HPI Savage Flux. So where do I stand on the two trucks???

I’m personally a big fan of the Thunder Tiger. Why? It has rip the tires off power, it has a layout that is easy to work on, and it rarely breaks in such a way that the truck can’t be driven. We use a number of the Thunder Tigers to put on driving demos and its one of our favorites. We can bash the heck out of them for an entire weekend, and while they might be all twisted and tweaked afterwards, they are still driving. Oh and, they are typically a little easier on the wallet up front.

However, we do have other members of our Bash Crew that would select the Savage. It has big power, arguably more than the Thunder Tiger, and once you have it dialed in is known for being one of the toughest trucks out there. As far as waterproofing goes, as far as I know they are not waterproof, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little work yourself and make it that way.


“Cubby,
I have been looking all over the web for a positive review of the Octane Savage, so far I have found none. Can you give me one good reason to buy the truck?
Kyle V.”

Cubby Ok, let me get this straight, you are emailing me, me (?????), to get one good reason to buy an HPI Savage Octane? You do know I hate gas/nitro more than being stuck behind a woman applying for a home loan at an ATM, right?

Ya, I am seriously an electric guy. I dig they are quiet so I never get run off a bash spot, I dig their ridiculous torque, and I dig that they either start every single time, or go up in flames, no in-between.

However… I actually have two good reasons for you to buy the Octane- 1. it’s a game changer, and 2. it’s great for people who like a challenge.

Now… it might not be a very good truck, but neither were a bunch of other ground breakers. Shall we remember the original T-Maxx? Holy smokes, how many times did I see a guy that couldn’t get his to start? How many times did I see guys with fubared one way bearings in the starter? How many dead “quick start’ batteries did I see go dead after constant cranking? How many times did I see guys finally get their T-Maxx started, drop it on the ground, to only have it die when their first foot hit the drivers stand? How many times did I see a runaway T-Maxx going 40 mph across a parking lot with its overweight owner chasing it like he was Usain Bolt? Ya, the original T-Maxx, the biggest seller in the history of rc, was no real gem of a truck.

Hey, how about the original Losi Mini-T? Remember the friction super bounce shocks? Remember the poor range? Remember the non-standard servo wire? Remember how its servo was so slow you could measure its transit speed with a sun dial? Out of the box it wasn’t kick’n any ass.

Or how about the almighty Slash? Remember how the shocks exploded the first big jump you landed? Remember how easy it was to polish the teeth off the spur, even with the stock brushed motor?

Those trucks were all huge trend setters, and I swear a big part of their allure was the fact they were not perfect out of the box.

Enter the aftermarket, companies that took ground breaking trucks and actually transformed them into something you could actually drive. Remember all the dozens upon dozens of aftermarket companies that sprung up with T-Maxx hop-up and bling parts? Remember the same about the Mini-T?

What I’m trying to say here is the Octane is not perfect out of the box, far from it, but there are a whole lot of hardcore hobbyists that actually prefer trucks that need some innovative thinking to finally get them up to their full potential. If you are the type of person that liked the challenge of making the T-Maxx or Mini-T into full tilt bash machines, I would say you need to hop on the Octane bandwagon ASAP.


That’s all I have for ya this week. Keep those letters coming in, my email is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Each and every letter that hits the big time gets a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as letter of the month we’ll totally hook you up with one of our sweet new BSRC t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter

HPI OCtane Savage VideosWant a closer look at the intricacies of the HPI Savage Octane? Have a new Octane and need some help getting it dialed in? The folks over at HPI have released a set of videos for their new Octane. The videos cover everything from the basics, like how to mix the oil and gas together, to how to fine tune the engine and 3 speed transmission. All the videos are short and well done, so whether you just need some tuning tips on your Octane, or don’t have one but are thinking about getting on the gasoline bandwagon, they are a good view.

To watch all the videos simply Click This Link. The link takes you to a page on HPI’s website where all the videos are listed for your viewing pleasure.

Check out This Link on BigSquidRC for more HPI Racing news.

HPI Racing – Savage XL Octane Review
*Update: Now with Video!

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The world has been waiting for almost three years since HPI Racing announced the Savage XL Octane, and it’s a good thing we were not holding our breath because we were all expecting it a little sooner. The Savage XL Octane is the first 1/8 Scale GAS monster truck to hit this the market, and a lot of people are wondering if this will be the beginning of the turn from electric vehicles dominance to a full change in the market place. Should you start saving your cash? Is the next rc vehicle you buy going to be gas? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

READ MORE

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Just a quick action shot from us bashing the HPI Savage Octane this weekend.

Get more HPI news at This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

HPI Savage Octane
Hang on rc world, here comes gas.

If you have been by our BigSquidRC Facebook Group lately, then you will have seen that the HPI Savage Octane has shipped and is started to hit consumer hands. One of the members of our group, David F., has already posted a few pictures of his HPI Octane, so we thought why not show off a few more!

We continue to hear reports of them hitting local hobby shops and popping up on eBay. While most (all?) of the trucks on the first shipment have been spoken for, there are bound to be a few that will slip through the cracks. If you want to be one of the first people to check out the gas powered Savage Octane, now is the time to land one.

The HPI Savage Octane has a part number of #109073 and are street priced at $869. We see them being listed as high as $1200 on eBay, so good luck finding one at close to street price.

If you can’t get your hands on one.. at least you can enjoy the pictures above. While you are at it, let us know in the comments if you plan on being part of the GAS revolution or not. We’d like to know what you guys think!

The full BigSquidRC review of Savage Octane goes up next week, until then hit up This Link to check some of our other recent reviews.

Cubby with TP199 Truck at TORCI am not, nor never have been, or ever will be, a fan of Facebook. Early in the FB life cycle I looked at it as a very bad looking website with a number of fundamental flaws. The largest of the flaws being the cute little “friend” button. Why was that kid I barely knew in second grade hitting me up to be my “friend” 35 years later? Why was my 6th cousin who I’ve never met wanting to be my friend? Why was the lady from an Asian OEM claiming to be my “friend”? Oh and, I really knew FB was screwed in the head when my 4th grade English teacher (who obviously wasn’t very good at her job, LOL) wanted to be my friend too. I didn’t like her then, I have never talked to her since, and now all of a sudden she wants to friend me? Hey, maybe my definition of “friend” is a whole lot different than the rest of the world, mine means somebody I actually know, someone I actually like, and someone who would actually pour water on me from across the street if I was on fire. Strangely 99% of the people on FB who wanted to be my friend did not fit my definition.

And that was the early days of FB, since then it’s been all about monetization, and that has resulted in a real train wreck on the business side. If you are a casual user, a person who only gets on to see what your Uncle Bob is planting in his garden this spring or to get updates on what Happy Flower RC is up to, things are probably fine, but on the business side of things, it is downright ugly. For instance, BSRC has around 9k people that have liked our FB page, while other rc media outlets have over a hundred thousand, and they add 5k-10k new followers a week. If you didn’t know any better you would just think a page with 150k likes is sooooooo popular, but for those in the know, those are some insanely bulls$%^ numbers. There are some very big rc companies out there, some with some integrity that don’t buy likes, that have 20k total likes and add 50 new ones a month.

FB, which has constantly shoved down everyone’s throats that they were all about fighting bulls%^& likes/numbers via press releases, has turned out to be all about bogus people, bogus likes, and bogus numbers. Luckily that has turned out good for us at BSRC. When a potential advertiser comes to us, it is ridiculously easy for us to pull up FB numbers and show them how Company X just added 5k new likes this week (All based out of India, have you been to India? I have and I can assure you rc is the last thing on their minds there.), while BSRC added 5 actual human beings that might actually be interested in driving a real rc car. The potential advertiser sees that Company X is just fine and dandy with buying fake FB numbers, so how can Company X be trusted at all? Potential advertisers are not stupid and they only want to invest their precious marketing dollars with companies they trust, Company X buying 5k FB likes a week is an easy way to blow that, which turns out awesome for us.

On the downside… for companies unwilling to cut the check for bulls%^& numbers (like us), there is a penalty to be paid. FB seems to want advertising dollars above all else, so the powers that be have limited the number of people that see our posts since we stopped paying for advertising. For example, only about 2% of the real human beings that have liked the BSRC FB page see our posts in their feeds (we stopped advertising there because we started seeing fake likes). For the average hobbyist that has willingly liked our page, they would need to actually visit the BSRC FB page to see our posts because it is highly unlikely that any of our posts will appear in their feeds. Of course there is a way to change that, just throw some big dollars to the folks at FB, but unfortunately that would also create an avalanche of fake new likes, something we do not want. “Sigh”

So where am I going here? We are going to do some changes to what we do on FB. We are not going to be bullied into playing their game, all we want is a fair shake, one where real human beings that like both FB and BigSquidRC can get together, without any robots from India having to join in the game. We’ll let you know what’s up in the coming weeks here on our main page and via our various social media outlets. Personally, while I am not a big fan of Google, I have long ago killed off my FB account and have been G+ ever since, where none of the BS exists at all, (and we have a killer page over there) but that’s just me…

In “real” rc news…

You are not gonna believe this, but the HPI Savage Octane is nearly here. I’ve held back talking about it for a while because after a few years of teasing it gets really old, but I have it on some pretty reliable sources that yes, it is indeed going to be in consumers hands the first week of May. After all this wait we finally get to find out if good old fashioned gasoline is going to change the rc market for years to come. If the Octane can do all that it promises- longer runtimes, less engine tuning, and easy starting, our industry is in for a T-Maxx type of revolution. For those of you that got into rc recently, the nitro powered T-Maxx turned the rc world upside down, it made nitro engines incredibly popular when electric had ruled the roost for years. Anyways, if you want to get your hands on one, it sounds like the initial release is going to be limited, as in most hobby shops will only get one or two. So… if you want to be one of the first people to own one, your name had better be first on the list at your LHS.

The latest word that I’ve heard about the gas powered Losi XXL is that it is scheduled for a late May release. First to the market is always a big deal and can make or break a product, but who knows, I know it’s a nuclear arms race for several companies to get their gas powered products to the marketplace. Will it end up being HPI or Losi first to dealer shelves with a gas powered MT???? Time will tell, but needless to say the next 6 months is going to be very interesting in the world of rc, and the world as we know it might look much different this time next year.

In BSRC news…

Expect our Durango DETC410 touring car review to drop later this week, as well as coverage from the STL round of the Axial G6, along with multiple other original pieces that you won’t find anyplace else. Thanks to you guys, life is very good at BSRC, we are hardcoring the rc life and hope you know that we appreciate everyone who supports us.

Until next week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can…

YOUR Cub Reporter

HPI Garage Banner…There we go…Now that I have your undivided attention…

Yes you did read right! Our friends over at HPI Racing have opened a new sub-site called the HPI Garage. This site is built to help you keep track of the HPI cars you own as well as being a repository of information regarding parts, hop ups, and forum links related to your HPI vehicles.

By joining the Garage and signing up for a MyHPI account, you also get entered into quarterly contests automatically. Which brings me back to the Savage XL Octane. Anyone who signs up for an account by March 31st will be entered into this quarter’s drawing, the very first XL Octane off the line!! Don’t worry if you have no HPI vehicles, you can still sign up for an account too!

Still don’t believe me? Check out all the details of MyHPI and the contest via THIS LINK.

For more HPI news on BigSquidRC, click here.

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Finally some video of the HPI Savage XL Octane! The world has been holding it’s breath for the release. Check it out…

Glad to finally get a chance to see it in action.

For more info from HPI hit This Link.

Click Here for more HPI news on BigSquidRC.

HPI Racing 1/8 Savage XL Octane Monster TruckOur mouths have been watering since we first saw the HPI Racing Savage XL Octane early in 2012 at the German Toy Fair. We’ve been teased on release dates ever since then, but this time it looks like it will indeed be available for public consumption. Tower Hobbies has listed the Octane on their website for pre-order, and Great Planes Distributing has it listed for pre-order for dealers. The part number is #109073, its price is listed at $799 on the Tower Hobbies website, and the rumor this time around is it will start hitting LHS shelves in March

While there is very limited information available at this time, here are some of the rumored features-

* 15cc gas engine
* Composite three disc brake system
* Composite roll cage
* Fully RTR with 2.4Ghz radio gear
* 2 stage shocks
* New alloy chassis
* Two stage air filter
* Slipper clutch and machined steel spur gear
* 17mm wheel hexes
* Extra large gas tank

HPI doesn’t have a product page for the Octane yet, but you can Click Here to see all the other fine products they produce. For more HPI news here on BigSquidRC check out This Link.

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While HPI America has gone through some changes the last few months, they had a nice suite at the HobbyTown USA convention with lots of cool products. HPI looked alive and well at the show and we had a blast hanging out in their suite.

The biggest news was that the Octane Savage is getting closer. From getting a close inspection some of the parts were still rapid prototypes, but it looks like they have got everything figured out and are looking for a fall release date. The price point still hasn’t been set.

HPI also announced two new additions to their Micro RS4 line-up during the show, one being the new Ken Block edition with the other being a Justin Pawlak Ford.

Special thanks to the HPI crew for joining us live on our Wednesday night Google Plus show, get more information on everything HPI by simply Clicking This Link.

Want to read more HPI news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.