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ASK Cubby

“Advice On 1/18 Scale RC Models
Thank you for your posts/reviews on all of your RC equipment.
I’m thinking of getting into the hobby and am looking at some 1/18 scale vehicles to start with:
-Latrax Rally
-ECX 1/18 Torment
Reviews on your site show both RC’s at a B- which should be fair for the price. However, I wanted to know which you think has the better value for the equipment you get RTR out of the box.
Thanks again,
Colton V.”

Cubby- Oh yes Colton, you must know I’m such a sucker for a good “Which is better” email, especially one that involves Traxxas.

There are some really great Traxxas products on the market. I’m a big fan of the Mini Revo, big fan of the “big” E-Revo, and even though it does have its issues, I’m a big fan of the Slash as well. However, I am not a fan of the LaTrax minis from Traxxas. I don’t know the story behind them, but whatever it might be, they certainly aren’t the best work from the Texas Titans. The wretched one I drove oversteered like a JD combine and broke when I just thought about hitting a curb. Before one pack was over I wanted to burn its busted remains with fire to ensure it could never again anger another hobbyist.

I am however a big fan of the ECX 1/18th Ruckus (we never got to review the 1/18 Torment). It handles well, is big enough to be driven outdoors, yet it is small enough to be fun in tight spaces. It does have some downsides, but at $99 its a great value for general bashing.


“From FB-

Stupid nub question. Can the Associated ProRally use the DuraTrax Onyx LiPo 3S 11.1V 5000maH battery in stock configuration. I am new to the RC world and don’t want to have thermal melt down on a battery that’s to big for the RC. I bought the Duratrax Battery because it was in the suggested accessories page.

Luke Pee-rat”

Cubby- Ya know how I knew your letter was gonna be good? When you misspelled “noob” or “newb” with the word “nub”. Most times I would just roll my eyes and pour another glass of Dom while quickly hitting delete on your question, but after having spent so much time with Iron Mike recently (who I am sure would spell noob as “glewb”, or “knewgle”, or worse), I’ve learned to appreciate pretty much every type of person in the world.

Anywhos…

Will your Associated ProRally turn into a critical fission reactor if you should use a 3S 5000mAh LiPO in it? Yes, probably so, and seeing as how I’m pretty tired of the way the world is right now, I say fire that sucker up.

Ok… but seriously. If your ProRally is bone stock it comes with an Associated 3500kV BL motor and a Associated XP SC900-BL ESC. Starting with the motor, if its rotor shatters at just a 3S level of input it deserved to die anyways. And… the ESC is clearly rated to “handle” 3S as long as the motor is less than 4000kV.

The 5000mAh capacity of the battery has nothing to do with whether or not your electronics will be harmed. A 5000 will give you longer runtime than a 2000, or less than a 8000, but it will certainly not burn up any electronics.

There is one recommendation that you should follow for me, change the gearing. While I have never driven the ProRally, chances are it was geared for the stock 7 cell NiMH and not for 3S LiPO, so you’ll probably want to drop a few teeth on the pinion to keep your motor/speedo/battery from overheating.


That’s it ya freaks. Shoot me email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy ya want. Hit the big time and get a free sticker pack, have yours declared “Letter of the Month” and we’ll even hook ya up with a free t-shirt. Carry on…

YOUR Cub Reporter

Boom Racing Associated B5Not every Team Associated B5 that comes off the assembly line will end up in the A final at the IFMAR World Championships. In fact, most get used for general bashing around the neighborhood. When you bash around the cul-de-sac looking good can mean just as much as how fast your buggy is.

If you’ve got a new B5 and are looking to impress the neighbors, the crew at Boom Racing have announced a bunch of new Aluminum Upgrade Parts. These parts are available in up to 6 different colors to perfectly suit your own style. The high-zoot Boom Racing aluminum parts that are available for the B5 include- front & rear knuckles, front c-hubs, front & rear towers, front & rear arms, battery strap, body post, and front top plate. To get more information on all the parts available simply hit up This Link over on the Asiatees Hobbies website.

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Associated APEX Scion Racing tC
The latest car from Team Associated is a Scion Racing tC RTR that is part of their Apex series. The AE Scion tC comes with brushless power and a body modeled after Fredric Aasbo’s Hankook Racing Scion tC. Some of its other features include-

* 1/10th scale 4wd
* High grip tires on 5 spoke wheels
* 3300kV Reedy brushless motor
* Water resistant electronics
* Comes with Reedy NiMH battery and wall charger
* Sealed diffs with metal gears

The part number on the Scion is #30114 and you can Click Here for full details.

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Associated Apex Scion Drift
The Associated Apex GReddy Scion has been out for a while now, but yesterday Associated announced that it will also be available in a Drift Version. This is part of their Apex Series, an affordable line of RTR vehicles.

The Drift GReddy Scion comes with all the same features of the older car but includes hard drift tires so you can get your sideways action on.

* Scion Racing FR-2 Rocket Bunny body
* Detailed brake components
* Reedy 3300kV brushless motor
* XP 2.4GHz radio system w/ metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH battery and wall charger
* All metal gear transmission

The part number is #30113D, they are street priced at $289, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. THIS is the link you want for more details over on the Associated website.

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STRC Aluminum Parts Associated B5 B5M
The folks over at STRC make some of the trickest, best fitting aluminum upgrades on the market. Recently they announced a slew of black anodized parts for the Associated B5/B5M. These are much stronger than the stock parts and help give your buggy that cool murdered out look. The parts include-

* STC91428BK – Heatsink Aluminum Motor Plate – $13
* STC91414BK – Aluminum Rear Hub Carriers – $30
* STC91398BK – Aluminum HD Front Hinge-pin Brace – $7
* STC91445BK – Aluminum Upper Shock Mount Bushings (4 pcs) – $11
* STC91364BK – Aluminum Bulkhead (25 Deg.) – $17
* STC91518BK – Aluminum Rear Camber Link Mount for B5M – $10
* STC91377BK – Aluminum Rear Chassis Brace/Camber link mount for B5 – $18
* STC91391BK – Aluminum Steering Bellcrank Set – $26
* STC91441BK – Aluminum Rear Hex Adapters (1 pair) – $11
* STC91400BK – Aluminum Caster Blocks (1 pair) – $29

Check out This Link over on the STRC website for more details on all their Associated B5/B5M option parts.

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Pro-Line Carbon Fiber Shock Tower Associated B5 B5M
Add durability (and pure trickness) to your Associated 5 Series Buggy with a new Carbon Fiber Shock Tower from Pro-Line. There is a wide model available for the B5 along with a narrow model just for the B5M. Both towers are constructed from thick carbon fiber and come with aluminum ball stud mounts.

The part number for the B5M unit is #6259-00, the unit for the B5 is #6260-00, and both are priced at $39. Get all the fine details over on Pro-Line’s Official Website.

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JConcepts Honeycomb Motor Mount Associated
If you are a proud new owner of an Associated RC10B5/B5M you are probably looking to uber it out. I mean, no self respecting rc’er goes to the track with a bone stock buggy now days.

JConcepts has been putting out loads of option parts for various vehicles, their latest is a Honeycomb Aluminum Motor Mount for the B5/B5M. Their new motor mount looks high-zoot and its honeycomb design helps make it rigid in multiple directions (to prevent bending).

The part number for blue is #2353-1, black is #2353-2, and they are priced at $25. For more details simply follow This Link over to the JConcepts website.

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Team Associated Shocks
Team Associated has just made it easy to upgrade the shocks on your RC10 Classic or Worlds Car with their new V2.71 Threaded Shock Bodies. The new bodies are designed to offer lower friction (for better action) and the internals are designed to last longer between rebuilds.

The part number is #7438, they are street priced at $23, and they are available right now. This is the link you want for full details over on Associated’s website.

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JConcepts RC10 Body
For all you Associated RC10 Worlds drivers, JConcepts has announced a new body to give your buggy a new look. The Detonator for the RC10 Worlds car pays homage to several different old school bodies and is sure to make your buggy stand out at the track.

* Cab rearward design with snug fit to chassis
* Large window detail and reverse hood scoop
* Comes with 5.5” rear wing, decal sheet, and window mask

The part number is #0279, they are priced at $26, and you can get complete details Right Here on the JConcepts website.

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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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Team Associated
The guys over at Team Associated have shot out a press release to let everyone know about the B44.3 buggy kit. The B44 series of 4wd buggies have been quite popular among the racing crowd, the latest version has received more updates to make it better than ever.

The biggest news on the B44.3 is its aluminum chassis. The hard anodized chassis helps to lower the center of gravity and to increase durability. Mounted on the chassis are a new floating motor and servo mount. The molded battery trays are also new and allow the use of saddle or shorty packs.

The part number is #9063 and you can find full details at This Link over on the official Team Associated website.

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STRC Screws Nuts Associated B5
The good people over at ST Racing Concepts now have weight reducing Titanium Screws and Aluminum Lock Nut Kits for the Associated B5 and B5M buggies. These kits weigh about half as much as their stock counterparts and look a whole lot better to boot.

The B5 screw/nut kit has a part number of #STCB5ti and they are priced at $32. The B5M kit is #STCB5Mti and is street priced at $36. Both kits are available right now and you can get complete details at This Link over on STRC’s website.

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