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cubby chairA decade of bashing down, BSRC is officially 10 years old, even we can’t believe it. Nor can we believe that a lil’ ole website like ours could help change the face of rc, but it has.

So where do we go from here? Ya, for sure it’s hard to top what we’ve done, but being who we are we are going to keep pushing the limits like we always have. I can’t say for sure where the next ten years will take us, all I can say is that we are more dedicated than ever to trying new things and promoting the rc hobby as much as we can. As long as we continue to put out lots of quality original content offering a look at the hobby like nobody else can, we’ll do fine.

More than anything during our look back at the first ten years we are grateful. A website like BSRC doesn’t exist without a TON of help. Help from dozens/hundreds of fellow bashers for helping with the site, on reviews, attending our bashes, and reading every day. It also doesn’t exist without the industry. BigSquidRC isn’t made up of a half dozen bashers/writers, it truly is a culmination of a whole lot of people on the basher side of the hobby that still like to have fun. To everyone that reads and supports BSRC we give you a Huge Thank You. You are the ones that made it possible for BSRC to make the 10 year mark and we salute you.

So… what’s going on this week at BSRC? We have a lot on our plate (as usual). With any luck you’ll read full coverage of our 10 Year Anniversary Bash tomorrow. We are also going to try and have an EPIC week for reviews – the Futaba 4PX transmitter, the Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT, and the Vaterra K-5 Blazer.

So that’s all for this edition of THE Cub Report, I’m back to work on reviews for now. Have a great week and I hope all of you get in some serious trigger time. Oh ya, support your local hobby shops when you can, our hobby can not exist without them.

YOUR Cub Reporter

RC Gear Shop ServosAre you on a tight rc budget? No problem with the new RC Gear Shop from Tower Hobbies. The RC Gear Shop has a new line of affordable servos for the budget minded hobbyist. Made by WinKing, RC Gear Shop has a wide variety of servos to fit many popular applications-

RGZM0101 – Standard Ball Bearing Servo – $5.49
RGZM0102 – High-Torque Standard BB Servo – $5.99
RGZM0200 – Micro Servo – $2.99
RGZM0201 – High-Speed Micro Servo – $2.49
RGZM0202 – Micro Metal-Gear Servo – $5.29
RGZM0203 – Micro Servo Aluminum Case – $5.79
RGZM0204 – Micro Metal-Gear BB Servo – $6.79
RGZM0300 – Standard BB Metal-Gear Servo – $8.79

These are in stock right now and you can hit up THIS LINK for full details over on the official Tower Hobby website.

You never know what you are going to get with a BSRC TGIF Mystery Link.

Tower Hobbies Cutback UnboxingThe folks at Tower Hobbies have been a cornerstone for the rc hobby for decades, perhaps getting more new people into the hobby than any other single retailer. Tower recently announced a new 4wd SCT called the Cutback. The Cutback is aimed right at the bashing crowd and comes RTR, making it easy to go right from the box to the backyard.

While we were unboxing our review Cutback we took a bunch of pictures to show you at home exactly what it looks like to crack the box open. As you can see in the galleries below, the Cutback comes with a sharp looking body, quality hex hardware, and a 4-pole 3600kV brushless system. If the weather holds out we should be able to post our full review sometime next week.

The Cutback is priced at only $299 and you can be the first person in your bashing circle to own one by Pre-Ordering over on the Tower Hobbies website.

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Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT
Tower Hobbies has a new RTR short course truck called the Cutback. The Cutback is aimed right at the bashing market with waterproof electronics, an affordable price point, and durable construction. Some of the highlights of the Cutback include-

* 1/10 scale 4-wheel drive
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* Waterproof electronics
* High torque digital metal gear servo
* 80 amp brushless ESC
* 4 pole 3600kV brushless motor
* 2.4GHz radio system w/ fail-safe
* Big-bore shocks with threaded bodies
* Uses 3 sealed diffs
* Comes equipped with bearings
* Uses 12mm wheel hexes
* Pre-painted and trimmed body
* Height- 7.7″
* Width- 11.2″
* Length- 20.9″

The part number is #TOWC0500, it has a street price of just $299, and they should start shipping mid October. For more details or to place an order hit up This Link over on the official Tower Hobbies website.

Want more Tower news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Graupner Transmitters
Graupner might not be the biggest name in the bashing community, but they have a long history in our hobby and most recently are best known for their touch screen battery chargers and transmitters. Last week at the HobbyTown USA Convention was the first time we were able to lay hands on their new products and we have to say they certainly looked good. Hopefully we will get a chance to review them in the near future.

Getting Graupner products here in the states hasn’t been easy the last few years, but that is all about change as Tower Hobbies is gearing up to carry many of their products. We haven’t heard any word on when they will be in stock so we will pass along that information when we hear it. Until then you can hit up This Link to learn more about all the products in Graupner’s catalog.

Happy Friday, the weekend is nearly here! Have you clicked a TGIF Mystery Link yet?

Kyosho Great Planes Hobbico

Will we be seeing Kyosho being sold again at Great Planes & Tower Hobbies this summer?

We know bashers are always looking to save a few bucks, and holiday weekends are a good time to do that! Here are some sales we have found floating around the web! If you know of any other sales or coupon codes, drop us an email and we will add them to the list!

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First up we have a Pro-Line Racing coupon code. You can save 15% on your entire order by using code HONOR15 from now to Monday May 27th 2013. Click HERE to visit the Pro-Line Racing site and use the code.

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Next up there is a sale going on over at A Main Hobbies. From now till Monday May 27th 2013 you can get FREE shipping on most orders over $25 as well as save 10% using the coupon code MEMHK513. Click HERE to visit the A Main Hobbies site and use your coupon code.

Our friends over at Tower Hobbies are showing their support by putting together a huge list of MADE IN THE USA rc products for you to check out. There is some good stuff listed over there, and if you have been thinking about picking up a copy of Real Flight, now might be a good time. Check out the Tower Hobbies MADE IN USA list.

acer girlThe folks from Acer Racing are offering 10% off with their coupon code E10! They always have free world wide shipping as well. So if you are looking to make the jump to some serious bearings go get your 10% off!

Also, many hobby shops have sales on the holiday weekends as well! So take the some time this weekend and head out to your local shop and see what they have to offer! Make sure to tell them Big Squid RC sent ya!

Don’t forget to pay your respects to the men and women who gave their lives protecting and serving our country. And keep in mind those that are still out there doing their job and risking their lives every day!

people of efest 2013 volume 2
Pictured above with the BSRC crew is Kevin Hisel, a man you might recognize from that big thick Tower Hobbies catalog you get every few months. Kevin is VP at Tower and was one of the many industry people that made eFest a very special event. eFest was a great place to actually talk with the people that have made and shaped our hobby, just as it was for talking to people that drove 8 hours just to enjoy flying their plane indoors and hang out with their fellow hobbyists. Check out the galleries below to see even more happy hobbyists, and hit up THIS link for more eFest 2013 coverage.

tower f6f hellcat

New from Tower Hobbies comes the F6F Hellcat. The F6F Hellcat was designed after the success of the F4F Wildcat during WWII. The Tower Hobbies plane is a easy, glue-free assembly model that comes with brushless motor, esc and 4 micro servos. Since it’s a Rx-R (receiver ready), all you need to supply is the radio, receiver and battery. It has a 39 inch (990mm) wingspan, and a street price of about $130.

We have been posting more RC Plane news lately, so if that’s your thing, click Looking for more here.

team durango In what is probably good news for most Team Durango fans, Great Planes will now be distributing the full Durango product line. We sort of guessed this would happen after Hobbico purchased Durango, but it’s good news because Durango parts and kits will be available through Tower Hobbies! That will make it MUCH easier to get parts and things very quickly, plus GP has some great support!

Make sure you head over to Team Durango page for vehicles or details.

Cyber Monday Just saw over on the TowerHobbies site they are wrapping up their Cyber Monday/Black Friday deals today and letting you sort of ‘double dip’ by getting multiple discounts! If you are looking to save some cash and need to order some stuff online, head over toTowerHobbies today!

Cubby

Cubby what is the best body for my HPI Blitz?
Tommy C.

Cubby- The best body for your Blitz is whatever style you like best, so go with your own gut on this one. But… if you really can’t make up your mind- I personally like the Pro-Line Flo-Tek, especially in 2wd short course where the parachute effect is the hardest to correct with the throttle and brake. The Pro-Line Flo-Tek is the trickest looking IMO, and handles the best on windy days. It does take a bit longer to cut out all the extra body vents, but IMO that is time well spent.


I saw you helped test the new Arrma raider buggy cubby. I am going to buy a new buggy is the raider good or am i better off with a boost?
John

Cubby- Hummm…. what’s better, the ECX Boost or ARRMA Raider? Now that would make a great shootout. Thanks for the idea John. ;)

But really, not to dodge the question, if I had to pick one of the two buggies I would personally pick the Raider, and here’s why.

1. I like the looks of the Raider better, I like how original it is.
2. It has a beefier powertrain to handle brushless power.
3. It jumps better.

On the other hand… the Boost is no joke and is a daily driver around here (yes, I drive one nearly every day, no joke), it drives well and is tough as a tank.

So… if you were to go around the office and ask 6 of us which we’d pick you’d probably get half for the Boost, and half for the Raider. Every person has different wants and needs, which one is best is really up to you.


Dear Cubby,
You always say “support your local hobby shops” but I do not have one, the nearest hobby shop to me is over 2 hours away, so now what do I do?
Rayford D

Cubby- What’s up Rayford? I saw in your email that you are from Oregon, no doubt you don’t have too many local hobby shops.

Anyways… your answer is easy, you are gonna have to mail order. Yes, I know it’s a sin and all, but a 4 hour round trip is gonna cost ya some serious bucks in gas. So…. if you have to mail order I only recommend one place, Tower Hobbies. You can hit’em on the web HERE, or call’em toll free at 800-637-6050. They are good peeps over there and will hook ya up. They set the standard for mail order, good prices, outstanding inventory, and quick shipping, they are who I’d use if I lived 150 miles from an LHS.


Yup, that’s it for this week ya bunch of freaks. Email me all your crazy antics to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

A big Happy Anniversary to Tower Hobbies who celebrates 40 years of bringing hobbies to people all over the world! To celebrate they are giving away a Tower Hobbies Gift Certificate worth up to $1000! All you need to do is head over to the Tower Hobbies website and subscribe to their email newsletter for a chance to win! They usually have some good coupons and specials in the newsletter if you find yourself ordering stuff often from there!