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JConcepts 1972 Chevy C10 Scalpel Body
The more choices for bodies the better, it seems everyone likes a different body style. Recently JConcepts announced a body style you don’t see every day, a 1972 Chevy C10. The Chevy body is intended for on-road use on your Scalpel converted Traxxas Slash 4×4 and is fully licensed by General Motors.

* Wide body design
* Shallow bed area
* Comes with Chevy C10 decal sheet
* Requires use of #2173 JC bumper conversion kit

The Chevy C10 has a part number of #0267, it is priced at $43, and you can get complete information at This Link over on the JConcepts website.

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Pro-Line Street Conversion Traxxas Slash 4x4 Rally
Our friends over at Pro-Line recently did a short write up on how to convert your Traxxas Rally or Slash 4×4 over to a dedicated on-road machine. In the article the Pro-Line crew shows you how to mount up a pre-painted scale body and Striker SC on-road tires to your Traxxas, as well as how to properly set up the suspension for on-road use. If you’ve ever been interested in dialing in your Slash 4×4 or Rally for on-road, you can check out the entire article at This Link over on Pro-Line’s blog.

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JConcepts 4mm locking wheel nuts
An easy (and affordable) way to add some bling to your ride is by bolting on upgrade wheel nuts. The folks over at JConcepts have just announced some new lightweight, and low profile, 4mm wheel nuts. These come in two different colors, black or blue, and bolt right on 10th scale Traxxas vehicles, the Associated SC10 4×4, and the TLR 22/22t and SCTE 2.0.

The part number for blue is #2156-1, the part number for black is #2156-2, and they both are priced at $15 for a set of four. To get more information hit up This Link over on the official JConcepts website.

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RPM Extended Arms Traxxas Summit Revo
“When you speak, RPM listens.”, that’s a direct quote from RPM’s website. RPM had a bunch of requests for Extended Rear Arms for the Traxxas Summit/Revo/E-Revo so they made them for you, the hardcore bashers of the world. The new a-arms are molded out of RPM’s legendary plastic and were designed to keep on ticking even during extreme use.

#70432 Extended Left Rear A-arms – Black
#70435 Extended Left Rear A-arms – Blue
#70482 Extended Right Rear A-arms – Black
#70485 Extended Right Rear A-arms – Blue

The arms have a street price of $14 per set and they should hit hobby shops in early April. To get more information just give This Link a Click to head over to the RPM website.

You can never get enough RPM news, find more at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Clear Monster Truck Body
After releasing some teaser pics last week, Pro-Line has posted full information on their new Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Clear Body. The Jeep body was designed to fit trucks like the Traxxas T/E-maxx, Summit, and Revo, as well as other monsters like the HPI Savage. The tough classic styling of the Jeep Wrangler will help set your truck apart when bashing with your buddies, and is molded out of strong GE Lexan.

The part number is #3405-00, it has a street price of $38, and you can get complete information at This Link over on Pro-line’s website.

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TBR Traxxas Basher Bumper
Want to toughen up that Traxxas Telluride of yours? The crew over at T-Bone Racing have a new Basher Series Front Bumper that is made to take the worst of abuse. Made from sturdy nylon, the bumper comes with a lifetime warranty and provides more protection than the stock unit.

The part number for the TBR Telluride bumper is #62153, it has a street price of $18, and you can find complete information at This Link on T-Bone’s official website.

Want more TBR news? It is easy to find at This Link on BigSquidRC.

rc bashing with CubbyMx/SX had a banner weekend for television coverage. The SX was live from Indy on Saturday night, then the MXGP from Qatar came on even later Saturday night, then coverage from the ArenaCross came on Sunday, as did an episode of SuperCross Behind the Dream on CBS. Wall to wall moto, I never thought it would happen, but it has, and I am in moto heaven.

Btw, an American named Thomas Covington (check out his Twitter HERE ) took 3rd place in the second moto in Qatar, which is a big deal for a couple of reasons. One, it’s been a long time since an American has done well in Grand Prix motocross, and two, he gave Traxxas, one of his major sponsors, props during an on-air interview. A number of industry types have made doomsday remarks about Traxxas, but it seems they aren’t as bad off as some people say.

Another example is the fact that Traxxas has signed back on with the TORC series for 2014. No, they are no longer the big title sponsor, but they are back for more crossover marketing, and are putting multiple trucks back on the track (click HERE to read the entire PR). Heck, even I am glad to hear they are back into the TORC series, I may love to hate on them, but at the end of the day they’ve done an awful lot to put (and keep) our hobby on the map.

Also on the verge of death this week… 10th scale stadium trucks. 10th scale buggies have blown up the last couple of years, and SCT trucks have taken over local tracks and bash spots, thus the oddly shaped stadium trucks were left without a home or a future. However, where ROAR busted out the pen and killed off a dead and unneeded 10th scale gas truck class, they haven’t done the same with electric stadium trucks, leaving a bit of life left in them. Expect the upcoming Associated T5 and other new stadium trucks like the HobbyPro PR ST-1 to breathe a bit more life back into the category. While some people say stadium trucks are dead and should done away with, they will live to fight another day, and who knows when they might come back into vogue.

In BSRC news…

March Bashness is just around the corner folks! If you’ve never heard of it, its a contest where our readers nominate their favorite bash machines, then they vote on them, tournament style, to determine an overall winner/favorite. Unlike some other very questionable “reader favorite” contests, ours is 10000% legit, and eventually a lucky reader (or two) gets to take home a brand new truck/buggy. Look for us to get the March Bashness contest started up in a few days.

Sometime today we’ll be posting a write-up on the 2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships that took place over the weekend in Orland Park Illinois. While I was stuck in an airport half way across the country and didn’t get to take part in all the fun, I’m sure our staff will fill you in on all the goings ons and how it turned out. Also, on Tuesday we’ll be doing a post on the young man that took home the overall championship, the world of quads/mult-rotors has its first big star, so stay tuned.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Pro-Line Pre-Painted/Pre-Cut Ford Raptor Body Traxxas Stampede
Masking off, painting, and cutting out a body can take a lot of time, spare time that some people just don’t have. For you guys that don’t have a bunch of spare time on your hands, or if you are just looking for a pristine paint job, the crew at Pro-Line have announced a pre-cut and pre-painted Ford Raptor SVT body for the Traxxas Stampede. The pre-painted PL Raptor body comes in red, has the scale detailing everyone is looking for, and is designed to fit the 2wd and 4wd versions of the Stampede.

The part number for the Stampede Raptor is #3348-15, it has a street price of $72, and you can get complete information over on Pro-Line’s Official Website.

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Cubby with TP199 Truck at TORCWhat is going on at Traxxas? I suppose if you are a consumer all you notice is that their RTRs are still on the shelves and your LHS still has a-arms in stock, but we (and other industry types) tend to notice other things. Like… I haven’t seen hide nor hair of Traxxas during any of the AMA Supercross broadcasts this year. In the past you would see their banners everywhere, from the stadium floor to the victory podium, but not this year. You would also see their logo on the Pro-Circuit Kawasaki team, once again it seems to be long gone. Then there is the TORC series, which they also seem to be completely gone from. And… when we hit up our local Feld Monster Truck event over the weekend, a year ago Traxxas was everywhere, this year, totally absent.

I am only throwing out the question of “What is going on at Traxxas?” because I seem to be the devil to them, therefore they are not going to shoot me a text/email/phone call to let me know what’s up. So that leaves me to sit here and speculate, something I love to do. :) To break it down, there can only be a couple of possibilities of what’s up. On the bright side, maybe they’ve just decided to go another route with their marketing dollars, like banking them and not spending them at all. On the not so bright side, maybe the marketing dollars just don’t exist anymore. Any which way, most rc people, including myself, hoped that Traxxas’s marketing to the mainstream would continue forever as it was good for the entire industry, but that seems not to be the case, it looks like it has come to an end. And while I love to hate on Traxxas, I love to love on Traxxas when they are kicking ass, and I am definitely not stoked to see them pulling out of the mainstream. Heck, I don’t think anyone other than their competitors are.

I have heard multiple industry insiders say that the entire surface rc industry has been surfing along on Traxxas’s wake since the T-Maxx, a point that I don’t think I would argue, but with Traxxas seemingly pulling out of mainstream marketing and with their apparent reduction of innovative new products, that big old coattail may not be there to ride on much longer. Traxxas is still at the top of the sales heap, but for how much longer?

So who is going to pick up the ball and run with it if Traxxas is indeed dropping it? There are a whole lot of hungry companies out there that want to be the king that sits on top of the hill. Associated had a long run at the top, then Traxxas had a decade and a half, who’s next???? More on this in the coming months…

On a different note….

Hey, wanna rub elbows with the freaks known as the BigSquidRC Bash Crew? Wanna give me a piece of your mind in person? Want to even give us a pat on the back? Well you can do that this weekend at E-Fest in Champaign Illinois. We’ll have a booth promoting the Quad Championships as well as giving consumers (and industry types) more information on what we are all about. To get more information on E-Fest click This Link.

Have you noticed the BigSquidRC/Ares/Heli-Max/Blade Quadcopter Championships are just 19 days away??? Which pilot (or pilots) are going to instantly vault to Rockstar status? What brand quads are going to win? There has been some heavy speculation going on that’s for sure. While we virtually have no idea what pilots might show up and take home the hardware, several staffers have been going back and forth on which quad is best suited for winning each class. If you haven’t made plans to attend why not pencil it in. Hit’n the Quad Championships in Chi-Town is a perfect excuse for a roadtrip. Come be a part of something new and cool, make some new friends, get some free stuff, and have a killer day fly’n quads.

Oh and hey, there is just a few more hours in our sweet Pro-Line Valentines Giveaway, be sure and get your entry in. Hit This Link to get your entry in ASAP.

Yo that’s it for this week, but I need to bust out some props to Jeff Hoy for his work on the website lately. It’s not a lot you can see on the outside, but it sure helps out behind the scenes. Also big props to Iron Mike, Tomato Sauce, and Dougie Doug for not quitting (we certainly don’t make it easy on the new guys) and busting out weekly columns. Somehow we manage to take BigSquidRC up a notch every year, thanks to them our 2014 is off to an epic start.

Support your local hobby shops, I know I say that every week, but myself and the entire BSRC crew really mean it, and hit up your local bash spot when there isn’t a foot of snow covering it.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Waterproof Traxxas E-Maxx
Waterproofing has become something to be expected when buying a bash vehicle. Now Traxxas has updated their Brushless E-Revo and Brushless E-Maxx with waterproof electronics. Traxxas has installed a new Traxxas/Castle MXL-6S speed controller in both trucks to make sure the fun doesn’t stop when the going gets wet.

The part number for the waterproof E-Revo is #56085 and it has a street price of $749. Click Here for full information over on the Traxxas website.

The part number for the waterproof E-Maxx is #39085 and it carries a street price of $699. To get more information hit up This Link.

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Looks like the Toy Fair news from Nuremberg is starting to come in. Check out the new LaTrax Teton powered by Traxxas. It’s an 1/18th scale 4WD Monster Truck, comes RTR with a 2.4Ghz Radio, is waterproof, with part number #76054. Retail price should be $149.

We can’t help but notice it looks like a mini Traxxas Telluride. Even comes in the same colors. Maybe there will be a Grand Teton edition?

Specs:
Length: 10.16″ (258mm)
Weight (with battery): 19.2oz (55g)
Height (overall): 4.65″ (118mm)
Wheelbase: 6.44″ (163.5mm)
Ground Clearance: 1.18″ (30mm)
Electronic Speed Control: Waterproof Forward/Reverse ESC
Motor (electric): 370 Brushed
Transmission: 10T Pinion / 60T Spur
Drive System: Shaft-Driven 4WD
Steering: Bellcrank
Included Batteries: 7.2V 6-cell NiMH with Charger

You can check out the LaTrax website for more details, or if you are looking for more LaTrax news check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Check the video below:

What do you guys think? Look like a worthy little basher?

RPM ESC Cage Traxxas VXL-3S
Ever broken off the mounting tabs on your Traxxas VXL-3S speed controller? Yes, we have too. Thankfully the folks over at RPM RC are good at solving such problems. RPM has created a new ESC Cage to make sure you esc stays firmly in place, even if you have an older one with the tabs broken off already. Made from engineering grade nylons right here in the USA, the RPM ESC cage can withstand even the toughest of bashing sessions.

The cage comes in two different colors, blue, part number #70605, and black, part number #70602. Street price is $9 and they have a release date of February 13th. Click Here for more information over on the RPM website.

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ASK Cubby

“Question
I’m thinking of buying a hellion dominus, can a lipo be used in the truck in its stock form?
thank you,
Frank B.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Franky B, thanks for taking the time to shoot out an email.

For those not familiar with the Helion Dominus, it’s Helion’s 4wd 10th scale short course truck. It has an affordable price point, $199, and won March Bashness a couple years ago, which is voted on strictly by our readers. We liked the one we got to review, the Dominus is a basic, affordable, bash machine.

So… does it do Lipo in stock form? You are gonna love this answer, yes and no.

Yes you can! If you use a Lipo that has a relatively small form factor and you don’t mind driving without an LVC (low voltage cut-off).

No you can not! If you use a ROAR sized Lipo and want some low voltage protection.

Now… the BigSquid Bash Crew doesn’t really freak over the lack of an LVC. We routinely drive vehicles that do not have an LVC in their speedo. We have learned that when you first start feeling a pack getting soft you pull off and re-charge. However, if you are a noobie noob, an LVC can come in handy to keep you from over-discharging your Lipo pack.

Also of note, we ran Lipo in our test truck, a ROAR sized one at that, but to fit such a pack requires some elbow grease. You can find the details on what it takes Here, but if you don’t feel like doing any modding, you might want to look at another platform.


“Send to Cubby
Who you think the number one company that makes bashing trucks and cars is, all my friends say Traxxas but I like HPI the best.
Shiloh F.”

Cubby- Hey now Shiloh, what’s up and be sure to shoot Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with an uber BSRC sticker set.

So who do I think the numero uno manufacture (<- sorry guy from last week, LOL) of bash machines is? Wow, my cell is gonna blow up tomorrow for answering this one, but of course that isn't a deterrent to me.

Well... it's not Traxxas, that’s for sure. I sure like their parts availability, but that’s about it.

HPI- has put out solid basher gear for years upon years, but no doubt they’ve had their issues the last couple of years. They didn’t release much last year, and what they did seemed to be drift/on-road oriented, which is fine for some, but not for the people I hang with. My crew needs a machine that works on pavement as well as hucking vert ramps. Oh and, the whole Octane thing…. oooofffaahh….

ARRMA- is known as Durango’s basher line, and they certainly do have some kick butt machines. Their line-up is modern, their marketing is coming together, all they need is one big 4wd gnar-core bash truck to be on top of the heap.

Thunder Tiger- TT has a winner with their epic G3 platform, but some of their lower-end models could use some freshening up.

ECX- still a relatively new brand, they got off to a slightly slow start, but their line-up now days is real solid. While some may hold their very low price points against them, we don’t care about such things here, if they work, they work, and we drive Torments and Ruckuses nearly every day.

Vaterra- is my preferred basher line-up (at the moment). Ya, they are still new to the scene, and it will take another 3-5 years of marketing to cement their name to an average hobbyist, but the product they’ve put out thus far is amazingly good. Pretty much everything in their line-up has class leading looks, while the platforms underneath are typically solid bash machines. Hot looks, decent price points, and vehicles that can survive a good hucking off your roof, now that’s what bashing is all about.

However Shiloh… if you were to go around the table and ask every member of the BSRC Bash Crew what their favorite is, I can assure you there would be several different answers. We have guys that are big fans of HPI, big fans of Axial, and some that even still like Traxxas. And… just because our answers might be different, it doesn’t mean a single one of them is wrong. What’s best for me might suck for you, while the best brand for you might just not work for me.


That’s it for this week ya bunch of lugs, shoot me your vintage ’72 Unadilla GP t-shirts, questions, rants, and F1 swag to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter makes the bigtime you’ll get a free sticker set, if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month” you get a brand spank’n new BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter