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Hudy RC Car body fix
If you bash hard, you destroy a lot of bodies. Now Hudy has a protective coating that can help keep your body in one piece. This specially formulated glue can be used to fix broken areas as well as protecting spots that tend to break or get worn down by tires or an exhaust pipe. The part number is #106280 and you can get more information at This Link.

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XRay T4 2014 Touring Car
When you think of high-end touring cars, the name XRay has to be at the top of the list. Their latest offering, the T4 2014 Edition, has just been announced and it features a slew of upgrades for more traction and improved steering.

* All-new suspension holders
* All-new suspension bushings
* All-new chassis design
* All-new top deck design
* All-new arm design
* All-new smart Suspension Flex Adjustment
* All-new layshaft bulkheads
* All-new motor mount
* All-new aluminum steering plate
* All-new shock spring harnesses

The part number for the XRay T4 2014 is #300020 and you can get more information by hitting This Link.

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XRay X12 12th Scale Pan Car
Indoor season is upon us and with that many drivers like getting their rc on with lighting fast 12th scales. If you are a 12th scale pan car fan you might be interested in the latest car from XRay, their X12. The X12 is XRay’s latest and greatest pan car featuring an all new narrow chassis along with other improvements. Some of the all new improvements on the X12 include-

* Narrow design chassis
* Narrow rear pod
* Improved weight balance
* Centralized shock mounting position
* Improved battery placement
* New rear link brace
* New straight side springs
* New front suspension arms
* Front track width adjustment
* Ride height adjustment
* Front eccentric inserts
* Steel rear axle

To get more pictures, specifications and information on the new X12 simply click This Link.

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XRay XB9E Electric 8th Buggy
When XRay announced their new XB9 Nitro Buggy a few months ago you knew the electric version wouldn’t be far behind. Today XRay has announced the XB9E 8th scale electric buggy kit. It’s based off the nitro version but comes with a few updates to make sure it’s at the very front of the technology pack. Some of the features of this “luxury masterpiece” include-

* Longer & wider chassis
* Optimal weight balance
* New servo mounting plate
* Swiss 7075 T6 motor mount
* Composite battery box
* Hudy Spring Steel drive-shafts & turnbuckles
* ISS suspension holders
* Revised shock towers
* Does not include body

To get more information on the latest uber machine from XRay simply click THIS LINK.

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FX Royal Racing Engines
There is a new nitro engine company on the scene and it is called FX Royal Racing Engines. The man behind the company is Juraj Hudy who is best known for his work at X-Ray. FX Engines will be producing product targeted at the uber high end competition scene, but we know plenty of bashers who only buy “the best” and FX should be one of those types of companies. To check out the new FX Engines website Click HERE.

Are you a big fan of X-Ray? Check out more X-Ray news at THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

cubbysquidBeing the last day of the year it’s only fitting that I write up my annual year in review. I not only looked back over the last 94 pages of posts here on BigSquidRC, but also called some of my industry homies to “boil down” how the year 2012 will go down in the rc history books. Lets dive in shall we?

Biggest news of the year- There was tons of “big” news in 2012, but the biggest of the big was the announcement that Traxxas was entering the air market with their QR-1 quad and DR-1 heli. Announced late in the year Traxxas was still able to get these on LHS shelves before X-mas, and speaking to shop owners they sold very well. However, hard-core Traxxas loyalists were left in disbelief, not understanding why Traxxas would jump into the air market while so much of their surface line is in desperate need of updating.

While the air gear was their biggest news, Traxxas kept themselves in the limelight all year long. The XO-1 Supercar was announced late in 11′, but shipping in Feb 12′, and you couldn’t get away from the hype machine around it. A couple months later came the widely publicized but poorly received Traxxas drag car. Throw in their new Rally car and LCG Slash 4×4 and Traxxas had yet another year at the top of the buzz (and sales) charts.

Second biggest news- Early in the year it was announced that the Champaign behemoth Hobbico had made a deal to acquire Axial, Durango, and ARRMA. This was some serious eye popping news to many industry peeps, they knew Hobbico has the cubic cash and market savvy to use those lines to take their world domination to a completely new level. Axial was already a hot name brand in America, but during the year you would have to blind not see how Durango and ARRMA climbing the sales charts here in the USA.

Biggest dropping of the ball- It was August 2011 when HPI first announced that they were attempting to put gas (not nitro) engines in regular 10th/8th scale rc vehicles. A few months later in February 12′ at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, HPI had multiple models on display all showing off their “Xtreme/Octane” series engine. While HPI did tease us once again a few weeks ago in mid December, we’ve yet so see one come to fruition. We really just want to drive one.

Biggest head-scratcher of the year- When the announcement came off the wire that HPI was now the exclusive distributor for Hobao in North America we weren’t the only ones scratching our heads.

Euro gear coming in style- You may or may not still consider Durango a European name, but alas, companies like X-Ray, Serpent and Schumacher also made positive strides in America. Many industry types make claims like the Euro’s are just trying harder right now, they are more focused, pushing harder, the internet is changing the game, etc, and I think you can look for more European brands to start making waves in the American market in the next 12 months.

Product trends of the year- 2012 will go down as the year that saw the emergence of the Rally car, quadcopters, scale off road buggies, nitro powered SCT’s, an uber battery charger war, and of the 8th scale roller “XO-1″ killers.

Rally has never been “so cool” here in America, and both Traxxas and HPI capitalized on this by putting out new rally style cars.

Quads which were once considered $19 stocking stuffers by true hobbyists, but they became a hot item after Traxxas announced their QR-1.

For scale buggies, Axial got their EXO Terra Buggy to the market, the HPI Apache hit (and missed), and even Associated threw their hat in the ring with the SC10B.

Associated made the news again with their SC10GT, Losi announced their Nitro Ten SCT, and finally Traxxas showed their hand and entered the nitro SCT market with their Nitro 2wd Slash. New offerings for the nitro crowd have been minimal in recent years, but the nitro SCT’s of 2012 gave fuel burners something new to play with.

After years of brushless/Lipo dominance, the battery charger companies went balls to the wall in 12′. Everywhere you turned was another company putting out some uber mega high current charger. Venom put out a charger with built in speakers, iCharger put out a charger you can probably weld with, and TrakPower put out one of the most esoteric chargers the market has ever seen. And.. uber chargers weren’t only about putting out ridiculously huge amounts of power, they were also about doing so on multiple channels. Reading some of the specs now days reminds me of the old car stereo days- 4 channels, bridgeable, mono-block, 500 watts, etc.

Why pay over a grand for a Traxxas XO-1 when you’ve already got all the electronics sitting in your garage? Late 2012 showed multiple brands putting out 8th scale roller on-road cars ready to bust out triple digit mph numbers once you’ve slammed in your own electronic goodies. Going crazy fast on-road should continue to be a big trend in 13′.

Accessory companies blowing up- Pro-line is no stranger to having huge years, but a number of other accessory companies put their dent on the scene in 12′ as well.

Pro-Line was everywhere in 12′. Their product line-up exploded with items for not just racers, but also for scalers and bashers. Pro-Line also went WFO on the 2wd Slash, now offering nearly a complete truck of their own in replacement parts. Also of note was the staggering amount of product give-aways that Pro-Line did over the course of the year. 2012 was Pro-lines 30th anniversary and they certain did it up the right way.

JConcepts made their waves too. They are living the dream, getting bigger and bigger and 12′ was a banner year for them. From spur gears for the Slash, to a high speed Traxxas truck body, to tons of racer gear, to sponsoring tons of races across the country, JConcepts was pushing it hard all year long.

RPM ventured out to numerous new models in 2012 and put out perhaps their most involved product yet- a tranny case and metal motor mount for Traxxas 2wd trucks. Consumers have been asking RPM to branch out a bit for years, in 12′ they arguably branches out more than ever before.

MIP, who has been a player in the rc game for years, saw a fresh resurgence in 2012. Their Pro4mance kit for the Losi SCTE and uber shock pistons got the ball rolling early in the year, and they are looking more solid than ever going into 13′.

RDRP blew up on the accessory scene in 12′. A little known Euro company a few months ago, they are now one of the “hot” brands to have in your pit at the local track.

Exotek was once a tiny company making a few 18th scale parts, in 2012 they really expanded their product catalog and market share.

You can’t talk about upgrade parts without talking about STRC. They landed a big deal with Great Planes and keep putting out more and more parts for nearly every vehicle (worth owning) on the market, plus their LCG Chassis for 2WD and 4WD Slash Vehicles!

Other significant happenings-

Thunder Tiger was once a joke in the American market. Today, with distribution from Great Planes, they are one of the biggest names in the bashing market. After multiple new releases in Q4 of 12′, expect their market share to keep on growing in 13′.

Firelands Group is making some waves. From Anza hop-up parts, to Helion, to Radient, to Ares, they might just be the model company of the future.

Venom Group had a big year. From putting out loads of innovative products, to changing their name to Atomik (and seemingly failing, everyone still calls them Venom), to inking a deal to sell Brian Deegan/Metal Mulisha gear, Venom is working their way towards the front of the pack.

Associated made the news here and there, the introduction of their SC10B was huge news, as was their announcement of their new “Qualifier Series” basher line-up.

ECX also had a big year. Sales were solid and they ventured into uncharted territory with their new 8th scales, one electric, and one nitro. Expect to see more big things from ECX in 2013.

Kyosho made a push in 12′ with loads of new products (the Scorpion XXL Ve for example) and a solid marketing push. Unfortunately their distribution blows here in the states and most consumers only saw the new stuff on the web, not in their LHS.

Oh ya, BigSquidRC had pretty good year too, thanks to you guys-

Our March Bash-Ness contest was huge again, and it sported a controversial winner, the Helion Dominus. We did a great job of busting out juicy Traxxas news in good time and our “chat with us in the forums” morphed into our live Google Plus show. We also had solid coverage of not only iHobby, but of RCX SoCal, Nuremberg, and the HobbyTown USA show. And lastly… traffic was once again way up, for that we must salute you guys out there!

That’s it for this week ya’ll, next week will be my also annual “looking forward to the coming year” Cub Report, till then, support your local hobby shops and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

XRay XB4 10th Scale Electric 4wd Buggy Kit
XRay has long been known as one of the ultra premium car manufactures in the rc world. XRay made their bones with top of the line touring cars, 18th scalers, and 8th scale off-roaders. Finally XRay has announced their first uber 10th scale 4wd off-road buggy, the XB4. The XRay team has gone to extraordinary lengths to make the new XB4 the most elite car in its class. Some of the features and specs include-

* Multi-Flex chassis tuning
* 2mm Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum chassis
* Composite chassis frame
* Optimal weight distribution for electronics
* Innovative motor mount
* Oil filled front and rear gear diffs
* Slipper clutch
* Hudy spring steel front, center, and rear CVD’s
* Fast diff removal
* Super lightweight outdrives
* 14mm wheel hexes
* Dual arm steering system
* Hudy spring steel turnbuckles
* 2mm graphite top deck
* 3mm graphite shock towers
* Swiss 7075 T6 aluminum big bore shocks
* Front and rear sway bars
* 22 rubber shielded bearings
* Low profile Lexan body
* Width: Adjustable 245-250mm
* Length: 352mm
* Wheelbase: Adjustable 279-281mm
* Ready to race weight: 1650 grams

To learn more information on all of XRay’s high end products hit up their Official Website, or to see more XRay news click THIS BigSquidRC link.

X-Ray XB4 4wd buggy teaser
X-Ray has recently released a teaser for their upcoming 10th scale 4wd electric buggy, the XB4. This will be X-Ray’s first foray into a 10th scale dirt machine, and it should present quite a challenge to other buggies in its category like the Team Associated B44.1. The new XB4 is rumored to have- shaft drive, metal gear diffs, ultra fast diff removal, big bore shocks, and easy chassis flex adjustment. There is a lot more information to come on this one, keep your eye on BigSquid’s X-Ray News Section and on the official X-Ray Website.