THE Cub Report- Mission Improbable
Yo, hey there fellow rc hobbyist, welcome to my Cub Report! It’s darn cool to have each and every one of you here, I hope you enjoy your stay on our website.
First up, everybody wants to know what the “next big thing” is gonna be, and well, it looks like that might be shaping up for 1/8th scale rock crawlers in 2019. Right now “1/10” size crawlers are the norm, but just like with everything else, I predict companies super-sizing their scale crawlers next year. I absolutely dig bigger crawlers for their performance, they just work a lot better out on the trails that we have here in the Missouri/Illinois area. For manufacturers, the big thing is always profit margin, and larger scales typically mean more moohah. But even more so for manufacturers with scale crawling, a larger scale gives them more room for adding even more scale detailing. Whether it be doors that open, or a totally scale engine compartment with a hood that lifts, the 1/8th size makes all the cool stuff easier to do. Traction Hobby is either shipping now, or shipping soon, a very nicely detailed 1/8th scale crawler, and I’ve heard of one other more mainstream company working on one now (supposed to be close to announcing any day, or perhaps waiting for Nuremburg). The scale crawling boom is keeping a lot of companies in business right now, heck ya I want to see even more of it next year.
I have no idea why I am looking so far forward this week, but here’s more. We’ve been doing a whole lot of talk around the office about our “Bash Vehicle Of The Year” contenders. I guess we all know that with the holidays, 2019 will be here in the blink of an eye, so we do need to start talking about some of the front runners. Right now some of the leaders are the Losi Super Rock Rey, the Traxxas Unlimited Desert Truck, the Tamiya Comical Grasshopper, the Traxxas E-Revo 2.0, etc, etc, etc, and that’s before we even start in with the crawlers that are on the roster. You’ve got an affordable kit like the Tamiya that is aimed at a true hobbyist who only drives for the kicks of it, then you’ve got ultra-hardcore bash trucks like the E-Revo 2.0. And that’s before we even start throwing scale realism into the mix with trucks like the UDR, or all the crawlers. One thing that myself and the rest of our crew do agree on- that 2018 has not had a huge number of releases, but it has had more epic new vehicles than in any single year that we can remember. The fight for “Bash Vehicle Of The Year” isn’t over until 12-31, so there might still be another truck or two yet-not-scene that might make it into the mix too. 🙂
Hey, it’s the holiday buying season, just in case you’ve been living in a cave for the last two months. Sigh, I hate X-mas ads before Halloween, but I guess it is a necessary evil now days (LOL). Any which way, like every year, you have a lot of presents that probably need bought for family members, co-workers, etc. This year if you would- take a cruise around your LHS for gift ideas. Most local hobby shops run black Fridays specials now days, plus many are bringing in a larger variety of “toy” type products since Toy-R-Us has left the marketplace. Myself and everyone here at BigSquidRC encourages you to try and support the rc hobby and local hobby shops this holiday season. Americans spend millions on gifts each year, even I have forgotten in years past the my local hobby shop can be a great place to find gifts for the holidays.
Oh ya, before I forget, we’ve got two new podcasts on the way! Our guy Mr. Gluth has been crushing it with the last two. Btw, one of them is with the crew from Redcat. I learned a ton about them from pre-viewing it, and the Redcat guys come across really well. I don’t know exactly when these will go live, but I would guess by the end of the week, make sure to check’em out, they are well worth the listen.
So there ya are folks, that’s it for this week. Have a funtastic week and support your local bash spots whenever ya get a chance!
YOUR Cub Reporter