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THE Cub Report – Longshot

Well hello there fellow rc enthusiast, my name is Cubby and this is my weekly report. The world of rc is always interesting, as well as full of new products announcements. Without delay, lets just dive right on in...

Last week we got a chance to message briefly with RJ Blaisdell from We are stoked to say that RJ seems to be doing OK and is in physical therapy after a stroke suffered last fall. RJ is “one of the good guys” in rc, and one that we’ve worked with numerous times over the years. If you are over on Facebook, shoot RJ a message and let him know that rc folks always have one another’s back! We haven’t heard much from him in the last 12 months, but it was Awesome to hear that he is working on recovery! We hope to hear (and report more) from RJ in the future. 🙂

As far as new products go, Redcat Racing might have had the “biggest” news from last week. The Redcat crew teased their new Axe Edition Gen8 crawler, and it is no joke. Their latest rig comes stock with a sensored Hobbywing brushless system (with Bluetooth capability!), as well as a Flysky radio and Reefs RC servo. However, the aftermarket electronics are not the only story here- the Axe Edition also comes with portal axles, plus legit steering geometry. We have not heard any word on pricing, but if it comes in at an affordable price point (like what Redcat is truly known for), they should sell literally a ton of them.

Futaba absolutely dominated the transmitter market for decades. When you would go to a bash spot (or track) in the 1980s or 1990s, you would easily see more Futaba transmitters than any other brand (or typically all other brands COMBINED). When RTRs started selling, less people were buying aftermarket transmitters, so their dominance started to fall off. In the last two years, things have gotten truly crazy in the rc biz, but Futaba is still here, and still pushing the limits of radio technology. Last week Futaba announced a new low profile race servo called the HPS-CT700. Now, I don’t have a whole lot to say about that particular servo, but I bring all this up because we are finishing up a review on a Futaba HPS-CB700. The CB700 is a full sized 1/10th servo with spectacular specs and a price point just under 250 smackers. We used the 700 in a truck review a few weeks ago, but have since mounted it up in several different vehicles to see how it stacked up. That review should go live in the next couple of weeks, and while I really don’t want to ruin the review, the 700 just might be the best servo I’ve ever used for 1/10 or 1/8th. OMG, sooooo smooth!

OK party people, thanks for joining us at BSRC and I truly hope you get in some trigger time this week. Until next week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

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