Nothing like a new SquidInk to carry us through the weekend! This one strikes the funny bone on a few levels! You have to love the old school and new school of RC.
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Crawling/scaling can be really hard on servos. Not only are they expected to turn heavy, weighted tires on unforgiving rock, but most of the time there is no servo saver attached. Yep, direct horns are the only way most crawlers roll (versus using a saver that will give) leaving the servo unprotected to absorb the brunt of what’s thrown at it. To make matters worse, sometimes its underwater.
I don’t care what kind of servo you have, eventually this type of abuse is going to leave you with broken teeth. Don’t just throw the unit away, though! A lot of newbies don’t realize that many mid to high range servos can quickly be fixed by a trip to the dentist (aka your local hobby shop) to pick up a new set of gears.
A super popular scaling servo (and bashing) upgrade is the trusty Hitec 5646WP unit. The servo puts out around 150 oz or torque, is waterproof, has metal gears, is digital AND is relatively easy on the wallet at $54.99. I think they are the perfect upgrade for an Axial SCX10. That isn’t marketing garbage, I currently own 4 of them and use or have used them in a variety of trucks; 3 SCX10′s, Wraith, CPE Barbarian, Tamiya TXT-2 and soon to be my new Yeti.
Last weekend I finally broke some teeth during a monster truck freestyle session and figured this was the perfect time to show how easy they are to fix. Keep in mind this unit ain’t no spring chicken. It’s about 2 years old and while it used to be blue once upon a time, I painted it black a long time ago and most of it is peeling off after abuse. Click the “Read More” and I’ll show you how easy it is to get the old girl back up and turnin’.
Team Orion has announced a new 550 sized VST2 4 Turn Brushless Motor for short course trucks. This 2 pole motor is rated at 5100kV and is stated to put out 950 watts of power. Efficiency is stated to be 92% and it comes with a 5mm output shaft. Dual sensor ports make for an easier install, while vents in the can help it to stay cool. Its part number is #ORI28296 and you can get complete details by Clicking Over to the official Team Orion website.
Thank Goodness It’s Friday, you never know what you are going to get with one of our Mystery Links.
THE Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT Review
The Dallas Cowboys are “America’s Football Team”, just like Tower Hobbies could be considered “America’s Hobby Shop”. While Tower is certainly known more for being a mail order Goliath than being a truck manufacturer, they do have a new 4wd Short Course Truck on the market called the Cutback. How does it handle? Is it fast? Can you slam it around without breaking it? Hit that “Read More” button to find out…
Are you one of those hardcore bashers that have converted your Traxxas Stampede 4×4 over to 17mm hexes? If so you can rejoice, Pro-Line is now making their very trick F-11 wheels with a 17mm hex. These are priced at just $11 per pair, have a part number of #2755-03, and you can click Right Here for full details over on Pro-Line’s website.
Time for another TGIF Mystery Link!
Pro-Line 2.8 17mm Hex Wheels
RC4WD is bring’n the scale realism to short course trucks with their new Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires. Officially licensed by Mickey Thompson, these should help you have the most scale realistic SCT truck at your local bash spot. Designed to fit popular 2.2″/3.0″ SCT wheels, they are molded in RC4WD’s super soft/sticky X2SS rubber compound. Pricing is $24 per pair and they have a part number of Z-T0127. To get more details just head on over to RC4WD’s Official Website.
Happy Friday, before the weekend begins why not try out a BSRC Mystery Link???
RC4WD MTZ SC Tire Gallery
Two more players enter the field of the quadcopter market: the Ares Advantage Series Ethos FPV and Ethos HD from the Firelands Group. Both of these quadcopters are identical aircraft wise, but the camera setups are different. The Ethos FPV comes with a full First-Person View setup including viewscreen and transmitter/receiver system. The Ethos HD has no FPV capabilities but carries an 1080p video camera to record and take pictures with. Check out the FPV and HD galleries below, and look for a full combo review of these two in the coming weeks!
Here is the FPV:
Ares Advantage Ethos FPV Unboxing
Ares Advantage Ethos FPV Unboxing 2
More pictures, including the HD quad pictures after the break, hit the READ ME..
For sand, mud, snow, or hydroplaning, Pro-Line Sand Paw tires are the best on the market for getting traction. Now Pro-Line is offering their Traxxas 2.8″ sized Sand Paws pre-mounted. This not only saves you the trouble of gluing up a set of tires, but also gets you bashing in the fastest time possible.
The 2.8 Sand Paws come on black Pro-Line F-11 wheels and come in two different offsets. #1186-14 is the part number for Nitro Stampede rear, JATO & Nitro Rustler rear, 2wd electric Pede & Rusty front, and Pede 4×4 front and rear. #1186-15 fits electric 2wd Stampede & Rustler rear. Both are priced at $36 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.
Read up more Pro-Line news by hitting This Link on BSRC.
Pre-Mounted Sand Paw 2.8
Just in time for indoor season, HRP is a having a huge sale on Team C products. During their Oktoberfest Sale you can get some pretty big savings on just the type of products that you would be racing indoors, or bashing outside. For example, the latest high-zoot 1/10th 2wd buggy from Team C is the mid-motored TC02C Evo. They normally sell for $209 but are Oktoberfest priced at just $99. To check out all the Team C specials simply hit up This Link.
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What happens when you combine cold/slick conditions with speed running a Castle Creations brushless powered 5th scale monster truck on 8S LiPo? Check out the video below to find out. Our own Craig “The Crazy Ramp Builder Guy” recently took his Redcat 5th scale monster truck out for some top speed runs and I can assure you nothing good becomes of it.
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No doubt there are about a million different tire glues on the market. The latest and greatest is Ultra-Cure from Bob Smith Industries. We recently got a chance to try some and this is what we found out-
* Some of our testers like super thin glue but the sample we received was medium, intended to set in 5 to 10 seconds. We found the medium thin enough to easily get into the tire bead, but didn’t dry so fast that we couldn’t make an adjustment here or there before it set. All of our testers (Iron Mike, Cubby, Sam The Noob) we big fans of how the medium flowed and how long it took to cure.
* We found the Ultra-Cure gave a top notch bond. Needless to say we “throw” a lot of tires here at BigSquidRC, but we found ourselves throwing fewer when using Ultra-Cure.
* The cap comes with a “pin” to help keep the tip from clogging.
* The included tip was larger than what we prefer using. We normally use fine extender tips when gluing tires but none of the ones we had in our pit bag would fit. That can be fixed, Bob Smith does sell fine tips to fit the Ultra-Cure bottle, we just didn’t have any for testing.
Overall- the Bash Crew felt Ultra-Cure was perhaps the best holding tire glue we’ve tried. It was easy to work with and is a great value at $6 for a 3/4 oz. bottle. Look for it at your local hobby shop and you can get more information over on the official Bob Smith Website.
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Bob Smith Tire Glue Review Gallery
Axial has given the go ahead to talk about the new Axial Racing Wraith Spawn Rock Racer. Besides the Axial standard of plenty of licensed parts, they have continued to update and refine the already proven Wraith platform. Axial continues to drive towards more waterproofing, and with winter coming up, we know that’s an important box to check off. The ESC, Steering Servo, and Receiver box now all claim waterproof. For those of you that have been thinking about picking up a Wraith, maybe this is the one that tickles your fancy?
Some highlight features are:
• WB8 HD Wildboar™ driveshafts
• Dual slipper clutch
• Single-coil, adjustable shocks
• Heavy duty differential lockers
• Officially licensed 2.2 Method IFD™ beadlock wheels
• New Spawn body on full tube frame composite chassis
• Driver figure and molded interior
• 2.2 Ripsaw™ tires
• AE-5 ESC w/ drag brake – 3S LiPo capable (waterproof)
• 20T motor
• Metal gear Tactic TSX45 MG servo, 151 oz-in, water resistant
• Waterproof receiver box
• Spawn body compatible with Wraith, AX10 and SCX10 chassis
The part number is #AX90045, and it is priced at $369. You can get complete details by heading over to This Link on the Axial website.
Axial Wraith Spawn Gallery
Make sure to check out the video below!
Hey there Big Squid crew,
I just wanted to thank you for the review on the Pro-MT. I’ve never owned a 2WD RC and had been eying the Proline Pro 2 SCB but, I pre ordered one of these babies. I wanted something low maintenance to have fun with perhaps take to the local track. I know a monster truck isn’t going to be the best track vehicle but it will be good as long as I’m smiling away as I drive over those pesky short course trucks then it will be a winner. Oh did I say over? I meant around… Yeah around. I was just curious if you guys had run it at all with a Spektrum using the AVC tech I would love to know how it helped/hindered the truck. As far as the other electronics go basically the same set up you guys were running Savox 1270tg, 3800kv castle motor, going to use a Sidewinder 3 waterproof addition.
Thanks again for the great website,
Cubby- Welcome to the big time Sam, don’t forget to shoot us your snail mail for the hook up on a BSRC sticker pack.
Have we run AVC in the Pro-Line PRO-MT yet? No, but we are doing a whole series on AVC and the PRO-MT will be the first truck it gets installed in. However, we have a bunch of time in with AVC in other vehicles, if you do a lot of loose surface driving you should be able to tweak the AVC to make the PRO-MT incredibly dialed.
As far as the PRO-MT on track. Nope, it’s not as dialed as lower, race style vehicles, but it seriously surprises you how well it handles. For example, we have put in a ton of laps with the PRO-MT on local outdoor 8th scale tracks, and last weekend we got in a bunch of time at the Leisure Hours damp/high-bite indoor track. Even with the stock Trenchers the PRO-MT was freak’n hauling. It easily made all the jumps and was incredibly easy to drive fast. I can’t wait to try one out with dedicated race tires, and it would really be something if the PRO-MT put some of the fun back into local racing.
Hit the “Read More” button to read two more questions. One involves the Durango DEX408v2 buggy and the other asks why we haven’t done a big monster truck shootout…