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What's new: Friday, October 31st, 2014

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Happy Halloween! As your treat this week, we give you a new SquidInk! Sadly, we hear about this scenario all the time. Support your local shops guys!

Remember you can click the pic above for the full size art! Don’t forget to hit those share buttons to show your friends and shops your support!

Enjoy!

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Pro-Line Closed Cell 2.8 Insert ReviewThe name leading the pack for performance tires and inserts is Pro-Line. They recently released some new Closed Cell Foam Inserts for 2.8″ sized tires so we decided to give them a spin to see how they held up in a hardcore bashing environment. Here is what we found out -

* The closed cell foams weigh more than old school foam. A mounted PL Trencher with closed cell foam weighs in at about 206 grams. The same wheel and tire with a traditional foam weighs in at 180 grams. The upside to the increased weight is that it is easier to pull trick maneuvers like back flips and front flips in the air. The downside is increased rotating and unsprung mass, which can make your electronics run slightly warmer. During our testing we did notice slightly warmer temps but nothing drastic.

* We mounted a closed cell set-up on one side of our review Pro-Line PRO-MT and the same wheel/tire with traditional foam on the other side. We then popped in a 3S LiPo pack and stabbed the gas HARD. The result? There was noticeably less ballooning of the tire with the closed cell insert. Less ballooning makes your truck much easier to drive at high power levels.

* We drove the inserts on a wide variety of surfaces. From the high bit carpet track at the iHobby Expo hall, to the damp high bite dirt inside of Leisure Hours Raceways, to the high bite asphalt at our local CostCo, the closed cell foams drove noticeably better than old school foam. The closed cell foams gave all the trucks a more precise feel and they also seemed to have more mechanical grip.

* We found the trucks we used the closed cells on much easier to drive when doing speed runs. We did speed passes with two different trucks, the PRO-MT and a Vaterra Halix. Both were using MaxAmps 3S LiPo and Castle brushless power. We found the tires ballooned less with the closed cell inserts and were much easier to drive as they neared their top speeds.

Overall – for general bashing we found the Pro-Line 2.8″ closed cell inserts to be a huge improvement over old school foam. The inserts are priced at $11 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

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Sevo ComponentsHello, and welcome to the very first BigSquid Tech Talk! Often I get RC people coming to me asking why their servos burn out, don’t perform well, or has a strange hum when doing nothing while powered on. Honestly, it comes down to the simple question: What is the difference between analog and digital servos and what does that mean for my RC vehicle/aircraft? See the facts and the comparisons between the two servo types after the jump…

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Happy Halloween to you and yours! This week we are looking at things that go bump in the night!

Running your scaler at night is extremely fun and if you’ve never tried it you really should. It’s becoming more and more popular for clubs to take to the trails after the sun has gone down. The difficulty factor is upped considerably for both truck AND driver (it’s pretty easy to get whacked in the face when you can can’t see the trees in front of you!) and terrain that was easy before can seem much tougher when the visibility is low.

The rise in scale, high quality, affordable LED vehicle lighting is responsible for the boom. The folks at Gear Head RC, Vanquish, and Axial make some killer pieces to brighten the night. The above shot is my brand new Axial Yeti sporting a Gear Head Trail Torch mounted to their new low profile roof rack. I’ve been using this bar atop my SCX10 for close to 2 years now so, for me, installing it on the Yeti is a literal passing of the torch to my new main vehicle. (SCX10, we’ve had some good times buddy…*pours a 40 on the ground*). The delrin mount is pretty trick and protects the bar during a rollover. I plan on writing up a detailed mini-review on both products in the near future.

Anyways, if you are hardcore about running when it’s dark, a simple bar or few buckets won’t suffice; you’ll need to look into rock lights. Rock lights are LED’s that mount either under the body or somewhere on the chassis to illuminate the whole under carriage. When I first got into scale crawling I saw these lights and thought it looked completely stupid. “This is the r/c equivalent of a kid heading to Auto Zone and putting neon running lights on his Honda Civic”, I thought. Boy, was I wrong.

The Axial RECON G6 series is infamous for doing a night stage, and it was here that I discovered the importance of illuminating the actual terrain under the truck. You see, a light bar will shine straight ahead leaving a big deadspot/shadow in front of the tires. This makes wheel placement extremely difficult to see. A good set of rock lights coupled with a bar will turn your vehicle into an all seeing glowing orb, much like Mr. Burns in the woods after a life of working in the Springfield nuclear powerplant:

So yeah, rock lights in tandem with a good light bar are a must if you want be fully capable of taking on anything the dark throws at you. The trucks in the shots below are outfitted with Nickelfab rock lights…which I soon hope to have plumbed throughout the Yeti. Again though, that’s for another time :)

One last thing to consider before taking on the night: make sure you aren’t running illegally! National and county parks are traditionally popular spots for crawling and trailing, but pay attention to park ordinances before attempting to run after sunset. Many local parks around me close an hour after sunset so you don’t want to be ticketed by an angry ranger. It’s best to just call the Parks Department office for permission to put on a “night hike” OR just wait for a designated special day where they stay open late. To give an example, one of the biggest parks in St. Louis stays open until 10pm and permits night hiking/mountain biking one Wednesday a month so this has become the go to spot for big r/c scaling night meets.

Whatever you do, be safe and remember to bring friends…a long line of illuminated r/c’s is a real sight to see. Scaling doesn’t have to stop at sunset!

That’s it for this week, have a great weekend and be sure to snag lots of candy tonight! Happy Halloween!

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5th scale big air backflip videoOur guy Craig “The Uber Ramp Guy” Nelson brought it big time to iHobby this year. Below you’ll find a video showing a couple of things you don’t normally see, a 5th scale monster truck doing a standing backflip and also pulling a massive backflip over the spine ramp at our iHobby demo track. The truck Craig used was a Redcat Rampage MT-e powered by a Castle Creations 2028 brushless motor using a Mamba Monster XL 2 ESC. Check out the video below to see 5th scale electric being taken to all new heights.

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Happy Friday and Merry Halloween, why not check out another Halloween themed TGIF Mystery Link?

THE VRX Racing XR4 Rally Car Review

VRX Racing XR4 Review

Who is VRX Racing? They are an Asian company that makes affordable basher type vehicles, that’s who. They were recently picked up here in the states by IMEX RC so we received an XR4 Brushless RTR Rally Car for testing. Is a VRX worth considering? Could it stand up to the BSRC Bash Crew? Did we turn it into a pile of rubble? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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Pro-Line Halloween SaleWant to save some cash on some uber gear? The Pro-Line crew is having a Halloween Sale this weekend. During their sale you can get $5 off a $50 order, $20 off a $150 order, and $40 off orders over $250. To get more details on Pro-Line’s Halloween Sale simply hit up This Link to head over to their website.

Ready for another Halloween TGIF Mystery Link?

Asiatees scale accessories walking deadThe folks over at Asiatees Hobbies are big fans of scale accessories and the tv show The Walking Dead. They have put together some accessories that would help your rc scaler survive a zombie filled world. Hit up This Link over on the official Asiatees website to find out more.

Happy Friday everyone, the weekend is soooo close to being here! Click Here for a Halloween themed TGIF Mystery Link.

What's new: Thursday, October 30th, 2014

ASK Cubby

“RC for 4yr old

Dear Cubby,

Ok, so I’ve had about a dozen or so R/C cars over the years dating back to 1985 (Tyco Turbo Hopper/Tamiya Lunchbox/RC10GT/OFNA 1/8 Buggy, etc). My latests is and Emaxx from 2008 that gets occasional use (considering brushless/lipo upgrade).

My son will be turning 4 in November and he as well as I am interested in getting him into RC. I tried using training mode on the Emaxx (7cells), and it’s definitely too fast for him. Ideally I’d like something that he could use both indoor/outdoor (indoor keeps him out of my wife’s hair for a bit). For indoors, I’d like something slow so he’s not damaging the walls/furniture or hurting his younger siblings. For outdoors, some more speed is ok. I’m close to settling on a Losi 1/24 Trail Trekker due to its crawling/climbing capability and slow speed.

Thoughts? Could I get a 2WD Slash, gear it down, and maybe even run a 4 or 5 cell battery to slow it down for indoor use, or is it still going to be too big/too fast? Do you think the 1/24 Trekker will hold him off until he’s about 6 and then get him a something along the lines of a Slash? I take it the Dromida 1/18′s are too fast for indoor? Would you have any concern for parts availbility if I picked up a Trail Trekker (looks like it was released several years ago).

Thanks,
Dennis K.”

Cubby- Yo hey Dennis, thanks for writing in.

I have seen some 4 year olds that can really wheel an rc, but they were the exception. I know from being to so many different bashes and being around so many young kids (including 3 of my own) that most 4 year olds just aren’t ready for hobby grade rc. Ya, I know you are a stoked Dad who wants to hook your child up, but at 4 they are more interested in being chased or simply pushing the truck around than driving it.

However… if I were to recommend something, it wouldn’t be the Slash. The Dromidas are fairly slow and can be driven straight into walls without much breakage (plus they can work indoors or out). The Losi 1/24th crawler might good because it is geared so low, but then it might be so slow that it won’t hold the short attention span of a 4 year old.

If anything, I can say from first hand experience, that if you hold off for a couple years your child will be much more capable of appreciating a hobby grade rc vehicle. Good luck, and let us know what you get.


Hey guys,
Cory from Florida here. I love keeping up with BSRC. The cub report and everybody’s scalin for the weekend are my favorites but I also really find the shootouts super helpful. I recently used your quad shootout to help pick my sons Ares Ethos…..and it was spot on!!!

Anyways, I had a thought. I have never seen a servo Shootout! ! What would be better than pitting the uber high dollar boys (savox, hitec, futaba) against the budget ones ( tower, solar, ect…) Having two classes would keep it more apples to apples….like ones for a SC truck/offroad racing and ones for crawlers/scalers. Areas like strength, speed, weight, durability and of course price are all really important us.
Thanks for keepin it real,
Cory

Cubby- Hi there Cory, thanks for the email. We are always glad to hear when people are digging the articles and shootouts. We get stoked when we hear someone made a purchase based on something we said, and they are completely happy about it! It reassures us that we are doing something right around here!

A servo shootout huh? As you may or may not of guessed, this topic has been the subject of many discussions around here, and it’s been on the table as something we have wanted to do for a while. Like all of our shootouts, we want to make sure we have the correct tests, equipment, and knowledge to be able to bring accurate results in a format that will benefit the readers. So I can say we have a plan, and there will be one in the future, I can not give you a estimate on when to expect it. Right now we have a pretty good backlog of stuff on the burners, but rest assured it’s not that far down the list.


That’s it for this week ya bunch of lunatics. Got something to say? Got a question to ask? Hit me up at Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If (and I highly doubt it will) your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I name yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll send ya a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Serpent Spyder SCT SRX-2 RM RTRLooking for a high-zoot ready to run short course truck to race/run this winter? If you are, Serpent has just announced they are offering their Spyder SRX-2 RM in RTR form. The RTR has many of the same parts as their high-end race model, but comes pre-built with waterproof electronics for the basher crowd. A 9 turn brushless motor and 45 amp ESC come standard. The part number is #500005 and you can find complete details over on Serpent’s Website.

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RC4WD King Off Road ShocksNothing sets off a build like a really trick set of shocks. The latest shocks from RC4WD are modeled after (and licensed by) King Off-Road. These use dual springs, are larger in diameter than older models, and are sure to make your truck stand out on your next trail run.

These are available in 80mm length #Z-D0055, 90mm #Z-D0061, 100mm #Z-D0063, 110mm #Z-D0065, and 120mm #Z-D0067. All are priced at $39 per pair and you can get complete details by hitting up This Link over on RC4WD’s website.

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Vaterra 1986 Chevrolet Blazer Ascender RTRThe kit version of the Vaterra K-5 Blazer has taken the scaling/trailing world by storm. It has incredible scale detailing and good manners on the trail. Now Horizon Hobby has announced that it will be available as a RTR. The RTR features a 2.4GHz Spektrum transmitter, a 35 turn brushed Dynamite motor, and waterproof electronics.

The Blazer RTR has a street price of $399, a part number of #VTR03014, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in early December. To get full details head on over to its page on the on the official Vaterra Website.

Want more Vaterra news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Star Plug RC ConnectorThe people over at Hobbico are looking to raise the bar on rc connectors with their new Star Plug. The Star Plug has a slew of nifty features and is compatible with Deans connectors.

* Caps on the rear to eliminate heat shrink tubing
* A stainless steel spring is used to keep connections tight
* Gold plated male terminals and nickel plated female
* Grip strips and tapered shape make them easy to pull apart

We have not received any pricing but the Star Plug is available with one male and one female #HCAM4001, a pair of males #HCAM4010, a pair of females #HCAM4020, or with four females #HCAM4021. Hit up This Link to head over to the official Star Plug website.

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