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Back To School Bash Reminder

BigSquidRC 2013 HobbyTown Bash_00015 Don’t forget, THIS SATURDAY we are teaming up again with our friends at HobbyTown Orland Park for Back to School Bash!

Join us on Saturday, August 30th as we celebrate the last days of summer in one action packed event! Sign ups will start at 9:30am with events starting at 10:30am.

For more details Click Here for the official post!

What's new: Friday, August 29th, 2014

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Keeping with their current trend, Parma has delivered another awesome looking muscle car body! Their 69 was great, and now those looking for a change can pick up their new 71 Muscle Baja Short Course body.

It has plenty of wheel clearance and it will fit most 1/10th scale short course vehicles, and even some of the rally cars with a little front end body mount modification.

The 71 Muscle Baja in .040″, part number #1245, is priced at $39.99 and you can get more information by hitting up the official Parma Website.

We actually got a sneak peak of this one a while back, and my first reaction was ‘sign me up’. Personally, I am over the SC truck body, so anything new and different is a welcome change.

Want more Parma news? Click Here to see what else Parma has been up to.

What's new: Thursday, August 28th, 2014

GForce Motor Analyzer
Ever want to check a brushless motor to see if it was any good? The folks over at GForce have a new brushless motor analyzer that does just that. With the GForce you can check a motor’s sensor, its kV, and its amp draw. It also has a built in timing test so you can accurately set your motor’s timing. The motor tester operates off 7.4-8.4 volts DC and works on both sensored and non-sensored brushless motors (2 to 36 poles).

The part number is #G0107, it is expected to start shipping later this month, and you can hit up This Link for more details.

Read up on Brushless Motor News on BigSquidRC.

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The Estes Proto-X was one of our favorite recent product releases. I’m not kidding when I say everyone at Big Squid owns at least one, and most of us have 2 or 3! If you haven’t picked up one of these awesome micro-quadcopters, now you have no excuse!

They are available in 6 colors, comes completely RTF, and part numbers start with ESTE48** (Then depends on the color).

You can Click Right Here to view more air products from Estes.

Want more Proto X news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

XRay Pan Car
With indoor carpet season just around the corner, XRay has announced their new 2015 X12 pan car kit. The ’15 edition of the X12 comes with plenty of updates to keep you at the front of the pack. An all new chassis leads the list, but numerous others make the X12 easier to drive, easier to work on, and more adjustable than ever. To get complete details, hit up This Link over on the official XRay website.

Get More XRay news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Hello Bigsquid!!
what would be a good beginner brushless sct?
shadab k (via G+)”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Shadab, thanks for the question over on our BSRC G+ page. Hit the “contact us” link at the top of the page to inquire about getting your free sticker pack.

Hummmmm….. so what would I consider to be the “best” brushless short course truck for a beginner? Certainly there are a lot of good trucks in that product category (I’ll be talking 2wd here), but this is how I see them breaking down…

3. ECX Torment Brushless 2WD SCT- Comes in at $289 and is generally easy to drive. While we’ve never reviewed one, I’ve gotten more than one opportunity to flog them and have always walked away with a favorable impression.

2. Traxxas 2wd Slash VXL TQi- Price point isn’t cheap at $379 but is proven to be a great bash machine with unmatched parts support.

1. Team Durango DESC210 RTR- Street priced around $350 (if you can find them). The best handling of the 2wd BL RTR bunch, the DESC210 is ultra tough when fitted with flexible RTR plastic and comes with an easy to control 13.5 sensored system. Obviously they aren’t easy to come by now days, and they really need captured rod ends installed ASAP, otherwise it is the cream of the crop IMO.

One last note here, that top 3 list would be entirely different if you went around the office. Wrench Bill has a different top 3 than mine, as does Adam The Intern, etc. Do as much research as possible and come up with the best truck for you.


“The terremoto!
Yes you have not reccomended the terremoto, but since the manager of redcat (darin) posted the truck and made updates (stronger arms to stop bending cvd’s and the customer service rocks! its a really good truck! its a hell of a truck, bigger than emaxx, savy flux, mt4 etc
Ari R.”

Cubby- Hey ya Ari, shoot us your snail mail for the hook-up on a BSRC sticker kit.

No, we have not recommended the Redcat Terremoto, nor have we even seen one in person (and I highly doubt we ever will). Which is shame, it looks like a vehicle that should be right down the alley of the bulk of our readers.

What I am more concerned about is this- you think since a person from the company making the truck did some upgrades to it, that now you think its a good truck. I think (read- know) I can take any piece of garbage on the market and do a few upgrades and make it a whole lot better.

And… do you think its a good idea to listen to someone from the actual manufacturer? Would it be a good idea for a former Traxxas employee to do Traxxas reviews in one of the dinosaur mags? What if a former Associated employee was doing AE reviews, would you trust them (for better or for the worse)? Just say’n, choose who you listen to wisely…


Hey, ASK Cubby is done for the week. Should you want to see your name/letter in the bright lights of the BSRC front page, shoot me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter makes the big time you’ll win a free sticker pack, or if I name it “Letter of the Month” you’ll be entitled to a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Duratrax Short Course Tires
All you short course truck drivers have two new tire choices for your truck. Duratrax has announced they are bringing their Six Pack and Picket tread patterns to the SCT world.

We’ve been fans of the Six Pack tire design since we first tried them. They look cool and have good traction on a wide variety of surfaces. The new Six Pack SCs should give loads of traction to your SCT and we can’t wait to try a set.

Everyone knows the world revolves around scale looks now days, the new Picket SC tires can bring that type of look to your SCT. With an aggressive full scale type of tread, they look good and should work well on everything from pavement to loamy dirt.

Both sets of tires are available unmounted, or pre-mounted for the Traxxas Slash 2wd, Slash 4×4, HPI Blitz, Associated SC10, SC10 4×4, Losi SCTE, and the ARRMA Fury. Click Here for more information over on the official Duratrax website.

Click Right Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

ECX 4WD Sand Circuit Pro-Line
The BigSquidRC Bash Crew is firmly anchored in the Midwest, home to luscious top soil and sticky clay. One surface we don’t get a chance to drive on much is sand, therefore we forget that much of the world is covered with the stuff. After spending so much time in sandy SoCal this year, we decided it was time make a sand blasting machine.

For the project we grabbed our faithful ECX 4WD Circuit. The 4WD Circuit has done us well over the last few months, and due to its 4wd system and lightweight chassis, we thought it would make a great sand machine.

The first concern we had for our project was tires. We wanted to go with much larger units, specifically sand paddles, for maximum traction. It was easy to find the perfect tire for our needs, the Pro-Line Sand Paw 2.8″ is much larger than stock and comes with huge paddles. For wheels we opted for Pro-Line 2.8″ Desperados, they had the style we were looking for, are extremely hard to break, and mounted right up to our Circuit.

With the wheels/tires set, we then went searching for a body that would really set off our Circuit. With the scale look all the rage, we went with a 1972 Chevy C-10 body also from Pro-Line. The Chevy body gave our truck an entirely different look and mounted up easily.

All of our nearby sand areas are really rough, thus we wanted to go with a shock upgrade to help smooth things out. We’ve found that Pro-Line PowerStroke shocks work well through extra bumpy sections, so we popped on a set of their rear SCT PowerStrokes to both the front and rear of our truck. The PowerStrokes are slightly shorter than the stock shocks so we had to do some slight modifications to retain the same downtravel as before. We drilled new holes in the rear a-arms and used different mounting holes on the front tower to accomplish this task.

Let’s face it, sand likes to bog down the power of anything it touches, therefore we bolted in crazy amounts of torque. We used a Castle Creations Mamba Max Pro speed controller in conjunction with a Castle 1415 motor to give our truck insane pull. Of course that type of system needs a lot of current for maximum power, so we enlisted a MaxAmps 3S 5450 LiPo battery to supply the juice.

How did our creation turn out? Absolutely thrilling! One stab of the throttle was all it took to know the 4WD Circuit can be made into a sand spewing beast. The Sand Paw tires provided incredible traction while the Castle & MaxAmps power system pumped out more than enough yank for standing backflips and 30 mph+ wheelies on sand. We also learned not to stand too close, more than one Bash Crew member got seriously roosted by our new project.

We also learned that we had pushed our Circuit too far. After only a couple of packs the stock drivetrain could not keep up with the insane power system. Since our initial test runs we’ve taken out the long can 1415 and bolted in a more conservative Castle 1410. The 1410 still has plenty of torque for blasting through the sand, but doesn’t tear up the drivetrain as quickly.

We also noticed that the stock servo wasn’t quite up to the job of handling the new larger tires. Since the pictures were taken we’ve taken out the stock servo and replaced it with a 7965 from Hitec and have had no more issues with steering.

Want to read more about the 4WD Circuit? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

Kazama Auto is a 1:1 and 1:10 drift shop out of Japan. Known for ultra adjustable designs and beautifully machined pieces, they’re set to introduce a new Yokomo Drift Package chassis conversion this year, the GSX-R.

Not much is known at this time, but we can see it is sporting a new slider-rack steering design and appears to have an advanced flex cutout with matching center bridge.

Kazama

Check out the Kazama webpage HERE, and for more rc drift news on Big Squid RC, you can click This Link.

Pro-Line Yokomo Body
The Pro-Line crew has announced one of their Phantom series bodies for the Yokomo B-Max4 III. What is so cool about a Phantom? They have cutting edge looks for the racer crowd, plus they are designed for optimal handling. The cab forward design aids in front traction, while the optional center fin helps with high speed stability.

The part number is #3437-00, it is street priced at $26, and Click Right Here for more details over on Pro-Line’s website.

Read up on Pro-Line News on BigSquidRC.

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Just got word direct from Thunder Tiger about their new TTRobotix GHOST Quadcopter! It looks like they are really going after the video/camera fans with this one because some of the features include an enlarged frame to accommodate other electrical systems/mounts, and make for easy mounting and retractable landing gear to keep them out of the view of the video or picture!

Specs:
* Diagonal Distance: 450mm (17 inches)
* Propeller Size: 12″ x 3.8″
* Battery: 22.2V – 6000 mAh (6s)
* Max Payload: 1.5kg (3 pounds!)
* Max Take-off Weight: 3kg
* Max Flight Time: 30minutes
* 2.4GHz Remote Control Distance(open area): 1000m

Check out the introduction video below:

You can hit This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger TTRobotix GHOST site.

Click Here to read more Thunder Tiger news on BigSquidRC.

T-Bone Racing Vaterra Halix Wheelie Bar
There is no doubt the Vaterra Halix loves to wheelie. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone made a bar with wheels on it so you could pull block long wheelies without flipping over?

Cue the music for T-Bone Racing. Their T-Bar mounts right up to the stock Halix rear bumper and will instantly make your truck a whole lot easier to wheelie with. It will also help save your bumper and body from unnecessary scratches.

The part number is #96019, they have a street price of $18, and they are available right now. For more details check out This Link over on TBR’s official website.

Get More TBR news on BigSquidRC.

LRP S8 NXR Buggy
Love the smell of nitro in the morning? If so LRP has announced a new high-end 1/8 nitro buggy, the S8 NXR.

As you can see from the picture (and video below) the S8 NXR is loaded with carbon fiber and tuning parts. Hard anodized 7075 aluminum is used for the chassis, knuckles, c-hubs, and rear wheel carriers, while big bore shocks help smooth out even the roughest of tracks. An angled motor mount and 125cc fuel tank help round out the package.

The part number is #131420 and they are available right now. For complete details hit up This Link over on the LRP website.

Get more LRP News on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Oreolai EX-Zone
File this under “doh!”; High end RC drift maker, OreoLai, failed to Kickstart their promising new CS and RWD chassis, the EX-Zone.

The EX-Zone comes in front or mid-rear motor configuration, but both share a c low center mounted drive shaft, like you’d find on a 1:1 car. Other features include; slider steering rack (more linear steering), 4 color options (bling!), “VX” style rear arms (ultra-mega suspension adjustments) and OreroLai’s excellent front suspension arm with easy c-hub-less style for maximum potential steering angle. The owner and designer of Oreolai is a pro RC drifter, and his designs sport some crazy tuning adjustments.

Like other OreoLai kits, it’s a pricey initial investment and does not include shocks, wheels, pinion, spur or electronics. The Kickstarter campaign failed to reach it’s goal, keep your fingers crossed for this to eventually make it to market.

Oreolai EX-Zone

Check out all the Oreolai offerings HERE.

Hit This Link for more DRIFT news here on BigSquid.