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What's new: Saturday, September 20th, 2014

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We have a winner in our latest ARRMA Granite Mega Giveaway!!

Congratulations to Clinton M. from San Bernadino CA. We will be sending an email to get your shipping information!

Thanks so much to ARRMA and Hobbico for hooking us up so we could give one away!

Didn’t win this time? Here’s a little secret… check back Monday!

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For you scale guys, check this out!
We just got a sneak peak of the new Pro-Line RAM 1500 body! The way the bed is created so you can throw a spare tire back there is pretty coo looking. It’s going to come with some great scale looking stickers, and has those huge fenders to look more like the full size crawler stuff.

We found a part number 3434-00, and at the moment it’s only in clear.

We don’t have an official price yet, and it’s not up on the PL website yet, but expect it up there in a few days. Till then you can check out their other scale/crawler bodies Right Here on Pro-Line’s official website.

Find more Pro-Line News on BigSquidRC here.

What's new: Friday, September 19th, 2014

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For a while now, people have been wanting some newer Chevy truck bodies, and it looks like Pro-Line is about to deliver what they want. We got a sneak peak, at their new 2014 Chevy Silverado Body for the Traxxas Revo 3.3, T-Maxx 3.3, MGT, and other similar monster truck size vehicles.

The part number is 3430-00, it will come clear, and looks like it will be a great addition to the Pro-Line Chevy line of bodies.

We don’t have a price yet, and it’s not officially on the PL website yet, but it should be soon, so you can check out their Chevy Section Right Here on Pro-Line’s official website.

Get more Pro-Line News on BigSquidRC here.

Boom Racing Aluminum Upgrades
The folks over at AsiaTees Hobbies wanted us to let you know that Boom Racing now has an extensive line of aluminum upgrades for the Losi Mini Rock Crawler. These upgrades are made from tough aluminum and are available in silver, black, red, and blue. Some of the aluminum upgrades include-

* Front knuckles
* Chassis link set
* Gear cover
* C-hubs
* Steering tie rod
* Platform skid plate
* Front and rear link arms

Check out the video below (narrated by Nik Johnson) to learn more about the upgrades, or you can Click Right Here for more details over on the official AsiaTees website.

Happy Friday, the weekend is nearly here. Click Right Here for a TGIF Mystery Link!

SquidInk #1

Welcome to the first of many new features we have going on here at Big Squid RC. This is the introduction to our new SquidInk comic. (Get it? Squid ink…) We have a few great ones lined up, and hopefully it will be new weekly series. We are not 100% sure on the best day of the week, so we will see if it naturally finds a home on a certain day, but we are leanng towards the end of the week. Enjoy!

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I’ve had a weird relationship with the Axial Yeti. I was caught up in the hype when it was announced a few months ago and had one on pre-order. As time went on (and ship dates were pushed back) I gradually started changing my mind and finally cancelled to take a “wait and see” approach. Hey, like many of you guys I only have so many hobby dollars to spend and they wound up going somewhere else. It’s not that I thought the truck didn’t look cool…I just didn’t know what use I’d really have for a hybrid vehicle. I have monster trucks for speed and crawlers for crawlin’, after all.

Two weeks ago my LHS finally got them in stock (note, they immediately sold 14 out of 15 kits…these things are FLYING off shelves) and let me check out a display model. Holding the truck in my hands had officially piqued my interest again. Well, as luck would have it the same hobby shop (shout out to Mark Twain Hobby Center in St. Charles, MO) held a customer appreciation bash and I finally got to see the Yeti in the wild. Not only that, I finally got to bash the $@*# out of one. Click the “Read More” to see what I thought!

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Associated Apex Scion Drift
The Associated Apex GReddy Scion has been out for a while now, but yesterday Associated announced that it will also be available in a Drift Version. This is part of their Apex Series, an affordable line of RTR vehicles.

The Drift GReddy Scion comes with all the same features of the older car but includes hard drift tires so you can get your sideways action on.

* Scion Racing FR-2 Rocket Bunny body
* Detailed brake components
* Reedy 3300kV brushless motor
* XP 2.4GHz radio system w/ metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH battery and wall charger
* All metal gear transmission

The part number is #30113D, they are street priced at $289, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. THIS is the link you want for more details over on the Associated website.

Click Right Here for a genuine TGIF Mystery Link!

Pro-Line Closed Cell Inserts Traxxas 2.8

Closed cell tire inserts have a number of advantages over old school foam. They don’t soak up as much water in wet conditions, they last a lot longer, and they are firmer, resulting in better handling.

Pro-Line is bringing high tech closed cell inserts to the Traxxas 2.8 crowd. These are water safe, reusable, and made to give the 2.8 tires on your truck maximum traction. The set you see in the pictures we have been driving for a couple of weeks now and so far we have been very impressed. We will be putting a lot more miles on them to test durability before our full review goes up in a few weeks.

We have not received a part number or pricing information yet, but you can Click Right Here to check out all the other goodies on Pro-Line’s official website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Why not Click On a TGIF Mystery Link?

What's new: Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Rage RC Products
There is a new company on the rc landscape called Rage RC. The Rage line-up is brought to you by the folks over at HRP (Hobby & Recreation Products) and is focused on new hobbyists and people on a budget. We recently received several of their products for review so we took some pictures while we unboxed them to give you a close up look.

The Rage RC line-up consists of battery chargers, batteries, accessories, and servos. In the first gallery below you can see the Rage 80 watt AC/DC charger. It can charge all the common cells that we use in rc and has a part number of #RGRC80W-ACDC. It is street price at just $52.

We also received several of their new servos. The servo highlighted in the second gallery has a part number of #RGRS104-16-6VM. This is a metal gear servo rated at 104 oz of torque at a speed of .16 (both rated at 6 volts). Its most spectacular feature has to be its price, only $12. Btw, they also have a 142 oz at .16 model for the same price!

For batteries we received their 5000mAh 6 cell NiMH. You can see it in the second gallery, it has a street price of $29 and a part number of #RGRNM5000-6.

You’ll have to wait a few weeks for our reviews, until then you can hit up This Link to check out all the products in Rage RC’s line.

Check out more Product Unboxings here on BigSquidRC.

Mon-Tech M10 Body
For all you 1/10th scale World GT drivers, a company from Italy called Mon-Tech has announced their new M10 body. The M10 has a sleak look and was made to fit 200mm 1/10th scale pan cars. Molded from .75mm polycarbonate, it includes window masks, decals, and a high downforce rear wing. To get more details, simply hit up This Link to head over to Mon-Tech’s official website.

Get More pan car news on BigSquidRC.

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As a reminder that the ARRMA Typhon is going to be making it’s way to shops soon, we got a sweet looking picture of this 6S beast that seemed worthy of sharing. It would probably make a nice desktop photo.

You can get more info on the official ARRMA webpage.

The part number for the ARRMA Typhon is #AR106001 and they have a street price of $429. To be the first person on your block to get one simply hit up This Link to get one on pre-order.

Click Right Here to read more ARRMA news right here on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Hello Cubby, I hope you read and answer my letter. My question is in regards to lipo batteries. Is there an easy way to tell how full my pack is?

Sincerely,

William R.”

Cubby- Yo hey Big Bill, thanks for the email, shoot us another one with your snail mail so we can hook you up with a sticker pack.

So… is there an easy way to tell how much charge is left in your LiPo battery? Sure there is, but it’s an industry secret and you have to know the secret handshake to gain access to such information. Oh what the heck, you seem like a good guy, here is the scoop.

The resting/static voltage of a LiPo is a great indicator to the state of its charge. For example, a LiPo battery that shows 4.2 volts per cell (8.4 volts for a 2S pack) is 100% fully charged. A LiPo at 4 volts per cell is just over 75%, 50% is right at 3.84 volts, and 25% is 3.75 volts per cell. You can either buy a simple multi-meter to check this, or you can pick up a dedicated LiPo battery checker from a wide variety of sources.

Have fun, go fast, turn it into rubble.


“I KNOW how much you like whats better letters, so here is mine. Whats better, a small scale like 1/18th, or a big scale like 1/5th? I cant decide on going small or going big.

Drew”

Cubby- Oh yes Drew B, each and every week I get inundated with “What’s Better??” questions. Most are the typical “What’s better, a Slash or a Blitz?”, and a few are like yours, something a bit more interesting.

To get to your question… should you get a small scale vehicle or get something huge. Hey, I gotta be honest here, I can not answer your question. The answer totally depends on what you are looking for (which you left me zero information on). So… I can’t just say “Cut the check for the 5th scale HPI 5B ASAP!”. However, I can certainly break down the two as I see them.

Small scale (1/36, 1/18th, etc)- Their upsides include low price and the ability to be driven in very small areas. Their major downsides are they are hard to work on (especially if you are old like me and your eyes are going bad) and they don’t drive well on rough surfaces.

Big scale (1/8, 1/5, 1/4)- On the upside, big vehicles tend to be easy to drive and can usually take a good beating without breakage. On the downside, big cars cost big cash (both initially and for parts), they can take up a lot of space in your garage, and they can leave a pretty good dent in your shin should you hit yourself.

IMO it really comes down to how much money you want to spend and how large of an area you have to drive in.

Good luck and shoot us some pics of whatever you end up buying (coming off a roof of course).


Submit your letters to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If, and I highly doubt it will, your letter hits the big time, you’ll get a free BSRC sticker pack. If I pick yours as the “Letter of the Month” you will even win one of our ridiculously uber BSRC t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Matrixline Bugatti Veyron
Make your 1/10 touring car look like it is going 200 mph even when sitting still with the Bugatti Veyron body from Matrixline RC. The Matrixline Veyron comes clear so you can put your personal paint scheme on it and was designed to fit 195mm electric touring cars. The body includes a decal sheet, overspray film, window masks, and light buckets.

The part number is #PC201406, these are available right now, and you can get more details over on the offical Matrixline Website.

Click Right Here to see more bodies for your rc car on BigSquidRC.