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monster minis

A while back we posted about a game called Monster Minis Extreme from Mindwedge. We have been informed that it has made its way over to Steam Greenlight. Meaning people can vote to help it get onto Steam. TONS of people use Steam, so getting Greenlighted is a big deal for these guys. If you have a moment, head on over and give it a thumbs up! It would be cool for the world to get a chance to see this game, along with all the RC sponsors in it!

So head over, and Race The Squid! You can do that you know! We have a few trucks in the game as well as an appearance from Squiddy himself!

So head over to the Greenlight and vote for these guys.

Associated 12mm Big Bore Shock Teaser
Team Associated posted this teaser pic on their FB Page of their upcoming 12mm Big Bore Shocks for their RC10/SC10 series of off-roaders. Associated didn’t mention any pricing or a solid release date, all they stated was “They’re getting close…”. We’ll post more information when we get it.

Are you a big Team Associated fan? Check out more Associated news right HERE on BigSquidRC.

Team C TS4TE Team Edition
The guys over at Team C have released a Team Version of their popular TS4 4wd short course truck. Team C’s new TS4TE comes with larger 12mm big bore shocks, anti-roll bars, carbon center bulkhead, and aluminum arm mounts. Other features include adjustable turnbuckles, 12mm wheel hexes, and it is set-up to run normal stick packs. Expect pricing to be in the $400 range, and HERE is your link for more information.

Have you read our 4×4 RTR Short Course Truck Shootout? Check it out right HERE.

I couldn’t help but think “Why didn’t I think of that?” when I saw this extremely practical gadget from Hammacher Schlemmer. Although not huge by any means but what an awesome concept for the RC/Cold Beverage lover in all of us? Stats say the RC COOLER will hold a dozen cans or bottles plus ice, but I am thinking probably less so you can keep things extra cool. It will apparently tote around 22lbs of your chilled libation of choice and ย will conveniently collapse down to 6 1/2 inches tall when not in use. This just gets the rusty cogs turning…. what else can we make RC??

mystery contest

Week 3 Day 4.

It’s Day 4 and Friday! Friday, you got to sign up on Friday. (Ok.. I don’t miss that song either) If you have not heard, we are giving away a Dozen Mystery Vehicles! One a Week for the next 12 weeks! The vehicles may by nitro or electric and are from the following companies: ARRMA RC, Team Durango, Duratrax, and Thunder Tiger!

Please read the OFFICIAL RULES, so you don’t get disqualified.

Enter a comment on the official Big Squid RC site Daily Entry Post, with a valid name and email address. You can only enter once a day. Every Monday for the next 12 weeks, we will randomly choose a winner. Good Luck! Comments left on the Facebook posts do NOT count.

Comments are turned on for this post! Enter below for a chance to win!

Sometimes all you need is a good HUB! Well that’s what I think the peeps over at GMADE where thinking when they designed these scale 1.9 Wheel Hubs. These little aluminum beauties come in 5 different styles and in your choice of Black, Red or Silver. They have a nice M4 nylon lock nut that is bound to fit tons of vehiclesย as well as includingย all the necessary hardware to get you mounted up and rolling in no time. Retail should be under 15 bucks and it should add that extra bit of scale detail to finish off your rig.

Check out other trick GMADE loot on Big Squid by clicking here!

TLR Rear Bearing Inserts
If you’ve been looking to bomb-proof your Losi 810, Ten-T, Ten-SCT, or Ten-SCTE the guys over at Team Losi Racing have come up with new aluminum rear gearbox bearing inserts for you. This new TLR part more accurately holds the rear bearings keeping better alignment between your ring and pinion gears. The part number is #TLR3100, street price is $20, and they are available right now. Hit THIS link for more information.

Looking for more Losi news here on BigSquidRC? HERE is the link you want.

FTW Diamondback Short Course Body
The crew over at FTW have introduced an all new short course truck body named the Diamondback. The Diamondback body has large cut outs behind the hood and cab to let air escape from underneath, as well as sleek lines to give it a nice look. The FTW Diamondback uses .040 polycarbonate and fits the Losi SCTE and XXX-SCT, Associated SC10 and SC10 4×4, and the Traxxas Slash and Slash 4×4. Expect a street price of $33, and hit THIS link for more information.

Looking for more short course truck news here on BigSquidRC? Check out THIS link.

Duratrax Pre-mounts for Losi and Associated SCT 4x4's
Duratrax has just released their popular line-up of short course tires pre-mounted on Duratrax wheels specifically for the Losi Ten SCT/SCTE and the Associated SC10 4×4. Using pre-mounts makes it exceptionally easy to bolt on a new set of tires to your Losi or Associated 4wd short course truck. The pre-mounts are available in C2 or C3 compounds and come on black wheels. The Duratrax wheels are also available in white and yellow. Street price for just the wheels are $8 a pair, while street pricing for the pre-mounts are $25 a pair. Expect a release date of mid-September.

Duratrax Pre-mounted Combo’s-

DTXC3674 Lockup SC C2 MNTD SC10 4×4 (2)
DTXC3675 Lockup SC C2 MNTD SCTE 4×4 (2)
DTXC3682 Lineup SC C2 MNTD SC10 4×4 (2)
DTXC3683 Lineup SC C2 MNTD SCTE 4×4 (2)
DTXC3690 Shotgun SC C2 MNTD SC10 4×4 (2)
DTXC3691 Shotgun SC C2 MNTD SCTE 4×4 (2)
DTXC3698 Posse SC C2 MNTD SC10 4×4 (2)
DTXC3699 Posse SC C2 MNTD SCTE 4×4 (2)
DTXC3702 Bandito SC C2 MNTD SC10 4×4 (2)
DTXC3703 Bandito SC C2 MNTD SCTE 4×4 (2)

Duratrax Wheels Only-

DTXC3832 SC Wheel White SC10 4×4 (2)
DTXC3833 SC Wheel Yellow SC10 4×4 (2)
DTXC3834 SC Wheel Black SC10 4×4 (2)
DTXC3835 SC Wheel White SCTE 4×4 (2)
DTXC3836 SC Wheel Yellow SCTE 4×4 (2)
DTXC3837 SC Wheel Black SCTE 4×4 (2)

Looking for more Duratrax news here on BigSquidRC? HERE is the link you want.

traxxas bandit mitchell dejong

New from Traxxas is the Traxxas Bandit Mitchell DeJong Edition! Thew new special edition is based on the Bandit XL-5 with new graphics, Alias tires, a 12t 550 motor, a 7-Cell NIMH, and Waterproof electronics. No street price officially listed, but our guess is to be around $200.

It’s nice to finally get a PR that does not have ‘short course’ in it!

Looking for more news from Traxxas? Click Here for our Traxxas news.

Cubby

Hi Cubby,
I am pondering the question should I buy a new Traxxas Stampede or not. All I do is parking lot plus the dirt hills behind my house. Is there a better option? Help.
Jose L.

Cubby- Que pasa Jose? Thanks for shoot’n in an email.

Ya know… Traxxas has sold an awful lot of those Stampedes, and I can say from first hand experience that they are a good truck. However…. is there a better option out there? We get a lot of emails like this one, and that’s the exact reason we did our way-super-uber 2wd Monster Truck Shootout. We took the Stampede and put it head to head against its primary competition- the ECX Ruckus and the ARRMA Granite, just to see which one is the overall basher. We’ll be posting the results of our shootout on our front page Tuesday, September 4th. Hopefully our shootout will help you make an informed buying decision.


Hey Guys, I read your review of the Dominus being a noob I went an got one an have been bashing it since. I would like to upgrade the motor to a brushless, would you be willing to tell me which ones would fit? I know you’re busy but I figured the fastest and easiest thing to do would be to ask a pro!
Thanks for your time.
Luke D.

Cubby- Hey now Luke, be sure and shoot Brian your snail mail so we can send ya some free BigSquidRC stickers.

So…. what brushless motors fit the Helion Dominus 4wd SCT? Pretty much all 540 and 550 brushless motors will bolt up without issue (you’ll want a 550). I don’t know how much of a noob your are, but just fyi, the stock speedo isn’t designed to run a brushless motor, so you’ll need a brushless speedo to boot. Oh and, the stock battery that came with the Helion is less than optimal for use on a high powered brushless system, so you’ll want to look into better batteries as well. And really, really lastly… we did a hop-up article on how to install a brushless system in the Dominus, HERE is the link.


Cubby what difference does a 5000 mah 7.4v Lipo make to a 5000 mah 11.1v Lipo if they are both 35C?
Kevin W.

Cubby- Hey Kevin, thanks for taking the time to shoot me an email.

There is a big difference between a 2S 35C 5000 and a 3S 35C 5000.

Let’s say you have a brushless system capable of 400 watts in your truck. For it to put out its full 400 watts it has to draw more than that from your battery (because your speedo/wires/connectors are not 100% efficient), lets say it draws 500 watts.

Lipo cells under heavy load are going to dip down in voltage substantially, lets say down to 3.5 volts per cell for the purposes of demonstration here. Your 2S pack under heavy load might only put out 7 volts, the 3S pack only 10.5. For the 2S pack to provide the 500 watts your brushless system is asking for, your brushless system will need to draw over 71 amps from the 2S pack, on the 3S pack it only needs to draw 47 amps. To boil it down- a 3S pack is capable of a third more power delivery to your brushless system than a comparable 2S pack can, thus allowing your brushless system to put out more power.

If you aren’t looking for shear power output, a 3S Lipo can provide longer run-times than a 2S of equal capacity and “C” rating. The 3S pack carries a third more stored energy on board than a 2S pack. That third more energy can be used to provide greater power as shown above, or via gearing, it can be used for greater run-times. For example, if you gear your truck for 30 mph on a 2S 35C 5000, you might get 10 minutes of runtime. If you gear the exact same truck for the same 30 mph with a 3S 35C 5000 pack, you should get 15 minutes.

But like everything else in the world, 3S does have its downsides. A 3S pack costs a third more, has a third more weight, and cheap chargers might not be able to charge them at a reasonably fast rate.


That’s it for this week amigo’s, submit your questions, answers, and whatever else you have bouncing around in those minds of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com! If your question makes the front page you get free stickers, if I proclaim yours as letter of the month you get a free t-shirt, so send’em in!

YOUR Cub Reporter

mystery contest

Week 3 Day 3.

Already day 3, I hope you are getting your daily entries in! The more you enter, the better chances you have! If you have not heard, we are giving away a Dozen Mystery Vehicles! One a Week for the next 12 weeks! The vehicles may by nitro or electric and are from the following companies: ARRMA RC, Team Durango, Duratrax, and Thunder Tiger!

Please read the OFFICIAL RULES, so you don’t get disqualified.

Enter a comment on the official Big Squid RC site Daily Entry Post, with a valid name and email address. You can only enter once a day. Every Monday for the next 12 weeks, we will randomly choose a winner. Good Luck! Comments left on the Facebook posts do NOT count.

Comments are turned on for this post! Enter below for a chance to win!

rb innovations losi 5ive

This is like a RB Innovations mega post! RB Innovations just announced a ton of new hop-up / upgrade parts for the Losi 5ive. Their new parts include a Center Differential with Alloy Gear Cover, a Hyper-Charger air intake system, inner cooler airbox, front and rear aluminum shock mounts, aluminum body mounts, front steering support plate, steering link, front and rear chassis supports, and alloy disk brakes. Wowza! If you are looking to bling out your Losi 5ive-T, the guys from RB Innovations can help!

RB Innovations is also having a contest! You can sign up to win all these parts! You can check the RB Innovations webpage for details on that.

There is also a video with more details about the parts, click through to check it out..
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