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Archive for September, 2012

thunder tiger st4 g3 brushless truggy
Thunder Tiger is steadily becoming the biggest name on the bashing scene and today they have some big news- the announcement of their new ST4 G3 Truggy. The new ST4 G3 truggy is sure to become a hit with the bashing crowd and here are some of its features and specifications-

* Factory-assembled 1/8th scale 4wd RTR
* Low CG chassis based on the nitro ST1
* Super-strong suspension arms
* Fully adjustable ride height
* Fully adjustable pivot ball system for easy toe, camber and caster tuning
* Front/center CV style drive shafts
* Front/center/rear metal gear differentials
* Powerful Ripper IBL40 2000kV brushless motor
* 80A Speed controller, water and dust proof case
* Cougar P3 2.4GHz radio system
* Four exciting colors- red, blue, purple, grey
* Over-sized oil-filled shocks, 16mm dia. pistons
* Precision-milled hard coated 7075-T6 aluminum chassis
* 8kg metal gear high torque steering servo
* Machined adjustable aluminum motor mount
* Molded battery tray supports two 2S or one 4S LiPo battery pack(s)
* Soft compound high grip tires
* Racing dish wheels
* Full ball bearings
* Comes with Deans® Ultra Plug®
* Requires- 6 AA radio batteries, two 2S Lipo, and charger
* Length: 23.1 in (588 mm)
* Wheelbase: 13.75 in (400 mm)
* Wheelbase: 13.75-14.37 in (360-365 mm)
* Height: 7.7 in (196 mm)
* Ground Clearance: 1.9 in (48 mm)
* Weight without battery: 8.37 lb (3800 g)

Street price is $480 and they are available right now. Click THIS link for the official Thunder Tiger America website.

We have loads of Thunder Tiger news HERE on BigSquidRC.

Team Associated SC10B Race Spec Brushless Scale Buggy
Team Associated has just announced their new SC10B Race Spec Scale Buggy. The new Associated SC10B is based on their SC10 short course truck platform, and comes with an authentic looking pro buggy body, roll cage, and driver. Some of the other primary features are-

* RTR 2WD short course pro buggy based on SC10 truck
* Roll cage with window nets and integral nerf bars
* Water-resistant XP Brushless ESC with reverse and LiPo cutoff
* XP 2.4GHz radio system
* Metal-gear steering servo
* Reedy 3300 KV brushless motor
* Water-resistant receiver box
* Gear differential
* Two paint schemes to chose from
* KMC™ replica wheels
* Aggressive short-course race tires
* Blue anodized aluminum V2 shocks
* Molded composite chassis
* Realistic front and rear bumpers
* Length- 18.8 inches
* Width- 11.5 inches
* Wheelbase- 12.7 inches
* Weight- 4.01 lbs

Street price is expected to be right around $300 with an expected release date of late October. Hit up the official Associated WEBSITE for more information.

Looking for AE news? We have it, click HERE.

Free battery and charger with new ARRMA's
The entire ARRMA line-up of RTR vehicles now come with a free 1500 mah 6 cell NiMH battery and wall charger. This makes the ARRMA line an even better value and easier for new hobbyists to get up and running. The free battery and charger comes in all their models- Fury, Granite, Raider, Mojave, and the Vortex. For more information on ARRMA rc hit up their official WEBSITE.

Your mom taught you to never click on mystery LINKS, but it is Friday after all.

THE Atomik Metal Mulisha Brian Deegan 1:18 Scale Ford Raptor 150 Short Course Truck Review

atomik 1/18 Brian Deegan short course

Feel like throw’n the horns and bust’n some rc moves 909 style? For those of you that do, or for those of you simply looking for a nifty small scale off road machine, Atomik has an all new 18th scale short course truck done up in Metal Mulisha/Brian Deegan livery. It’s 4wd, it’s electric, and it’s ready to tackle some rough terrain, but is it worth putting in your rc garage? Let’s find out…


Twitch Stenberg  Limited Edition 1/10 Losi XXX-SCT RTR
For those of you that are fans of FMX, short course truck racing, and X-games, Losi has introduced a new Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg edition of their popular XXX-SCT RTR short course truck. The platform underneath is unchanged from other XXX-SCT RTR’s, the limited edition and licensed livery is what makes this truck special. Some of the key features and specs are-

* 2.4 GHz radio system
* Comes with extra #54 Stronghold body
* Durable ROAR legal XXX-SCT chassis
* 2S LiPo-compatible
* Water-resistant ESC
* LM-32K brushed motor
* Spektrum SR300 2.4GHz DSM Receiver
* Aluminum oil-filled shocks
* Proven 3-gear transmission
* Rugged gear differential
* Adjustable slipper clutch
* Losi digital steering servo
* Realistic short course bumper with mud flaps
* Losi Eclipse SCT tires
* Beadlock-style wheels
* Type: 2WD SCT
* Scale: 1/10
* Length: 21.65 in (550mm)
* Width: 11.45 in (291mm)
* Height: 7.48 in (190mm)
* Wheelbase: 12.99 in (330mm)
* Weight: 4.7 lb (2.04 kg)
* Full ball bearings

Street price is $215 and they are available right now. For more information HERE is the link to the official Losi website.

It’s Friday again, time to take your chances on a mystery LINK.

Own one of those cool STRC LCG Chassis’s for the Traxxas 2WD Slash? Well ST Racing Concepts has released a “L” bracket as a upgrade/improvement to their own design which is normally filled by four spacers. The bracket makes the chassis more rigid and is available in Black, Blue, Green, Gun Metal and Silver for the low cost of $6.99.

Speaking of cool conversions, you should read our ST Racing Concepts Slash 4×4 Conversion to 1/8 Rally Review!

New from STRC are a few hop-ups for the Team Associated SC10RS, B4 and T4 vehicles. They have Aluminum Inboard Bearing Steering Knuckles as well as Aluminum Hex Adapters to work with the inboard knuckle setup. The are available in Blue, Gun Metal, Red and Silver. The Hex Adapters will run about $18 while the steering Knuckles go for about $22.

Curious about STRC products? You should check out our STRC Axial EXO Hop Ups Review.

ECX Revenge Type N Nitro Buggy 1/8th Scale
Along with the new Revenge Type E the crew over at ECX also announced a nitro powered version called the Type N. Not everyone is into electric, some people prefer the sound and smell of a nitro burner. Some companies haven’t put out a new nitro car in ages, ECX should be complimented on accommodating the piston spinning crowd.

Here are some of the features and specs of the new ECX Revenge Type N-

* Street price- $349
* Projected availability- Late October 2012
* Spektrum 2.4Ghz radio system
* Waterproof SR200 receiver
* Pull start Dynamite Mach 2 .21 Sport nitro engine
* Waterproof electronics
* Full time 4wd
* Waterproof high-torque Dynamite servo’s
* Aluminum Oil Filled Shocks
* Full ball bearings
* Dynamite SpeedTread Tires
* Chassis- 3mm Plate 6061-T6 Aluminum
* Fuel tank capacity- 125cc
* Length- 19.1 inches
* Wheelbase- 12.7 inches
* Width- 12.1 inches
* Weight- 6.7 lbs

We will pass along more information on the new Revenge series buggies when we can, until then you can get more information right HERE on Horizon’s official website, and right HERE on the official ECX website.

Has it been a while since you read our ECX Torment review? Check it out right HERE.

ECX Revenge Type E Buggy
Today the big announcement finally came out on ECX’s latest vehicles, their 8th scale Revenge Type E and Type N buggies. The ECX crew has engineered these buggies to be great vehicles for the entry level or budget minded consumer. Here are more pictures and information to wet your appetite on the electric Type E.

* Street Price $399
* Projected release date- Late October 2012
* 1/8th scale 130 amp waterproof speed controller
* Runs on 2S-4S Lipo
* High current EC3 connector
* Non-sensored 4 pole 550 sized brushless motor, 2500 kv
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4 GHz Transmitter
* Waterproof SR200 Spektrum receiver
* 3mm plate 6061-T6 aluminum chassis
* Full ball bearings
* 12mm aluminum oil filled shocks
* Dynamite SpeedTread tires
* High torque, waterproof Dynamite steering servo
* Length- 19.1 inches
* Wheelbase- 12.7 inches
* Width- 12.1 inches
* Weight- 6.7 lbs

The BigSquidRC staff is stoked on the new Revenge 8th scales, if you are too you can find more information HERE on Horizon’s website, and HERE on the official ECX website.

Did you see the ECX Ruckus did quite well in our last shootout? Check it out HERE.


Best Buy Correction
The pricing displayed is what a Canadian customer will pay for the vehicles…. The vehicles are to be sold in Canada, even though it is on best as well As…. It is possible that you will not be able to even complete the order on the US site.
For now, expect the price to be accurate for Canadian retailers, who have to pay more to get US items into their shops.
Hope this helps.
Tommy G.

Cubby- Yo thanks for the heads up Tommy.

Tommy is referring to an article we did on myself and another BSRC employee were in an American Best Buy store and were told we could buy Traxxas vehicles directly from them. We were told we could definitely buy one off of and either pick it up at our local store or simply have it shipped to our home. No, we didn’t test it out to be sure, maybe one of our readers can TOFTT and let us know.

Hey, I have a question and I will post it here because I am not yet approved to the forums (dunno why). I bought an Axial Exo Terra and put in pretty much the same electronics as you in your review did. It’s a Castle Sidewinder SCT Combo. My problem is, I cannot drive slowly. When I pull the trigger, it’s fast already. I have a Castle Link USB and tried different settings but I can’t figure out what might help me. I would appreciate any idea. Everything else is stock, I didn’t change gearing yet.

Thank you in advance,

Cubby- Hey what’s up Jakob and thanks for shoot’n us a question.

So you say your problem is you can not drive slowly. Huh, funny, I was just watching the movie Talladega Nights the other day and he couldn’t drive slow either. Obviously Ricky Bobby is one bad ass dude, so you must be too.

And…. when you pull the trigger it’s already fast? Hell ya, that’s called pure, unadulterated, POWER. Power feels good. Power makes you smile. Power makes our hobby go around. Enjoy it, cherish it, worship it.

And you think your EXO feels fast now? Quit the dumb stuff and squeeze a 3S pack into your buggy, or better yet just bolt 6S on the roof. When you go back to 2S your buggy will sudden feel coon dog slow, that I can promise you.

But seriously, if you wrote looking for help to make your Axial EXO slower I gotta say we can not help you. You see we are in the business of going fast, not slow. If you need help going slow contact one of the mags, I’m sure they’ll totally hook ya up.

Hey Guys, been checking out your site for about a month or so and I really love it. You have saved me money with your reviews and I can’t thank you enough for that. But I’m just wondering what you guys do with the left overs when you finish Bashing the crap out of them, would it be possible to buy them for parts and such. Just wondering Thanx in advance for your time in answering;


Cubby- Roosta? Like a Maico 490 with a brand new rear Metzeler on a rainy day in SoCal kind of Roosta?

So… what do we do with all our old test vehicles? We toss’em in a wood chipper of course, then sit back and enjoy the carnage. Heck some of’em we don’t even un-box, we just toss’em in brand new and request more.

But seriously… if we receive something for free we give it away for free, or least most of them anyways. Some of them are so destroyed after testing that yes, we literally toss them in the trash because it would cost more to fix them than to buy a new one (the Stampede from our last shootout is a good example). Certain test vehicles are also kept around for more testing- like hop-up parts, electronics, batteries etc.

One thing we do not do is sell them. However, certain media outlets have allegedly been known to do so. For example, I was at a race a couple years ago and saw that a certain media contributor had posted a bunch of stuff for sale at the track, the exact same stuff he had just reviewed. What a co-incident eh? On the upside, I guess if you buy a used rag vehicle at least you know it hasn’t been used very hard.

Now you know.

That’s it for this week folks, send me your emails, messages, sexts, or whatever else is in those demented brains of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If you make the front page you’ll get some uber stickers, and if I pick yours as letter of the month we’ll totally hook you up with a BigSquidRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ecx revenge

ECX just announced two new buggies! The first is the Revenge Type-N 1/8 Nitro Buggy, and the second is the Revenge Type-E 1/8 Electric Buggy.

Update: We have official prices! Check the details of either buggy.

Specs and Details on the Type-E:
Four Wheel Drive
Spektrum 2.4Ghz Radio System
Waterproof Electronics
Fuze 1/8th scale 550 size brushless system
Can handle 4S Lipo
Price: $399.99

Type-E Video

Details on the Type-N:
Four Wheel Drive
Spektrum 2.4Ghz Radio System
Dynamite .21 Nitro Motor
Waterproof electronics
Price: $349.99

Type-N Video

Need more info news from ECX? Click Here!

STRC has a new Green Anodized Aluminum Front Bumper for the Traxxas Stampede/Rustler/Monster Jam series of vehicles. Cost is around $12 if you are looking to add some protection and bling to your ride.

Looking for other ST Racing Hop Ups? Click HERE.

It looks like Team Durango is going all out to support their new RTR vehicles. They are working on a new Team Tech Tips webpage that will give setup tips, and general maintenance suggestions as well as videos! THIS LINK has a few videos that are already up! They are pretty interesting, and there is no voice over. So it’s all about teaching by example.

We have posted a useful slipper tuning video after the break for you to check out.. so keep reading.