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Archive for November, 2012

MIP Kyosho Super Diff
The good guys over at MIP have recently announced more hop-up parts to their catalog. The first is an uber Super ball diff for the Kyosho Ultima SC/RB5-6, and RT5. The outdrives are precision machined out of hardened ally steel, the diff gear is precision molded, and it’s made in the USA. The super diff has a price of $40, a part number of #12158, and they are available right now.

MIP Losi SCTE spur gear

The MIP team has also created two new spur gears for the Losi Ten SCTE, a 39 tooth and a 41. These sport the precision uber quality you’ve come to expect from MIP, and sport a price of $15 each. Part number is #12198 for the 39 toother, and #12199 for the 41.

Hit up the official MIP Website for more information on these and all their products, and hit THIS link for a BigSquidRC TGIF mystery link.

traxxas nitro slash

There has been no official word yet from TRAXXAS, but rumors are flying about a new Traxxas Nitro Slash being announced soon! So we are going to keep this filled under the rumor mill category till we get the official word. It sounds like it’s based loosely off their new LCG style with a aluminum chassis, and the popular 3.3TRX Racing Engine. The bigger shock is the rumor of 2WD! For all those Traxxas Slayer fans looking for a change?

As soon as we get more details we will post them up, so stay tuned!

COMMENTS ON! Lets hear what you think about this one!

Traxxas is in the news all the time HERE on BigSquidRC, check it out.

Ofna TS2 Pro 2wd SCT
For you guys that have all of your own electronics, Ofna has announced their new TS2 Pro 2wd short course truck. This Pro version of their TS2 2wd short course truck does not come with electronics allowing you to pop in your own uber gear before hitting the track. Some of the features and spec include-

* Aluminum big bores shocks w/ nitride coated shafts
* Full set of rubber sealed bearings
* C-hub suspension
* Composite chassis
* Mud flaps
* CVA drive shafts
* Slipper clutch
* Black mag wheels
* High impact bumpers
* Clear lexan body
* 12mm wheel hexes
* Adjustable steel turnbuckles
* Ball diff
* Width- 11.5″
* Wheelbase- 13.25″
* Weight- 3 lbs
* Part #14308

“Retail” price for the TS2 Pro is $350 and you can get more information about it on the official Ofna Website.

Is it Friday ALREADY?

LCG Traxxas Slash 4x4 Platinum Edition 6804R
We’ve received news that the LCG Traxxas Slash 4×4 Platinum Edition #6804R is now shipping and you should be seeing them in your local hobby shops any day now. This is the newer version of the Platinum 4×4 Slash that comes with the LCG chassis and new GTR big bore aluminum shocks, a version that a lot of people have been waiting for. The waiting is nearly over, but until yours comes in hit up the Traxxas Website for more information on all of their products.

Traxxas is in the news all the time HERE on BigSquidRC, check it out.

Speed Passion F-68 1/10th scale Formula 1 Body
We have a lot of Formula 1 racing fans that read BigSquidRC. For you guys Speed Passion has just announced something you will be interested in, their new F-68 1/10th scale Formula 1 Body. What’s really neat about Speed Passion’s new F1 body is how much you can customize it. The body includes 4 interchangeable nose profiles and 2 interchangeable rear fins allowing you to put your personal touch on your car or to tune for specific driving conditions. The F-68 body comes with a driver helmet, double sided tape, instructions, and a decal set. Hit up the official Speed Passion Website for more information.

Looking for more Speed Passion news? We have it, take a look HERE.


What say you? What is the best 2 wheel short course available right now?
Keep up the good work
George F.

Cubby- Hey what’s up George, thanks for the email and shoot Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with a BigSquidRC sticker pack.

The word “best” is a very powerful word. Not that I’m going to skirt around the question, but the word “best” used in conjunction with short course trucks can have many different answers. For example, what is the best turning 2wd SCT? IMO it’s the Venom Gambler in mid-motor configuration. With proper tires and tuning nothing rails corners like the Venom can. What is the best overall handling 2wd SCT? For pure bashing I’d say the Slash, but for track use my vote would go to the Durango. For pure toughness, which is the best? IMO that would go to the ARRMA Fury. Which is the best value? My vote would go squarely to the Torment.

However… none of those “bests” mean a darn thing to you George, or any of our other readers out there. The only “best” you give a dern about is which of those trucks meets your criteria making it the best one for you and your specific needs. Your email you give me absolutely zero specifics to see how you would be using a new SCT, so I would highly recommend you read a bunch of our reviews and make your buying decision based on those.

But… as I attempt to never “dodge” a question, I will blindly say go for the ECX Torment if you are looking to save some bucks, or take home a new Durango DESC210 if you are looking for something for both bashing and track use. But those are just my personal picks, if you would ask one of the other guys sitting around the office I’m quite certain their picks would be different.

Hi Cubby,
I caught the bigsquidrc live show last night and I had to shoot your an email and say that was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. Keep it real guys and thanks for taking rc talk to the next level.

Cubby- Hey Henry, thanks for the props on the show. It wasn’t ment to be uber polished, nor some super high buck production, what it was ment to be was just some good ole’ laid back rc bench racing, and I hope it came across that way. Well actually, I hope it was at least worth your time and kept you interested for at least 10 minutes.

First off, expect us to be doing more “BigSquidRC Live” shows each Wednesday evening, for at least a few more weeks to sort out if they are truly worth doing or not. So if you haven’t already made plans, make them now for next Wednesday evening 12/5. It might be at 10 pm CST, but we are also considering 9 pm CST to make it easier on our East Coast viewers.

We had talked for a long time about doing a podcast, but I rarely listen to them. In fact most of our guys don’t listen to podcasts as they take up a lot of time and most come across as boring. We had also talked about doing something video related, but that also sort of fell short of what we were looking to do.

Then… the Google Plus Hangout technology came along, and with most of us being “tech” types we latched onto it. We’ve had a blast over the past few weeks using the technology and we were hoping you guys would enjoy watching us goof around while doing some rc talk. The G+ tech also allows for soooo many possibilities in the future, the current set-up is cool, but I think it will really come to fruition when our readers can join in live on cam as well. Full live video chat between us and our readers is ultimately the goal I think.

We’ll be trying out a bunch of stuff in the coming weeks, everyone please shoot us an email telling us what you think is working, what is worth watching, and what’s not. I think as long as we are all having fun it will be entertaining. Yes certainly its needs some polish, and none of the BSRC staffers are models nor incredible speakers. But… what we are is average Joes just like most of our readers, and I think that relationship can make the “BigSquidRC Live” concept really take off.

That’s it for this week folks, shoot me your questions, rants, rants, or anything else in that deviant mind of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com! If your question makes the bigtime on the front page you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim your email as “email of the month” we’ll totally hook you up with a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Ofna TS4 Pro 4wd Electric Short Course Truck
Ofna was one of the first companies to put out a 4wd Short Course Truck and now they’ve announced a new and greatly updated model, the TS4 Pro. With all the changes made, the new TS4 Pro should be an animal around your local track. Some of the features and specs include-

* New chassis layout featuring black aluminum chassis plate
* Transverse rear battery mount
* Long travel suspension with tough a-arms
* High impact bumpers
* CVA Drivetrain
* 12mm hex “Black Hole” wheels
* 12mm aluminum big bore oil shocks
* 3 oil filled gear diffs
* 8mm thick aluminum motor mount
* Front and rear sway bars
* Wheelbase- 13.25″
* Width- 11.5″
* Weight- 3 lbs
* Part #14310

Street price is $425 with an expected release date of mid-December. Hit up the official Ofna Website for more information.

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

That’s right, you have read that headline correctly, we are going to be broadcasting LIVE tonight (11-28-2012) at 10PM CST.
A few of the Big Squid RC crew will be talking about the current hot news in RC, showing some of the stuff we are working on for upcoming reviews, and even announcing a new BASHER APPROVED vehicle!

Did we mention we are also giving away a BRAND NEW Team Durango Truck?!

Update: You can now watch the recorded version from the LIVE show here:

Note: We will be live at 10pm CST.. please hold…

Rules for the Durango contest: You must leave a comment below DURING THE LIVE SHOW. This contest is limited to US residents only. A random comment will be chosen towards the end of the show, live, and a winner will be announced!

Special thanks to this evenings sponsors, ONYX Batteries and ONYX Chargers as well as Team Durango for the giveaway truck!

Ares Ethos QX 75 Quadcopter
The crew over at Ares (pronounced air-eez) have announced their new QX 75 Quadcopter. The nano-micro size Ares is said to be flyable by both first timers and experienced pilots. The small size make it easy to fly in smaller indoor spaces, while its fully proportional 4 channel control makes it flyable outdoors in light wind conditions. The QX 75 comes completely assembled and ready to fly right out of the box, some of its other features and specs include-

* 4-Channel 2.4GHz Transmitter w/Built-In USB Port
* AA Batteries for the Transmitter
* Dual Port DC USB Charger
* 300mAh 1S 3.7V LiPo Battery
* Length: 3.7 in (95mm)
* Length w/ Rotor Blades: 5.5 in (140mm)
* Height: 1.7 in (44mm)
* Propeller/Main Rotor Diameter: 2.2 in (56mm)
* Weight with Battery: 1.3 oz (37 g)
* Main Motor: Micro coreless (4 installed)
* On-Board Electronics: 4-in-1 receiver/4 ESCs/mixer/3-axis gyro (installed)

Street price is $79 and you can find it at your local HobbyTown USA dealer. For more information hit up the official HobbyTown USA Website.

Looking for more HobbyTown news? Try THIS BigSquidRC link.

Pro-Line Traxxas Rally Car Upgrades
The crew over at Pro-Line have done a post on their blog about all their hop-ups that bolt right on to the new Traxxas Rally Car. In the post they explain exactly which of their hop-ups work, from Pro-Trac suspension parts, to adding a Pro-Line Ford Rally body, to using their uber Thumb Washer Kit that we can’t get enough of. Check out all the mods they performed right HERE.

Can’t get enough information on Pro-Line? Check out THIS link for more Pro-Line news right here on BigSquidRC.

Traxxas QR-1 quadcopter
Traxxas announced yesterday that its new QR-1 quadcopter is shipping and should start arriving at your local hobby shops later this week. That is great news to those of you who have been holding your breathe since Traxxas first released information on them, and they’ll be arriving just in time for the holiday season.

Looking for more Traxxas news? We have lots more right here on BigSquidRC, check out THIS link.

BSRC Bash Crew at iHobby 2012
If you want to see something you’ve never seen in the rc world before, tune in tonight at 10 pm CST to our front page. :)

Tonight is a big night for us and we hope you join us. Starting tonight at 9 pm CST, take a look at our front page, there you will find a new post revealing what we’ve got going on. Comments will be enabled allowing you to enter to win the new Team Durango we are giving away. At 10 pm the Show will begin and we’ll be giving away the new Durango live at the end (at roughly 10:20 pm)! There will be lots of rc bench racing and we will be announcing the latest product to make our Basher Approved list as well. See you all tonight!

Just a heads up that the Atomik RC Brian Deegan Metal Mulisha Motorcycle is on sale now! If you have been thinking about picking one up, now is the time before the sale ends! Click HERE to visit the sale page!

Hit this link for our Atomik RC news with more Brian Deegan goodness!