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Archive for November, 2012

Unboxing Kyosho NeXXt buggy readyset

We have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of our Kyosho NeXXt Readyset, lo and behold it has finally hit our doorstep. At a quick glance there are a couple of things that stand out- the body is made out of hard plastic instead of polycarbonate, and it takes 6 screws to remove the body. Our complete review of the Kyosho NeXXt buggy goes up in just over a week, will this unique looking buggy prove bash worthy or will it go home in bucket? Find out Tuesday December 4th on our front page.

Hit the “read more” button to view all the unboxing pictures, and hit THIS link for more Kyosho news right here on BigSquidRC.

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Need more scale goodness for your crawler or monster truck? Pro-Line has introduced the new Ridge-Line Bumper Sets. They are available in WIDE or NARROW (part number 6089-00 wide, 6088-00 narrow) and have 3mm and 5mm LED mounting points as well. Access points even allow for mounting a working winch if you want to get really scale! Cost will run about $35.

Click here for more Pro-Line News on Big Squid RC.

Don’t accidentally click on the Friday Mystery Link

If you plan on spending your winters indoor and off-road, AKA Racing has something new for you. They have just announced that many of their 1/8 Buggy, 1/10 SC, and 1/10 buggy tires will be available in their new Clay Compound designed for maximum traction on indoor clay tracks. Watch for these shipping after December 1st, 2012.

Need more news from AKA Racing? Hit that link.

Are you brave enough for the Friday Mystery Link? Click here!

Looking to beef up your Traxxas Slash some more? Check out these new Pro-2 hop-ups from Pro-Line! They have a new Front Bumper with Bulk Head, Rear Bumper, ProTrac Axle Kit, Front and Rear Clamping Hexes, and finally Serrated Locking Wheel Nuts!

We are looking forward to adding all these to our current Pro-Line Slash Truck and report back with a review in the near future! Speaking of which, have you seen our Pro-Line Pro-2 LCG Performance Chassis Review?

The Helion RC Dominus 10TR Truggy Review

When we first heard about the new Dominus 10TR Truggy back at the Hobby Town show, we were all pretty excited to see what it could do. We finally got our hands on one, and started to put it to the test! Is it everything we wanted it to be? Keep reading to find out…
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Cubby

MaxAmps 100C Super Sport 2S Lipo Released
Hi, I’m using a team Orion 160a brushless sensored esc, with a redline 11900kv brushless motor, in a 1/10th scale car.
What speeds can I expect to get with this battery?
Eron L.

Cubby- What’s up Eron? Sounds like you have a spaceship fast 10th scale car, you running a Tekin 2.5 turn 11,900 kv motor in it and all. On a MaxAmps 2S you can expect your car to hit Warp 3 (approximately 39 times the speed of light, meaning it would only take .03 seconds to reach our moon). This is assuming your warp core is at full capacity of course.

But seriously… you didn’t give me what type of “10th scale” car you have, nor any other pertinent information, so I’m just gonna throw a random number right back at ya. How does 28 sound?

But super seriously, your top speed depends on several factors. The drag guys have hit 100+ on 2S, and one of our in-house guys has hit 87 mph on 2S with an Associated T4 truck. So… with enough work, tuning, and practice, speeds on 2S can get pretty burly. Here are some tips for ya Eron if you are looking to go fast on 2S regardless of what type of car you have…

Gearing is super important, especially when using an ultra high kv motor. GearChart.com should become your new best friend. Seriously, do not gear your car for 150 mph on 2S, stuff is only going to catch fire. Gear it for 30 and slowly work your way up.

Tires, tires, tires! Running high speed is all about the tires. You want enough traction to be drivable, but hard enough to not explode or turn into pizza cutters. Driving on ballooned tires at high speeds results in some very ugly things happening to your car. Total’ing out your car on every pass is not fun or cheap.

Monitor temps. You REALLY don’t want any fires or ruined electronics by making pass after pass when geared to the moon. Buy a temp gun and use it. When geared for high speeds you might only make 1 or two passes before you start to overheat your gear.


Is the new Traxxas helicopter and quadcopter really a good thing for our hobby? Why would they put those things out on the market when they don’t know anything about the air?

Aaron G.

Cubby- Yo what’s up Aaron G? Thanks for the email and a Happy Thankgiving to you and your family.

Are the new Traxxas air products “good” for our hobby? I am going to define “our hobby” as being surface rc, and it could be good for us. If they sell a zillion of’em that should pad their coffers enough to actually rework their older, tired, surface platforms. But… I’ll tell you a little story here. I was talking with one of my local hobby shop owners, a truly hardcore surface guy that has been running a hobby shop since the very beginning, and when I asked him basically this exact same question he simply rolled his eyes. He’s tired of Traxxas putting out new model after new model taking up more and more of his sales floor. He related to me that at this rate Traxxas product would push every other brand out of his store in just a few years. But he also related that he is sick and tired of it, and with Traxxas releasing air product, that was a type of “final straw” to him, and he doesn’t plan on stocking it. I wonder how many other LHS owners have elected to sit this one out? If it is not on the shelves it can’t be sold.

So can their air gear be good for the surface hobby, certainly it could be if the sold enough of them, but only if LHS owners chose to support them.

And why would Traxxas even put out air product? Only Traxxas would know the actual answer to that one. I can only wildly speculate that the reason was very simple, $$$$$$$.


That’s it for this week ya’ll. If your letter didn’t make it to the bigtime this week, check back again next Thursday. Feel free to shoot me anything and everything to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. We give you free stickers if your letter makes the front page, and a free t-shirt for the “letter of the month”.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Big Squid RC!

Every year this little tune pops up in my head. I miss that show, and all 30 straight hours!

proline black friday

Adding to another big sale, Pro-Line has just announced theirs! If you enter the code BLACKFRIDAY25 when you order, you can get 25% off your entire order! This is only good on November 23rd, so remember to get those orders in!

Click here for more Pro-Line News on Big Squid RC.

You can also click here for all the Black Friday 2012 Sales we have posted.

UPDATE: GH Racing had just upped it to 30% off! Need some hop-ups? Now’s the time!

Looking to save some cash on RC stuff? GH Racing has just sent word about their Black Friday Sale! From 11/23/2012 to 11/26/2012 save 20% 30% off everything! Head over to the GH Racing website and start saving!

Want to see what other GH Racing news? Click HERE to check it out.

You can also click here for all Black Friday 2012 Sales we have posted.

THE Pro-Line Pro-2 LCG Performance Chassis for Traxxas Slash Review

There are a number of companies making LCG chassis’s for the Traxxas Slash and Pro-Line is the most recent to throw their hat in the ring. Pro-Line has a rep for putting out the coolest of the cool, and the best of the best, so how does their new Pro-2 LCG chassis stack up? Let’s find out…

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Spektrum Spektrum_DX4S_4-Channel_
Are you a rock crawler, basher, or boater? If so the new Spektrum DX4S 4-channel 2.4 GHz sport radio system should be right down your alley. The DX4S comes with pre-set mixes for 4wd steering, on the fly mix rate control, two user defined mixes and ABS. The newest Spektrum operates on DSMR 2.4 GHz and is compatible with all the previous Spektrum receivers. Some of the other features and specifications include-

* Backlit LCD display
* ABS
* 30 model memory
* Vibe alerts
* 3 grip sizes
* Switch activated mix rates
* Integrated Telemetry (but requires telemetry capable Spektrum receiver)
* 2 User-defined, programmable mixes
* Pre-set mixes, including 4-wheel steering
* SD card reader
* On-the-fly mix rate control
* Integrated antenna
* Inactivity alarm

Street price for the DX4S is $280 and you can get more information on the official Spektrum Website.

Have you read our 2.4 GHz transmitter shootout? If not, you can read it HERE.

Tekno TKR5500 SCT410 1/10th Electric 4WD Short Course Truck
Tekno RC has just released information on their long awaited short course truck called the SCT410. Tekno has made quite a splash in the rc market with their 8th scale buggy, hopefully their new 4wd SCT lives up to the hype. Tekno designed their new short course truck to be both light and strong, by doing so it looks to be a strong contended in the hotly contested 4wd SCT class. Some of the features and specifications for the SCT410 include-

* Black anodized, 4mm thick, CNC machined, 7075 aluminum LCG chassis
* Ultra short chassis overhang provides better bump handling and jump landings
* Fits most popular SC bodies
* Lightweight and extremely durable front and rear bumpers
* Adjustable chassis brace system
* 2-piece CNC aluminum motor mount with precision dual clamping gear mesh adjustment
* Uses MOD 1 pinions
* 3 fluid filled super lightweight diffs
* New, redesigned precision diff gears
* CV driveshafts with captured pins
* 12mm wheel hexes fits most popular SC wheels with SCTE offset
* 16mm bore hard anodized shocks
* 4mm 7075 aluminum shock towers
* CNC machined aluminum threaded shock bodies
* 4mm hardened steel polished shafts
* Bulletproof a-arms
* Adjustable Ackerman and bump-steer
* Full ball bearings
* 100% Tekno RC Designed and Tested in Southern California
* Length: 530mm
* Wheelbase: 323-335mm
* Width: 296mm
* Weight: 6.6lb out of the box
* Battery tray dimensions: 50x148mm

Expect a street priced of right around $400 and a release date of January for the SCT410. For more information hit up the official Tekno RC Website.

Have you read our 4wd RTR short course truck shootout? If not take a look at it HERE.

Horizon Hobby Pro Boat Kevin Hetmanski
This week we were lucky to spend some time with Kevin Hetmanski for our Wednesday Interview column. Many of you know Kevin from his days at Car Action, but these days his life revolves around his job in Horizon Hobby’s Pro Boat division. What’s new with Kevin? What’s new at Pro Boat and Horizon? Let’s find out.

BigSquidRC: Several (read- most) of our staffers know little to nothing about the rc boat game, what suggestions would you have for us noobs on our first steps into rc boating?

Kevin: For the beginner (especially a car guy) I usually suggest getting a slower boat such as our brushed Shockwave 26. This is a boat that you can use to get used to how a boat performs and to get used to driving on the water. It’s much different from a car and I’d say the biggest thing that I see people struggle with is the fact that boats don’t have brakes. A lot of people push the trigger back expecting the boat to slow down and they end up hitting something. You’ll also find debris in the water and vegetation underneath and that can hang up the boat. Once you get the hang of driving your boat you can upgrade to something faster like our Blackjack 29. It has a brushless motor and can run on 6S LiPo power. It’s crazy fast and lots of fun to drive.

BigSquidRC: We see you have a new Retrieval Decoy on the way, how popular was the previous version? We do some boating around the BSRC office, but whenever water is involved somehow the Retrieval Decoy always makes it into the conversation. Will there be a brushless upgrade?

Kevin: LOL, we talk about upgrading the Retrieval Decoy to brushless and LiPo power all the time. It would be pretty funny seeing a duck speeding across the water. Since the hull wasn’t designed for high speed runs, it doesn’t react well to that much power. It ends up tipping over and not going very far. The Retrieval Decoy does well for us. It’s great for hunters who may need to retrieve a duck from the water and it’s awesome for recovering stalled out or broken boats.

BigSquidRC: In your mind, what has been the most significant improvement to the boat scene in the last few years?

Kevin: Just like cars, I think that brushless motors and LiPo power have been the most significant improvement to the boat scene. Boat guys want to go fast and the current choice of power systems makes that easy to do.

BigSquidRC: Catamaran or Deep-V and why?

Kevin: I’ve always like the deep-V hulls. They look like most of the boats that you see while you’re at the beach or lake and they handle rough water very well. I’ve had a few deep-v hulls through the years and I’ve always enjoyed driving them around. When I drove the 29-inch Miss GEICO I became a big fan of catamarans. The hull design of the Miss GEICO is attractive and this boat does well on flat water as well as water that has a bit of a chop to it. It’s really cool seeing them skating across the water in a turn while wide open.

BigSquidRC: What is something that you think can still use serious improving in the boat world, and why hasn’t anyone tackled it yet?

Kevin: Now I can’t tell you that. If I did, someone may take my ideas and run with them. Let’s just say that I have a lot of ideas on how to improve RC boats. I’m already working on making some of those changes and I think what I’m working on will get more people excited about RC boating.

BigSquidRC: The water around us (the Chicago metro area) is frozen solid most of the winter. Are there any cold weather options for rc boaters?

Kevin: Just like for the car guys, the winter is a great time for boaters to go through their boats and get them ready for the next season. You can upgrade your electronics or hardware or even give your boat a paint job to change up the look. If you have a local high school that has a pool, you may even be able to talk them into letting you use our 17-inch Miss GEICO and Impulse when it’s not being used. Those boats are perfect for a large size pool.

BigSquidRC: What is the coolest project that you’ve worked on at Pro Boat thus far?

Kevin: I’m still pretty new at Pro Boat so I haven’t worked on many new projects. So far out of the lineup we have now I’d have to say that the 29-inch Miss GEICO is the coolest. It’s fast and you can’t go wrong with that Miss GEICO trim scheme. If I have to pick a project, then I’d say that the coolest project is one that I am just starting. When you guys see it, you’ll be blown away.

BigSquidRC: Who was the favorite person you worked with in the magazine biz?

Kevin: My favorite person who I worked with in the magazine biz is John Howell. He got me my start with the magazine and taught me a lot of things in the beginning that I still use today and have even shared with my contributors while I was at the magazine. John and I still hang out from time to time.

BigSquidRC: You’ve built some pretty trick rc trucks in the past, which one are you most proud of?

Kevin: Thanks for the compliment. I’ve built so many trucks that I have actually forgot about a lot of them. A truck that comes to mind is my Chevy crew cab. It was one of the best scale trucks that I built and had features such as a tilt nose, opening doors, tilt bed and custom made chassis. It’s also the truck that got me in trouble with a lot of people because I used it as a victim to a flame throwing E-Maxx that we featured in the magazine. Funny thing is that all of the internet experts had no idea that the truck was in terrible shape, was in no way a Tamiya Bruiser (which was highly sought-after at that time) and that the one part that was from a Bruiser was not harmed by the fire because I put it out before it even got down to the axles. I still have the axles somewhere. I even had people mad because I burned a Tamiya Clod Buster body that had the Chevy emblem on it. Uh…. that body was highly modified so I have no idea why that mattered. I am working on a new truck that is going to be much better than that truck ever was. I’ve been trying to get it done for years and now that I have some free time, I am putting it into the lineup just after the custom 1/5-scale trophy truck I am building.

BigSquidRC: If you were going to go out bashing with the BigSquidRC crew right now what one truck would you bring?

Kevin: It’s a toss-up between the first version of the Losi LST and the Losi 5IVE-T. I’m not just saying that because I work for Horizon Hobby and we make those vehicles. They really are great trucks that I enjoy. I still have the LST we featured on the cover of Nitro and it’s on my need to get it running again list. It’s such an awesome truck. I also really like my 5IVE-T. Now that I am living in SoCal, I have a lot of tracks to race it on and to me that is the most fun I have ever had when it comes to racing. I just ran it at the West Coast Nats and had a blast. The truck looks great, handles well and they are easy to tune. I also like hanging with the 1/5-scale crowd. They are much more laid back then some other groups that I have raced with.

BigSquidRC: Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do an interview for us Kevin, anybody out there you would like to give props to?

Kevin: No problem guys. Thanks for taking the time to do the interview. I’d like to give props to John Howell. If he didn’t give me a chance more than 15 years ago I wouldn’t be where I am today.