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Archive for December, 2012


Posted 11:08pm, Dec 22
Hey Big Squid!! whats the best Esc and motor set up made for slash?
Pitdawg Pit

Cubby- Hey what’s up Pitdawg, thanks for posting a question on our FB page.

What’s the “best” speedo and motor for a Slash? Unfortunately, you didn’t mention if you have a 2 or 4wd, so I’ll just take a guess and answer for the 2wd.

“Best” can be a whole lot different things to different people. For instance, “best” for Craig “The Uber Ramp Builder Guy” would be a motor/speedo combo capable of 6S and 2000 watts. Craig’s a little nutty when it comes to overpowering vehicles, we certainly can’t fault him for that, huge power is too much fun.

“Best” for Brian “The Editor Guy” would probably be the most durable system he could get his hands on. You see, Brian absolutely hates to wrench on anything, no matter the type of abuse he puts it through, he just wants it work each and every time he pulls it out of the garage. I think Brian would compromise on power, price, anything really, just to have the utmost in reliability.

The “Best” that I’m going to recommend to you is a system that is fairly affordable, fairly durable, yet is capable if insanely high power levels. I’m going to recommend to you the Castle SideWinder SCT 3800kv system. There are a few upsides that make the Castle system good for general bashing. The motor it comes with, the 3800 kv 1410, is possibly one of the best 10th scale motors ever produced, and it’s low enough in kv to not be insanely over-geared should you run on 3S. For raw power on 3S- you’ll have to be one incredibly talented driver to use all that it puts out. That system on 2S has very good power, but on 3S you are looking at turning your Slash into a full blown rocket. And finally… you get all that for a street price
of around $120. There is all sorts of winning with the Castle SCT 3800 system. To quote Ferris Bueller, “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.”, and who can argue with him?

Your show officially sucks!

Tonights show is so bad forget about any more wednesday viewings by me. You have decided to add Chat wing, google +, youtube, what next? this has slowed everything down. Maybe you should get a real Web engineer to help you get the technical issues fixed. As it is now, IT SUCKS!
Thank You,
Jerry S.

Cubby- Yo what’s up Jerry? Oh ya, it seems you have a passionate dislike for the BigSquidRC Google + Live show. Actually, so do I, as it tends to totally pop up and ruin my Wednesday evenings. But I must digress..

We’ve received “around” 200 emails regarding our G+ shows. No, I haven’t counted them, that is a wildly “educated guess” on my part, but out of the ones I’ve seen (and I’ve seen all the negatives) 12 have been negative (including yours). Out of
the 12 negatives the other 11 actually had legit points as to why- such as “Tim is an idiot”, “Brian said the word “um” 87 times in show #3″, “Jeff looks like he’s sleeping”, ect. Legit gripes that I totally get, not that we would change anything
because of them, but I get them. Your reason for the hate-mail is “because it slows things down”. Slows what down? Your computer? Your evening? The space-time continuum?

Our “Live” show isn’t intended to be some shiny, heavily produced show, it’s intended to be on the tip of the technology and fly by the seat of our pants. We want to do now what the “other guys” will be doing 2 years from now, and we want to have a good time while doing it. If anything, a microphone going out or a guy dropping his iPad during the show should be part of its charm. BigSquidRC has always been about being just like our readers, just people hanging out having some fun, and that’s how we’d like the show to come across. We could certainly hire some uber web designer, personal stylists, a director, and build a full studio set, but some shiny, richly produced show just wouldn’t be our style, nor would it be the style of the majority of our readers.

That’s it for this week gang, send me an email to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com, or simply leave a question on our Google + or Facebook pages. If your letter/question/comment makes our front page you’ll get an uber BSRC sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” you’ll get one of our newly designed t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter

ST Racing Concepts Kyosho RB6 Motor Plate in RedThe Kyosho RB6 buggy has really started taking off and STRC now has some of their uber hop-up parts for it. We’ve tested many different STRC hop-up parts and they all have proven to be very high quality. If you are looking to put the best on your Kyosho take a look at what STRC now has to offer for your RB6.

First up is a new motor plate. You can get the motor plate in a variety of colors (red, gunmetal, and blue) and it’s been CNC machined out of high quality aluminum. Fins in the plate help to dissipate heat and it has longer motor screw slots to give you more gearing options. Street price on the motor plate is $11.

ST Racing Concepts has also created some new rear hubs for the RB6. These are also available in multiple different colors (red, gunmetal and blue) and come in zero, .5, and 1 degree of rear toe. The hubs have been CNC machined from high-grade aluminum and feature extra camber link holes for even more adjust-ability. For extra attention to detail- the bearing holes are CNC machined after anodizing to ensure a precision fit, and the set-screw on hinge-pin design makes for a perfect fit with reduced wear. Street price is $25 per pair.

strc_kyosho_rb6_rear_hubsIf you are looking to put maximum tuning options in your toolbox, STRC is also selling all three toe configurations (zero/.5/1 degree) of the rear hubs as a set for only $69.

To get more information on these pieces along with the rest of the uber parts that STRC produces hit up their official Website.

Looking for more STRC news? We have it, check out THIS link.

Factory Team Parts for Associated B44.2
The crew over at Team Associated have just announced some new Factory Team hop-up parts for their popular B44.2 electric off-road buggy. Some of the highlights of these new parts are-

Part #9917- Graphite Hub Tower A. These new hub towers come in 2.5mm thick carbon fiber and give additional clearance for the Associated Factory Team 12mm big bore shocks. They also allow for easy identification- 1 notch = A, 2 notches = B, 0 notches = C. For B4.1, T4.1, SC10, B44.2.

Part #9918- Graphite Hub Tower B. These new hub towers come in 2.5mm thick carbon fiber and give additional clearance for the Associated Factory Team 12mm big bore shocks. For B4.1, T4.1, SC10, B44.2.

Part #9919- B44.2 Aluminum Screw Kit. The aluminum screws help shave weight and come in the legendary Associated Blue color. For B44.2 only.

Part #9915- B44.2 Graphite Battery Strap. Constructed of 2.5mm thick carbon fiber the new straps are strong for big hits and up your bling factor. For B44.2 only.

Part #9916- B44.2 Graphite Center Brace. 2.5mm thick carbon fiber is used to increase stiffness and add a trick look. For B44.2 only.

To find more information on these parts and all of Team Associated’s fine products hit up

To read more Team Associated news here on BigSquidRC hit up THIS link.

Update: Live show is over, the replay is available above or on our YouTube channel.

Here it is, us, live! Just like we are in real life! On tonight’s show we’ll be talking about the new Castle Sidewinder and Mamba Monster ESC updates. Plus whatever else we think of, maybe that OFNA GT-V2e 1/8th onroad supercar thing. It’s been a slow week, forgive us. We’ll also be doing Q&A with you all in the chatbox below and from the YouTube page.

Oh, and about that giveaway thing we do. Yeah, we’re not doing one tonight. Can’t give something away on EVERY show.

BigSquidRC Google Plus Live Show
A quick reminder that the BigSquidRC Live show starts at 9pm CST tonight. So if you are online, or thinking about grabbing some dinner, make sure you are back here at your PC soon! Something crazy always happens during these shows, you might as well be here to catch it live right?!

Want to check out the BigSquidRC Google Plus page? HERE is the link you need. Want to check out our previous shows? Click right HERE.

gh racing Just got word that GH Racing is having a Boxing Day Sale! I don’t know all the details, it’s some sort of Canadian thing, but what I do know is that we get 30% off because of it! WOO HOO! Head over to the GH Racing front page for details.

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

HPI CNC Aluminum Gearbox Plate 101267
HPI has announced a new CNC machined aluminum front gearbox plate for their popular WR8 and Bullet series of vehicles. The CNC’ed piece not only adds some nice bling to your ride, but is stronger than the stock piece.

Part number for the front gearbox plate is #101267, street price is $20, and they are available right now. Hit up the official HPI Website for more information on all of their fine products.

Looking for more HPI news? Hit up THIS link.

Hong Nor X3 Sabre Electric Buggy
There is nothing quite like the over-the-top power and speed of an electric 8th scale buggy. Hong Nor now has an electric version of their X3 Sabre 8th scale buggy. The X3e has been designed to take a beating and be quick around the track as well. Some of the features and specs include-

* Lightweight diffs, front, rear and center
* Lightweight out-drives
* CNC 7075-T6 5MM aluminum front and rear towers
* Long travel suspension
* CNC 7075-T6 aluminum drag link
* Captured steel hinge pins
* CNC 7075-T6 aluminum arm hold and toe plate
* CNC 7075-T6 aluminum front and rear chassis braces
* CNC 7075-T6 aluminum 3mm lightened chassis
* Version 2 big bore shocks
* 2 counter clockwise shock screws
* Lightweight CVA’s
* Complete set of rubber sealed bearings
* Composite stone guards and rear mud deflectors
* High downforce rear wing
* Lightweight “inch up” wheels and tires
* Front and rear sway bars
* CNC machined clamp lock motor mount
* Composite battery tray with ESC mount
* Enclosed receiver box
* Carbon fiber center diff x-plate
* Clear cab forward body
* Forged steel spider gears
* Length: 515mm
* Front Width: 307mm
* Rear Width: 303mm
* Height: 188mm
* Wheelbase: 325-330mm
* Weight: 3300g
* Does not come with electronics

Street price is $470 and they are available right now. Hit up the Hong Nor Website for more information on all of their products.

Looking for more 8th scale buggy information here on BigSquidRC? Hit THIS link.

big squid rc group christmas

Sadly, I believe we deleted a few, and there are several that showed up in our snail mail box that I’m afraid we are too lazy to scan in, but here is some holiday cheer from the RC industry that has been sent our way. Enjoy!

Have a safe and wonderful holiday! Merry Christmas!

THE AKA Enduro Short Course Tire Review

AKA Enduro SC Tire

AKA Enduro tires have gained quite a reputation for being one of the premier race tires money can buy. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the AKA Enduro, specifically the short course truck version, to see how it stacks up in the bashing world. Do they last? Do they have incredible traction? Are they worth your cash? Read on…


THE RPM RC Products Hop-Ups for Losi Ten SCTE Review

RPM Losi SCTE Parts

Your truck is not a true bash-mobile unless it has RPM parts on it. In our quest to make our Losi SCTE the most bash-worthy truck possible, we installed a bunch of RPM hop-up parts. Today we’ll be taking a closer look, are the RPM Losi SCTE hop-up parts worth the cash? Read on…


big squid rc group christmas

From our family to all of yours, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hopefully everyone finds at least one RC related item under their tree, and gets in some bash time over their holiday break. If you aren’t sure about what to give someone for the holiday, consider something RC related. Think of the kids face, or your friends when you tell them they can finally stop asking to ‘borrow’ yours.

Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Races Edge Switchback 2wd Brushless 2.4 GHz RTR Buggy
One of the latest entries into the “old school” buggy class is the new Racers Edge Switchback. The entry level Switchback 2wd electric buggy comes RTR, complete with a brushless power system and 2.4 GHz radio technology. Some of the other features and specs include-

* Waterproof electronics system
* Receiver box
* 3600 kv brushless motor
* 2.4 GHz radio system
* Wizard ESC w/ Lipo cut-off and Deans connector
* Mega-flex plastic components
* Easily tuned suspension with oil filled shocks
* Adjustable turnbuckles
* Metal gear steering servo
* Full ball bearings
* Fluid filled metal gear diff
* Constant drive axles
* Available in red or blue
* Part number #RCEP2030R (for red)

Street price is $190 and they are available right now. Hit up the Racers Edge Website for more information.

Looking for more Racers Edge news? Check out THIS link.

Check out the video below of the Switchback in action- includes some sweet skate park footage!