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Archive for December, 2012

Heli-Max 1SQ Quadcopter Review

1sq quadcopter

If you haven’t noticed, Quadcopters are the ‘in’ thing right now. Everyone seems to be coming out with one, and price isn’t always the best way to make a buying decision. The new Heli-Max 1SQ was one of the first to the market in this new craze, keep reading to see if we think this is ‘the one’, or if you should look at other options…

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ProTek R/C Prodigy "TakeCharge" USB Charging Adaptor
Lets say you need to charge up a USB device but the only power source you can get your hands on is a Lipo battery. Normally you would be out of luck, but not with ProTek’s new Prodigy TakeCharge USB Adaptor. With this unit you can plug in any 2S-4S Lipo/LiFe/LiIon battery and power a USB port to charge your cell phone, camera, tablet, or other electronic device. This device might come in mighty handy for the rc crowd and for doomsday preppers. Some of the features and specs include-

* 2 Amp output
* Simple to use
* Compact, lightweight and convenient
* Built in low voltage cut off
* T-Style (read Deans) battery connector
* Standard USB input
* Built in low voltage cut-off

Street price for the TakeCharge is $18 and they are available right now. Hit up the A-Main Hobbies Website for more information.

Looking for more ProTek news? Hit THIS link.

TheToyz.com Losi Micro Adjustable A-arms SCT-Rally Car-Truggy We have a blast driving our Losi Micro cars and trucks around the office. However, the thing that bugs us the most about the micro SCT/Rally/Truggy is that they do not come with adjustable camber. RJ and the crew over at TheToyz.com have come to the rescue with new adjustable upper a-arms for the Losi micros that now allow camber changes. Now we can really dial our micros in for maximum handling and traction. TheToyz upper arms are constructed out of aluminum, not only for the bling factor but to also withstand a beating. You can get them in blue or silver, for front or rear, and they have a street price of $12 per pair. Hit up the official TheToyz Website for complete information.

Looking for more TheToyz news on BigSquidRC? Hit up THIS link.

BigSquidRC Google Plus Hangout Wednesday Night Live Show
Tomorrow night we will put putting on another of our Google Plus Hangout Live shows at 9pm CST. During this weeks show we’ll be commenting on the rc news of the week and responding to the comments that you have written, all live on the air.

Brand new for this week we will also be having one of you guys join us in the Hangout. To have a chance of getting in you’ll need to have already set up a Google Plus account in addition to having a working web-cam and microphone. If you are chosen as the person that joins us in the Hangout you will be rewarded a very nice surprise. So mark your schedule and don’t miss our show tomorrow night!

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

Radient RC Origin Battery Charger
With Santa delivering a lot of RTR cars and trucks for Christmas there is a need for an easy to use Ni-MH charger. The crew over at Radient have come up with just that, their new Origin Ni-MH charger makes battery charging simple at an affordable price. Some of its features and specs include-

* Charges up to 4 amps on AC or DC
* Charges 1-8 cell Ni-MH
* Charges Ni-MH and NiCd type of cells
* Single button interface
* Uses LED to show charge status
* Slim design to save space
* Part #RDNA0014

The Radient Origin has a street price of $35 and they are available right now at your local HobbyTown USA dealer.

Want to read one of our previous Radient battery charger reviews? HERE is the link you want.

Ares gamma 370 pro
The Ares Gamma 370 has been quite popular with the flying crowd and now it is being offered in a Pro configuration. What makes it a Pro version? Now the Gamma comes set up for 4 channel use, allowing more intricate control over the aircraft. Some of the features and specs include-

* Wingspan- 37″
* Length- 30.6″
* Weight w/ battery- 16-17.5 oz
* Factory assembled
* On board electronics- brushless motor, speed controller, and 3 servo’s
* Requires- battery, battery charger, 4 channel transmitter and receiver
* Part #AZS1252

Street price for the Gamma Pro is $99 and they are available at your local HobbyTown USA dealer right now.

Looking for more Ares news? HERE is the link you want.

Protoform TR-12 !2th scale pan car body
Have you been busy getting your indoor groove on this winter but need a new body for your 12th scale pan car? If so, the crew over at PROTOform have just announced their new TR-12. The latest pan car body from PROTOform features a large dorsal fin to increase stability and a unique spill plate and side air channels for that trick look. The TR-12 meets all the major sanctioning body rules for size requirements and is molded out of .020″ Lexan. Part number is #1612-21, expect a street price of $20 and you can get more information on all of PROTOform’s products by visiting their Official Website.

Looking for more PROTOform news? THIS is the link you want.

Brown Engineering Rhino Pan Car
Today we’ve received the latest news from the good folks over at Brown Engineering. They have just announced their Rhino, a complete 18th scale pan car kit. This kit comes complete and does not require parts from another car to complete it, and being an 18th scale pan car, it’s bound to be insanely fast. Some of its features and specs include-

* 18th scale 2wd pan car
* Carbon chassis
* All new front end with 6 degrees caster and 2 degrees of adjustable camber
* Includes micro center shock, damping tubes and flex plates
* Part #P200BK

Price is listed at $170 and you can get more information by visiting Brown Engineering’s Official Website.

Have you checked out our review section lately? If not, give it a LOOK.

VRC Pro 8th scale nitro buggy
Back in August VRC Pro announced they were getting into off-road by adding short course trucks to their menu. Now they’ve announced that SCT’s won’t be the only off-road action you can get on their virtual on-line racing system, 8th scale buggies are on the way too! If your weather looks anything like ours does today, getting in some on-line trigger time is a nice option when you absolutely must scratch your rc itch. VRC Pro has various packages available, as well as having a free trial should you want to give it a try. Hit up the VRC Pro Website for more information.

Looking for more 8th scale news here on BigSquidRC? Check out THIS link.

RDRP Extended Chassis
The Durango DEX210 buggy is one of the trickest pieces of machinery out on the track, but RDRP has introduced a new extended chassis to make it even better. Their new chassis is a full 11mm longer than the stocker, lending to more stability and more speed. CNC machined aluminum with lazer etched logo’s, the new extended chassis is expected to hit hobby shops sometime in January. For more information hit up the Revolution Design Racing Products Website.

Have you read our Durango DEX210 RTR review yet? If not, check it out HERE.

Cubby with Booth BabesHappy Monday rc’ers of the world, the Holiday Season is nearly here, a time for giving, a time for fine food, a time for family, and even more importantly, a time for a few days off with the chance of pulling some trigger.

First up- yes, we’ll be putting on another BigSquidRC Live show this Wednesday night at 9pm CST. This week we have a hook- one lucky viewer will be joining us LIVE in our Google + Hangout. What does that mean? It means that You, yes YOU, have a chance of not only joining us live on our broadcast, but to receive a pretty nice “surprise” for being there. For you to be eligible you have to already have a Google + account and have a working web-cam and microphone. On Wednesday night you will need to put up a comment in our Hangout thread on the front page of BigSquidRC, then we will be select one of the eligible people to join us live via their webcam in our Google + Hangout. If you get selected you will be hanging out with us to bench race, comment on what’s going on, and to get your “surprise” (it’s a good thing I promise). It should be a wild ride, one that should make for some interesting viewing to everyone watching.

Next up- we will be announcing the official BigSquidRC “Bash Vehicle of the Year” on December 31st at noon CST. All year long we talk about each vehicle as we review it sizing up if it has what it takes to be declared the big kahuna. Each staffer sort of lobby’s for their favorite, listing all the “pros and cons”, then we finally come to an agreement on a single winner (read- a whole lot or arguing between us). The primary two criteria are- the vehicle has to be extremely tough and it has to represent a great value. Last year the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3 was named “2011 Bash Vehicle of the Year“, but even we don’t know who is going to win this year. I can assure you guys there will be hours upon hours of “friendly debate” about this in our office right up till noon on December 31st.

Also big news- an extra special thanks to YOU. You helped us crush all previous traffic records for BigSquidRC last week. We’ve had plenty of “big” weeks before, and maybe even we thought we didn’t have much more traffic to gain, but you guys showed us wrong. Thank you so very much for supporting our website. The epic numbers do nothing but deepen our desire to work harder and make BigSquidRC even better.

In product news… the re-announcement of the HPI gasoline powered vehicles were easily the news of the week. HPI first announced the radical departure from nitro to gas nearly a year ago at the Toy Fair in Germany, calling their new engines “Xtreme” at the time, but now they’ve renamed them “Octane“. No doubt the word “extreme” was thoroughly worn out in the early 90′s, Octane has a much better ring to it. Anywhos… I’ve railed on HPI several times this year calling them out on blowing way past their rumored release date, and well, they once again teased they are on the way.

The rc hobby goes in cycles, for several years nitro will dominate, then electric has its turn at the top. If the HPI gas engines really do what they claim they will, we’ll be looking straight at a period of “fuel” dominance once again. Electric power has been quite prominent since roughly 2006. Shops that once made a living selling nitro fuel, glow plugs and clutch-bell bearings now make a living selling Lipo batteries, brushless systems and battery chargers. But… the new “Octane” series HPI trucks might very well change all that.

If you are an rc’er that has gotten into the hobby recently, the age I like to refer to as the “mass marketing cross-over” age, you are used to hitting a local bash spot and seeing 10 electric trucks running and one guy trying to get his nitro started. As short as not quite a decade ago it was completely the opposite, you’d have 10 guys attempting to get their nitro’s started and one guy with an Associated T3 pulling some trigger for 7 minutes till his battery died.

Ya, I give HPI a hard time about their massive delays in their gas engine program, but… it’s only because myself, the other staffers here, and pretty much every hobbyist on the planet is dying to try one out.

That’s it for this week folks, see you Wednesday night at 9pm CST and be sure to support your local hobby shops and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

In need of some hop-ups at good discounts? GH Racing will be having sales going on for the next 12 days! Up to 20% off whole product lines! For Example, right now it’s 20% off all Axial AX10 and Wraith parts! They will be posting on their FB and twitter accounts what the daily sales are, or just check their front page

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

pro-line

For those that may of missed it in our ION post, Proline is having a Huge Contest! For their 30th Anniversary (Congrats BTW!) they are giving away over $20,000 in donations and prizes! From December 9th to the 20th they are giving away a HUGE prize pack every day for all 12 days! And besides all the prizes they are donating $1000-$2000 in your name to a bunch of charities. How cool is that? We have always said the Pro-Line people are good people. Hit this link for their Contest!

And if you are still wanting a Friday mystery link, here is an on-topic classic from the vault.