Big Squid RC – News, Reviews, Videos, and More!

For Bashers, By Bashers!
Recent Reviews
Desktop Calendar
Big Squid RC Calendar
Like us on Facebook
Big Squid RC Channel
Big Squid RC YouTube Channel

Archive for January, 2013

heli max blackhawk

In the RC world, scale is hot. It’s finally not just about performance, but looks as well. Heli Max RC has just announced the new Blackhawk Scale Heli. This RTF was based on the Sikorsky Blackhawk with detail down to the landing gear. It has LED lighting, 4-blade collective pitch head, and uses the TAGS (Thress Axis Gyro system). It comes with a 6-channel 2.4GHz SLT transmitter and 7.4v LiPo. There is also a TxR (Transmitter Ready) version for those who don’t need to buy a new radio. Those wondering about the scale, it has a 12.8 in (325mm) rotor.

Want more Heli Max RC on Big Squid RC? Hit the link.

Vaterra RC Kemora 4WD Rallycross 1/14th RTR
Vaterra RC has two 14th scale offerings in their new line-up, the first being the Kemora 4wd Rallycross RTR. The Kemora comes with everything you need to get going in the box, plus a 2.4 GHz Spektrum radio system and waterproof electronics. Some of it’s other features and specs include-

* Tough 4WD chassis
* 4-wheel independent suspension
* Durable metal gear drivetrain
* Shock-absorbing slipper clutch
* Adjustable oil-filled aluminum shocks
* Chassis dust cover
* Realistic spoiler, mirror and driver details
* Realistic wheels and gravel spec tires
* Waterproof electronics
* Dynamite 4500Kv brushless power system
* Capable of 45+ mph with optional 3S Li-Po battery
* Spektrum DX2L 2.4GHz transmitter with batteries
* Dynamite 6-cell 7.2V 1200mAh Ni-MH battery
* Dynamite DC Ni-MH peak charger
* Gear pitch- 0.5 MOD
* Motor size- 380
* Height- 4.57 in (116mm)
* Length- 13.19 in (335mm)
* Wheelbase- 8.27 in (210mm)
* Part #VTR01000

Expect a street price of $289 for the Kemora and hit up the official Vaterra RC Website for more information.

Looking for more Horizon Hobby news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.

Check out the video below to see the Kemora Rallycross in action!

Vaterra RC 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 V100-S 1/10 RTR
When the Vaterra RC line was announced certain BigSquidRC staffers were extra stoked to see they had on-road cars as well. One of their on-road cars is the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 V100-S, a very trick looking 10th scale 4wd car. Combine cool scale looks with 4wd and water-proofing and you should have a great bash machine for your local cul-de-sac. Some of it’s features and specifications include-

* Versatile V100-S chassis
* Officially licensed 2012 Camaro ZL1 body
* Shaft-driven 4WD
* Sealed differentials
* Low CG, double wishbone suspension
* Universal body mounts
* Realistic exhaust, mirror and hood details
* Realistic low-profile tires and 59mm wheels with brake details
* Waterproof electronics
* Dynamite power system with Li-Po ready ESC
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz transmitter with batteries
* Dynamite 6-cell 7.2V 1800mAh Ni-MH battery
* Dynamite 2A Ni-MH AC peak charger
* Tire diameter- 2.76 in (70mm)
* Height- 4.41 in (112mm)
* Width- 7.76 in (194mm)
* Wheelbase- 10.25 in (256mm)
* Part #VTR03007

The Vaterra Camaro is expect to hit hobby shop shelves in early April and sport a street price of $279. Check out the Vaterra RC Website for more details.

We have more Vaterra RC news right HERE on BigSquidRC.

Check out the video below of the Vaterra 2012 Camaro in action!

evader ext 2.4
New from Duratrax today is their upgraded Evader EXT2.4. The Evader has been a great bash-mobile for years, and now it’s better than ever. Some of its features and specifications include-

Duratrax Evader EXT2.4 Ghz Stadium truck* Duratrax 2.4GHz signal security
* Waterproof
* 1 year Stress-Tech warranty
* Powerful Photon Speed 2 motor supplies impressive acceleration and top end.
* Compatible with 6-7 cell NiCd/NiMH and 2S LiPo batteries.
* Sprint ESC includes battery cut-off circuit (LVC)
* Features oil-filled shocks with metal caps
* Complete set of ball bearings
* 2-channel receiver
* Waterproof receiver box
* Waterproof SX-405WP steering servo
* Length: 16.1 in (409 mm)
* Width: 12.9 in (327 mm)
* Height: 6.6 in (168 mm)
* Ground Clearance: 1.4 in (36 mm)
* Weight: 3.6 lb (1.63 kg)
* Includes: 1500mAH NiMH battery, wall charger & 8 “AA” transmitter batteries
* Requires: Nothing!
* Part # DTXD33**

Look for a street price of $169 for the 2.4 GHz Evader and a February release date. Take a stroll over to the Duratrax Website for more information on all of their products.

Click HERE for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

HPI TC12 On Road RTR
Companies like Schumacher and Mardave have made low cost 12th scale formula racing quite popular in Europe. Now HPI has jumped into the ring with their new TC12 on-road RTR. The new TC12 is on display at the Toy Fair in Germany, but not much information is available at this time. We will post more when we learn more, till then why not hit up the official HPI Website to view some of their other fine products.

More HPI news? We have it right HERE on BigSquidRC.

tactic ttx850

Check out the latest radio from TACTIC. The new Tactic TTX850 is a 8 Channel Air and Heli system with a huge graphing LCD screen. Other details include Digital Trims, Dual Rates, 2.4GHZ, easy menu navigation. The highlight that caught our eye was they said it will be RC’s most affordable 8-Channel radio! There wasn’t a price listed yet though. We have been a fan of the Tactic radios around here, so this one is on our radar for sure.

Looking for more RC Plane News on Big Squid?

Dynamite Reaction 20C 30C Lithium Polymer Batteries
The crew over at Dynamite RC have announced a new line of Lithium Polymer batteries called the Reaction series. This is an affordable line-up of Lipo’s with 20C to 30C discharge rates. Capacities range from 4000 to 5000 mah, and they are available in 2 and 3S cell counts. Hard cases are used to protect the cells and you can get the Reaction packs with either EC3 or Traxxas connectors. A 1 year warranty now comes standard on all Dynamite packs just to sweeten the deal.

Prices for the new Reaction series Lipo’s range from $29 for a 2S 20C 4000 mah up to $69 for a 3S 30C 5000. Hit up the official Dynamite Website for more information. Hit up THIS link for more Dynamite news right here on BigSquidRC.


What’s the word Cubby? So here is my question that I am sure a lot of Father’s will ask. I have just recently (in the past two years) have gotten in R/C trucks. Mainly I bash and tear up the neighborhood. My son is getting older and I am hoping that this is how he will learn about mechanics, electronics, and general wrenching from his trucking fun. He is around 4. The question I have is what is a great truck to start a young kid on that will last and he can work on and bash as he gets older? I am not going Lipo and I currently have a Traxxas slash ultimate so the wife doesn’t want to spend that $$. Looking for electric and fun out of the box but very indestructible. What can you recommend?
Sean M.

Cubby- Hey Sean, thanks for the email and be sure to shoot Brian your snail mail for some free stickers to slap on your Slash 4×4.

So… you are looking for a fun RTR that is nearly indestructible for your 4 year old son. For you are I am going to say buy the ARRMA Granite monster truck. Why? For a few reasons…

1. It was our “Bash Vehicle Of The Year” for 2012, meaning it has proven itself beyond a doubt in our eyes.
2. It steers slowly but predictably, making it a great learning vehicle for a noobs. Some vehicles have way too much steering- this is a nightmare for noobs who give too much steering input the way it is. The Granite doesn’t push, but it doesn’t react too quickly to steering inputs either, perfect for a beginner.
3. Ya, it’s crazy tough. Your son can slam into a LOT of solid objects and you won’t be running to the LHS every day.
4. Because it’s a monster truck it has a decent amount of ground clearance. This comes in quite handy for noobs who love to drive in the grass.

One tip I will give you if you do happen to buy the Granite- water dip the motor (if possible) and drop a couple teeth off the pinion. The stock motors aren’t known for long life, water dipping and dropping the gearing will help keep the motor alive.

Good Morning,
Saw your review and thinking of doing the whole Pro-Line conversion to my Slash 2WD.
In the end it ends up costing about the same as a 22SCT etc., but its something different and cool from other guys.
Do you think the Pro-Line slash is roughly equal to the other big 2WD names? Looks pretty competitive to me.
Derek A.

Cubby- Hey Derek, thanks for the question, it certainly is a good one.

We haven’t gone directly back to back between the Pro-Line Pro-2 Slash and its competitors. Actually we have driven them back to back, but not with set-ups that were identical (like electronics, totally stock, similar tires, etc). So while I can’t give you a precise answer on this one, I’ll give you some of our general observations. Oh and… a legit 2wd SCT shootout sounds like fun, hum….

Does the Pro-Line Pro-2 Slash roughly equal a full scoot “racer” SCT? At this time, not having driven them under equal circumstances, I would say yes and no. I would say on blown-out, loose, outdoor tracks that yes, the Pro-Line can haul ass with the best of them. On a high bite blue-groove or damp indoor clay tracks, I feel it’s at a bit of a disadvantage. Because all the Pro-2 parts can bolt onto a Slash, it inherently has to keep certain aspects of the stock Slash geometry. The stock geometry that it retains seems fine for outdoor/loose tracks, but limits its maximum mechanical grip on high-bite. But like I previously mentioned, until driving them all back-to-back on an equal scale, its really hard to tell for sure.

What I can assure you from first hand knowledge is this- all the Pro-Line parts are of extremely high quality, much better than the stock Traxxas parts they replace. Pro-Line perfected the geometry where they could and use high grade materials throughout, at the end of the day the Pro-2 is a great quality machine.

For bashing purposes the high quality parts mean less breakage and fewer worn out parts. Whereas you might blow a couple spurs a month on a stock Slash, you won’t blow any with the PL tranny. Where you might pop off a shock cap on every run with the Traxxas, it never happens with the Pro-Line gear. Where the stock hinge-pins are all taco’ed out and your a-arms refuse to move on the stock Slash, the Pro-Line pins and arms continue smoothly through their entire stroke without issue.

To boil it down, if you are looking for an uber blue groove racer, at this time I’d recommend elsewhere, but for pretty much anything else, the Pro-Line Pro-2 Slash would be incredibly hard to beat.

That’s it for this week gang, shoot me your questions, answers, random thoughts, and Jeff Hoy hate mail to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If your letter hits the big-time you get free stickers, and I will be selecting a letter of the month next week, so get yours in for a chance to win an BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Dynamite Prophet Sport Quatro 4 x 100W AC/DC Charger
The latest battery charger from the guys over at Dynamite is their huge Prophet Sport Quatro 4 x 100 watt AC/DC. This monster can charge 4 batteries at once, with a maximum charge rate of 8 amps per channel. Some of the other features and specifications include-

* 100W charge power per output
* Li-Po/Li-Fe & Ni-MH battery types
* Charges 1-6S Li-Po, 1-6S Li-Fe, 1-8C Ni-MH
* 500W power supply
* Adjustable 0.1–8.0A charger current per channel
* Ability to charge different battery types at different currents simultaneously
* 4 internal cooling fans
* Short-circuit protection
* Over-current protection
* Reverse-polarity protection
* Low-input voltage protection
* Over-temperature protection
* Includes (4) insulated banana-to-EC3™ connectors
* Includes (4) JST XH type balance boards (2-6S)
* Detachable AC and DC power cords
* 100-240 VAC (50/60Hz) or 11-18V DC input voltage
* Length- 10.62 in (270mm)
* Width- 7.48 in (190mm)
* Height- 3.35 in (85mm)
* Part #DYN4110

Expect a street price of $280 on this one, and you can hit up the Dynamite RC Website for more information.

Looking for more Dynamite news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.

ECX Ruckus version 2.1
Last fall the popular ECX Torment SCT received some updates and now it looks like those updates are being applied to the rest of the ECX line-up. As you can see in the pictures, the Ruckus, Boost, and Circuit are sporting hot new looks and upgrades under the hood. Spektrum transmitters make sure the signal doesn’t get lost, waterproofing keeps them going in the wet, and new tires keep them hooked up when the going gets tough. Hit up the ECX Website for more information on all their products.

Check out all the ECX News we have right here on BigSquidRC.

The live show is now over, but you can catch the replay here on our Youtube page:

We covered all sorts of stuff tonight, from the Nuremberg Toy Fair to the new Horizon Vaterra line, and everything in between. Thanks to everyone who showed up tonight and joined us in the live chat with your questions. See you all next week!


The folks from ARRMA have finally announced the new brushless versions of their line of vehicles. We have been waiting on this for a while! Their new line has BLX attached to the name. So the ARRMA Granite BLX will be the brushless version. The new versions promise TONS of improvements over the previous models as well like waterproof ESCs and servos.

Here are a few shots of the ARRMA booth at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Notice the awesome Basher Approved Logos!

In these shots you can also get a look at their new controller, and a line of -hop-up parts! Looking forward to those and that wheelie bar!

Grabbed a few images off the ARRMA site.

Looking for more ARRMA News? or maybe want to see why they have that Basher Approved Logo in their booth?

BigSquidRC Live Show Google Plus Hangout
Just a reminder that we’ll be doing our BigSquidRC Live show tonight at 9:30PM CST. Expect lots of talk on all the new products from the German Toy Fair, plus other surprises!

HERE is the link to our previous BigSquidRC Live shows.