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Archive for January, 2013

Vaterra RC Glamis Uno Single Seat Buggy RTR 1/8
A very interesting new vehicle from Vaterra RC is their 8th scale Glamis Uno Single Seat Buggy. This is a scale looking, brushless powered RTR, that comes with everything you need to get going right in the box. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* WaterProof Electronics
* Viscous Torque Vectoring Differential
* 4 Wheel Independent Suspension
* Durable Extruded Aluminum Chassis
* Shock Absorbing Innovative Slipper Clutch
* Aluminum Motor Mount Provides Consistant Gear Mesh
* Beadlock Wheels And High Traction Tetrapos Tires
* Ride Height Adjustable, Oil-filled Shocks
* Numerous Scale Details
* 540 sized Dynamite® 4500Kv Brushless Power System
* Spektrum™ 2.4GHz Radio System Included
* Bottom-Load Battery Tray
* Lipo battery included
* Balancing Lipo charger included
* Tire diameter- 2.76 in (70mm)
* Wheel diameter- 2.3 in/3.0 in
* Wheel size- 2.16 in (54mm) X 1.05 in (26mm) & 1.2 in (30mm)
* Wheel width- 1.57 in / 1.96 in (40mm/50mm)
* Ground clearance- 1.97 in (50mm)
* Height- 6.18 in (157mm)
* Length- 18.7 in (475mm)
* Wheelbase- 13.7 in (347mm)
* Width- 11.41 in (290mm)
* Part #VTR04000

Street price for the Glamis Uno Buggy is $440 and you can get more information at the official Vaterra RC Website.

Hit up This Link for more Vaterra RC news right here on BigSquidRC.

Vaterra RC Twin Hammer Rock Racer
One of the most intriguing new products from Vaterra is their new 10th scale rock racer called the Twin Hammers RTR. The Twin Hammers doesn’t look like a crawler with tall gearing, it looks like a cross between a crawler and a full speed scale off-road buggy. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Everything you need is included in the box
* Shift-on-the-fly, two speed transmission
* Independent cantilever front suspension
* Brushless-ready drivetrain
* Waterproof electronics (see manual for more details)
* Spektrum™ DX3E 2.4GHz 3-channel radio system
* Scale lights, cockpit and body panels
* Dynamite® brushed Tazer™ 540 12-turn system with programmable modes included
* 12mm wheel hexes
* Dynamite 2S 7.4V 2000mAh Li-Po battery
* Dual-position battery tray for use with the optional Dynamite battery
* Beadlock wheels with Race Claw 1.9 scale tires
* Molded chassis and multi-piece roll cage
* 4-link suspension
* Adjustable, oil-filled, aluminum, coil-over shocks
* Comes with 1.8 amp Lipo wall charger
* Diffs- Front Gear Diff, Rear Locker
* Final drive ratio- Low: 32:1 High 18:1
* Interal gear ratio- Low: 4.05:1 High: 2.27:1
* 48 pitch gears
* Front and rear track- 9.75 in (247.7mm)
* Ground clearance- 0.91 in (23mm)
* Height- 6.125 in (155.6mm)
* Length- 18 in (457.2mm)
* Tire diameter- 4.1 in (104.14mm)
* Wheel diameter- 2.25″ overall, 1.9″ bead surface
* Wheel width- 0.75 in (19.05mm)
* Weight- 2.12 lbs (0.96Kg)
* Wheelbase- 11.6 in (294.6mm)
* Width- 5.9 in (149.9mm)

Street price for the Twin Hammers is $399, and right now we are told the release date may be as late as July/August. Until then, hit up the Vaterra RC Website for more information.

Looking for more Vaterra RC information? Hit up THIS link on BigSquidRC.

TLR Ten-SCTE 2.0 Kit
The new Ten-SCTE 2.0 Kit from Team Losi Racing has just been announced and it hosts a bunch of upgrades to improve performance over the original version. Some of these upgrades include-

* 3mm HARD-ANODIZED, 7075 Machined-Aluminum Chassis Plate
* Heavy-duty 4mm tie rods with captured ends
* HARD-Anodized aluminum threaded shocks
* Updated front and rear carbon fiber shock towers
* Updated motor and center diff placement
* Performance battery mounting system
* Updated diff cases
* Two complete wheel sets
* 12mm aluminum wheel hexes
* Hi-performance, high flow body
* Ti-Nitride shock shafts and hinge pins
* Hard-Anodized Aluminum, Adjustable pivots
* Aluminum bleeder shock caps
* Aluminum chassis braces

Street price for the new SCTE 2.0 is $470 with a release date of mid-March. Hit up the official TLR Website for all the juicy details.

Looking for more Losi news? Try THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.

axial jeep

Axial has really been cranking out the quality scale stuff lately. If you are into the crawler scene, or looking to make the jump, Axial is the name you need to know. So how does their new SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon hold up with their high standards? Does it leave the competition stuck on a trail waiting for a winch? Or does the Axial need to use the winch? Keep reading to find out…


Vaterra RC Logo BigSquidRCThe all new product line-up from Horizon Hobby is called Vaterra RC. Vaterra is said to be Adventure Driven and their initial product line-up includes 4 electric off-road vehicles and 3 on-road machines. Vaterra is- “It is a shared passion for motorsports and radio control. Extreme performance and extreme places. Cars and trucks that look and drive just like the real thing. Most of all, it’s about gathering friends, grabbing the vehicle and having the time of your life.”, which sounds great to us! Vaterra looks to be a great basher friendly line-up of vehicles.

The off-road line-up includes-

Glamis Uno Single-Seat Buggy RTR 1/8- $439
Twin Hammers 1.9 Rock Racer RTR- $399
Kemora 4WD Rallycross 1/14th RTR- $289
Kalahari 4WD Desert Raider RTR 1/14- $289

The on-road selection includes-

2012 Nissan GTR V100-S 1/10 RTR- $279
1969 Chevolet Camaro RSV100-S 1/10 RTR $279
2012 Chevolet Camaro ZL1 V100-S 1/10 RTR $279

We will be posting more information and pictures for each of the new Vaterra vehicles later today, until then, hit up the official Vaterra Website to check out all their brand new vehicles.

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

Team Losi Racing Eight 3.0 nitro buggy 8th scale
The latest from the crew over at Team Losi Racing (TLR) is the Eight 3.0 8th scale nitro buggy. The Eight 3.0 is the latest version of their extremely popular Eight series buggy and comes with multiple upgrades for increased performance. Some of those updates include-

* Improved suspension geometry
* Gen III radio tray
* 16mm shocks and tapered springs
* Adjustable aluminum front and rear pivots with inserts
* Front and rear center dogbone
* Brake caliper springs
* Improved droop screw system
* Race performance wickerbill system
* Aluminum bearing inserts
* Race-inspired dome wheels (2 sets)
* Lightweight outdrives
* Multiple sway bars included
* Heavy-duty 5mm turnbuckles
* Improved titanium carbo-nitride shock shaft and hinge pin coating
* Metal servo inserts
* Eight 3.0 body and wing
* Center dogbone drive system
* Option parts included- lightweight outdrives and spur, hinge pin braces, aluminum rear bearing inserts
* Part #TLR04000

TLR has announced a late April release date, and expect to see a street price of right around $700 on this one. Hit up the TLR Website for more information.

Check out THIS link for more TLR news right here on BigSquidRC.

Team Associated RC10T4.2 Factory Team Kit
After Team Associated announced their new B4.2 you knew it was only a matter of time until the T4.2 came along. Today the crew over at Associated have released full information on their latest version of the legendary T4, the RC10T4.2 Factory Team Kit. With all the new changes it is bound to be at the front of the pack (like it always has been). Some of the major changes, features, and specifications include-

* Factory Team 12mm Big Bore hard-anodized aluminum threaded shocks
* TiN “Gold” 3mm shock shafts
* VTS slipper (variable torque, multi-plate slipper with three drive surfaces)
* Factory Team 12mm blue aluminum front and rear clamping hexes with hex wheels
* Pro-Line Bulldog body
* Factory Team 7075-T6 blue aluminum 0° rear hubs with oversized outer bearing
* Factory Team blue aluminum bellcrank set
* Updated shock towers optimized for the 12mm Big Bore shocks
* Ball differential with light-weight out-drives
* Factory Team blue titanium turnbuckles
* Factory Team carbon-fiber battery strap and blue aluminum thumb screws
* CVA joints with pin retainer clips
* Factory Team rear ballast weight
* Complete set of precision ball bearings
* Part #7025

No word on a release date or street pricing, but hit up the official Team Associated Website for more pictures and information.

Looking for more Associated news? We have it right HERE on BigSquidRC.

There are a lot of good looking new bodies on the market right now, but one of the hottest is from Pandora RC. Pandora RC has just announced their new Nissan Skyline R35 GT-R clear lexan body that is sure to turn heads at your local bash spot. This body is sized to fit nicely on most 10th scale touring/drift cars, and comes with windows masks and a sticker sheet.

Pandora RC Nissan GT-RThe new GT-R body has a release date of sometime in February, but we have not received any pricing information. Hit up the official Pandora RC Website for more information on all their scale drift bodies.

Maybe this Nissan doesn’t trip your trigger? Hit up THIS link to see more bodies right here on BigSquidRC.

Durango DJoint Drive Shaft
Looking to increase the efficiency of your DEX410 buggy? Here is some good news for you, Team Durango announced today their new DJoint Drive Shaft System. The DJoint system uses a double joint at the coupling of each shaft, thus resulting in each joint working at only half the articulation of a normal drive shaft set-up. What this means to your buggy is- more forward momentum makes it to the wheels.

Right now these are available only for the center shafts of the Durango DEX410 series buggy. The part number is #TD210010, and they have a street price of $60. Click over to the Team Durango Website for more information.

Are you a big Durango fan? If so, check out more Durango news right HERE on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line X Compound Bow Tie 2.0
One of the latest releases from the Pro-Line crew is their Bow-Tie 2.0 8th scale buggy tires in X2 and X3 compounds. Pro-Line’s X compounds are made for long tire life, add that to the legendary traction of a Bow-Tie and you’ve got a winning combination.

These are available right now, the part number for the X2 (medium) is #9045-002, and the X3 (soft) is #9045-003. Expect a street price of right around $22 per pair. Hit up the Pro-Line Website for more information.

We have lots more Pro-Line news right HERE on BigSquidRC.

THE Radient Reaktor 3500kv Sensorless 1/10th Scale Brushless System Review

Radient Reaktor 3500kv Sensorless 1/10th Scale Brushless System Review

Intro- There are a whole lot of noobs out there that have been driving their brushed powered RTR’s and have mastered the stock power system. When that happens, boredom sets in, and a new brushless system goes on the wish list. The crew over at Firelands Group has a new entry level brushless system called the Radient Reaktor. This 540 system should be an easy swap for RTR gear, and should instantly transform boring RTR power up to “Holy Cow this thing rips!”. How does the Radient Reaktor truly hold up? Lets find out…


HPI Scion tC clear body
Does your touring car need a new body? HPI Racing has recently announced a new Scion tC with FIVE:AD areo kit clear body. The Scion is 200mm wide and should mount up easily on most touring cars.

* Realistic die-cut premium vinyl decals include window frames, head lights, and tail lights
* Front and rear 3D light buckets
* Overspray film and vinyl window masks make painting fast and simple
* A decal instruction sheet is included for decal placement
* The body has dimple marks for body post drill locations
* Molded from clear polycarbonate plastic for durability and long life
* Clear body (finished example shown)
* This is an officially licensed replica
* Part #106940

This body is available right now and sports a street price of $35. Hit up the HPI Racing Website for more information.

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

SKYRC Bluetooth battery charger
Want to control your battery charger from your cell phone? Take a look at the new 6×80+ Bluetooth Edition battery charger from SKYRC. If you are looking for the very latest and greatest in battery charging technology, this might be it. Some of its features and specifications include-

* APPS for Smart Phone (both iOS and Android)- This charger can be controlled and operated by smart phones.

* PC Control Software “Charge Master”- The free “Charge Master” software gives you unparalleled ability to operate the charger through the computer.

* Optimized Operating Software- This can help prevent overcharging which may lead to an explosion due to the user’s fault. It can disconnect the circuit automatically and alarm once detecting any malfunction. All the programs of this product were controlled through two way linkage and communication, to achieve the maximum safety and minimize the trouble.

* Internal Independent Lithium Battery Balancer- The charger employs an individual-cell-voltage balancer. It isn’t necessary to connect an external balancer for balance charging.

* Balancing Individual Cells Battery Discharging- During the process of discharging the SKYRC 6×80 Plus can monitor and balance each cell of the battery individually. Error message will be indicated and the process will be ended automatically if the voltage of any single one cell is abnormal.

* Fast Charge and Storage Modes for Lithium Batteries

* Cyclic Charging/Discharging- 1 to 5 cyclic and continuous process of charge>discharge or discharge > charge is operable for battery refreshing and balancing to stimulate the battery’s activity.

* Data Store/Load- The SKYRC charger can store up to 10 different charge/discharge profiles for your convenience. You can keep the data pertaining to program setting of the battery of continuous charging or discharging.

* Terminal Voltage Control(TVC)- The charger allows user to change the end voltage.

* Lipo Battery Meter- The user can check battery’s total voltage, the highest voltage, the lowest voltage and each cell’s voltage.

* Motor RPM Tester- Users connect the sensor motor and charger with sensor wire, set the pulse width and test the RPM of the motor.

* Servo Tester- Connect the servo and the charger with wire, change the pulse width value and check whether the servo works or not.

* Capacity Limit- The charging capacity is always calculated as the charging current multiplied by time. If the charging capacity exceeds the limit, the process will be terminated automatically when you set the maximum value.

* Temperature Threshold- The battery’s internal chemical reaction will cause the temperature of the battery to rise. If the temperature limit is reached, the process will be terminated. (temp gauge not included)

* AC Input:100-240V, DC Input:11-18V
* Charge Current Range:0.1-10A
* Discharge Current Range:0.1-5A
* Current Drain for Balancing Port:200mA/cell
* NiCd/NiMH Battery Cell Count:1-15cells
* LiPo/LiFe/Lilon Battery Cell Count:1-6cells
* Pb Battery Voltage:2-20V
* Net Weight:525g
* Dimension:135*112*60.9mm
* Part #SK-10003

No word on a price or an availability date on this one yet, but you can check out the official SKYRC Website to get more information.

Looking for more information on battery chargers? Try THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.