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Archive for January, 2013

Hobbico eFest 2013 Promo Video
The crew over at Hobbico have just released a promo video for eFest 2013. eFest is one of the largest indoor fly-ins in the world, and this year it is being held on February 9th and 10th in the epicenter of the rc universe, Champaign Illinois. Check out the video, and if you’ve never been to a huge indoor flying event feel free to make the trip and see it in person. HERE is the link to the official eFest website for more details.

Looking for more air news here on BigSquidRC? THIS is the link you want.

Pro-Line Big Blox Pre-Mounted M3
Pro-Line has announced that their Big Blox 8th scale buggy tires are now available all glued up and pre-mounted for your driving pleasure. The mounted Big Blox save you time and hassle by coming ready to bolt right up to your buggy, giving you more driving time. The pre-mounts are available in their popular M3 (soft) or M4 (super soft) compounds, and come mounted on white Velocity wheels. Part numbers are #9048-32 for M3, #9048-33 for M4, and both have a street price of right at $35 per pair.

Pro-Line Big BloxBig Blox are also now available in Pro-Line’s new long wearing X2 (Medium) and X3 (Soft) compounds. Big Blox are already known for their long wear characteristics, I would think that in X Compound you should be able to complete an hour long main and still have plenty of tread left. Part number for the X2 Big Blox’s is #9048-002, the X3′s are #9048-003, and both have a street price of around $22 per pair. Hit up the official Pro-Line Website for even more information.

We have a lot more Pro-Line News right HERE on BigSquidRC.

Cubby Atomik DeeganWelcome to another big week in rc, and thanks for tuning in to yet another CR. Last week was a busy week as many manufactures were intro’ing new product in advance of the Nuremberg show, with plenty more to be released when the doors open a couple days from now.

We’ll be covering the Nuremberg Toy Fair for you guys, mark it on your calenders for Jan 30th through February 2nd, and this year should be epic. Horizon had a relatively “quiet” 2012, but they are pushing full steam ahead for 2013, and proof of this will be found at Nuremberg. Horizon released the first teaser for their all new surface brand last week (btw- they really need to hire me to do their teasers for them, or heck even Stevie Wonder), and they’ll be doing a huge reveal at the Nuremberg show. Good for them for pump’n up their new line, it’s not every day a company introduces a new brand.

Other companies are busting it huge for Nuremberg too. HPI is showing their new Octane game changers (for the second year in a row), and word is Traxxas has something big lined up for the show as well. For ultra high-end gear, Serpent has been busy blowing up lately, and they are showing their all new 2wd 10th scale race machine for the first time in the flesh. Not to mention dozens of other companies that will be showing all new gear, Nuremberg 2013 has all the makings of their best show ever.

Also in trade show news, after a very soft iHobby 2012 in Ohio, they are headed back to the greater Chic-town metro area this year. The dates are Oct 3-6th, a bit earlier than usual (thank goodness, it might not be so freak’n cold), and their new venue, the Schaumburg Convention Center should be sweet. It’s in an easily accessible part of Chicago, the venue was built not too long ago so it should be all new and sparkly looking, and it should save exhibitors some cash compared to the old Rosemont. The Chicago consumers are notorious for busting big numbers when iHobby comes back to town, plus there are new peeps behind the scenes at iHobby, so iHobby 2013 is looking to be epic as well.

Enough trade show news…

Oh what the hell, one more (of sorts)…

Mark your calenders for February 9th. That’s the date for a big indoor rc air show in Champaign Illinois called E-Fest and we’ll be doing some nutty live coverage there. What’s it like to be a bunch of wacky surface guys at a big air meet? Find out along with us on Feb 9th. We’ll be doing posts from the show, as well as some sic live show coverage. And not just a webcam aimed out at the crowd, it’ll be some pretty neat live interactive video. Even if you don’t like air stuff (I know I don’t), hopefully you’ll dig us goofing around like monkeys just for your enjoyment.

On a different note…

I haven’t been following WireGate much this week, to me it was pretty much over by last weekend. Here is the simple scoop- the BIG winner here is Trinity (or Epic, or whatever they are calling themselves now days). It’s not a matter of legality, this is a matter of publicity, and Trinity has received the type of advertising you just can’t buy from all this. Trinity was still known in stock racing circles, but most everywhere else they were written off. After all the publicity that ROAR has given them, Trinity is back on the map with mainstream rc’ers, so mark this one down as a BIG win for Trinity here, regardless if their motor is or isn’t legal.

So, the big loser in WireGate is ROAR, and here’s why- their credibility right now has been shot to hell. I mean, they declared a product legal 10 months ago, and the product didn’t change, and now it’s illegal? Ya, it puts a doubt in the back of everyones mind. How many other products out there are not legal? Can they be trusted to uphold their own rules? If they dropped the ball once, who is to say they won’t do it again? Trust, ROAR has lost it, and not just with racers, but on the industry side as well, and it’s incredibly hard to get back.

And moving on…

Social media- dinosaur media is all over it, on every other paper page you see a “Hey, why don’t you put down our mag, skip our website, and cruise on over to our FB page!” blurb. Yes, for sure social media is an important marketing tool now days, but for us media types, we don’t get paid for hits on our FB or G+ page, we are only able to make money when people visit our dot com. And personally, I’d rather a few bucks go in my pocket to keep me and my family fed instead of them going into Mark Zuckerbergs. So what is the point I am getting too? Well there are a couple…

First off, we are going to introduce our newest social media page on Wednesday. There is a social media site that is more popular among the teen crowd than even Facebook, so that might give you a hint, but check in on Wednesday to our main page to find out, and check out our BigSquidRC LIVE Show Wednesday night for all the details. Also of note- we’ve been doing posts on our all our different social network pages that you won’t find on the other social pages or our dot com, so if you are looking to see everything we post each day, you’ll have to check them all out.

But… the real point I’m trying to make here is this- if you are big Facebook fan and only follow BigSquidRC on FB, two things are happening right now-

1. Only by you visiting our dot com can we show our advertisers that you are supporting us (and thus them). If we can’t show our advertisers that you are supporting BigSquidRC, then we can’t eat, and if we can’t eat, we can’t keep posting all the uber stuff we do.

2. We’ve hit that point with Facebook that their dreaded “algorithm” is kicking in. What this means is that while we may post 6 times a day on FB, only one (or two or three) of these posts may actually make it to your FB news feed. FB now charges money to ensure every post is actually seen by everyone that likes our page. We would have to spend thousands of dollars PER DAY to make sure every single person that likes BigSquidRC received every one of our posts. That is something we can not do.

This will be the second time I’ve ever asked for your guys help, and here it goes-

If you are big FB’er and want to help BigSquidRC, please “Like”, “Share” and “Comment” on our FB posts when you dig them. You can also help us by suggesting or inviting friends to “Like” our FB page. You can also help us by setting up your notifications on FB, when you do this you will get a notification every time we post on FB, thus making sure you don’t miss anything. And lastly, simply visit BigSquidRC.com every once in a while instead of only viewing our content on FB. A bookmark is quick and easy to set-up on your browser, and it’ll help keep our doors open. Oh and thanks ahead of time, from the entire crew here.

Lastly…

Big week ahead of us here at BigSquidRC. Brian will finally be posting our second transmitter shootout, Adam “The Intern” will be posting a new Axial review, I’ll be posting reviews on the Radient Reaktor brushless system and IMaxRC X200 battery charger, and we’ll have our BigSquidRC LIVE show going on Wednesday night at 9 pm CST. Throw in some Nuremberg Toy Fair coverage and hopefully we’ll have plenty of cool stuff for you guys to read and look at this week.

That’s it for this week guys, as always, thank you for your support here at BigSquidRC, and please support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Carisma M10DT Volkswagen Beetle Desert Edition
Today we have news on the latest from Carisma, their M10DT Volkswagen Beetle Desert Edition. This is a 2wd, mid-motored, 10th scale brushless RTR that is all about scale looks with its licensed Volkswagen body and various accessories. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Water resistant servo, ESC, and receiver
* Front and rear bumpers
* Oil Shocks
* High traction tires
* 540 brushless motor
* 2.4 GHz radio system
* Optional light kit- sold separately
* Part #69868

No word on a release date or price point yet, but you can hit up the official Carisma Website to view more information. Hit up THIS link for more Carisma news right here on BigSquidRC.

futaba 4pl It’s time to hand out another Basher Approved Award. This time up we have the Futaba 4PL! We have had a 4PL around the office for a while now, and it’s been great. It’s taken a beating in and out of pit boxes, been dropped on the floor a half a dozen times, sometimes on purpose, and it just keeps going. You can read our original Futaba 4PL Review right there.

You can read all about our BASHER APPROVED AWARD as well as get more details about the winners, and see other products and vehicles that have achieved this elite status.

Pandora RC NISSAN FAIRLADY Z (Z34ROADSTER)
Looking for a hot new body to bolt on your touring car or rc drift machine? Take a look at this trick Nissan Fairlady Z (Z34 Roadster) body from Pandora RC. This 10th scale clear lexan body is set up to fit most touring cars and comes with light buckets, windshield, control panel, and window masks. These are available right now with a street price of right around $35. Hit up the Pandora RC Website for more information on this and all their other bodies.

Looking for news on other rc bodies right here on BigSquidRC? Check out THE link.

Serpent Spyder SRX-2 Buggy
Serpent is known for putting out high-end product and now they are jumping into the 2wd 10th scale buggy segment with their new Spyder SRX-2. Designed by the likes of former IFMAR 1/10 2wd buggy World Champion Billy Easton, the newest Serpent is sure to be extremely high quality from front to back. The teaser pics of the SRX-2 don’t reveal much, but they are said to be showing it in the flesh at the Nuremberg Toy Fair, luckily we’ll be there to get pics and more information.

Also mentioned by Serpent is their intention to expand their product catalog, with new offerings like a 2wd ShortCourse, 2wd Truck, 4wd buggy and a 4wd Shortcourse on the way in the coming months. Sounds like Serpent is really upping their game!

Hit up the official Serpent Website for more information on all their latest products, and hit THIS link for more Serpent news right here on BigSquidRC.

splinter cell connectors edition rc plane

Wow! When we started seeing games ship with RC cars, I thought that was pretty wild, but anyone can ‘drive’ a rc car. Now Ubisoft has announced the Splinter Cell Blacklist Collector’s Edition is going to come with a 3-Channel Custom RC Plane! This one blows our mind because we know not ‘anyone’ can fly a plane. It’s a dual motor ducted fan setup, and a 2.4GHz radio system. The collectors edition also comes with a graphic novel, exclusive content, and I’m sure there a game in the box somewhere, but seriously.. a plane!

Check out the video for more info!

Have you seen our other video game RC product reviews? There was the Gears of War 2 Centaur Tank Review, and the Call of Duty – Black Ops RC-XD Review.

It’s still Friday, time for one last Mystery Link.

Pro-line 2013 hoodie
Pro-Line has announced two new pieces of apparel for 2013, their new black hoodie sweatshirt, and a new gray flexfit hat. Whether you be at the track, or cruising the mall, rc apparel like these from Pro-line can show the world you are a hardcore rc’er.

The black Pro-line hoodie pictured above zips up the front and is available in sizes small to XXL. Street prices range from $45 to $54.

pro-line flexfit hat 2013The 2013 Pro-Line gray flat-bill FlexFit hat comes in one size, L-XL, and sports a street price of $31. Hit up the official PL Website for more information on these and all their other products.

It’s TGIF again, the weekend is nearly here, care for a Mystery Link?

ihobby 2013
The latest news from about the iHobby 2013 trade show is- they are holding this years event back in Chicago. Chicago is a familiar city to the iHobby show, but for 2013 it won’t be held at the customary Rosemont Convention Center, instead it will be held at the Schaumburg Convention Center. The dates have also been set, October 3rd through the 6th. Mark your calenders now, as the years when iHobby comes back to Chicago tend to be huge shows. For complete consumer and trade information, simply hit up the official iHobby Website.

Ready for another TGIF Mystery Link?

Orion Advantage Touch Screen Charger
The team over at Orion have been announcing all kinds of new products lately and their latest is a touch screen charger named the Advantage Touch Advance. This is an AC/DC unit (built in 100 watt PS), so you don’t have to pack around a separate power supply, and can charge at up to a 10 Amp rate. The Advantage Touch can charge up to 6S Lipo or 15 cell NiMH. Some of its other features and specs include-

* Microprocessor controlled advanced digital circuit
* Input Voltage: 11-18VDC and 100-240VAC
* Screen: Spectra TFT 400×240 color touch screen
* Functions: charge, discharge, storage, cycle, balance
* Cells supported: LiPo/LiFe/LiIon 1-6S, NiMH/NiCd 1-15, Pb 2-20V
* Charge Current: adjustable 0.1-10A
* Discharge Current: adjustable 0.1-5A (10W max)
* Charge and discharge curve graphic engine
* ATTS Advanced Touch Technology Software
* HPC High Precision Charging System
* Cycle modes: C->D, D->C, D->C->D
* Unique 4-in-1 Balancing Board included (XH, TP/FP, EH, HP/PQ)
* Balancing: adjustable on/off
* Advanced Stand Alone Balancing
* Discharge Cut-off voltage: adjustable
* Charge and discharge data storage for later review
* Adjustable automatic delta-peak charge cutoff
* Temperature monitoring and cut-off (optional)
* TRX-, Deans-, EC3-, Tamiya-, Crocodile Clips, BEC- and Futaba- charging cables
* Dimensions: L 170mm x W 158mm x H 45mm
* Weight: 744g
* American part #ORI30209

No word on a street price or a release date yet, but hit up the official Team Orion Website for the scoop on their other products.

TGIF, dare you click the Mystery Link?

pro-line diamond back tires
Pro-Line is always striving forward looking to give you an advantage out on the track. Their latest 8th scale buggy tires are further proof of this and they are called Diamond Backs. Just like the name implies, the Diamond Backs emulate the scales on a snakes back, the lugs in the center of the tire are closer together, while the lugs near the sidewalls are further apart. Placing the lugs in this manner helps to provide longer tread life while having lots of traction. As far as tire compounds go, the Diamond Back are currently being produced in Pro-Line’s exclusive long lasting X2 (medium- #9049-002) and X3 (soft- #9049-003) compounds.

Expect a street price of $22 per pair, and you can get more information on these and all of Pro-Line’s superior products on their Official Website.

We work all week waiting for the weekend, why not check out a TGIF Mystery Link?

ken_block_2013_01

These are not RC vehicles… yet. Ken Block and the Hoonigan Racing Team has changed things up for 2013! He’s got a new garage/building, and some new wraps on his rides. Long gone is the recognizable green and white, and now the dominant colors are blue, grey, and purple. Fingers crossed for HPI to come up with a alternate body for their Ken Block WR8 FluxRally Car.

Check out some other pictures here.

Speaking of HPI and Ken Block, have you seen our HPI Racing WR8 Flux – Ken Block Review?