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Archive for February, 2013

Atomik 34” C1 Racing Boat
Have you ever driven a big, bad, brushless powered rc boat before? If not, they are one heck of a rush, and a great way of spending time at the lake. Atomik RC has just announced the 34″ C1 Catamaran Racing Boat. The C1 comes with plenty of smile producing power and loads of features. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Fiberglass Composite Hull with scale graphics
* Secured top hatch with pin and Neodymium magnets
* Two water-cooled Atomik 60A Pro-Marine brushless ESC’s
* Two V380 2700Kv air-cooled outrunner motors with clamp style motor mounts
* Two CNC machined fully adjustable Arneson style drives complete with ball bearings
* CNC machined aluminum motor, ESC, and Servo mounts
* Composite nylon counter rotating propellers
* Laser cut and sealed plywood battery tray with integrated receiver mount
* VR3S 2.4Ghz 3 Ch. transmitter and receiver
* Laser cut and sealed plywood boat stand
* Age Rating: 14+ With Adult Supervision
* Length: 34″ (86.4cm)
* Beam: 9.5″ (24cm)
* Height: 4.5″ (11.4cm)
* Weight: 4.5 lb (2.04 kg)
* Chassis: Hand-Laid Fiber Glass
* Motor: (2) V380 2700kv Brushless Outrunner
* ESC: (2) 60A Pro Marine Brushless ESC
* Radio: Atomik 3-Ch 2.4Ghz Transmitter
* Servos: (1) Metal Gear High Torque
* Batteries: Not Included
* Part #18001

Retail price on the C1 Catamaran is $580 and you can hit up the official Atomik RC Website for more information.

Atomik RC has a lot of cool products, check out THIS LINK to learn more about them right here on BigSquidRC.

Team Associated SC10RS RTR Hart & Huntington LiPo Combo
The very popular Team Associated SC10RS RTR is now available with a Lipo combo in Hart & Huntington livery. This version has all the race proven attributes of the SC10, plus having full-on Lipo power right in the box. Expect a street price of $380 and it should start hitting hobby shop shelves in late March. Until then, check out the Team Associated Website for more information on all of their fine products.

Want to read up on more Team Associated news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.

Atomik RC Transmitter Bags for Traxxas TQ TQi
A good transmitter bag comes in quite handy, they help keep your transmitter clean, they can help pad your transmitter when chucking it into the back of your truck, and they can act as a “catch all” bag for tools, glow plugs, etc. The crew over at Atomik RC have just announced custom formed transmitter bags for both the Traxxas TQi and the TQ.

Part number for the TQi model is #2038 and part number for the TQ model is #2039. Retail price for each bag is $25 and you can get more information at the official Atomik RC Website.

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

Cubby at quadcopter shootoutHappy Monday everyone and welcome to another week in the wonderful world of hobby grade rc. Whether you work at a manufacture or an LHS, or you are simply a hardcore enthusiast, I hope you have a great week.

Brian’s favorite Supercross rider (lol), James “Bubba” Stewart, took the win last night (Saturday) in Hotlanta. Using his proven recipe of “holeshot then 20 perfect laps” Stew lead from gate drop to checkered flag. I’ve never been a big Bubba fan but even I was stoked to see him win last night. The wins came so easy early in his career, now they come so hard. I’d have to guess that the wins now days mean a whole lot more to him than they used to. Anyways, the SX circus rolls through St Louis Missouri this Saturday and the BigSquidRC crew will be there in force.

And on to rc…

Our first ever Quadcopter Shootout is going live this Tuesday. We pitting Traxxas against Heli-Max against Ares to find out which little quad was the best of the bunch. We’ve been flying (and crashing, and demo-derbying) the shootout quads for weeks finding out how they compared to each other, even if you aren’t in the market for one I hope you find the shootout interesting. Oh and yes, I’m 90% sure the winner will surprise you.

Also in BigSquidRC news- we are hiring account reps. Some of the qualifications required are- you have to be kick a$$, you have to be able to sell snow to an Eskimo, you gotta be service oriented, and lastly, you gotta be hardcore about rc. If you are all (or some) of those things don’t hesitate to shoot Brian an email (brian at BigSquidRC dot com). We are beyond slammed and seriously need the help.

It looks like ROAR decided their reputation hadn’t been slammed enough this year, so they put out information saying they’ll be using the new MyLaps RC4 system this year at most of the nats. To translate this to you guys that don’t follow racing- the new scoring system doesn’t work with all transponders, meaning some people will have to buy new transponders for the ROAR nats. This really doesn’t affect that many people, however, it certainly shows that ROAR is busy screwing around with the dumb stuff (and ticking off more ROAR members) instead of fixing its core problems.

Sorta on that note…

The SCT class is “our” great ambassador to noobs, outsiders and main-streamers, can’t we keep from ruining it?

JConcepts has been putting out some cool gear as of late for the bashing crowd, but, last week they announced their new “wheel dishes” for their scale short course rims. To translate this to the non-racer crowd- these are disc’s that pop into the wheel to make the scale looking JConcepts SCT wheel look more like the “dish”‘ wheels that “racer types” run at the track. I’m not gonna bag on JConcepts here, they are making the wheel dishes because the “racer crowd” wants to buy them. However, who I am going to bag on is ROAR. While they are screw’n around with wire diameters and transponders there is something more important on their plate- making rules to maintain the scale integrity of the short course truck class. Every day it seems a little more “liberty” is being taken on short course trucks, give it a few more years and they’ll look like UFO’s (just like every other class).

It is in ROAR’s (and the entire hobby’s) best interest to maintain the scale look of short course trucks (and SCB’s). ROAR has let the tires slide as they no longer look like anything authentic, the roof-lines on SCT bodies keep getting lower, and now dish wheels are trying to work their way into the class. For whatever unknown reason, racers still listen to ROAR, so they (ROAR) should be putting out rules to make sure SCT’s continue to look like their full scale counterparts. There is a place for “anything goes” tires, wheels, and bodies, but it is NOT the SCT class.


What’s going on at BigSquidRC this week? As mentioned earlier the Quadcopter shootout is going up on Tues, our review on the Venom Medion Dual Charger (the one with the speakers built in) will be going up on Thursday, and Brian should be posting a pretty cool car review this week as well. Oh and, as usual we’ll be doing our Google Plus LIVE show at 9PM CST on Wednesday night. Last week was our best show to date, I think we are finally getting that thing worked out.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Steerix rc STRX-9 Micro RC Speedboat
The days are getting longer and warmer, it won’t be long until it is boat season. The crew over at Steerix RC have just announced a new micro sized rc speedboat called the STRX-9. The STRX-9 is a great boat for the first timer and comes with a very attractive price point. Some of the main features and specifications of the STRX-9 include-

* 180 Class – Water Cooled Brushed Motor
* Waterproof 2.4GHz Receiver and Speed Control
* Adjustable Turn Fins
* Includes 6V 260mAh NiMH Battery and Charger
* 2.4GHz Transmitter and Receiver
* 6v 260mAh NiMH Battery
* 9v Battery for Transmitter
* DC Field Charger
* Boat Stand
* Instruction Manual
* Allen Wrench
* Spare Silicon Coupler
* Requires- 8 AA Batteries For Field Charger
* Part #18005

The Steerix RC STRX-9 has a retail price of only $59 and we are waiting to hear more about a release date. For more information hit up the Steerix RC and Atomik RC websites.

If you are looking for more rc boat news HERE is the link you want right here on BigSquidRC.

THE Vaterra Kalahari 14th Scale 4wd Desert Raider Review

Vaterra Kalahari Review

Vaterra is the newest name in the rc game and today we’ll be taking a closer look at their Kalahari 14th Scale Desert Raider. The Kalahari comes with detailed scale looks, a brushless power system, and Spektrum 2.4 GHz radio gear, all the makings of a great bash machine. How does the Vaterra Kalahari stack up? Read on to find out exactly what we learned about the Kalahari after weeks of bash testing…



Hello, sorry I didnt know who else to ask, so maybe you know. Will the carisma M10DT volkswagon beetle desert edition come to the U.S?
I sure hope so, it really looks sick.Thanks for your time, oh I love your website.
JA Sugar

Cubby- Hey what’s up Sugar?

The Carisma crew has introduced a bunch of new trucks lately, all of them look like prime bashing mobiles and we have been getting a bunch of emails about them. Back in the day, Carisma was distributed by Horizon here in the States, but not any longer. We’ve heard some rumors of Carisma possibly getting picked up by another distributor here in the states, but as of right now they’ve yet to work out a deal. To boil it down, if you want a Carisma product you’ll have to buy it from overseas. This might be expensive (and a huge PITA), but you will instantly be the coolest guy at your bash spot. If you do pick one up send us some pics.

Hi Cubby my name is Matt got a little problem and thought you might be able to help. I just got a hot bodies dirt demon for 99 bucks and it ran good for about a week and then the trans went to crap. I was wondering if you had any thoughts on replacing the hole trans with something ells being as they do not make the spur gear and more no one does it sucks . If you got any thoughts its a god rc just bad that they do not make the 4wd trans any more. All the help will be helpful .
Matt H.

Cubby- Yo what’s up Matt? That HB Dirt Demon was a cool monster truck back in the day. And… that’s exactly the problem, it’s an old platform.

I haven’t dug into it, so I have no idea what other spur gear might work or which tranny might drop in. The reason why I haven’t researched it is because even if you can find another tranny to drop in, that doesn’t really “fix” your problem. What if you break an a-arm? Or a hub carrier? If you drive your truck at all you are going to break other parts sooner or later.

So.. what I’m going to recommend is two routes for you. The first route is the cheap one. If you have a GOOD hobby shop near you, take your truck in. A good hobby shop will look through their parts supply and figure out what they have in stock that can be used to get your Dirt Demon back up to speed.

The second route is a bit more expensive but it’s the one I would take if I really liked an older platform vehicle. Search around on eBay, Craigslist, and the forums, then buy any complete Dirt Demon you can get your hands on. If you stockpile a
couple of complete trucks you should be dialed for at least a couple of years.

I bought a HPI 2WD Electric Blitz for myself and my son.. Both trucks have the same problem… Press full throttle forward and sometimes no response.. battery is fully charged and I believe to have set up the truck correctly.. I must be missing something???
Please help!!!

Cubby- Thanks for shoot’n us an email Randy, make sure to send Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with some stickers to plaster all over your Blitz’s.

I really like the HPI Blitz. It drives well and the RTR version can take some serious abuse. Sucks to hear you are having a problem with yours but that is part of the “fun” of our hobby.

If both your trucks have the same problem it sounds like you may not have calibrated the transmitters to the speed controllers properly. What this involves is having the speed control “learn” where full throttle, full brake, and neutral is from your transmitters. Read your manual for exact instructions, but this typically involves turning on your radio, then turning on your truck, then going from full throttle to full brake and then to neutral in the first couple of seconds the speedo is on. Depending on the speedo, you might have to press a programming button to accomplish
this task.

If it isn’t a calibration issue then it might simply be there is a lot of lag/delay between reverse and forward. On some speedo’s you can instantly go from reverse to full forward, on other brands it might take a couple seconds. It’s been several years since I have driven a stock brushed Blitz, I can’t recall off the top of my head if the Blitz had a bunch of lag/delay or not.

That’s it for this week folks, shoot me your questions, smack talk, or whatever else is on your mind to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If your question makes the big-time you get free stickers, if I pick yours as “letter of the month” we hook you up with a BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter


If you haven’t caught the awesome rc video going around called “The Cliche RC Action Chase” you should really check it out. It was very well done, and much better than a few we have seen lately. We have been wanting to do one of these ourselves for a while, but just haven’t had the time. Which reminds me, we are still looking for a ‘video editor’ to add to the team! If you have some amazing video skills, drop me an email!

Ok, enough blab.. check out the video!

Oh yea.. it’s Friday!! Check out this Mystery Link!

Kershaw HPI Savage Flux 5SC Chassis
The crew over at Kershaw Designs are known for coming up with innovative and affordable large scale products. Their latest creation, a new chassis for the HPI Savage Flux 5SC, is a good example of their creativity. The new Kershaw 5SC chassis is designed to not only be stronger than stock, but to also allow the use of larger motors and battery packs for you power hungry freaks out there.

* Motor mount accepts all common 56mm motors and the enormous Castle 2028 motor
* Room for blower fans
* Main chassis made from 4.1mm heat treated aluminum.
* Velcro battery synching system with plenty of room for wide, tall LiPos.
* Chassis designed with 4 degrees of anti-squat geometry in the rear for quicker acceleration
* Battery tray adjusts to 3 different positions forwards and aft for tuning weight distribution
* Available with optional 1/4 scale servo mounting plate
* Also accepts KD’s Direct Drive Gearbox

Street price for the Kershaw 5SC chassis is $430 and they are available right now. For more information hit up the official Kershaw Designs Website.

It’s been a long work week, treat yourself to a TGIF Mystery Link.

RC4WD Armageddon Hydraulic Dump Truck
Scale realism is great for our hobby and one of the leaders in putting out scale looking product is RC4WD. Their latest product, the 14th Scale 4×8 Armageddon Hydraulic Dump Truck, is an outstanding example of just how cool scale appearance can be. The Armageddon is styled after a European dump truck and is engineered to be tough as nails. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Hard plastic European style front Cab
* Full metal 2 speed transmission (Planetary gears)
* European style V shape dumper
* Full electronic sound system (engine start, idle and more)
* Transfer case (billet alum)
* Scale fuel tank (billet alum)
* Super scaled leaf spring suspension setup
* Scale rims (billet alum)
* Remote lockable rear axle (locking differential)
* Hard plastic rear axle housing
* Steel scale drive shaft
* Realism front cab latch
* Retractable steel ladder
* Molded functional fuel tank (filled with hydraulic oil)
* Automatic trailer gate (do not attempt to open it by hand)
* Retractable steel ladder
* Rear light guard (protect against rock)
* Scale light bucket (fit 3-5mm LED)
* Recommended payload: 16kg/35lbs
* Maximum lift power: 42kg/92lbs
* Rear dump is powder coated white
* Scale fire extinguishers and spare wheel/tire
* Cylinder maximum thrust: 109kg/231 lbs
* Brushed driven motor
* 1000kV Brushless motor-driven micro hydraulic pump
* Length: 687mm/27inch
* Width: 186mm/7.3inch
* Height: 262mm/10.3inch
* Weight: 8kg/17lbs
* Theoretical load: 15kg/33lbs
* Load total mass: 23kg/50lbs
* First gear 1:16, second gear 1:4 (Transmission)
* Basic 6 channel 2.4Ghz radio
* Basic 60T 540 motor
* Gray/Black (Front Cab) and white (dump) color finish
* Powder coated finish (dump)
* 30 days limited warranty
* This product is professionally pre-assembled
* Needed to complete- Battery and charger, Hydraulic oil #VVV-S0014
* Truck part #VV-JD00007

Street price for the Armageddon is $2600 and they are available right now. For more information on the RC4WD Armageddon, and all their other fine products, HERE is the link to the official RC4WD website.

Thank goodness it’s Friday, how about taking a chance on a BigSquidRC Mystery Link?

Check out the video below, the Armageddon is a BEAST!

Hobbico/Great Planes Exclusive Distributor for HPI Racing

We were the first to break the news a few weeks ago on our Google Plus show, Cubby then talked a little about all the details we had. Then again when all the other websites were claiming HPI was bought, we assured people that it wasn’t the case. HPI has now confirmed what we have been saying all along since we broke the news.

Here is the official announcement from HPI Racing about their exclusive distribution deal with Hobbico/Great Planes.

“In light of recent media speculation, HPI would like to confirm that it has appointed Hobbico/Great Planes Model Distributors as their exclusive distributor for HPI RC Cars in North America. This distribution partnership is a further extension of the HPI’s exclusive distribution network that is operating very successfully throughout the rest of the world.

We would like to be clear that Hobbico has not purchased HPI, HPI’s assets or the rights to any HPI products. Hobbico/Great Planes Model Distributors have simply purchased the necessary product inventory to enable them to provide the service levels required from an exclusive distributor in such a large market area. Their comprehensive distribution facilities will ensure fast and effective supply of the entire HPI product line.

As the exclusive North American distributor, Hobbico will also be providing first-class customer services utilizing their extensive facilities and knowledgeable staff at their headquarters in Champaign, Illinois. The customer service facility will be operational for the HPI product range beginning March 1st, 2013.

HPI USA will retain its headquarters in California, where we will continue to develop market-leading products and maintain relationships with our high-profile corporate partners. HPI Europe will handle centralized purchasing and logistics operations, resulting in more efficient accessibility of global product demand. These combined efforts will enable North American shops and customers better and faster access to HPI’s kits, spares and support.

This exciting partnership will enhance HPI’s presence within North America by giving both companies the opportunity to concentrate their efforts on their own specialized areas of the business.

HPI’s dedication to product development, marketing collaborations and our distribution partners will ensure HPI will remain the front runner in the worldwide RC market.”

So there you have it folks, expect big from HPI and Great Planes in the years to come. For more information on all of HPI’s fine products HERE is the link to their official website.

Another week has flown by and is in the books, why not give your luck a try on a TGIF Mystery Link?

Duratrax Camaro ZL1 .18 Nitro 2.4GHz RTR
Duratrax is a favorite among the basher crowd and they’ve just announced a new and very scale realistic Camaro ZL1 Nitro RTR. Combine the very realistic Camaro body with features like a .18 nitro engine and 2.4 GHz radio gear and it looks like we are going to be seeing a lot of these at our local bash spot this spring. Some of the other features and specifications on the Duratrax Camaro ZL1 include-

* Three different colors, Red, Orange, and Yellow
* Aluminum chassis
* Four wheel drive
* Duratrax .18 cu in nitro engine
* Super Start hand held starter system
* Dual chamber tuned pipe
* Two speed transmission with adjustable shift point
* Duratrax 2.4GHz FHSS system by Futaba
* Oil-filled shocks
* Three shoe clutch
* Full bearing set
* 2.5oz (75cc) fuel tank
* Metal gear diffs
* Polycarbonate body, painted and trimmed,
* Injection molded wing and mirrors
* Pillow ball front suspension
* Adjustable camber, caster, Ackerman, and droop
* Includes- RTR Camaro ZL1 On-Road Car with .18 Engine with Electric Starter, 2.4GHz Radio, Painted Body, Instruction Manual
* REQUIRES: Glow Fuel: 10-20% car blend nitromethane fuel
* Length: 17.13″ (435mm)
* Width: 7.87″ (200mm)
* Height: 4.72″ (120mm)
* Weight: 4.06lbs (1.84 kg)
* Part #DTXD53**

Expect a street price of $320 with a release date of Mid May. Click on over to the official Duratrax Website for more information.

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

2013 XRAY XB9 1/8th Scale Buggy
XRay sent out teaser information on their 2013 spec XB9 8th Scale Buggy at the first of the year, now they’ve released full information and photo’s. The 2013 XB9 is a culmination of years of testing and research, surely it will go down as one of the most elite 8th scale racers ever produced.

The changes for the 2013 XB9 include-

* New longer and wider chassis for increased stability and weight balance
* New engine position and internal component layout to improve performance, efficiency and durability
* New updated side guards
* New fuel tank with floating stone type fuel filter
* New high-torque clutch set
* New heavier high-torque flywheel
* New high-torque clutch shoes
* New high-torque clutch springs
* New 16° caster blocks suitable for majority of track conditions
* New steering blocks for increased corner speed
* New Ackermann position for increased corner speed
* New HUDY Spring Steel™ turnbuckles with new size
* New front shock tower with new roll center positions
* New rear shock to accommodate optional longer chassis brace
* New longer muffler mounting to accommodate all types of mufflers

For more information on the XB9 check out the official XRay Website, and for even more XRay news check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.