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Archive for February, 2013

maximum destruction

Today Wrench (aka Bill) and I loaded up the families and headed to check out this years Monster Jam event in Rosemont Illinois. While everyone had a good time, it all seemed very scripted. Like we were watching WWE with trucks. Grave Digger won all 3 competitions. The race, the wheelie, and the freestyle. And while the truck put on a great show, it almost seemed like the other guys held back a little, and of course Grave Digger was the FINAL truck in the freestyle to end the evening.

There was some AWESOME freestyle quad action that my son thought was incredible, especially when it came to the backflips. Those guys are nuts! There was also quad racing, where it was again very scripted to have the ‘Chicago Team’ win in the final race after all but two vehicles were ‘black flagged’ leaving 1 quad from each team to battle it out on the last lap.

There was one mention of Traxxas when they gave away a Traxxas Monster Jam vehicle to a kid in the audience.

The Jet Powered Smart car shot is for Jim S. Seriously, you need to do this to yours!

In the end it was a good show, and the family was very entertained. The only part that really left the sour taste in my mouth was the price gauging. (This does not include food and souvenirs, that’s expected) I have no problem paying $32 a ticket to be entertained. I HATE paying TicketMaster their $8 convenience fee PER ticket (how is it a convenience for me to do ALL the work? And why is it PER ticket? All I had to do was use type in a 4) I had to pay another $4 to print my tickets myself! And finally to top it off $20 parking fee! Weird.. it was FREE parking a few weeks before for people going to Disney on Ice, and $10 for a previous event.. but this one was $20. Would rather spend that $20 on Monster Truck Snow Cones!

Bill has posted a few of his pictures over on our Facebook Page you can check out as well.

people of efest 2013 volume 2
Pictured above with the BSRC crew is Kevin Hisel, a man you might recognize from that big thick Tower Hobbies catalog you get every few months. Kevin is VP at Tower and was one of the many industry people that made eFest a very special event. eFest was a great place to actually talk with the people that have made and shaped our hobby, just as it was for talking to people that drove 8 hours just to enjoy flying their plane indoors and hang out with their fellow hobbyists. Check out the galleries below to see even more happy hobbyists, and hit up THIS link for more eFest 2013 coverage.

people of efest 2013
To give you a better feel for eFest 2013 here are some random pictures from the event. eFest had a great turn-out this year, from industry people, to all the people flying, to Higher Plane Productions beautiful spokes-model Svetlana O’Hara, it was the people that made eFest 2013 such a success. Enjoy all the pictures in the gallery below, and hit up THIS link for all of our eFest coverage.

If you are in to the competition foam 3D plane scene the crew from Fancy Foam Models had a cool booth at eFest 2013. The Fancy Foam crew was showing off their latest plane, the Raptor, which is constructed out of Depron. If you are looking to take your foam game up a couple of notches, check out all the cool gear on the official Fancy Foam Website.

Looking for more eFest 2013 news? Right HERE is the link you want right here on BigSquidRC.

Slot and Wing Hobbies Booth eFest 2013
Champaign Illinois is known as the “epicenter of the rc world” for good reason, both Hobbico and Horizon Hobby are based there. It is also home to Slot and Wing Hobbies, one of the best known hobby shops in the entire country. Slot and Wing is known for being one of those shops where you can walk in and find all sorts of neat items that most hobby shops don’t stock. Being a big supporter of the hobby, Slot and Wing had a booth at eFest, answering questions and showing some of their stock. If you are a truly hardcore hobbyist, Slot and Wing is one of those hobby shops that you must visit at least once in your life.

Check out Slot and Wing on-line at THIS link, and click right HERE for more eFest coverage on BigSquidRC.

Ram models inc booth efest 2013
The crew over at Ram Models Inc are primarily known for their LED lighting systems and they have a large display of them at the eFest 2013 fly-in.

Ram is also showing their new Quad LED systems for the Blade MQX, Heli-Max 1SQ, and Traxxas QR-1. These are plug and play systems that weight around 2 grams and have a retail price of right around $15. Hit up the official Ram Website for complete details.

Looking for more eFest coverage? Hit up THIS link.

Horizon Hobby eFest 2013
One of the largest names in rc is Horizon Hobby and they have a very nice booth set-up at eFest 2013. Horizon is displaying a wide variety air products, from Blade heli’s and quad’s, to their novice friendly hobbyzone planes, they have a wide variety of products for nearly any flyer.

Hit up the Horizon Hobby Website for more information on all their products, and check out THIS link for more eFest coverage right here on BigSquidRC.

Hobbico Booth eFest 2013
Hobbico is the title sponsor of the eFest 2013 event and it certainly shows. We had a great time touring their booth which has all kinds of great flying gear on display. There was plenty of new Futaba, OS Motors, Thunder Tiger, Heli-Max, and Tactic gear out for show goers to check out. From the most esoteric of high-end gear, to equipment for your very first flight, the Hobbico booth had it covered.

For more information on all of Hobbico’s fine products check out their Official Website and to check out more eFest coverage THIS is the link you want.


We are at eFest 2013! We will be running live cams, posting booth pictures, flying, crashing, and all sorts of stuff! If you are in the Champaign IL area, come by and say hello, grab some stickers, and hang out!

Click this link for all of the eFest News you can use from Big Squid RC.

THE TrakPower VR-1 Dual Channel Balancing Battery Charger Review

TrakPower VR-1 Dual Channel Balancing Battery Charger Review

TrakPower is becoming one of the most respected names in the rc biz via putting out high quality gear for both the racing and basher crowds. Today we’ll be taking a look at their top shelf battery charger, the VR-1 Dual Channel, to see if it indeed is one of the elite chargers on the market. Does the VR-1 give a quality charge? Is it easy to use? And most importantly, is it worth your cash? Read on…


HPI x HOONIGAN 1/10th scale decals
Looking for a sic new look for your HPI Rally Car? Try a murdered-out paint scheme and these new Hoonigan 1/10th Scale Decals on for size. With these in place you can hoon up your cul-de-sac in the latest of styles. The HPI Hoonigan decal set is only available at the website, and they run about $10 a set.

TGIF, why don’t you give our Mystery Link a whirl?

SKYRC T6755 Touch Screen AC/DC Battery Charger
A couple of week ago we posted the new Bluetooth Enabled battery charger from SKYRC. Today we are learning more about their new T6755 Touch Screen battery charger. Touch screens are everywhere now days and having one on your charger can help make it even easier to use. Some of the key features and specifications of the T6755 include-

* 3.2″ touch sensitive color LCD screen
* Optimized operating software
* Internal independent Lithium battery balancer
* Adaptable to various types of Lithium batteries
* AC Input: 100-240V
* DC Input: 11-18Volt
* Charge circuit power: 55W
* Charge current range: 0.1-7.0A
* Discharge current power: 5W
* Discharge current range: 0.1-2.0A
* Current drain for balancing port: 200mA/cell
* NiCd/NiMH battery cell count: 1-15Cells
* LiPo/LiFe/Lilon cell count: 1-6Cells
* Pb battery voltage: 2-20V
* Net weight: 540g
* Dimension: 140x165x60mm
* Part #SK-100064

To get more information on the SKYRC T6755 hit up THIS link for their official website.

Thank goodness it’s Friday, time for another Mystery Link.

KO Propo EX-1 KIY Version 2
KO Propo has just announced their EX-1 KIY Version 2 for all you high-end transmitter users. A number of upgrades have been incorporated and it now features a 5% faster response time. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Version 2 is a software improvement for response and linear feeling.
* Conventional response increased 5%.
* Transition from moving the steering back/forth quickly and small movements have been improved.
* Motion feeling has been enhanced. Improvement for human interface for a more natural feeling but still maintaining a faster feeling.
* Version 2 Master Units (FHSS & ASF) are compatible with current Grip and Steering Units.
* External plastic case is the same as previous version, just software and PC board has been changed.
* Current customers with Version 1 will be able to send in their Master Units for a PC board change to the Version 2 at a later date once the boards are available.
* Master Unit EX-1 FHSS Ver.2 plus KR-411FH receiver, Part #10520
* Master Unit EX-1 ASF Ver.2 for Mini-Z only, Part #10522
* EX-1 KIY 2.4GHz FHSS Set Ver.2 Tx/Rx, Part #80519
* EX-1 KIY ASF Set Ver.2 for Mini-Z only, Part #80521

Hit up the official KO Propo Website for more details, and hit up THIS link for more KO news right here on BigSquidRC.