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Welcome to July 2014! As always, thanks for supporting and downloading the monthly calendar! It’s always cool to see 1000′s of downloads across all platforms including phones!

With all the hype, it seemed only appropriate for this months model to be the Axial Yeti. The review has had a solid lock on the popular articles chart, and it won’t be long before this awesome beast is in consumer hands.

As always, we have several different resolutions available. Just right click these links below, and do a ‘SAVE AS’ for the one matching your PC’s desktop ratio. Basically we have a wide screen version, and a standard 4:3. Your computer should resize as needed. Then all you need to do is right click on your desktop, and change wallpaper to the picture for your calendar!

Grab one below:
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Standard Screen: 1280×1024

wall_phone You can also use these on your phones!
We are using the most popular resolutions, but if you are having trouble scaling it, or if there is a different resolution you need, leave us a comment below and we will try to add a few more links.

If you are looking for a previous month, or just want to collect them all, you can HIT THIS LINK.

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And just like that, it’s June 2014! We are happy to see everyone really enjoying the monthly desktop calendars. Every month they get a ton of downloads, and even a pretty high number seems to be going to phones, so that’s cool!

This month’s photo is the Carisma M40DT Desert Truck getting a little bath. This vehicle was a blast to drive, so if you are interested, make sure to check out our review.

We have several different resolutions available. Just right click these links, and do a ‘SAVE AS’ for the one matching your PC’s desktop ratio. Basically we have a wide screen version, and a standard 4:3. Your computer should resize as needed. Then all you need to do is right click on your desktop, and change wallpaper to the picture for your calendar!

Grab one below:
Wide Screen: 1920×1080
Standard Screen: 1280×1024

wall_phone You can also use these on your phones!
We are using the most popular resolutions, but if you are having trouble scaling it, or if there is a different resolution you need, leave us a comment below and we will try to add a few more links.

If you are looking for a previous month, or just want to collect them all, you can HIT THIS LINK.

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I knew we were in trouble when we pulled up in front of the Axial Racing offices. You see Brian and I were dressed more for a boardroom than we were for walking around in the desert, and by the looks of the myriad of hardcore off-road vehicles in the parking lot, I doubted we’d be spending much time indoors. I was right, we spent most of our time at Axial pulling trigger, something that we both prefer (but were not dressed for, LOL).

After some introductions and a quick tour of their facility, the Axial crew loaded up some trucks, batteries, and tools, and we hit one of their local uber bash spots. They told us they had a killer spot to bash just around the corner, which we hear all the time and it rarely turns out to be true, but the Axial guys were not kidding. Just a few blocks away was an area with a variety of terrain, but more importantly to us, it had HUGE jumps, and LOTS of them.

Much like us, the Axial crew proved in person that they love bashing hard, very hard. They kept going bigger and higher, and before we left one of their guys said “Finish them off!”. If you are a basher, you know what that phrase means, if not, it means to keep going bigger until everything is broke to finish off the day. It’s a pretty common phrase when we go bashing, and we were kinda blown away that the Axial crew have the exact same mentality as us.

Needless to say we had a great time bashing with the Axial crew and pushing their products to the limit. We would like to publicly thank Rodney, Jeff, Brandon, Jamie, Andrew, and Matt for all their hospitality and the opportunity to find out what they are all about – having insane amounts of fun with rc trucks. :)

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During our Southern California Road Trip, the fine folks over at Horizon Hobby were kind enough to let us drop by their offices for a visit. The Horizon offices are home to such brands as Vaterra, ECX, Losi, Pro Boat, and TLR.

While some of the Horizon brands are intended for hardcore racing, we soon learned that all the guys at Horizon were very basher friendly. We found that they honestly care about hardcore bashers, and are especially concerned about first day noobs. We had several long conversations, many of which centered around things we could be doing to make the hobby more noob friendly. It was nice to find the IFMAR and National Championship drivers sitting around the conference table were very much like us, simply wanting everyone to have the best experience possible in the hobby.

After the bench racing session the Horizon crew grabbed one of their new Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggies and we headed outside to get some serious bashing in. We found the Mini 8IGHT-T a blast to drive, and that the Horizon guys were just as hardcore about their bashing as we were. It’s nice to know the people designing the next generation of bash vehicles drive them like they stole them, just like we do.

We not only had a great time hang’n with the Horizon guys, but also learned a lot about the hobby from their perspective. We would like to give Jukka, Rich, Ray, and our homie Scott Hughes a super huge “Thank You!” for taking the time to visit with us.

RPM RC Products
It would be difficult to find a more iconic name for basher parts than RPM RC Products. For years the RPM crew has been making ultra tough plastic parts to give bashers more time driving, and less time wrenching. When you look around the BSRC offices nearly every one of our “personal vehicles” has RPM parts all over it.

RPM is based out of Southern California, so while in the area we were lucky enough to get to spend some time with them.

RPM is extremely proud that all their parts are made right here in the USA. They are set-up to design, make the molds, and actually produce their famous plastic parts entirely under one roof. Also of note, while most of their parts go out the door under the RPM logo, they also do OEM work for some “famous” rc names. If you are an rc company needing some plastic parts made, it might be worth your time to give RPM a ring.

Along with Brian, we were most struck by the pure passion shown around the RPM offices. They eat, sleep, and breathe, making the highest quality parts possible, and that a lot of heart and soul goes into every single product they make. The RPM crew is hardcore about getting the design perfect, the molds perfect, and ultimately, the best plastic upgrade parts you can put on your bash machine.

We would like to say “Thank You!” to Richard, Atticus and the entire crew at RPM, we learned so much about the fine art of making plastic parts, and about the rc industry as a whole. The folks over at RPM are good people, give them your support whenever you can.

Pro-Line Racing BigSquidRCThis week the BigSquidRC Bash Crew made a big Road Trip to Southern California. We’ve been wanting to road trip SoCal for a long time now, to get in some “face time” with the makers and shakers of rc, and to generally learn as much as possible about the rc scene on the West Coast.

Both personally and professionally, we’ve been big fans of Pro-Line Racing products for decades now, so naturally we called up the PL crew and asked if we could drop by for a visit. They generously gave us the green light.

Everything at Pro-Line was top notch. From their huge outdoor track, to their waiting area, to their machine shop and shipping area, everything was clean, neat, and organized. Their facility was dialed, just like their products.

If you don’t already know, Pro-Line is a true manufacture of wheels, tires, and bodies, right here in the USA. From the inception of a product idea, through the actual production, all the way to shipping it out the door, Pro-Line is very proud of how many of their products are American made. While it might be easier/cheaper to have products made overseas, they prefer to go the proper route, making them themselves.

After the full tour, the Pro-Line crew was nice enough to give us some very cool hook-ups. Matt from Pro-Line used their in-house 3D printer to make an incredibly detailed Squid for us to take home, and they even hooked us up with a super trick Pro-2 Buggy, complete with BigSquidRC livery.

We would like to give extra special thanks to Todd, Jessica, Gerardo, Matt, Tim, and all the rest of the PL crew for making our stay so special. It didn’t take long to see first hand that they not only want to put out the most innovative products in the wheel/tire/body industry, but also the very best you can buy, for racing, or for bashing.

*Update: We have gotten a few questions about who did the paint on the awesome body. It was done by Steve Burgess of Rugspin Graphix. You can get more paint info from their site at This Link

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Welcome to May 2014! When we first started this desktop Calendar thing, we weren’t really sure if people would use it and enjoy it or not. It seems like each month we get more and more fans, and more downloads! We are glad to see that you guys are digging it, and even enjoy the ‘Where is it!?’ emails when we are a day late. LOL.

This month’s photo is the Axial Deadbolt getting dirty and enjoying some action. The skull paint job our artist did still makes me smile every time I see it!

We have several different resolutions available. Just right click these links, and do a ‘SAVE AS’ for the one matching your PC’s desktop ratio. Basically we have a wide screen version, and a standard 4:3. Your computer should resize as needed. Then all you need to do is right click on your desktop, and change wallpaper to the picture for your calendar!

Grab one below:
Wide Screen: 1920×1080
Standard Screen: 1280×1024

wall_phone You can also use these on your phones!
We are using the most popular resolutions, but if you are having trouble scaling it, or if there is a different resolution you need, leave us a comment below and we will try to add a few more links.

If you are looking for a previous month, or just want to collect them all, you can HIT THIS LINK.

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We have a winner in the Losi 5IVE-T Giveaway. Thank you all for making this the biggest giveaway with the most entries yet! We had just over 14,000 entries! It was a crazy one for sure, and we couldn’t of done it without all of our fans/readers! You guys voted to make the 5IVE-T the 2014 March Bash-ness Champion , and with the help of Horizon Hobby and Losi we were able to give away this awesome vehicle!

Congratulations to Andrew P. (skateny80@) from New York! You are the official winner of the Losi 5IVE-T! We will be contacting you via email for your information.

Winners have 5 days to get back to us, or we will choose another winner from all valid entries.

Didn’t win this time? We have another amazing contest in the works, so hang tight!

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That’s right, we pulled it off! We jumped through all the hoops, we cut all the red tape, and we are giving away the March Bash-ness Champion!

A brand new 1/5th scale Losi 5IVE-T!

We have given away thousands of dollars in prizes before, but never such a large prize to one winner, and that winner could be you!

The deadline for entries is April 29th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. A winner will be announced sometime on April 30th. A random winner will be chosen from all valid entries received by our giveaway software.

You know the drill, enter below to win! GOOD LUCK! And remember, you can score more entries every day you visit!

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A big special thanks to Horizon Hobby and Losi for making this all possible, and congrats on the win!

Please help us make this our biggest contest yet and spread the word! Share the links, post to social media, tell your friends, tell your family, click all those buttons below, maybe sign up your pets!

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We giveaway a LOT of stuff here at Big Squid RC, and some of those giveaways have been truly amazing. From 100 sets of tires, to one of the fastest stock RC cars on the planet, and lets not forget one of the first off the assembly line SC vehicles!

Tomorrow (Wednesday 4-23-14) we will be announcing the next big giveaway. This may be the largest single value prize we have given to a reader. We had to jump through a lot of hoops, untangle a lot of red tape, but it’s happening!

Make sure to come back tomorrow for the official announcement. FYI, the giveaway is NOT related to the picture, for all the emails we are about to receive asking.

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We have created a Facebook group called The Big Squid RC Bash Group. We have created this group because we want to hear more from our fans, our readers, and more general RC fans. We see and get posts all the time to our FB Page, but not everyone gets to see those cool pictures and videos. This group will let everyone see that stuff, communicate with each other, spread the word about bashes, and more social stuff like that.

Anyone can head over and check out the group at THIS LINK. To help kick off the opening of the group to the public, we are going to do something special. For the first 100 people to join the group, we are going to send a FREE Big Squid RC sticker pack to! I can’t wait to see the look on Cubby’s face when I tell him his going to be licking envelopes on Monday.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the new Big Squid RC Bash Group, and post a picture of your rides, or a awesome video you have seen recently. Please read the rules over there.. and keep the topics RC related.

Thanks for your time, see you over there!

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ARRMA Granite BLX Unboxing_00002How awesome is this? ARRMA was so happy about making it to the finals in the March Bash-ness competition we held this year, they have given us another truck to give away! That’s right, we are giving away a new ARRMA RC Granite BLX Monster Truck! This is the latest and greatest brushless monster truck from ARRMA and it is pretty darn awesome! How awesome you ask? Have you seen the Review? Do we have to remind you about the Big Squid RC Basher Approved logo RIGHT ON THE BOX?! You know you want this one! If you have ever called yourself a basher, the Granite is a must own for your RC stable.

The deadline for entries is April 18th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. That’s like 3 days! A winner will be announced sometime on April 19th. A random winner will be chosen from all entries received by our software.

This contest is open to US and Canada residents only this time. Sorry guys, sending electronics around the world can make things a bit more difficult.. don’t worry.. we aren’t forgetting you guys.. we’re working on some future world wide stuff for you as always! Hey our last contest was world wide!

What are you waiting for.. get entered! Please help us spread the word on this one. We want to show ARRMA our appreciation!

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Good luck! Remember you can score new entries every day!

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So yea, apparently April 1st even put one over on the website. All normally scheduled posts for that day got bumped for whatever oddness gets posted, and the calendar post didn’t get re-scheduled. Oops.

For those of you that enjoy changing up your Desktop Wallpaper, this month’s photo is the Helion Invictus doing a little hill climbing!

We have several different resolutions available. Just right click these links, and do a ‘SAVE AS’ for the one matching your PC’s desktop ratio. Basically we have a wide screen version, and a standard 4:3. Your computer should resize as needed. Then all you need to do is right click on your desktop, and change wallpaper to the picture for your calendar!

Grab one below:
Wide Screen: 1920×1080
Standard Screen: 1280×1024

wall_phone You can also use these on your phones!
We are using the most popular resolutions, but if you are having trouble scaling it, or if there is a different resolution you need, leave us a comment below and we will try to add a few more links.