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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!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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

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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.

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Welcome to March! Who needs the new Big Squid RC Desktop Wallpaper Calendar? Every month we bring you a new wallpaper calendar for your PC screen. This month’s shot is the Pro-Line PRO-2 Short Course!

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.

2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships
The 2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships are officially in the books. Hosted by HobbyTown USA Orland Park Illinois last Saturday, it marked one of the first organized quadcopter competitions ever held. The event was made possible by its major sponsors- Ares RC, Blade, and Heli-Max.

Several events were used to determine winners in three different size classes. A tricky obstacle course was set-up to test the precise control a pilot had over his quad, drag racing tested speed and how quickly a pilot could land, and 5 lap pylon races were held to really let the pilots open up the throttle on their quads.

The pylon racing seemed to be everyone’s favorite event as it was a good mix of speed, skill, and competition. Drag racing, which consisted of taking off from the ground and landing on a pedestal about 40 feet away, sounded easy enough, but under the pressure of racing proved to harder than anyone imagined. Many pilots would quickly get to the landing pedestal, only to miss the landing, giving up a bunch of time. The obstacle course was quite challenging with the more skilled pilots navigating the course in about 50 seconds, while it took up to 4 minutes for others.

In true BigSquidRC fashion, the word “Championship” may have been in the title, but the event was extremely laid back and focused more on fun than anything else. A friendly helping hand could always be found and there were smiles all around. The 2014 Quadcopter Championships will not only be remembered for being one of the first of its kind, but also for being an incredibly fun day of flying with some great people.

BigSquidRC would like to thank everyone that participated, as well as Kevin and 3D Bill for all their hard work making the event happen, and Steve from HobbyTown USA for providing the facility. We consider the event a success and are looking at doing another one this summer, as well as a 2015 Quadcopter Championships again next year.

Results-

Nano 2″ Class-

1. Brian Smolik – Estes Proto-X
2. Jared Bachman – Estes Proto-X
3. Bill Smith – Estes Proto-X

Micro 6″ Class-

1. Jared Bachman – Blade Nano QX
2. Brian Smolik – Heli-Max 1Si
3. Kevin Ragauskis – Blade Nano QX

Mini 8″ Class-

1. Bill Smith – Blade MQX
2. Kevin Ragauskis – Blade 180 QX
3. Tim Mohr – LaTrax Alias

Overall Champion – Jared Bachman

To read more about the 2014 Quadcopter Championships, check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

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We just finished setting up the obstacle course and I think it turned out pretty good. Did a few trial runs, and had a blast! even if you don’t want to participate in the event, you should stop by the Hobbytown in Orland Park, and spectate, it will be fun to watch!

Need more info? The Big Squid RC 2014 Quadcopter Championships link and flyer is RIGHT HERE. The event is this Saturday (March 1st, 2014) which is today! Hope to see you all there!

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It’s a new month, which means a new Big Squid RC Desktop Wallpaper Calendar! Every month we bring you a new wallpaper calendar for your PC screen. This month’s shot is the Vaterra Glamis Fear Edition!

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.

Mark your calendars and warm up those thumbs! Saturday, March 1st 2014 is official date of the Big Squid RC 2014 Quadcopter Champsionship!Every RC’er on the planet now owns at least one, so it was time to get something organized and have some fun. Don’t let the word Champsionship scare you. We are planning on a day of fun and friendly competition for everyone. The classes and events should make it easy for everyone to be able enjoy themselves.

Classes: There are 3 classes. Nano 2″, Micro 6″ and Mini 8″. This is an indoor event so we are keeping them small this time around, while keeping it more accessible for a lot of the newer quad fans out there. There are a LOT of quads in or around these sizes, and they aren’t all exact, so don’t worry if your quad is slightly over or under one of the above classes, you are still good to go.

Examples in for each class:
Nano 2″ Class – Estes Proto X Nano Quadcopter.
Micro 6″ Class – Heli-Max 1SQ, Traxxas QR-1, Blade Nano QX, Ares Ethos QX 75
Mini 8″ Class – Ares Ethos QX130, Blade 180 QX, Align M242, LaTrax Alias

Events: There will be 3 main events, Obstacle Course, Pylon Racing, and Drag Race, along with a couple other surprises. Trophy’s will be awarded to the top 3 in each class. The 1st place finisher in each class will also take home new quadcopter.

Entry fee: $5 per class. 1 Entry per class allowed. You are allowed to enter more than one class.

Location: 15551 South 94th Ave, Orland Park, IL. 60462 (Google Maps Link )

Sponsors: Big Squid RC, Ares RC, more TBA.

Flyer: hobbytown_quad_2014

Grab the PDF of the Flyer here.

Cubby had a great summary in his Cub Report:
For all you pilots out there, if you want to come and show the world you are the best, that’s great, but if you want to just come and have some fun flying your quad that is even better. If you are an industry type, of course you are also invited. The event is about 2 hours north of the epicenter of the rc world, Champaign Illinois, and you are cordually invited to compete and to just hang out with a bunch of gnar-core quad consumers. Also, if you want to have your brand and products associated with the event, or want to be a sponsor, be sure and shoot Brian an email (hit the contact us link at the top of this page) to get in on what is certain to be the biggest, most kick ass quad event ever held.

We have been contacted by a few industry people, and it sounds like they will be making the trip.

If you have ANY questions, drop us an email, or leave a comment below. Will will update this post with more details about events and answers to questions people may have.

Forum guys, please share this post to anyone who may be interested in attending. Please link back to this post when sharing on the web so we an make sure people have the latest information.

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Quadcopter Shootout 2 Durability 3

By now you have read the popular Quadcopter Shootout 2, but everyone asks if we really do all that stuff we say during durability testing.. well, here’s the video! If you are squeamish about seeing quadcopters slammed into walls at full speed, dropped out of the sky, or hit like a baseball, you may not want to press play. You have been warned!

Crazy huh? See who won between the Blade, Ares, Align and LaTrax by reading the Quadcopter Shootout 2 here.

ARRMA Granite BLX Bash Vehicle of the YearYou regular readers already know that we named the ARRMA Granite BLX as our 2013 Bash Vehicle of the Year. Yesterday the good folks over at Hobbico shot out a press release to showcase the fact that the Granite had won the prestigious title.

The Granite BLX is a very impressive vehicle, so much so that we thought it was the best bash oriented vehicle put out last year. It loves to jump, has loads of power, and is a great machine to have fun with in the backyard. To read our full review hit up This Link, and to check out the Granite BLX on the official ARRMA website simply click Here.

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Start the year off right with a new Big Squid RC Desktop Wallpaper Calendar! Every month we will bring you a new wallpaper calendar for your PC screen. We thought we would start the year off with the ARRMA Granite that just won Bash Truck of the YEAR!

We have several different resolutions available. Just right click these links, and do a ‘SAVE AS’ for the one matching your PC’s desktop resolution. Then all you need to do is right click on your desktop, and change the picture to the awesome new pic/calendar!

Grab one below:
Wide Screen: 1920×1080, 1366×768
Standard Screen: 1280×1024, 1024×768

wall_phone You can also use these on your phones!
We tried to cover 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.

BigSquidRC Axial Exo TERROR Buggy
For a long time THE Cub Reporter and I have been wanting to buy some tanks, hop them up, and do some serious bashing. The tanks had to be durable, go at least 20 mph, and be able to huck big ramps. Needless to say, we didn’t find any that would work for our demands.

What do we do when we can’t find something that will work? We make our own, here is our BigSquidRC project vehicle – the Axial Exo TERROR Buggy.

Our project started life with our well worn review machine, an original Axial Exo Terra Buggy kit. Its life has seen lots of ugly, from our normal torture tests to 2 tours of duty as an iHobby demo vehicle. Thankfully it is up to full combat status with mods from ST Racing Concepts and RPM Products.

Next up was a call to the crew over at RC4WD for a set of their Predator Tracks. RC4WD does not make an adapter kit for the Exo, so we knew it was up to us to make them fit.

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With all parts in hand, it was time to spin some wrenches. Step 1 was a rough test fit. We found out the input hex on the Predator tracks was the same size as the wheel hex on the Exo, 12mm, but we needed wider/thicker hexes for clearance reasons. The fix was easy enough by simply bolting on some wider hexes from an RC4WD Predator adapter kit for an Axial Wraith.

Step 2 was to limit the articulation of the tracks. Without limiters the tracks would just spin around the axle like an extremely unbalanced tire. The fix for articulation was actually fairly simple. In the rear we threaded cap head screws into the pre-existing holes in the hubs, and longer grub type screws into the front. The screws, front and rear, went into the holes normally filled with grub screws to keep the hinge pins from falling out. A bit of grinding and bending was needed to tweak the articulation on these.

Next we had some binding issues. We installed some shims behind the axle cross pins of the wheel hexes, which helped in one aspect, but we also had to do some Dremel work on the inner supports of the Predator tracks. We also had to ditch the end caps on the tracks. All in all, the project wasn’t super hard, but there is a heavy dose of custom work involved.

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We were told be multiple people that our project just would not work. In the end our 3S Dynamite Lipo, Castle 1410 powered TERROR buggy topped out at 26 mph and could indeed pound big wood ramps. It tore across grassy fields and threw huge rooster tails on dirt.

Turning was not nearly as bad as we expected it to be. The TERROR Buggy basically drove like an Exo with very hard tires. Because of the track system, our TERROR buggy got very little mechanical grip on dirt or pavement, drifting around corners. On soft surfaces it didn’t dig in and bury itself, it stayed on top and simply hauled butt.

One of our biggest concerns going into the project was being able to keep the tracks on. That turned out to be a non-issue, at least for us up to 26 mph. We did throw a track twice, but that was at lower speeds and caused by the loose mulch we were driving in, not by the tracks de-railing themselves or by them stretching at speed.

We did have one recurring problem, temperature of the power system. Even when rolling freely for a track system, the tracks present a lot more resistance than a normal set of wheels and tires. We were thermalling out in just over 5 minutes, a problem that could most likely be fixed by running 2S instead of 3, gearing down, and/or installing a Mamba Pro with a 1415 motor.

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Our “Exo on tracks” project massively exceeding our expectations. The TERROR is a total animal on pretty much any surface and it was shocking that it could make short work of the double jumps on the local racetrack. It took some time to get the bugs worked out, but once done it turned out fast and handled better than we expected. A normal Exo is faster and handles better, but it certainly isn’t the beast, or the head turner, that the TERROR is.

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Check it out in action! Make sure to watch it HD!

BigSquidRC Booth Babes
If you weren’t able to hit the 2013 iHobby Expo, let me introduce you to our lovely spokesmodels- Adri, Jenna, Anna and Isabella. They all did a fantastic job of answering questions, handing out BigSquidRC promo materials, and posing for countless pictures with our fans.

Our spokesmodels even got in some trigger time on the BigSquidRC demo track. They might not have been jumping as high as the bash crew, but their driving skills still gathered a crowd.

Here is a big Thank You from the BigSquidRC team to the spokemodels, we appreciate all your hard work. For all you readers out there, enjoy the pictures.

Click Here for more iHobby 2013 coverage right here on BigSquidRC.