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Yep, it’s September 2014! If only there was some way to keep track of days so I would know what day to post the Calendars on! (I know right?)

As always, thank you all for supporting and downloading the monthly calendar! It’s great to see 1000′s of downloads across all platforms including phones!

The Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy looked like a good fit for this month. We also thought we’d mix it up a little, no mud, no water, no giant roost.

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Kyosho America California Dreamin
Sure, Kyosho is well known for their high-end racing gear and multiple IFMAR championships, but as of late they have been putting out loads of bashing style products. Their new Psycho Kruiser monster truck and fully RTR Dirt Hog buggy are prime examples of that.

Lucky for us, the crew at Kyosho America were nice enough to let us take a tour of their Southern California facility. We were not disappointed with what we found inside – plenty of bashing oriented products.

Perhaps the coolest thing we found at Kyosho America was their new iReceiver products. We had never had a chance to play with them before, so we just had to give them a spin. The iReceiver gear is an FPV set-up that lets you control any vehicle via your Apple or Android device, all the while being able to see on the on-board camera feed on your device. Yes, we had a lot of fun driving an iReceiver equipped car and look for a full BSRC review in the near future.

We also got a chance to look at the Route 241 Raceway in the rear of the Kyosho America facility. This is a very nicely done racetrack made just for Mini-Zs. If you live in the Southern California area, grab a Mini-Z and check it out, the track looks like a blast.

Kyosho America is the exclusive distributor for Kyosho products in North America, if you are a dealer feel free to give them a call for more information on getting Kyosho products in your store. Also of note for you consumers out there, select Kyosho products are now in stock at Tower Hobbies.

We would like to thank Efrain and the rest of the Kyosho crew for letting us visit their facility. We had a great time and look forward to getting to know them better. Do you want to see all the bashing goodies that they offer? Check out This Link to visit the official Kyosho America website.

Pro-Line Racing California Dreamin
If you have been reading BigSquidRC for any length of time, you know we are big fans of Pro-Line Racing. Their products are top notch, just like the people behind them. Yesterday we were once again lucky enough to visit the PL crew and learn more about what it takes to get all their uber products to market. During our Pro-Line visit we were also able to get a closer look at the new PROTOform F1 bodies, as well as their new Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XLs mounted up on an Axial Yeti. Both looked incredible and should be hitting the market in the very near future.

We would like to say an extra special “Thank You!” to Todd, Jessica, Gerardo, Matt, Tim, and all the good folks over at Pro-Line for once again letting us invade their home office. If you haven’t visited the Pro-Line Website lately, click Right Here to check out all their fine products.

Axial Wagon Ride
This week the BigSquidRC Bash Crew is back in Southern California and yesterday we got a chance to hang out with the folks at Axial Racing. As seen in the picture above, we got a chance to bash with the Axial crew and I can assure you they bash as hard, if not harder, than we do.

The more time we spend with the Axial crew, the more we find out how hardcore they are for not only their products, but also about the people that buy them. They absolutely want everyone who buys an Axial product to have the best (and most fun!) experience possible. We would like to personally thank Rodney, Jeff, Brandon, Jamie, Andrew, and Matt for bashing with us, we had a fantastic time and really appreciated their hospitality during our visit.

Want to learn more about Axial? Check out their official website Right Here.

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Welcome to August 2014! We can’t thank you enough for supporting and downloading the monthly calendar! It’s always cool to see 1000′s of downloads across all platforms including phones!

The HPI Octane seemed deserving of this months attention. We have been beating on and testing this truck, and if you need an attention grabber, the sound of this truck starting and rolling around will bring people from miles!

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:

Wide Screen: 1920×1080
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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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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:
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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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!

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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.

Axial Big Squid RC
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. :)

Horizon Hobby Big Squid
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.