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Heli-Max Axe 100 SSL Brushless Helicopter Review

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When we saw the original press release for the Heli-Max Axe 100 SSL, we were sort of blown away by what they were claiming, and what you could get for the price. When it comes to heli’s, we haven’t really done much in the way of reviews except for some ‘dual blade’ stuff, but the specs on the Axe 100 SSL really made us take notice. Would it be as cool as it sounds? Can it really do decent 3D flying for that price? Keep reading to find out..

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That’s right, the official Big Squid RC Bash date has been announced, and this year we are going to entertain a Swap Meet as well!

Have a bunch of RC stuff collecting dust in your garage or closet? Why not bring it with, set up a table and put a price tag on it! Maybe someone will trade that old buggy for the monster truck you have been wanting! You will need to BYOT (Bring your own table), and please try to limit your amount of items to one table full.

The bash will be held in the Orland Park Illinois Hobby Town. Registration starts at 10am, and events start at 11am!

As far as events at the bash, we will be running an Obstacle Course, RC Sumo, the ever popular Shopping Cart Slam plus a few more!

We have started to gather prizes for the event, so make sure to mark your calendars! August 3rd 2013 is going to be a blast!

We recommend being on a 2.4Ghz radio system, as these bashes tend to be a little chaotic. Also, the intended vehicles for this bash are Monster Trucks and Short Course Vehicles. We will allow some ‘other’ vehicles to participate, but there may be events your vehicle may not be able to join in. For example, if you want to enter your 1/5 scale ride in the Sumo, and there are no other 1/5th scales signed up.

Watch for more information and details as they get sorted out.

Questions? Leave them in the comments below!

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Aww yea! It’s time for your chance to win one of the coolest bodies recently released, the Pro-Line Rat Rod! Everyone has been talking about this one since it was released, and now it’s time to take one home. You also get Pro-Line rims, and wheels to complete your conversion as well as a Pro-Line T-shirt and hat!

So how do you enter? Easy! Send us a picture of your 1/16th scale Traxxas E-Revo (That’s the vehicle this body fits) and you are entered to win! We will randomly choose a winner from all valid entries.

Pictures should be sent to pics@ (bigsquidrc dot com)

Pictures must be received by May 18th, 2013 Midnight cst. Please no pictures just taken from the web and sent in, we want to make sure the winner can actually use this stuff! Last time we did a similar contest, someone sent in a picture from OUR own site with the Big Squid logo attached.. I know we are not the brightest folks around here but.. seriously.

Special thanks to our the awesome people at Pro-Line for hooking us up! Check out their site for more awesome bodies, wheels and hop-ups!

Need more Pro-Line news? Get it at THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

THE ProTek RC Universal Radio Case Review

ProTek RC Universal Radio Case Review

You’ve spent a lot of money on your transmitter, spending a little more to make sure it’s protected is a good idea.

The crew over at A Main Hobbies have a new universal transmitter hard case for your uber radio. You buy the case then select the proper insert that is specifically cut out for your model of transmitter. Is the ProTek radio case tough? Does it hold up? More importantly, is it worth your hard earned cash? Lets find out…

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THE Duratrax Nissan GT-R Nitro RTR Review

Duratrax Nissan GT-R Review

It is no secret I hate nitro, so I found it quite “interesting” that Brian would drop a nitro car on my desk for review (then he RAN out of my office). The new Duratrax Nissan GT-R has all the makings of a success, it has a big engine, a 2 speed tranny, and ultra hot scale looks. Did we have a good time with it, or did I end up smashing it to bits with a hammer out of frustration? Lets find out…

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THE TrakPower MS Series 8.5 Turn Brushless Racing System Review

TrakPower MS Series 8.5 Turn Racing Brushless Power System

We reviewed the TrakPower 10.5 MS Series system a few weeks and found out it was indeed a high quality product. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the 8.5 turn version. Is it a lot faster than the 10.5? Is it the best sensored system money can buy? Hit the “read more” button and lets find out…

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THE Vaterra Kemora 14th Scale 4wd Brushless Rally Car Review

Vaterra Kemora 4wd Brushless Rally Car Review

Vaterra made quite an impression when they introduced their entirely new line-up of vehicles at Nuremberg a couple of weeks ago. People went gaga over their uber scale looks and impressive specs. For our first Vaterra review we’ve been thrashing the heck out of the Kemora, a 14th scale rally car. Vaterra is a brand aimed right at bashers, what kind of first impression have they left on the BigSquidRC Bash Crew? Read on to find out…

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Our readers asked for it, and we finally finished it! Our second 2.4GHz Transmitter Shootout is ready for your viewing pleasure!
We’d like to thank the following companies for the radios that participated this time around. These are links directly to the products we tested. We appreciate all their support very much. If there is anything we didn’t cover in the shootout that you are curious about, or if you just need some more details, head on over to their sites via the links below.

These are the radios that took part in our second shootout.
Spektrum DX3C

Futaba 3PM-X

Turnigy GTX3

Futaba 3PRKA

Turnigy 3XS

If you are in the market for a new radio, and don’t have the time or access to a bunch of different radios to try, we hope that this article will help you make a decision. You can basically treat this as a short and to the point review of each radio.

Now head on over to the Transmitter Shootout 2 and get started!

axial jeep

Axial has really been cranking out the quality scale stuff lately. If you are into the crawler scene, or looking to make the jump, Axial is the name you need to know. So how does their new SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon hold up with their high standards? Does it leave the competition stuck on a trail waiting for a winch? Or does the Axial need to use the winch? Keep reading to find out…

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Vaterra RC Logo BigSquidRCThe all new product line-up from Horizon Hobby is called Vaterra RC. Vaterra is said to be Adventure Driven and their initial product line-up includes 4 electric off-road vehicles and 3 on-road machines. Vaterra is- “It is a shared passion for motorsports and radio control. Extreme performance and extreme places. Cars and trucks that look and drive just like the real thing. Most of all, it’s about gathering friends, grabbing the vehicle and having the time of your life.”, which sounds great to us! Vaterra looks to be a great basher friendly line-up of vehicles.

The off-road line-up includes-

Glamis Uno Single-Seat Buggy RTR 1/8- $439
Twin Hammers 1.9 Rock Racer RTR- $399
Kemora 4WD Rallycross 1/14th RTR- $289
Kalahari 4WD Desert Raider RTR 1/14- $289

The on-road selection includes-

2012 Nissan GTR V100-S 1/10 RTR- $279
1969 Chevolet Camaro RSV100-S 1/10 RTR $279
2012 Chevolet Camaro ZL1 V100-S 1/10 RTR $279

We will be posting more information and pictures for each of the new Vaterra vehicles later today, until then, hit up the official Vaterra Website to check out all their brand new vehicles.

Check out THIS link for more Horizon news right here on BigSquidRC.

HPI Racing Ken Block WR8 FLUX Review

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The rc rally scene seemed to show up out of no where and explode with several companies all releases rally vehicles at the same time. The HPI Racing Ken Block WR8 FLUX was an attention grabber from the moment it was announced. The KB license was new to HPI and a surprise to many, so would the rally car live up to the hype? Keep reading to find out..

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Around the end of November a buzz starts to happen around the office. People start chatting, discussing, then arguing about what vehicles should be considered for our “BASH VEHICLE of the YEAR” award. This years decision was EXTREMELY close. Last years winner, the Thunder Tiger MT4 was a little easier to settle on, but this year there were two standouts. It was so close, we had to go to the white board and list off the good and the bad to get a better idea of a clear winner. Even then there were people on both sides of the fence.

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All that being said, we’d like to congratulate ARRMA RC on the ARRMA GRANITE as winning our BASH VEHICLE of the YEAR 2012! The Granite proved basically indestructible as you can check out in our Beat Down VIDEO, and it also won the 2WD Monster Truck Shootout, and Basher Approved Status! It’s at a great price point, and a awesome vehicle to get into the hobby with that will bring smiles to many backyard bashers.

Props to the runner up. In a VERY close second was the ECX Torment! The Torment has been a great go-to vehicle for the last year, but there were just a few more things keeping it from winning. It is also a great truck, and you can’t really go wrong with choosing one. There are a lot of companies that should take a look at the durability of this short course!

Other considerations were the Axial EXO and Atomik 1/18 Metal Mulisha Rally Car. Both great vehicles that saw a lot of use this year.

Congrats again to ARRMA RC and their awesome monster truck, the ARRMA GRANITE!

review update

We just updated our Review Page with a TON of previous posts! For those that don’t check daily, our review page is a great place to catch up on our thoughts of what’s worth your hard earned money! Thinking about buying a new short course, quad, or charger? We have you covered!

This update consisted of the following reviews: Traxxas QR-1 Quad, AKA Enduro SC Tires, RPM Hop-Ups for the Losi Ten SCTE, Heli-Max 1SQ Quadcopter, Thunder Tiger TS4e, Durango DESC410R, Ares RC Ethos QX 75 Quad, Kyosho NeXXt Buggy, Dynamite SpeedPack 3S Lipo, Durango DEST210 RTR Truck, Helion RC Dominus 10TR Truggy, Pro-Line Pro-2 LCG Chassis for the Traxxas Slash, RPM RC A-Arms for the Axial EXO, Atomik RC Metal Mulisha Rally Car, Hitec HS-7985 Servo, the Updated ECX Torment RTR SC Truck, Futaba 4PKS-R Transmitter, Duratrax Onyx 150 Lipo Charger, Dynamite Passport Ultra Duo Charger and more…

So if you are not all caught up on our latest reviews, head over to the Review Page and get reading.