Big Squid RC – News, Reviews, Videos, and More!

For Bashers, By Bashers!
Recent Reviews
Desktop Calendar
Big Squid RC Calendar

Featured Posts’ Category

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…

READ MORE

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

hpi racing ken block wr8 flux

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..

READ MORE

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.

arrma granite

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.

Traxxas QR-1 Quad-Rotor Review

traxxas quad

Adding yet another quad to the quadcopter craze, we take a look at the Traxxas QR-1 Quad-Rotor. It seems like we have been flying quads more than driving vehicles lately, but it has been a nice change. So how does the first flyer from Traxxas hold up against the other recent releases? Keep reading to find out..
READ MORE

Heli-Max 1SQ Quadcopter Review

1sq quadcopter

If you haven’t noticed, Quadcopters are the ‘in’ thing right now. Everyone seems to be coming out with one, and price isn’t always the best way to make a buying decision. The new Heli-Max 1SQ was one of the first to the market in this new craze, keep reading to see if we think this is ‘the one’, or if you should look at other options…

READ MORE

traxxas quadcotper qr1
I bet you didn’t see this coming! Traxxas is now getting into the air market! It’s called the Traxxas QR-1 High Performance Quad-Rotor Helicopter! Street price is about $60 (WOW!) and comes without a radio. With Radio is just over $100. Another thing new for them. Since when is it not RTR? Wow, Traxxas quadcopter, we never would of guessed. More info as we get it in.

UPDATE: More info and more pictures!
We now have pictures of what will come with the RTF versions.
It has a 2.4Ghz 4-Channel Transmitter, two 3.7 240 mah packs, and a dual lipo charger.
There are blue LED’s on the front so you can tell what direction you are flying in.
With the 6-Axis Stabilzation, you can even Flip and Roll it according to Traxxas in Expert Mode! Wowza!
Official specs:
• Quad-rotor thrust with digital 6-axis stabilization
• Quickly master stable hovering and flight in Normal mode
• Perform flips, snap rolls, and banking turns in Expert mode
• Customizable modes let you choose your own settings
• Two blue LEDs light the way
• Includes two high-capacity LiPo batteries
• USB-powered dual-battery charger
• 2.4GHz Transmitter eliminates frequency conflicts
• LCD transmitter display keeps you informed
• Available in red, blue, orange, and green

More details:
Length: 4.7 Inches (120mm) That’s with the blades! without it’s like 65mm.
Width: 4.7 Inches (120mm)
Rotor Diameter: 2.2 Inches (55mm)
Blade Circle: 5.8 Inches (147mm)
Weight: 1.16oz (33g)
Height (overall): 1.1 Inches (28mm)
Stabilization: Six-Axis
Radio System: 2.4GHz 4-channel multi-mode
Chassis Structure/Material: Molded composite main frame
Skill Level: 1
Included Accessories: Two 1-Cell 240mAh LiPo (3.7 volts) battery packs,USB-powered dual LiPo charger, spare rotor blade set, Phillips screwdriver, and four Traxxas AAA alkaline batteries.

Comments are ON! What do you guys think!?

Need more Traxxas News from Big Squid RC? Hit the link!

New from Traxxas is the 1/10 Rally! A few weeks ago we mentioned that we had heard about a LCG Slash chassis coming soon from Traxxas. Well it looks like they went ahead and made a Rally car with it!
It will come with the TQi radio system, a Velineon brushless system, and boasts 60mph speeds! The new LCG 4wd chassis and Rally cross suspension should have it ripping up the dirt something fierce.
It will be available in three colors, red, blue, and green, and should be shipping very soon.

Rally is the ‘HOT’ thing right now, and it’s good to see Traxxas be able to react pretty quickly and come out with a product of their own. The lack of a licensed body is a bit surprising, but would of just added on more cost down the line for the consumer.

COMMENTS are ON! Tell us what you think!

Need more Traxxas News from Big Squid RC? Hit the link!

THE Durango DESC210 1/10th Scale RTR 2wd Short Course Truck Review

We just reviewed the Durango DEX210 buggy and lets face it, 2wd 10th scale buggies just aren’t big enough or high enough off the ground to be effective bash machines. Today however we’ll be taking a look at its big brother, the DESC210 RTR short course truck that has more ground clearance and is just bigger all the way around. Is the DESC210 a capable bash machine worthy of being in your rc garage? Lets find out…

READ MORE

Team Associated SC10B Race Spec Brushless Scale Buggy
Team Associated has just announced their new SC10B Race Spec Scale Buggy. The new Associated SC10B is based on their SC10 short course truck platform, and comes with an authentic looking pro buggy body, roll cage, and driver. Some of the other primary features are-

* RTR 2WD short course pro buggy based on SC10 truck
* Roll cage with window nets and integral nerf bars
* Water-resistant XP Brushless ESC with reverse and LiPo cutoff
* XP 2.4GHz radio system
* Metal-gear steering servo
* Reedy 3300 KV brushless motor
* Water-resistant receiver box
* Gear differential
* Two paint schemes to chose from
* KMC™ replica wheels
* Aggressive short-course race tires
* Blue anodized aluminum V2 shocks
* Molded composite chassis
* Realistic front and rear bumpers
* Length- 18.8 inches
* Width- 11.5 inches
* Wheelbase- 12.7 inches
* Weight- 4.01 lbs

Street price is expected to be right around $300 with an expected release date of late October. Hit up the official Associated WEBSITE for more information.

Looking for AE news? We have it, click HERE.

ecx revenge

ECX just announced two new buggies! The first is the Revenge Type-N 1/8 Nitro Buggy, and the second is the Revenge Type-E 1/8 Electric Buggy.

Update: We have official prices! Check the details of either buggy.

Specs and Details on the Type-E:
Four Wheel Drive
Brushless
Spektrum 2.4Ghz Radio System
Waterproof Electronics
Fuze 1/8th scale 550 size brushless system
Can handle 4S Lipo
Price: $399.99

Type-E Video

Details on the Type-N:
Four Wheel Drive
Spektrum 2.4Ghz Radio System
Dynamite .21 Nitro Motor
Waterproof electronics
Price: $349.99

Type-N Video

Need more info news from ECX? Click Here!

We have been working hard on this one for a while! The 2WD Monster Truck Shootout is finally completed and ready for your reading pleasure! We get a TON of emails asking us what truck is better, and which one someone should buy. We decided to take some time and actually put them all to the test! Unlike those ‘advertisement’ rags, we actually come up with a winner, and show you how we got there!

The three vehicles we picked are the current ‘most asked about’ 2WD Monster Trucks. We put the Traxxas Stampede, the ARRMA Granite, and the ECX Ruckus all in a room, and said ‘FIGHT!’

While we have reviewed all these trucks separately, it’s always a different story when you can drive the vehicles back to back, and literally feel and see the difference right before you.

Hopefully all the hard work that went into this one is appreciated! Thanks to Tim, Cubby and Craig for all their time getting this one out the door, and special thanks to Slot & Wing for letting us come bash at their new locations just days after their move.

Ok, ok.. enough blabbering, lets get to the 2WD RTR Monster Truck Shootout!

PS: When you guys link this thing all over the web (like we know you will) please use this link so people can find/start off on the first page.. thanks! (http://www.bigsquidrc.com/2wd-rtr-monster-truck-shootout/ )