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So right now we have our Mystery Vehicle Contest happening, but after doing a little research, it turns out, people like FREE STUFF! Who would of guessed? I know right?! So to make ‘those people’ happy, we are giving away more stuff!

This time we have hooked up with Pro-Line to bring you the ‘Pro-Line Short Course Prize Pack with Possible Custom Surprise Body Contest‘. You know.. Cubby may be right.. that contest name is a little long.

So here’s the deal, we have the following awesome prize package!
1 Pro-Line Pit Mat
1 set of Pro-Line Pro Pulls
1 Pro-Line Hat
1 Pro-Line shirt
2x Trencher X Tires (The new ones!)
1 Flo-Tek Chevy Silverado 1500 Body!

And of course a ton of Big Squid RC stickers to cover that body and all your other rides. Now if you were paying attention, I mentioned ‘Possible Custom Surprise Body’ in the contest name.. so we were thinking, we will give the winner of the contest the choice, they can take the body clear, OR let one of our guys paint up a custom one for you. You will have NO SAY in how we paint it, or how we customize it. Maybe we let Manny, our uber scale guy whip something up, or maybe we will let Cubby have at it with crayons and markers. It may get murdered out, or come in a nice shade of pink. It’s a risk you will have to take. :) I honestly hope the winner is brave enough.

Rules and stuff:
So how do you enter? We are going to mix this one up a little bit. You need to LIKE THIS POST ON FACEBOOK, and LEAVE A COMMENT on the Big Squid Facebook Page. That’s it! We are going to open this contest up to the US and Canada only. Sorry to all the people that are not here in the North America, but it would cost more to ship it than if you just bought it local.

You have till Friday, September 14th 2012 (8pm cst) to enter! We will then draw a winner and post it up at 10pm cst. Please, only 1 entry per person.

Special thanks to Pro-Line Racing for helping out on this one. While your at it, go LIKE the Pro-Line Facebook Page as well, as a way of saying thanks for their support to Big Squid RC!

Again.. go to our Big Squid Facebook Page like the Facebook post, leave a Facebook comment, live in the USA or Canada, and keep your fingers crossed!

mystery contest
So it was time to step things up and do something major for the readers. We know what readers want, FREE VEHICLES right? So we have hooked up with a few companies to give a bunch away. We will be giving away vehicles from ARRMA RC, Team Durango, Duratrax, and Thunder Tiger!

We are going to give away one vehicle a week for 12 weeks! How awesome is that?

Rules:
How’s the contest work, and how do you enter? Every Monday, starting August 20th, we will pick a random person that has left a valid comment and email address in one of our Daily Contest Posts to win a vehicle. You will be allowed to enter once a day during that week. So if you come back each day and leave a comment, you have a better chance to win because you will have more entries. You may ONLY WIN ONCE! So if you won a vehicle the first week, you are not allowed to enter to win any more of the 12 vehicles. You can enter other contests that we will be running during this time, but You can only win in the Dozen Mystery Vehicle Giveaway once. Don’t bother trying to enter with fake names and email addresses, we have the software to track that stuff down. You don’t want to be disqualified from this one, it’s going to be awesome!

Every week we are giving away a new vehicle. To keep it fun and interesting, we are not going to tell you what vehicle you have about to win until we pick a winning entry. The vehicles could be nitro or electric, but mostly electric. Just know that we are giving you brand new ready to run vehicle from ARRMA RC, Team Durango, Duratrax, or Thunder Tiger!

Again, all you need to do is locate the Daily Contest Entry Post, post a comment with a valid email address, and you are entered. Feel free to get creative with your comments to keep us awake, but keep in mind the winner for that week is completely random from valid entries.

Because of shipping issues, this contest is limited to the continental United States Only. Sorry. Getting radio and other equipment overseas and across boarders lately just isn’t that easy any more, and costly.

Comments left on the Facebook page do NOT count. You must enter a comment on the Big Squid RC webpage.

Here are the links so far for the Daily contest entries!

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Week 2 – Day 1
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Week 3 – Day 1
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Week 4 – Day 1
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THE HPI Bullet Monster Truck Flux Review

What seems like a long time ago, HPI announced the Bullet MT Flux in Europe, and it finally made it’s way to the USA. From the first announcement we were interested due to it’s size and power. While bigger is always better, sometimes you just don’t want to drive a huge truck like the Savage Flux, and something smaller is what you are looking for. Was the Bullet what we were looking for? Keep reading to find out..

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ken block wr8

The HPI Racing Ken Block WR8 FLUX finally gets official! We have been posting news about the Ken Block vehicle for a while now as bits and pieces were leaked out, but the official PR is finally here. We finally get to see under the body as well. When we saw it in person we couldn’t get our eyes underneath because we were told the ‘official battery straps’ were not final. We were not sure what the HPI spokespeople were talking about, but now we know!

Some details we may or may not of mentioned before:
4WD 1/8th scale based on the HPI WR8
Up to 3S Lipo can be run on the FPI Flux Vektor motor getting you to 60mph
The chassis has side wall/guards to help keep out rocks and other stuff.
Front and rear sway bars
Adjustable battery box with custom Ken Block logo Battery Straps
Waterproof steering servo
Flux Vapor ESC
3mm aluminum chassis
Licensed Replica fifteen53 Tarmac Wheels

The part number is 109313, and it should start to pop up in store computers soon, though an official price has not been announced.

Click MORE to check out the official HPI Ken Block Video..
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THE Pro-Line Traxxas Performance Transmission Review

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Traxxas has sold roughly 9.412 zillion 2wd Slash’s/Bandit’s/Rustler’s/Stampede’s, and while they are a bashing staple and are generally solid trucks, they aren’t without fault. For example, how many of you Slash owners out there have blown out more than a few (dozen) spur gears? How many of you Stampede owners have cooked a few motors? Hey, you Bandit owners, how many slippers have you melted down when running big brushless power? The stock Traxxas transmission certainly has plenty of room for improvement. Pro-Line saw the need and decided to have a go at fixing all those issues (and more) with their new performance transmission. Did they succeed? Read on…

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Well, the Summer Kick Off Bash turned out to be a real blast! We had people from several states show up and partake in some serious bashing fun! The events we ended up doing were the Obstacle Course that ended by slamming into a ton of old transmitters as the finish line, the Sumo event, Demolition Derby, the Shopping Cart Slam, and finally ended with some all out ramp and big air goodness! Below are a bunch of pictures, and hopefully a video to be edited soon.

I’d like to thank Pro-Line and Hobbico for their amazing support of product for the give-aways! We had over 50 items on our prize table, and everyone went home with something.

Keep reading for a TON more pics!
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Modding The Helion Dominus Part 4 – Installing A Brushless System

helion dominus

No other single modification will give your Dominus such a dramatic increase in shear power as the installation of a brushless power system. Today I’ll be walking you through what it takes to install a brushless motor and speed controller in your Helion Dominus. If you are an old pro you can do this in your sleep but if you are new to the hobby I hope these instructions help you out.

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Well to say that I was excited to see that Kyosho was bringing out a Mini-Z¬†Motorcycle would be a major understatement. Then you toss on the layer of details that Mini-Z is known for and that it was going to be a replica of the Yamaha M1 and I pretty much had to buy a bib cuz I was non-stop drooling at every pic I could find. Being the type that can’t stand running the same rig as everyone else has I had to put my spin on it. For me there is no better rider than Valentino Rossi when it comes to on-road motorcycle racing so I had to pay homage to him on this one. Like most involved in this Hobby I love all things with wheels and details and some of what I collect are scale motorcycles. Maisto is a huge supplier of said bikes that can usually be had for under 5 bucks at you’re favorite toy stop. Doing a quick search I found they made a copy of his 06 ride with Camel being the lead sponsor. Oddly enough I didn’t have these in my stable yet so I ordered up a couple. The details and fit and finish are really good on these scale beauties right out of the box so the only problem was could I make them fit onto the Mini-Z Moto that is already too small to possibly have as much going on as it does. Keep reading to get the details of the build..
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lipo shootout 4

It’s finally here! After a TON of work, and several unforeseen delays, the Lipo Battery Shootout 4 is finally live and online! I can’t thank everyone enough that helps make this happen. The amount of time and effort to make these shootouts happen is insane. Special thanks to Cubby who did most of the text and number crunching this year. I’m not sure he knew what he was getting into when everyone else took one step back. Also thanks to all the companies involved for their support!

If you are in the market for lipos, you don’t want to miss these shootouts. The information is extremely useful.
If you haven’t already made the jump.. go check out the Lipo Battery Shootout 4!

squid group 3
Here we are again. Every few months we put out a casting call because we are looking to grow a little more, and add on to the Big Squid RC crew! We need help for our ever expanding groups of fans and readers, to our insane demos and shows and events.

At the moment we are looking for writers, and maybe a video editor. If you happen to be a writer with some video editing skills, or a video editor with the ability to put words into sentences and post them to a blog, all the better. We have lots of events planned for 2012, as well as some big plans for the website, and we just don’t have enough people to do them all. We need help!

Do you hang out in the big RC forums? Do you stay on top of the latest RC news? Have access to some photo editing software, and the ability to edit photos/pictures? Want to write for the most happening site in RC? We could use you!

If you have a special interest like Rock Crawling, or Drag Racing, maybe your big into the micro scene (lol.. get it?) or you do a little large scale.. we cover it all!

If you have some experience with web pages/html, picture editing and a way with words we need help posting daily news articles, original content, reviews ect.

If you are a video editor, and would love hundreds of hours of video dumped in your lap with some music and told ‘GO’ we want you! We are looking to expand and improve in every way.

You really should be into the RC scene.. if you do not own any RC vehicles, never driven an RC vehicle, and not sure what scene we are talking about, please do not send us an email.

If you are in the Chicago area there are added perks like getting your hands on the latest and greatest RC vehicles, lots of times before they are available to the public. You can tell all your friends that you were ‘allowed to buy Cubby lunch, then wash his car’. You can also hang out with us at a lot of the local events. If you are not in the area, (we had a guy from England!) you can still write for us! We have writers located all over working on reviews, news and helping cover events!

You should be 18 or older (We don’t need the email from angry parents that their 16 year old missed finals because he was editing booth babe pictures all night). Your first assignment? Figure out how to send me an email. Send a sample of some writing, editing, video work, photos, ect, tell us a little bit about yourself and why you should be considered. If you are not interested in posting daily press releases, working on the webpage, or you have zero free time, but ‘think’ you might be able to squeeze in some ‘work’ please think twice before pressing send. Serious inquiries only please!

Keep in mind we get TONS of responses whenever we do one of these public open calls. We can’t bring everyone on-board who applies, so please don’t be disappointed if you don’t make the cut this time around.

As always, for the former and current magazine guys looking to write articles people may actually read, we will NOT tell your boss. Don’t worry.

Thanks for reading, Good Luck!
-Brian

The Traxxas XO-1 Review

We finally got our hands on the Traxxas XO-1, easily one of the most talked about car releases of the year. This was Traxxas’s answer for a Supercar. There was controversy from the beginning, and there was also a lot of praise. This is probably the most anticipated and honest reviews of the Traxxas XO-1 you will find, so lets dive into the review and see how it rates with Big Squid RC.

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Traxxas 1:16 Grave Digger

New from Traxxas is the 1/16th scale Grave Digger! We spotted it here at the Nuremberg Toy Fair. Looks like it’s going to ship brushed with the Titan 12T, but knowing Traxxas, a VXL version is probably not far behind.

Traxxas 1:16 Grave Digger

You can see it will have the green highlight parts just like it’s big brother.

Catch all of our fair coverage by hitting this Nuremberg Toy Fair Link .

hpi gas apache c1

Remember a while back when HPI Racing¬† hinted that they were going to go to gas soon¬†? Well 5 months later, here we are, and here is HPI’s new 1/8th scale gas engine! What’s really cool, is that it looks like they are planning for it to fit a lot of their 1/8th scale vehicles. They have a Gas Savage XL, Apache C1, Apache SC, and a D8T!

The engine itself looks like it still has a nitro carb on it, but now with a huge engine head and spark plug. If they some how manage to get some serious power out of these things, this may be the beginning of the swing away from electric. Especially for bashers! We love the noise!

Update: Check our all of our HPI XG engine pics from Nuremberg Show Here .

The official HPI Racing does not have any details yet, but we will get what we can from Nuremberg show this week.