Duratrax Evader EXT2 Review
Direct Link: DuraTrax Evader EXT2
Review by Brian
A while back we got our hands on the DuraTrax Evader EXT2 RTR Stadium Truck. As with all things DuraTrax, we knew a torture test was going to be a must, and we looked forward to finding new ways to see if we could get our new truck to surrender. Did it ask for mercy, or taunt us a second time? Lets find out…
From: Venom Racing
Direct Link: Venom VMX 450
Review by Brian.
So we recently got our hands on a Venom Racing VMX 450 1/4 RC Dirt Bike!
From the moment I opened the box, I was pretty excited about this motorcycle. First off, it’s big. There have been a bunch of 1/5 scale motorcycles going around lately, and let me tell you, the difference between a 1/5 scale and 1/4 scale is huge. Bigger is better, right?
Direct Link: Venom Creeper Competition Crawler
Review by Adam the Intern.
So I got my hands on a new Venom Creeper Rock Crawling kit. Brian decided I might as well jump in with both feet, so here we go!
Needed to complete: To complete this truck you’ll need a radio, receiver, speed controller, motor, and steering servo. I used a Futaba Fast 3PM radio and receiver, a Novak Rooster speed control with a 55 turn bushed motor, and a Savox 300oz servo.
We just posted over in the RC Reviews section our review of the Castle Creations Sidewinder SCT Combo! A lot of people have been waiting on this latest ESC/Motor Combo, and it’s time to put it to the test! Click the pic or head over and check it out here!
Again we bring you one of the most anticipated RC articles on the internet! Our 3rd battery shootout!
This time around, the flood of emails after the second shootout seemed to suggest that we take a look at the 4S lipo market, and who are we to deny our readers?
We used some new equipment during our testing, and it took a little longer to get done, but the 4S Lipo Battery Shootout is finally here!
Have an electric truggy, buggy or truck in need of a 4S pack? Want to know what pack will get you the top speed? What pack won’t break your piggy bank? What pack will save you some weight? Consider the following a mini review of these 4S Lipo packs to help you choose the one for you. Head over to our4S Lipo Battery Shootout now!
In what is sure to be another classic shootout, just like all the other shootouts before it. ( LiPo Shootout 1, LiPo Shootout 2, and the LiPo Charger Shootout,)
The 2.4 GHz shootout is finally here!
We put five newer popular radios to the test! The Futaba 4PKS, Futaba 3PL, Tactic TTX-240, Spektrum DX3S and the Traxxas TQ 2.4!
Thinking about buying a new radio? What 2.4 radio is the best? What one had the best distance? How much do they cost? Which ones have the most features? The answer to these and other questions can all be found in our shootout!
Consider the following pages like a mini review of all the radios you want to know about. Click here to get started!
Update! Now with a page of comments from Cubby on his thoughts!
We at Big Squid are the very first r/c media group to get some wheel time with the Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies (not to be confused with Horizon Hobbies) H-Cell 2.0 hydrogen fuel cell powered r/c car (see the original product announcement here). One of the things we’ve learned is that the car is not directly powered by the fuel cell, it is used as a range extender, providing a theoretical 1+ hour of extra run time to a common NiMH battery pack. The system itself is pretty heavy, adding an extra 2+ pounds to the vehicle. Our own Tim Mohr got to do the honors, but didn’t get much time to run it during the show, it was at the last minutes of Saturday when the lights were getting shutoff, BUT we’ve been promised by the company that when the show closes Sunday evening and we’re packing out all of our gear from our booth, THIS CAR will be in our hands. We’ll be the only media group to have one in our possession for testing and review. And we’ll have it all right here in the coming couple months after we give it a very thorough going over.
Horizon Fuel Cell Tech. H-Cell 2.0 gallery
Here’s a quick shot we got on the sly of what appears to be a Ken Block inspired Traxxas 1/16 Rally VXL. There was nothing official being talked about this car, but the grapevine tells us that this is going to be an officially licensed product with all the details of pro full scale Rally driver Ken Block’s ride. We couldn’t finagle any other info out of our sources, but this is going to be a real product and it will be officially debuting at the SEMA show in a couple weeks time. What other secrets lie in IHobby? Hopefully we’ll see more tomorrow.
When Brian walked into my office 3 weeks ago with a TINY little box and a smirk on his face, I just knew the convo was about to get interesting.
Brian- “Cubby, would you P L E A S E review this for BigSquid?”
Cubby- “What in the hell is it?”
Brian- “Oh, it’s neat, it’s the new 24th scale 4wd Losi short course truck. You are gonna love it!”
Cubby- “I hate Losi, well since Horizon bought’em out anyways.”
Brian- “Remember our meeting about having a more positive attitude?”
After that, I do remember Brian’s lips moving for like a half hour, but as they say I was letting it all go in one ear and right out the other.
Anyways… Here is the review!
Didn’t see this one coming! Traxxas just announced their new 1/16 Rally VXL! The Rally VXL is based on the 1/16 scale Revo technology and is designed for some serious Gymkhana racing. Keeping up with their standard, it’s completely waterproof, Velineon Brushless powered, 4WD, Comes with the TQ 2.4Ghz radio system, and is ready for some serious 3S LiPo action!
They even have BFGoodrich Rally tires! Other info, 30mph out of the box with included battery, 50mph with dual batteries!
Looks sweet! Looking forward to getting our hands on some of these for some parking lot action!
Make sure to visit the Traxxas site for more info and details!
So is this the rock crawler the world has been waiting for? Head over to our RC Reviews section and check out our thoughts! It’s a pretty impressive vehicle, but does it stand up to the hype? Click Here to find out!
Over in the RC Reviews section we have posted up a review of what a lot of people have been talking about lately! The new MaxAmps Multi-Voltage LiPo packs! If you have been thinking that these might be an option you would consider, head on over and
check it out!
We just posted in the RC Reviews section the Pro-Line ProTrac Suspension Kit Review. If you are a 2WD Traxxas Slash owner, and you have been having suspension issues, you may want to read this! The kit is a nice upgrade.
Click the picture or link and check it out!