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

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

Features’ Category

2014 Champion
Congratulations to the Losi 5IVE-T for playing some awesome defense and pulling off the win in our 2014 March Bash-ness Finals. Every year we are surprised by the way our readers vote, and this year was no exception. The last 3 rounds were insanely close. Closer than we have ever had. Even the finals, the Losi 5IVE-T had 52% of the votes over the ARRMA Granite BLX, winning by just 16 votes!

Both vehicles fought hard to get to the finals, against some very tough competition. You the readers, decided on the 16 vehicles that would make it into the bracket, and you the readers have voted for the winner!

A lot of people (especially us) were not sure which way this was going to go. The Losi 5IVE-T is a dream vehicle that most people might never have a chance to own, while the ARRMA Granite BLX was an affordable basher on a much smaller scale. Both very durable, and both very worthy of being in the finals.

Congrats again too both teams making it this far, and to Losi for hanging onto the lead by a few votes in the final hour.

Build Title PicNow these past few weeks I’ve been promising a build here on Raging Rotors, and yes I may be a bit overdue. Yet I will not give you one, not two, but THREE build projects in one series. I have gone so crazy to the point where I picked up enough gear to discuss three builds at the same time! Madness you say? I think not! For these builds I did decide on working with two V-Tail quadcopter frames, after all the buzz I generated with an earlier article, and the third frame will be a quadcopter. Later in the series we will discuss electronics, gyros, and more.

What makes a good multirotor frame? Honestly it depends on your overall purpose, whether it is for casual flying, FPV or other photography, or aerobatic stunt flying (though Multicontroller helps with that, too…but that’s for later). Here are a few things to consider:

Check out your options after the ‘Read More’…

READ MORE

Graffiti

[Update: This poll, and March Bash-ness 2014, is over. Check back soon for the crowning of the March Bash-ness 2014 Champion!]

And here we are. The final round of March Bash-ness 2014! This year’s polling saw some big surprises. Traxxas didn’t make the final round, despite being the most nominated company. Some of the top favorites were knocked out early on. And two trucks that most people didn’t expect to make it are now facing off. This year has kept all of us guessing.

We had some polling shenanigans in Round 3. After reviewing all the votes, the outcome remained the same. Arrma Granite BLX took out the Vaterra Halix and the Losi 5ive-T barely eeked out a victory over the Traxxas Stampede 4×4.

So the past is passed and we’re dealing with the now. That means Arrma’s little truck that could, the Granite BLX is taking on Losi’s mega-huge 5ive-T. One is a two wheel drive, 1/10 scale monster truck, the other is a four wheel drive, 1/5 scale short course truck. One costs $380, the other $1,600. Both are durable, fast, and fun. But which one is worthy of the title March Bash-ness Champion? You tell us.

This poll will run until 11:59 pm CDT, April 8th. Due to last rounds shenanigans, we have increased security on this final poll. If there are any issues, please report them in the comments section and we will try to get them taken care of ASAP. If you’re on the front page, click the Read More button to hit the poll, otherwise scroll on down and tappity-tap-tap-aroo your vote on in.

READ MORE

axial-scx10-cr-edition-unboxingAxial’s latest SCX10 has hit the Big Squid offices, the RTR Jeep Wrangler Unlimited C/R Edition. You can checkout the shots below to see what lies underneath when you dig into the box. Two things really jumped out at us:

- The gigantic tires. This is the first rig to include Axial’s new ultra scale 1.9 BF Goodrich KRAWLER T/A’s (in comp grade R35 compound). These are some big hunks o’ rubber (4.7” tall) which give the JK a very aggressive stance.

- The trick looking Rigid Industries light bars. The truck comes packed to the gills with auxillary lighting so the fun doesn’t have to stop when the sun goes down.

Our full review is coming soon, but in the meantime why don’t you click here to see a comprehensive “tale of the tape”.

For more Axial news on BigSquidRC you can click this link.

axial-scx10-trail-honcho-tacoma

The Axial SCX10 is a very popular truck; probably the most popular scaling rig of all time. It’s available in many different “flavors” and at press time there are currently six versions on the market. The differences aren’t all cosmetic as some have different wheelbases, tires, lights, etc. It can make a newbie’s head spin. Here’s a handy guide to see the main differences between models…which hopefully will help clarify things for those that are confused. For brevity I’m going to just list the notable features of each one. We’ll start with all the “ready-to-runs” (RTR) and then delve into the kits, organized by average street price. Click the “Read More” below to check it out.

READ MORE

Graffiti

[Update: Polls are closed. We're going to take the weekend off and spend that time carefully reviewing the final results, after some earlier poll spamming shenanigans. Stay tuned to the front page for the Championship round and our big March Bash-ness give away entry information. Monday is the day that the end begins.]

This is it. The Dance is almost over. 12 have been sent packing and four are left. Round 2 saw some very surprising results. The Halix handily handed the EXO Terra it’s pink slip. The Arrma Granite BLX took down the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 (wait… what?! I just…). Losi’s fire breathing 5ive-T JUST BARELY squeezed by the Ten-SCTE, seriously, three votes… THREE VOTES, separated the trucks at the end. And it really came down to the wire, I had to change the graphics a few times, thinking the voting was over, only to have another vote or two sneak in and change the results. And finally the Traxxas Stampede 4×4 unceremoniously kicked the HPI Savage Flux HP (wait… what?! I just…) out of the competition.

So that leaves us four. The Vaterra Halix is taking on the Arrma Granite BLX in what promises to be a very good match-up between two very good trucks. The second match puts Losi’s 5ive-T up against Traxxas’ Stampede 4×4, two more disparate trucks I don’t think you could find.

Quite frankly, we didn’t expect this group of trucks to make it this far. Not that they’re bad or disliked trucks, in fact all of them are much loved platforms around the offices. But the Selection Round numbers showed greater interest in other, now eliminated, trucks. As previous years have shown (2012 anyone?), March Bash-ness is always surprising.

This round will run until 11:59 pm CDT on April 3rd. If you’re on the front page, click the Read More button to hit the polls, otherwise just scroll on down and tap that… vote button.

READ MORE

March-Bash-ness-2014-Bracket-Round-2

Welcome to Part 2 of Round 2. This last bit of voting determines our Final [less than five but more than three]. Losi has two hats in the ring, but one is going home. Will it be their super tough Ten-SCTE or super big 5ive-T? HPI’s Savage Flux HP is taking on Traxxas’ Stampede 4×4. Both great trucks in their respective categories, but how do they stand up against each other?

This round of voting will go until 11:59 pm CDT on April 1st, and that’s no joke. If you’re on the front page, click the Read More button to find the polls, otherwise just scroll down and pick your winner.

READ MORE

Team Durango DETC410 Unboxing
Team Durango, once a tiny, relatively unknown race oriented company, has become mainstream since being distributed by Great Planes. Part of going mainstream in rc is developing a wider product base. While Durango was well known for their uber off-roaders, they never offered anything for the on-road crowd.

Several months ago Durango started teasing a new high-end touring car. That car, the DETC410, has finally hit the market. The DETC410 fits the mold of most Durango products- the latest in engineering, and manufactured from high-end materials.

View below our unboxing pictures for the DETC410. Inside the box you’ll find a series of well organized plastic bags, several of which filled with trick looking aluminum and carbon fiber parts. What you won’t find inside the box are wheels, tires, or a body. Like most top-of-the-line products, Durango has excluded them so you can use the exact units that best suit your needs. We’ve included pictures of the Muchmore wheels/tires and PROTOform Mazda body that will be outfitting our test machine.

Our full review of the DETC is still a couple of weeks away, until then you can click This Link to check out more information over on the official Durango website.

Time for the last TGIF Mystery Link of the day!

recon-g6-big-squid-challenge3

One of the cool things about Axial Recon G6 competition is that each event encourages local club participation by way of driver challenges. A G6 driver’s challenge can consist of almost anything; it may be as simple as a tough obstacle or something as crazy as building a raft to float their rig down a creek. I remember when I attended my first G6 last year a local hobby shop had sponsored a special “glider” section wherein drivers had to put down their remotes and try to fly a balsa glider onto a target for a time bonus. You never know what you may see.

That brings us to the “Iron Mountain Depot Recon G6″ (all info right here) taking place here in St. Louis on April 12. Big Squid RC is sponsoring a special driver’s challenge  consisting of a stretch of obstacles that we built (thanks to the club I’m a part of for all their work, Show-Me Scalers) to test the skill of many a G6′er. Running the obstacles extensively would be against the spirit of competition so we only hit them a couple times for photo purposes. They are very tough, which is perfect! Check out some teasers below.

If you plan on coming out please say hello (I’ll be in Big Squid garb w/ my hot rod flamed Axial SCX10 JK) and score some BSRC stickers for your rig!

For more Axial news on Big Squid you can click here.

March-Bash-ness-2014-Bracket-Round-2

[Update: Yar, these polls be closed, matey. We're taking a day off and we'll be picking back up with Round 2, Part 2 of voting on Monday, the 31st, at 8:00 am. Thank you for voting in this round!]

Eight gone, eight move on. You could say there were some upsets in the first Round. Last year’s champion, the Slash 4×4 went down in flames against Losi’s 5ive-T. And the Stampede 4×4 knocked out it’s own brother, the Slash 2wd, quite handily.

Things are really starting to gain steam now and the voting from here on out is going to be fast and furious. Once again, we’ll be splitting Round 2 into two parts. The first bout sees Axial’s big buggy, the EXO Terra taking on Vaterra’s mega monster truck, the Halix. The second fight on the card pits Thunder Tiger’s wicked rig, the MT4-G3 versus Arrma’s refreshed and super fresh Granite BLX.

This poll will run until 11:59 pm CDT, March 29th. If you’re on the front page, click the Read More button to vote, otherwise just scroll down and click the shiny buttons.

READ MORE

Helion 10SCv2 Unboxing Pictures
About a month ago, the crew over at Helion RC announced a successor to their popular 10SC short course truck, the 10SCv2. The version 2 truck has a bunch of differences from the original, with the biggest change being the addition of a Radient Reaktor brushless power system. Street price is $289, making it quite affordable for a brushless 4wd short course truck.

Below are a bunch of unboxing pictures of the 10SCv2 so you can see what it looks like when you open one up. The first thing we noticed when we got the truck out of the box was its bright graphics, then we saw its new plastic chassis. The chassis isn’t a traditional “lcg”, it actually sits a bit higher for better ground clearance. We also noticed a nifty clear plastic cover over the pinion/spur area that makes it easy to see the gears.

Our full review goes up next week, until then you can hit up This Link for more Helion news on BigSquidRC.

Hit the “Read More” button to view 2 more Helion 10SCv2 unboxing galleries.
READ MORE

Bracket Round 1

[Update 3: Round 2 has started! CLICK HERE to head over and vote in round 2! ]

Four down, four more to get the boot. This is part 2 of Round 1. First up we have Losi’s tough-as-nails Ten-SCTE versus Pro-Line’s highly regarded first foray into a complete kit, the Pro-2. The second match-up pairs up the biggest dog on the block, Losi’s 5ive-T, against what is arguably Traxxas’ best model, and 2013′s March Bash-ness Champion, the Slash 4×4. The third poll has the first ever March Bash-ness Champion, the Savage Flux HP, going blow for blow with another Traxxas big-wig, the E-Maxx Brushless Edition. And the final pairing puts the truck that started the short course craze, the Traxxas Slash 2wd, against Traxxas’ Stampede 4×4.

This poll will run until 11:59 pm CDT, March 27th. Not much time to make your vote count, so get to clicking. If you’re on the front page, click the Read More button, otherwise, just scroll down to click to your heart’s content.

READ MORE

scx10-with-proline-ridgeline

Click here to read Part 1 of this series or click here for Part 2.

The servo that comes with the RTR Axial SCX10 isn’t bad for a stock unit, but the combination of running aluminum steering links (you upgraded, right?!) coupled with bigger and heavier tires/wheels make a servo upgrade a high priority. The factory unit is also decidedly NOT waterproof, which can be a huge negative depending on where you want to run.

Like everything else in this series, my recommendations are made based on what I’ve used “in the field”. Without a doubt my personal favorite is the Hitec HS-5646WP Waterproof Servo (click here for full specs). It provides enough torque to easily turn 1.9 tires on the rocks (if you are sporting big 2.2′s you may want something more powerful) and with a street price of around $50 the price to performance ratio is very nice. And while the light blue case is sealed and ready for the drink, the relatively low price point makes it MUCH easier to dunk with reckless abandon. Even though I’ve never had one fail on me it’s still nice to know that if it did (hey, it happens when dealing with water and electronics) I wouldn’t be out a couple C-notes.

The servo comes with a thick plastic horn that works very well with some slight modification. The stock bolt mounting hole just needs to be drilled/reamed out slightly and it will fit snug. The plastic is hardy enough that I’ve never had a breakage or stripping issue in over 14 months of heavy use (with 3 of these servos).

axial scx10 with waterproof hitec servo

Ok, so lets talk battery placement. If you have a Trail Honcho you are fine (they come with the mount up front) but if you have the JK RTR you will need to relocate. The parts you need should be in your extra trees (they were for mine when I purchased one a year ago). Click here to check out an excellent guide on the procedure over at Axial’s site. Getting that battery up front will make a huge difference when climbing.

So yeah, at this point you should have a serious trail machine. When we drop Part 4 of this guide we’ll take a look at over/ under drive gears, what exactly they do, and if they are right for you.

Click Here for more Axial news on BigSquidRC.