Hello, and welcome to the very first BigSquid Tech Talk! Often I get RC people coming to me asking why their servos burn out, don’t perform well, or has a strange hum when doing nothing while powered on. Honestly, it comes down to the simple question: What is the difference between analog and digital servos and what does that mean for my RC vehicle/aircraft? See the facts and the comparisons between the two servo types after the jump…
Two more players enter the field of the quadcopter market: the Ares Advantage Series Ethos FPV and Ethos HD from the Firelands Group. Both of these quadcopters are identical aircraft wise, but the camera setups are different. The Ethos FPV comes with a full First-Person View setup including viewscreen and transmitter/receiver system. The Ethos HD has no FPV capabilities but carries an 1080p video camera to record and take pictures with. Check out the FPV and HD galleries below, and look for a full combo review of these two in the coming weeks!
Here is the FPV:
Ares Advantage Ethos FPV Unboxing
Ares Advantage Ethos FPV Unboxing 2
More pictures, including the HD quad pictures after the break, hit the READ ME..
Hot off of the delivery truck, aka Brian’s car, is the newest endeavor in a collective pitch (full 3D Capable) helicopter from Ares Advantage of the Firelands Group: the Optim 80 CP. I am excited to review this Ready to Fly helicopter and test my flight skills on this new design and stabilization system. The full review will be ready in the coming weeks, but for now enjoy the unboxing!
Ares Advantage Optim 80 CP Unboxing 1
Ares Advantage Optim 80 CP Unboxing 2
Ares Advantage Optim 80 CP Unboxing 3
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The guys over at Vaterra have recently released a new scale kit with many new ideas that simply aren’t availible anywhere else. Earlier this week I was able to get my hands on a brand new Vaterra Ascender kit! This truck has had all sorts of rumors going around about it, good and bad honestly I belive there is some serious potential here for some major competition to the Axial scx10. While opening up the box I took a few pictures to show the quality and organization of the packaging, I’ve already started wrenching on it so watch for the full review very soon!
Vaterra Ascender Unboxing Gallery
For more details check out This Link over on the official Horizon Hobby website.
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The folks at Tower Hobbies have been a cornerstone for the rc hobby for decades, perhaps getting more new people into the hobby than any other single retailer. Tower recently announced a new 4wd SCT called the Cutback. The Cutback is aimed right at the bashing crowd and comes RTR, making it easy to go right from the box to the backyard.
While we were unboxing our review Cutback we took a bunch of pictures to show you at home exactly what it looks like to crack the box open. As you can see in the galleries below, the Cutback comes with a sharp looking body, quality hex hardware, and a 4-pole 3600kV brushless system. If the weather holds out we should be able to post our full review sometime next week.
The Cutback is priced at only $299 and you can be the first person in your bashing circle to own one by Pre-Ordering over on the Tower Hobbies website.
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Tower Hobbies Cutback Gallery 1
Tower Hobbies Cutback Gallery 2
The quadcopters from Dromida just keep coming, and just off the truck and on the shelves of local hobby shops is the Kodo, a new flipping, camera touting, bug-looking quadcopter. This quad can flip, take pictures and video, and can be picked up for only $60. I know we gave at least one away at iHobby, but now I get my own to mess around with for a bit. The review will be on its way in a couple of weeks, but for now here are some pictures from the unboxing.
Dromida Kodo Unboxing
Dromida Kodo Unboxing 2
Yep, the review has been posted… but there are a few things that we didn’t show that are in the box that we felt needed to be shown. Plus, we didn’t show the box in the review. Everyone likes to see what the boxes look like, what they say, etc. So enjoy the unboxing photos of the Axial Yeti XL! A few of us wanted to drive it around with the box on. Something about it was entertaining with the wheels sticking out.
Axial Yeti XL Unboxing Gallery 1
Make sure to hit Read More to see a nice surprise that comes with the XL nobody has mentioned yet…
Electric might be the dominant force in rc right now, but there are still plenty of bashers that enjoy the smell of nitro in the morning. There is something about the sound and smell of nitro that some hobbyists can’t live without.
The Duratrax Camaro ZL1 has been out for a while now, but we recently got one to review. It features a .18 nitro engine and one of the most scale authentic bodies ever produced by Duratrax. With the big nitro power and an affordable $299 price point, the Camaro ZL1 has the makings of a great bash machine.
Our full review is still a few weeks out, until then check out the unboxing pictures below. To get more information on the Duratrax Camaro simply hit up their Official Website.
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Duratrax Camaro Unboxing Gallery 1
Duratrax Camaro Unboxing Gallery 2
VRX Racing is an affordable line-up of cars and trucks that our next door neighbor at iHobby, IMEX RC, had just picked up. The guys at IMEX set us up with a review car so we could give it a good thrashing and see how it held up. We haven’t started testing on the VRX XR4 Rally Car yet, but we did take a bunch of pictures when we unboxed it. Take a look at the two galleries below to see what it looks like to crack open the box on the XR4 and expect our full review in about 3 weeks.
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VRX Rally Unboxing Gallery 1
VRX Rally Unboxing Gallery 2
We recently unboxed our review unit and took a bunch of pictures while doing so. To see exactly what comes inside the box check out the two galleries below. While doing the unboxing we have already noticed a few things. The box is shorter than previous versions, the 4PX doesn’t come with any batteries like previous high-end Futabas, and it has the ability to make sound.
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Futaba 4PX Unboxing 1
Futaba 4PX Unboxing 2
Aww heck yea! Our new ARRMA Kraton just showed up, and it’s time to unbox the beast! It’s strange holding such a large vehicle and seeing the ARRMA name on it. There is nothing more I want to do right now than get outside and start the bashing!
I never really noticed the top roll-cage piece till now, and the paint scheme is pretty slick in person. The camera does not do the green justice. Definitely a fan. The box inside the box, or at least, art on the inside box was interesting. They use it well and cover it with a lot of information.
The part number for green is #AR106005, they are street priced at $499, and they are hitting hobby shops right now!
You can now order the Kraton at This Link!
ARRMA Kraton Unboxing Gallery 1
ARRMA Kraton Unboxing Gallery 2
Click READ MORE to see the under the hood shots.
I was lucky to get a new toy from our friends over at Hobbico: the newest addition to the Dromida by Revell line, the Ominus Quadcopter RTF. This quadcopter is built to be tough and the
beating review is in process, but for now enjoy these unboxing pictures!
Dromida Ominus Unboxing 1
Dromida Ominus Unboxing 2
The Dromida Ominus is on hobby store shelves now (Part: DIDE01**) and is yours for $80. I think this will be a hot seller so grab yours now! If you are looking to order one online, Head to This Link
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There is a new company on the rc landscape called Rage RC. The Rage line-up is brought to you by the folks over at HRP (Hobby & Recreation Products) and is focused on new hobbyists and people on a budget. We recently received several of their products for review so we took some pictures while we unboxed them to give you a close up look.
The Rage RC line-up consists of battery chargers, batteries, accessories, and servos. In the first gallery below you can see the Rage 80 watt AC/DC charger. It can charge all the common cells that we use in rc and has a part number of #RGRC80W-ACDC. It is street price at just $52.
We also received several of their new servos. The servo highlighted in the second gallery has a part number of #RGRS104-16-6VM. This is a metal gear servo rated at 104 oz of torque at a speed of .16 (both rated at 6 volts). Its most spectacular feature has to be its price, only $12. Btw, they also have a 142 oz at .16 model for the same price!
For batteries we received their 5000mAh 6 cell NiMH. You can see it in the second gallery, it has a street price of $29 and a part number of #RGRNM5000-6.
You’ll have to wait a few weeks for our reviews, until then you can hit up This Link to check out all the products in Rage RC’s line.
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