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Star Plug RC ConnectorThe people over at Hobbico are looking to raise the bar on rc connectors with their new Star Plug. The Star Plug has a slew of nifty features and is compatible with Deans connectors.

* Caps on the rear to eliminate heat shrink tubing
* A stainless steel spring is used to keep connections tight
* Gold plated male terminals and nickel plated female
* Grip strips and tapered shape make them easy to pull apart

We have not received any pricing but the Star Plug is available with one male and one female #HCAM4001, a pair of males #HCAM4010, a pair of females #HCAM4020, or with four females #HCAM4021. Hit up This Link to head over to the official Star Plug website.

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Dromida DT4.18 Desert TruckWith the consumer world screaming for more scale realism, Dromida has answered the call with their new DT4.18 Desert Truck. To add to its scale realism the DT4.18 comes with a light bar, realistic wheels & tires, and it even comes with a spare. There is nothing to build with the DT4.18 as it comes completely assembled and ready to bash. A 2.4GHz radio system and brushed power system are used under the hood.

The Dromida Desert Truck comes with an affordable $119 street price, has a part number of #DIDC0046, and they should start shipping early next month.

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Dromida Desert BuggyThe Dromida line of 1/18th scale vehicles have been a hit at local hobby shops. They are affordable, durable, and have put a lot of smiles on customer’s faces. The latest vehicle to be released by Dromida is the DB4.18 Desert Buggy. The Desert Buggy has the look of the full scalers you would see racing out in the desert and comes pre-built for your convenience. A 2.4GHz radio system is used for glitch free performance, while a brushed power system pumps out the power.

The part number for the Dromida Desert Buggy is #DIDC0045, expect a street price of $119, and they should start shipping next month.

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Dromida Ominus Quadcopter
Dromida, well known for their affordable 18th scale off-road machines, has just announced a second quadcopter called the Ominus. The Ominus joins the Kodo as the first two machines in Dromida’s air arsenal.

The Ominus is an affordable quadcopter made for everyone from beginners to experts. A gyro is used for stabilization and its four different flight modes allow you change how the quad flies as your skills advance.

* Comes with 2.4GHz radio system
* Fully assembled and ready to fly
* Includes everything you need in the box
* Has a rechargeable LiPo and USB charger
* High power motors
* LED lights
* Includes one extra set of blades
* Weight- 3.6oz
* Length- 9.4″

The part number is #DIDE01**, it is street priced at just $79, and these are available right now. Get full details at This Link over on the official Dromida website. If you are looking to order one online, Head to This Link

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Update: Now with video!

Dromida Kodo Quad
We first got to lay eyes on the Dromida KODO a couple of months ago at the HobbyTown USA convention, now more information has been released as it nears its ship date.

The KODO is Dromida’s first entry into the air market. It was designed as an entry level quadcopter, easy to fly and easy on the pocketbook. The KODO comes fully built and ready to fly, and it even comes with an on-board camera to add to the fun. At 3.5″ in length the KODO can easily be flown indoors, while three gyros and accelerometers allow even first timers to make successful flights.

The part number is #DIDE0005, it is priced at $59, and these should start hitting hobby shops next month. Click Right Here to check out the official Dromida website.

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Estes Control Blade Guard Proto-X
Tired of looking for a rotor blade after crashing your Estes Proto-X? If you own one you know what I’m talking about, those things are tiny and can be hard to find sometimes.

Estes has announced a new rotor guard that not only protects the blades on the Proto-X, but can also keep them from getting knocked off. The rotor guard is easy to install and made from a durable lightweight plastic. The part number is #ESTE4720, it has a street price of $4.49, and they should start hitting hobby shops in October.

To get more information on the Proto-X simply hit up This Link over on the official Estes website, and you can read more Proto-X news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

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The Estes Proto-X was one of our favorite recent product releases. I’m not kidding when I say everyone at Big Squid owns at least one, and most of us have 2 or 3! If you haven’t picked up one of these awesome micro-quadcopters, now you have no excuse!

They are available in 6 colors, comes completely RTF, and part numbers start with ESTE48** (Then depends on the color).

You can Click Right Here to view more air products from Estes.

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Estes Proto X SLT
Estes has announced their latest version of the very popular Proto X, the Proto X SLT. What does the SLT bring to the plate? It has the ability to do flips and rolls, while its SLT protocol allows it to be flown with popular radio systems like the Tactic TTX650.

* Has a triple-axis, three-accelerometer gyro Auto-Upright system
* Includes four spare rotor blades and USB charger
* Body is designed for easy LiPo battery replacement
* Weight- .04 oz
* Size- 1.8 x 1.8″

The part number is #ESTE49**, it is street priced at $49, and they are expected to start shipping in mid September. Click Right Here to view more air products from Estes.

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Graupner Transmitters
Graupner might not be the biggest name in the bashing community, but they have a long history in our hobby and most recently are best known for their touch screen battery chargers and transmitters. Last week at the HobbyTown USA Convention was the first time we were able to lay hands on their new products and we have to say they certainly looked good. Hopefully we will get a chance to review them in the near future.

Getting Graupner products here in the states hasn’t been easy the last few years, but that is all about change as Tower Hobbies is gearing up to carry many of their products. We haven’t heard any word on when they will be in stock so we will pass along that information when we hear it. Until then you can hit up This Link to learn more about all the products in Graupner’s catalog.

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Great Planes HobbyTown USA
What was new in the Great Planes room? A whole lot!

Starting on the surface side, the Axial Yeti was in the room and getting tons of love. You’ve seen our review and soon you’ll be seeing them flying off the shelves of your LHS.

There was also a sighting of the new ARRMA Typhon 8th scale buggy. It was cool to get a chance to look it over first hand, and if it lives up to the hype of being a buggy made for hardcore bashing, it should be a great seller. We were told that its release date has been moved to sometime around the beginning of August.

The brother of the Typhon, the Kraton monster truck, did not make it in time for the show and we were told it is set to release about a month after the buggy.

Speaking of ARRMA, the brushed Mega series was also in the room and we hear they are just weeks away from hitting dealer showrooms. A lot of people have been waiting for these to drop, including us.

The 18th scale Dromida line-up were strong sellers last winter and have continued to be in high demand due to their low price point and high fun factor. Being such a success, the line has received a bunch of new products. There is a Desert Truck version headed to the market, as well as a version of the rest of the line being released with pre-installed brushless power systems.

The Dromida line-up will also soon be taking to the air with their new Ominus and Kodo (with video) quadcopter/drones. They look like a lot of fun and are street priced at $80 and $60 respectively.

Want to learn more about Great Planes? Click Here to visit their official website.

Read more HobbyTown Convention Coverage at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Estes Proto X New Colors
The mighty little Estes Proto-X has become a huge phenomenon. With their low price point and huge fun factor, everyone (and their Uncle, and their Uncle’s dog) bought one. However, if you’ve flown your Proto-X as much as we have, you already know they do eventually wear out.

For all you guys needing a new Proto-X, Estes has announced that you can now get them in Six Different Colors. The colors are the original black, plus green, purple, red, white and yellow. But that isn’t the only thing different on the new Proto-Xs, they now come with an Auto-Upright Stability feature that makes hand launching a breeze.

The part numbers are #ESTE48** and the price stays the same at just $39. To be the first person on your block to have a Proto-X in one of the new colors, hit up This Link over on the Tower Hobbies website to get yours on pre-order.

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Kyosho Great Planes Hobbico

Will we be seeing Kyosho being sold again at Great Planes & Tower Hobbies this summer?

Top Flite Zero A6M Giant Gas ARF 60cc
The Zero is a legendary fighter plane from WWII and now the guys over at Top Flite have a giant scale 86″ version for your flying enjoyment. Their new Zero is not only huge, but is loaded with scale details to make it really something to look at between flights. While the Top Flite Zero is no trainer, it was designed for ease of flight with good maneuverability up in the air. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Wingspan- 86″
* Weight- 25.5-27.5 lb
* Wing area- 1276 in²
* Length- 70.5″
* Requires at least a 7 channel radio, 8-12 servos, 50-50cc gas engine, and Robart retracts

The part number is #TOPA0712, it is street priced at $750, and they should start hitting hobby shops in mid June. Get complete details at This Link over on the Top Flite website.

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