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ARRMA Vorteks BLX Speed Tips Video
The crew over at Hobbico have released a new video that shows exactly what it takes to bust out 65+ mph with the ARRMA Vorteks BLX stadium truck. Watch below to see Scott Cramer walk you through the modification process, then watch see the Vorteks go 66 mph on the famous “Speed Run Road” in Champaign Illinois.

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THE Revell Dromida BX4.18 Buggy Review

Revell Dromida BX4.18 Buggy Review

We’ve tested the other two models in the new Revell Dromida line-up, today we’ll be taking a close look at the buggy version, the BX4.18. The BX4.18 comes on the same Dromida platform as the other models- 4wd, 18th scale, and ready-to-run, but includes different wheels, tires, body and rear wing. Is the BX4.18 worthy of your hard earned cash? Lets find out, click the “Read More’ button to get the party started…

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THE Revell Dromida MT4.18 Monster Truck Review

Revell Dromida MT4.18 Review

Dromida is the new line-up of affordable 18th scale bash machines from Revell. We reviewed the Dromida SC4.18 last week, this week its time for the MT4.18 mini monster truck. The MT4.18 uses the same base platform as the other Dromidas, how does it differ? Is it better for bashing? Is it worth your cash? Click the “Read More” to find out…

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estes proto x quadcopter review
We’ve been flying (and bashing) the Estes Proto X quadcopter (part #4606, $39) for a few weeks now, it is quite the fun little flying machine. Here in our mini-review we’ll tell you what we thought of our experience with it.

Time to bash- The Proto X takes to the air faster than just about anything you can buy. We measured that it took the included USB charger about 6 minutes to charge the battery. Other than that, you had to pop two AAA batteries in the transmitter and you were ready to fly. There was a brief calibration process which consisted of sitting the quad on a level surface before you began flying, but this literally takes 2 seconds.

Ease of flight- If you are used to flying other small quads set on a training mode, the Proto X is harder to fly. Its small size does make it harder to control, but we had numerous first timers fly it with success. Granted, it might take them a couple of packs to get used to the feel, but the Proto X is stable enough even for first timers.

Power- The Proto X has plenty of power. You can fly high, totally dump the throttle, and have more than enough power to pull out before hitting the ground. If you accidentally give it too much throttle, the Proto X instantly jumps skyward.

Runtime- We measured runtimes between 3 1/2 and 5 minutes. The USB charger seemed to like certain USB outputs more than others, on some it wouldn’t charge as long and the quad would fly for just over 3 minutes. On other USB outputs it would charge longer and flight times were over 5 minutes.

Bash-A-Bility- The Proto X was tough. We managed to throw a few rotors, but they are easy to pop back on. We also managed to break two rotors, thankfully spares are included in the box. Other than that, we didn’t break anything, even after playing quadcopter demo-derby.

General thoughts- I think every member of the bash crew had a great time with the Proto X. The small size of the Proto X means we could fly it just about anywhere, and because it was a bit of a challenge, we kept coming back for more. We highly recommend the Estes Proto X to anyone looking to have some fun in the air.

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THE Revell Dromida SC4.18 Review

Revell Dromida SC4.18 Review

When Hobbico talks, people listen, and a whole bunch of ears perked up when they announced the Revell line-up of 18th scalers called Dromida. You and I might know Revell from their models, but now they have jumped into the rc world. The Dromida line-up is aimed right at the basher crowd, it was designed to be affordable, tough, and ready to run. Did Dromida hit the mark? Click the “Read More” button to find out what we thought of the Dromida SC4.18 ready to run short course truck.

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Revell Dromida 18th Scale Unboxing Pictures
We recently received the entire line-up of the new Dromida vehicles from Revell. The new Dromida line consists of three 4wd 18th scale electric machines- the MT4.18 Monster Truck, SC4.18 Short Course Truck, and the BX4.18 Buggy. These are aimed right at the basher market, are based off the same platform, and come with an affordable price point. Take a look at all the galleries to see what it looks like to crack the boxes open, and what each of the vehicles look like from nose to tail.

Our reviews for the Dromida line-up are coming soon, until then hit up This Link for more information over on the Dromida website.

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Click the “Read More” button to see six more unboxing galleries of the new Dromida line-up.

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Estes Proto X Unboxing
We’ve been bashing and thrashing the new Estes Proto X nano quadcopter for a while now and our review is nearly ready. Before we post the review, we need to post some unboxing pictures, so here they are.

You can’t help but be blown away with just how small the Proto X is when you crack it out of the box. It’s the smallest quad we’ve ever flown. You’ll also notice that it comes with everything you need to get going except a pair of AAA batteries.

To find out what we think of the Proto X you’ll have to wait for our full review, until then hit up This Link to see more flying machines from Estes.

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Nine Eagles Solo Pro 290 Lama SLT Helicopter
Looking for some scale realism in a collective pitch helicopter? Check out the Solo Pro Lama 290 from Nine Eagles. The Solo Pro Lama 290 is nicely detailed and packs a punch under the hood with brushless power. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Collective pitch 3-rotor blade system
* Comes with 3S 1100mAh Lipo
* Shaft drive to tail rotor
* 4 in 1 control unit (gyro/esc/mixer/receiver)
* Main Rotor Diameter: 17.7″
* Length: 18″
* Height: 6.4″
* Weight: 16.5 oz

The Nine Eagles Solo Pro Lama 290 comes in two different colors and in RTF ($399) or w/o transmitter ($349) configurations. Expect them to start hitting your local Hobbico dealer in late December.

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Estes Proto X Nano Quadcopter RTF
There is small, then there is really small. I think the Estes Proto X quadcopter definitely qualifies as really small. The Proto X is a nano sized quadcopter that should be bring big fun to small spaces. The BigSquidRC Bash Crew is already plotting what we are going to do with ours. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Weight: 11.5 grams
* Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.8″
* 100mAh 3.7v Lipo w/ USB charge cord
* LED lights to indicate front of quad
* 2.4GHz radio system w/ digital trims
* One piece PCB frame
* Requires two AAA batteries for transmitter

The part number for the Estes Proto X is #4606, it has a street price of $39 and they are available right now.

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Dromida 18th Scale Revell
If you are anything like us, you grew up building Revell models. Now, Hobbico has announced that the famed Revell brand has a new line-up of entry level 1/18th scale vehicles called Dromida.

Dromida is a hobby grade entry level line that makes it easy and affordable for new hobbyists to get their feet wet in rc. They are affordable because they are all priced at $99, and they make it easy to get going because they came RTR with everything you need right in the box. Some of their other features include-

* 2.4 GHz radio systems with dual rate
* Waterproof
* 370 sized brushed motors
* Speeds up to 20+ mph
* Easy to drive 4wd
* Option parts will be available
* Ball bearings
* Gear diffs
* Aluminum motor mount
* Big bore oil shocks
* 6 cell 1300mAh NiMH included

The part numbers are- #DIDC0041 for the SC4.18 short course truck, #DIDC0042 for the MT4.18 mini-monster and #DIDC0043 for the BX4.18 buggy. All are priced at just $99 and should be hitting hobby shops in late October. Hit up This Link to tour the new Dromida website for lots more information.

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Hobbico at HobbyTown USA Convention
Industry leader Hobbico had a large suite showcasing their product lines at the 2013 HobbyTown USA convention. Among their featured lines were Duratrax, Futaba, and Axial, among many others.

One of the highlights of the Hobbico booth was their AirCore technology for airplanes. AirCore is basically a power cartridge that can quickly be popped in and out of various planes. The power cartridge contains a brushless motor, esc, receiver, and 3 digital servos and takes about 2 seconds to pop into an AirCore airplane.

We would like to thank the good folks at Hobbico for allowing us to use some of their gear during our demo at the HobbyTown USA show. I was driving a demonstration, jumping/bashing a Thunder Tiger MT-4 monster truck and Duratrax 835E buggy, while Brian was using an HPI Blitz to hold a “pit stop” contest for the HobbyTown USA dealers. Our gear from Hobbico put on a great show and helped add to the fun for all the dealers.

For more information on everything that Hobbico offers simply hit THIS LINK. To see more Hobbico news here on BigSquidRC THIS is the link you want.

Estes Dart Quadcopter
Mini Quadcopters are still a hot product segment and now the famed rocket company Estes is jumping into the mix with their Dart RTF. The Dart comes RTF at a street price of just $69, needed just four AAA batteries to get up and going. Gyro control makes the Dart easy to fly while small LED lights allow for night flight. Should you do some serious bashing the Dart comes with spare rotors, saving you a trip down to your local hobby shop. For more information hit THIS LINK over on the official Estes website.

Looking for more quadcopter news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

How does the Dart fly? Check out the video below to see just how easy it is.

top flite giant scale spitfire
The crew over at Top Flite have just posted a new video on their Giant Scale Spitfire ARF. The video showcases the aerial abilities of this huge, perfectly scaled beast. The Giant Scale Spitfire ARF sports a wingspan of over 86″, a street price of right at $750, and it should be hitting your local hobby shop any day now.

Check out THIS LINK for more information on the Spitfire and THIS LINK for more air news right here on BigSquidRC.