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Estes Syncro Quadcopter
Maybe you have noticed that Estes has a new white version of their massively popular Proto-X. The white version is called the Syncro ($39) and Hobbico has released a video to showcase its Self Righting capability. Even if you hand launch a Syncro upside down, it will immediately self right itself into a proper upright flying position.

Check out the video below to see its self righting feature in action and you can hit up This Link to get more information on the Syncro.

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Hobbico end of the month specials
The folks over at Hobbico are getting the word out that they’ve got some specials going on until the end of the month. Until February 28th you can save some bank on various surface and air products. Some of the more notable specials include-

* $100 off the Duratrax Nissan GTR Nitro 4wd RTR
* $40 off the 2013 ARRMA Fury SCT RTR
* $30 off the Axial Jeep Wrangler Wraith-Poison Spyder 4WD RTR and SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4WD Kit
* $30 off the Futaba 4PK Super R

There are many other items on sale, to view them all simply click This Link that takes you over to the sale page on the Best RC website.

Catch up on more Hobbico news right here on BigSquidRC by clicking This Link.

Hobbico E-Fest 2014
The BigSquidRC Bash Crew had a great time on Saturday attending E-Fest 2014 presented by Hobbico. We learned a lot by visiting all the exhibitors booths, and were in awe of the flying skills of the pilots. To give you a sense of what it was like to be there in person, please take a look at the 6 galleries below.

We would like to give a special thanks to everyone at Hobbico for their hospitality, and to all the people we met that made our stay so much fun. We had a blast and can’t wait to be at the event again next year.

Click Here to visit the official E-Fest website, and hit This Link to see all the products that Hobbico offers.

Click the “Read More” button to view 4 more galleries from E-Fest.

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Hobbico E-Fest 2014
Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending one of the largest indoor flying events in the country, E-Fest in Champaign Illinois. E-Fest is put on by the nice folks at Hobbico as a way of promoting the hobby during the cold winter months. Hobbyists from all over the Midwest drive in to get some flying time and spend time with other hobbyists.

While flying is the biggest part of E-Fest, they also have booths from various manufacturers. We spent some time in the Hobbico booth to get some pictures and check out their latest gear. The Hobbico booth featured products from Futaba, Heli-Max, AirCore, Tactic, Thunder Tiger and Flyzone. Whether you were into rc airplanes, helicopters, or multi-rotors, the Hobbico booth had something for you. No new products were announced at the show, but you can take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for what they had on display. To get more information on everything Hobbico, simply Click This Link.

Hobbico PulseTec
Our friends from Hobbico showed a new line-up of battery chargers at the Toy Fair in Germany a couple of weeks ago. The new line is called PulseTec and there were three different models on display.

The 2006D pictured above is a dual port charger capable of 100 watts of power per channel. PulseTec also has a touch screen model, the 906, which is capable of a 10 amp charge rate. Also on display was a more basic model, the 354. The 354 has a maximum charge rate of 3 amps and a maximum cell count of 4S LiPo. More information on the PulseTec line is coming soon, until then you can click This Link to visit the official Hobbico website.

Want to learn more about battery chargers? Hit up This Link which takes you to more battery charger news right here on BigSquidRC.

Novak RCThe folks over at Novak recently announced a change in ownership, now they have announced that they will become exclusively distributed by Hobbico/Great Planes in North and South America. Hit up This Link to visit the official Novak website, and check out the official announcement below.

“We are proud to announce that Novak R/C has partnered with Hobbico/Great Planes to exclusively distribute our full line in North and South America. This partnership will allow us to focus our strengths in design and manufacturing, while welcoming Hobbico’s distribution and marketing expertise.

Hobbico has distributed Novak products for over 25 years, and is the industry leader. We are committed to providing dealers and customers with premier electronic speed controls, motors, and accessories, and have plans for releasing several exciting products in 2014. We will be working more closely with Hobbico on its marketing efforts to keep dealers up to date so they have the information and knowledge to better serve our customers.

This exclusive distributor partnership goes into effect on January 20, 2014″

Don’t let our basher exterior full you. Get any of us near a track and suddenly we become competitive. It could be fastest laps, or who can upset the local racers the quickest by using reverse and driving the wrong way on the track. I spotted this cool video over on the Hobbico video page that gives a bunch of tips on how to get a little racing program going. For those of you no where near a track, there are some good ideas here to get something going with your RC buddies.

It’s Friday.. that means Mystery Link time.

Duratrax Onyx Brushless SystemThe good folks over at Hobbico are running a couple of specials from now until February 28 on select Duratrax brushless systems and ARRMA BLX RTRs.

When you buy the Duratrax Onyx brushless systems listed below you will get a merchandise certificate that can be used on other Hobbico products. The Duratrax Onyx brushless systems are waterproof and come ready for install with Deans plug.

1/8 scale systems ($25 merchandise certificate)

DTXC3194 2200kV Motor, 120A ESC Brushless System- $249.99
DTXC3195 2650kV Motor, 120A ESC Brushless System- $249.99

1/10 scale systems ($10 merchandise certificate)

DTXC3164 3930kV Motor, 80A ESC Brushless System- $149.97
DTXC3165 4420kV Motor, 80A ESC Brushless System- $149.97
DTXC3166 5900kV Motor, 80A ESC Brushless System- $149.97
DTXC3172 3650kV Motor, 80A ESC SC Brushless System- $159.99
DTXC3174 4550kV Motor, 80A ESC SC Brushless System- $159.99


ARRMA Granite BLXThe special on ARRMA vehicles is a $20 merchandise certificate with the purchase of any ARRMA BLX brushless RTR. The ARRMA BLX series of vehicles are affordable, powerful, and come with an industry leading 2 year warranty. The merchandise certificate is redeemable at the same hobby shop the ARRMA was purchased and can be used on products from over 30 r/c brands including Axial, Duratrax, Futaba, ARRMA, and TrakPower.

ARAD25** GRANITE BLX Brushless RTR- $379.98
ARAD26** FURY BLX Brushless RTR- $399.99
ARAD28** VORTEKS BLX Brushless RTR- $379.98
ARAD29** RAIDER BLX Brushless RTR- $349.98

To hit the official Duratrax website click HERE, to hit up ARRMA click HERE, and to get more Hobbico news on BigSquidRC THIS is the link you want.

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.

To get more information on the ARRMA Vorteks BLX simply click This Link, for more ARRMA news on BigSquidRC just Click Here.

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.

Want more Estes news? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

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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