In industry news, we just saw a press release that says Horizon Hobby is being sold to an investor group led by Joe Ambrose. (Horizon’s Chief Executive Officer). The investors in the new endevor are Armory Capital LLC, and Mill City Capital L.P.
We have reached out to a few people for comment on this, but odds are this won’t effect the Horizon Hobby that you know right now. Since it’s pretty much an internal buy, things really shouldn’t change too much. If anything, it’s a way to help get some more cash coming in so they can keep advancing and improving.
Hit the Horizon Hobby webpage for any more info.
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The Vaterra Halix 4wd Monster Truck is one of the most eagerly anticipated bash truck releases in quite some time. Why? Because 4wd tenth scale monster trucks typically make great all around bash machines.
We are still in the middle of our review process on the Vaterra Halix, but while you wait for our full review you can check out the unboxing pictures. Below are four galleries that show you exactly what it looks like when you crack the box open on a brand new Halix.
To get more information on the Halix simply click This Link, to read more Vaterra news on BigSquidRC just Click Here.
Vaterra Halix Unboxing Gallery 1
Vaterra Halix Unboxing Gallery 2
Hit the “Read More” button for two more galleries after the break…
THE ECX Ruckus 1/18 4WD RTR Monster Truck Review
We were big fans of the 10th scale ECX Ruckus. It was tough, it drove well, and we had a blast thrashing it like we stole it. Today we are putting its little brother, the 1/18th ECX Ruckus Monster Truck, through its paces. Hit the “Read More” button to find out if it has enough power to be fun, to find out how well it handles, and see if it is worth your hard earned cash…
If you are into motocross, or really any sport that requires a helmet, then you already know who Troy Lee Designs is. For those of you that don’t, they paint the coolest custom helmets on planet Earth, they have a full line-up of motocross gear, and they have a fairly successful motocross team.
Yesterday TLD announced a new partnership with Horizon Hobby. In case you are not aware, Horizon is a huge rc distributor, as well as the owner of Losi, Vaterra, and ECX. The new collaboration is said to be leading to “limited-edition TLD collaborative products”, which might be something like the TLD livery on the Losi 5IVE-T shown above. The TLD motocross team is known for having some of the best looking bikes in the pits, we would image that any Losi adorning the same look would look pretty trick too.
To read the full press release simply click This Link. To read more Losi news, just Click Here.
Looking for a good on-board/action camera but don’t want to pay GoPro prices? The guys over at Blade RC have a camera for you. Their new Magicam SD22W has a ton of features at an affordable price point.
* 1080i/60fps HD
* Wide angle 175° field Of view
* F3.0 glass lens
* 8 megapixel photos
* 10X digital zooming
* Wi-Fi with Android or iOS Application (Wi-Fi back plate sold separately)
* Optional cyclic recording
* 180° inverse shooting capability
* Independent stop key
* Laser pointer indicator
* Remote control for starting and stopping
* Waterproof case with lens protector
* Low-Lux shooting mode
* HDMI output
* Dual microphone
* Maximum memory of 64GB with Micro SD (Not included)
* Comes with multiple accessories- wireless remote, USB cable, carrying pouch, waterproof case, and more
The Magicam has a part number of #AEVSD22W and a street price of $199. Hit up This Link for more information.
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Blade Magicam HD Camera Gallery
Capturing video from an aerial perspective is a great look for your rc videos. With that in mind, Blade has just announced their 180 QX HD Quadcopter. The Blade 180 comes with a 720p video camera that also captures 1.3 megapixel stills. A 2GB Micro-SD storage card comes with the Blade 180 to hold all the cool shots you get.
To make the Blade 180 easy to fly, it comes standard with SAFE stability technology. SAFE makes the 180 easy to fly, even for noobs. With enough power to be flown indoors or out, the 180 should be a blast to fly any time you get the itch.
The part number for the RTF version of the 180 QX HD is #BLH7400 and it has a street price of $179. It also comes in a BNF version, part number #BLH7480 with a street price of $149. Hit up This Link for more information.
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Blade 180 QX HD Gallery
THE Vaterra Swift Justice 2012 CHP Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 from Horizon Hobby Review
While Vaterra might be relatively new to the marketplace, they are certainly making a splash with their extremely scale looking rc cars. Their latest on-road machine, the 2012 CHP Camaro ZL1 is heavy on scale detailing at a moderate price point. Does the chassis drive well? Is the included brushed motor fast enough to have fun? Can you jump it off a roof and have it survive? Those questions and more will be answered by the end of our review. Click the famous “Read More” button to get the party started…
Do you have an install that requires an extra small receiver? If so the people at Spektrum have just announced their smallest receiver yet, the SR2000. The SR2000 is extra small to squeeze in those tight spots and it boasts high performance. Some of its features and specifications include-
* Ultra fast 5.5ms frame rate
* Built in antenna tube holder
* DSMR frequency-agile surface protocol
* Comes with Reliakote coating that protects against water, motor spray and fuel.
* Width: 1.0″
* Length: 0.7″
* Height: 0.5″
The part number for the SR2000 is #SPMSR2000, it has a street price of $99, and they should start hitting hobby shops in November. Hit up This Link for more information.
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Our friends at Horizon Hobby are making a strong showing at the 2013 iHobby Expo.
Most interesting for the basher crowd is the introduction of the Vaterra Halix monster truck. The Halix comes with full time 4wd, a powerful brushless system, and a 2.4GHz radio system. The chassis of the Halix is thick, well braced, and looks ready for a heavy duty beating. The same can be said of other key components like the shock towers and a-arms.
We are big fans of the Losi Ten series vehicles here at BigSquid. They take a good thrashing and rarely break. Losi introduced their latest vehicle based on the Ten platform, the Ten Rally X. Like the SCTE and other Ten series vehicles, it comes with sturdy metal chassis, 3 gear diffs, and is RTR. A sleek looking rally body, brushless power, and Spektrum 2.4GHz radio are some of its features.
Arguably the biggest news of the entire show is the new AVC Active Vehicle Control system included on the new 4 channel Spektrum SRS4200 receiver. The AVC stabilization system is used to make rc cars and trucks easier to drive. Sensors are used to adjust both the steering and throttle. When we got a chance to witness the system working in person, you could easily see how it works much like a gyro on the steering. If the rear end of the truck would kick out to the side, the steering would automatically correct itself without the need of input from the driver. The AVC system also appeared to work quite well on the throttle side of things. When the rear of the truck would step out to the side, the AVC system would kick in and reduce power to the wheels. Overall, if you’ve driven a high powered rc vehicle lately, you know how hard they can be to drive, the AVC system can go a long ways towards helping you control your beast. Also of note, all you need to put the AVC system into your personal vehicle is the SRS4200 receiver and a Spektrum transmitter.
The AVC system comes standard on both the Vaterra Halix and Losi Ten Rally X.
For more information on everything that Horizon Hobby carries hit up This Link.
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Horizon iHobby 2013 Gallery 1
Horizon iHobby 2013 Gallery 2
Horizon iHobby 2013 Gallery 3
The crew over at Spektrum have just announced their new DX4R Pro transmitter. Its 4 channels can come in mighty handy in a scaler or crawler install, and it has the same response speed as the DX3R Pro. Also, thanks to the DX4R Pro’s frequency-agile DSMR technology, you can expect better range and more signal security. Some of the primary features of the DX4R Pro include-
* 5.5ms frame rate
* Adjustable trigger shape and tension
* Backlit LCD Screen
* 50-Model memory with ModelMatch™ technology
* 4 User-defined, programmable mixes with naming
* Pre-set mixes, including dual throttle, dual brake, MOA, 4WS, and dual steering
* Switch-activated mix rates
* On-the-fly mix rate control
* Traction Control and ABS
* RaceWare software updates via SD Card Reader
* Telemetry Compatible
* Includes SR2000 and SR410 4-channel DSMR receivers
The part number for the Spektrum DX4R Pro is #SPM4100, it has a street price of $329, and you can expect a release date of early November. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Spektrum website.
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Spektrum DX4R Pro Gallery
Looking for something easy to fly to get a feel for the air side of our hobby? HobbyZone has a new plane for beginners called the Duet. The Duet is a very affordable RTF that is both easy to fly and easy on the wallet. Even better, everything you need to get up and flying is included in the box.
* Durable construction to help prevent crash damage
* 2.4GHz transmitter with built-in charger
* 3-channel control
* Bright, easy to see trim scheme
* Virtual Instructor technology provides control assistance, countering the effects of wind and turbulence
* Rechargeable 150mAh 1S Li-Po battery
The part number for the HobbyZone Duet is #HBZ5300, it has a street price of only $59, and they should start hitting hobby shops in late October. Hit up THIS LINK for more information.
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HobbyZone Duet Gallery
THE Vaterra Glamis Fear 1/8th RTR Buggy Review
When we reviewed the Vaterra Glamis Uno a few months ago we were quite impressed. Vaterra is after all a new company and you would think they would have some teething pain. We found very few problems with the Uno. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the Uno’s brother, the new 4 seat scale buggy called the Glamis Fear. Is the Glamis Fear a solid buggy? Does it take a good beating? Does it have enough power to satisfy even a long time hobbyist? Click the “Read More” button to find out…
The new Inverza 33 from Hangar 9 is said to be one of the best balanced aerobatic airplanes you can buy. Designed by Quique Somenzini, the Impreza 33 is made for precise aerobatic maneuvers and aggressive 3D flying. You can power the Impreza by either a 30cc gas engine or by a 180 sized brushless electric motor. Some of its other features and specifications include-
* Over-sized control surfaces
* Engineered to fly inverted, upright and knife-edge without mixing
* Mirco Pecorari color scheme
* Genuine UltraCote covering
* Durable aluminum landing gear
* Two-piece plug-in wings
* Lightweight balsa/balsa-plywood construction
* Pre-hinged control surfaces
* Set up for Evolution 33GX gas engine
* Electric conversion kit sold separately
* Wingspan: 75.0″
* Overall Length: 72.0″
* Wing Area: 1120 sq. in.
* Flying Weight: 12.3-13.0 lb
The part number for the Inverza 33 is #HAN4925, it has a street price of $520, and you can expect it to start hitting hobby shops in late September. Hit THIS LINK for more information on the official Hangar 9 website.
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Hangar 9 Inverza 33 Gallery