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AVC BasicsSince we first got our hands on AVC Stability Control we have found it an invaluable tool for making our trucks easier to drive. Today we’ll be doing a short tutorial on what parts and pieces that it takes to put AVC in your truck. In later installments we’ll go over how to calibrate and install the AVC system, as well as how to fine tune it to your needs.

Why do we use AVC in our bash trucks? We don’t normally use it in high traction conditions, however, when the going gets slick we dial up the AVC. Stability control helps keep our over powered bash trucks from constantly spinning out when we get on the gas. With the AVC dialed up we can get on the gas harder coming out of corners and it can help us drive a straighter line when pounding the gas on a straightaway.

What vehicles can you install AVC in? All types really, from that electric Losi Mini-T of yours all the way to an HPI 5B gas buggy, AVC can work in them all. Short course, drag cars, buggies, truggies, whatever you might have, AVC can make them easier to drive.

Exactly what is needed to put AVC stability control in your truck?

1. The “brain” of the AVC stability control is the receiver, therefore you’ll need a Spektrum 4210 receiver.

2. A DSM2 Spektrum transmitter. Because the brain of the AVC control is in the receiver, you’ll need a transmitter that will bind to it.

3. Digital servos. The AVC technology only works with digital servos, so if you are running an electric car you’ll need a digital steering servo, if your install is in a nitro or gas car, you’ll need digital steering and throttle servos. Does it matter which brand? We’ve used AVC with Spektrum, Futaba, Hitec, Savox, and Xpert digital servos without issue.

That’s it! In our next installment we’ll walk you through an actual install and set-up process of an AVC system in our review Pro-line PRO-MT. Want more AVC information right now? Check out This Link over on the official Spektrum website.

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Horizon Hobby iHobby 2014
Our friends at Horizon Hobby are showing off a lot of new products here at iHobby 2014.

Perhaps the biggest news from their booth is that Horizon is now distributing Anki Drive Products to hobby shops. You may have heard of the name Anki Drive before, they make some very innovative phone controlled battle cars that you may have already seen in big box stores.

Also new in the Horizon booth was the Losi XXX-SCB Brushless RTR (Street $349). The latest edition of the SCB comes with a powerful Dynamite brushless system, AVC stability control, and new Eclipse SCT tires.

The Vaterra K5 Blazer was a big hit in the Horizon booth, turning heads with its scale appearance.

The tiny new ECX Beatbox and Kickflip are also on display, expect these to be one of the bigger hits of the 2014 Christmas buying season. In person they look like a load of fun to play with.

Horizon also had numerous air products on display, including their recently picked up Fat Shark line that even our own Cub Reporter is enamored with.

If you want to learn more about all the different products from Horizon simple click This Link to visit their official website.

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HobbyZone Fazer Quadcopter
The nano sized quadcopter wars are really heating up for the Christmas buying season. The latest entry into the class is from HobbyZone with their Faze RTF Ultra Small Quadcopter.

The HobbyZone Faze is an RTF that comes with everything you need to get flying inside the box. The Faze’s small size makes it easy to fly indoors, while its affordable price point makes it easy on your wallet. Some of its key features include-

* Easy to use flip mode
* Low, medium and high rate select-able from transmitter
* Comes with spare props
* Comes with 100 mAh LiPo and charger
* Weighs only 12.2 grams
* 2.4GHz transmitter that runs off two AAA batteries (included)
* USB charge cable

The part number is #HBZ8300, it is street priced at $39, and it is expected to hit hobby shops in mid October. For complete details hit up This Link over on the official HobbyZone website.

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Parrot Rolling Spider Horizon Hobby
While Parrot might not be well known among hardcore rc hobbyists, they certainly make some interesting products. For the surface crowd they are known for two machines, the Rolling Spider and the Jumping Sumo. Both are capable of insane stunts and are controlled via the Bluetooth connection on your mobile device.

The Spider and the Sumo are getting ready to hit the market and the folks over at Horizon Hobby let us know they will be stocking them. These are bound to be some of the hottest rc products released this fall, if you want one you should get on the pre-order list now.

The part number for the Jumping Sumo is #PTAPF724002 while it is street priced at $159. The part number for the Rolling Spider is #PTAPF723002 while it carries a street price of $99. Both are expected to start shipping to Horizon dealers in September. Get more details about all the Parrot products that Horizon carries Right Here.

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Horizon Hobby HobbyTown USA Convention
Horizon Hobby came out swinging with multiple new products in their room, but arguably their biggest news hadn’t made it in time for the show. Horizon has just picked up the Parrot line of rc products, which were not on display but we are told should start shipping in September. If you are unfamiliar with Parrot, they are a big name rc company with some pretty wild products like These.

On the surface side of things, Horizon had their new 2014 Vaterra Corvette, the gasoline powered Losi LST XXL-2, and the Pro Boat Rockstar 48 on display. While the Rockstar 48 was announced months ago, it is getting ready to ship to dealers and we must say it looks awesome (and massive!) in person.

There was also plenty of big news on the air side, notably the showing of Fat Shark FPV products and a number of new aircraft. Fat Shark is new over at Horizon but have already proven themselves at local flying fields as some of the best FPV gear on the market.

For new aircraft there was plenty to look at. The Hobbyzone Sport Cub S was being shown and looked to be an idea plane for beginners. The Sport Cub comes with Horizon’s SAFE technology and has a street price of $129 RTF. It even has a button to press if you get in trouble that will return it to level flight!

Hobbyzone also had a new F4U Corsair S. The F4U is a WWII combat airplane that is capable of very spirited flight, yet also comes with the SAFE stability system to save you (and the plane) should you get into trouble.

E-Flite had several new products and was showing off their new Adagio 280 BNF Basic, P-51D Mustang, and UMX Spacewalker RTF. We’ll be posting more information about these soon and they will be headed to your local Horizon dealers in the coming weeks. Hit up This Link to head over to Horizon’s official website for more information on all of the products they carry.

This concludes our HobbyTown Convention coverage, we would like to again thank the awesome folks over at HobbyTown USA for letting us join in the fun at their show, and Here is the Link you want to view our complete show coverage.

FatShark Horizon Hobby
Here is some great news for you FPV (First Person View) Pilots out there, FatShark products are on their way to Horizon Hobby. This means not only will FatShark products be easier than ever to get at your local hobby shops, but Horizon will also have some exclusive bundles that make it easier than ever to fly FPV.

The FatShark bundles coming from Horizon have been specially selected to make FPV less confusing for first time users and they are ready to use out of the box without requiring a HAM license.

FatShark products from Horizon should start shipping later this month, get more information at This Link over on Horizon’s website.

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Horizon Hobby Road Trip
The crew over at Horizon Hobby are hitting the road and they invite you to join them. This summer Horizon is hitting various full size events across the country to show off their products, put on demonstrations, and to hang out with you, the rabid rc hobbyist. Check out their schedule below, and you can hit up This Link for more information.

* June 21-22 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Springfield, MO
* June 27-29 Street Machine Nationals, Du Quoin, IL
* July 11-13 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Bloomsburg, PA
* July 18-20 Chevy Car Craft Summer Nationals, St. Paul, MN
* August 9-10 Quad City Airshow, Davenport, IA
* September 19-21 4 Wheel Jamboree Nationals, Indianapolis, IN
* September 26-28 Route 66 Mother Road Festival, Springfield, IL

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Horizon Hobby Big Squid
During our Southern California Road Trip, the fine folks over at Horizon Hobby were kind enough to let us drop by their offices for a visit. The Horizon offices are home to such brands as Vaterra, ECX, Losi, Pro Boat, and TLR.

While some of the Horizon brands are intended for hardcore racing, we soon learned that all the guys at Horizon were very basher friendly. We found that they honestly care about hardcore bashers, and are especially concerned about first day noobs. We had several long conversations, many of which centered around things we could be doing to make the hobby more noob friendly. It was nice to find the IFMAR and National Championship drivers sitting around the conference table were very much like us, simply wanting everyone to have the best experience possible in the hobby.

After the bench racing session the Horizon crew grabbed one of their new Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggies and we headed outside to get some serious bashing in. We found the Mini 8IGHT-T a blast to drive, and that the Horizon guys were just as hardcore about their bashing as we were. It’s nice to know the people designing the next generation of bash vehicles drive them like they stole them, just like we do.

We not only had a great time hang’n with the Horizon guys, but also learned a lot about the hobby from their perspective. We would like to give Jukka, Rich, Ray, and our homie Scott Hughes a super huge “Thank You!” for taking the time to visit with us.

JR America at E-Fest 2014
Surface radios are no longer sold under the JR banner now days in America, but their air radios are alive and well. JR America’s booth at E-Fest 2014 was big and filled with electronic goodness. From uber high end transmitters to servos of every size, they have radio gear for all sorts of air applications. Hit up their Official Website to see everything they produce, and check out the pictures below to get a feel for what their booth was like.

Horizon Booth E-Fest 2014
Also in attendance at E-Fest 2014 were the folks from Horizon Hobby. Their large booth was well staffed and the BSRC Bash Crew had a great time picking their brains on some of their new air products. The newest item they had in the their booth was the Blade 200 QX. The 200 was just announced a couple of weeks ago and should be a real blast to fly because it is brushless powered. Horizon had a bunch of other products on display, take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for what it was like to be at their booth, and you can Click This Link to visit their official website.


The Snowbirds Nationals is one of the biggest rc races in the world. Each year hundreds of racers flock to Florida and race 24 hours a day to get their rc fix. All that racing can get stressful, so as a way of blowing off steam they hold a Figure 8 Race. Our friends over at Horizon Hobby took some video of the Figure 8 race this year to show everyone just how crazy it gets. Enjoy the massive collisions and hit up This Link to see all the products that Horizon has to offer. They even have a Valentines special of free shipping on every order for the next couple of days.

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Spektrum 1/5 Scale Digital Surface Servo
The Spektrum crew has been showing off a couple of new 5th scale servos at the Nurnberg Toy Fair. Both servos were designed to fix several problems that 5th scale drivers have like servo fade, low holding power, and crowbar effect. Using patent-pending Back EMF technology designed by Paul Beard, the new Spektrum 5th scale servos are designed not to fade, even during the toughest bash sessions.

* Designed to eliminate crowbar effect and reduced heat
* Waterproof
* Hardened steel gears
* Socket-head cap screws
* Can be used on 2S Li-Po
* Strong, removable, servo lead
* Low profile 1/5-scale size
* Weight- 5 oz
* Width- 1.2″
* Length- 3″
* Height- 1.8″

The part number for the S9010 is #SPMSS9010, it has a street price of $199 and you can get more information at This Link. The S9020 has a part number of #SPMSS9020, it also has a street price of $199, and you can Click Here to get more information on it.

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Pro Boat Rockstar 48 Gas Catamaran
If you are looking for a big beast of a boat the new Rockstar 48 from Pro Boat should be something to look at. At 48″ long and powered by a 26cc gas engine, chances are if you are piloting one of these you will rule the waters at the local park.

* Water-cooled DynamiteĀ® 26cc gas engine
* Capable of speeds over 40 MPH
* Push button R.O.S.S. starter system
* Large-scale servo with over 270 oz.-in of torque
* Composite radio tray is removable
* Durable inline rudder
* Wide hull for better stability
* Centrifugal clutch to prevent the prop from spinning at idle

The Rockstar 48 has a part number of #PRB09000 and a street price of $1200. To get more information simply hit up This Link.

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