TrakPower has announced new 90C discharge LiPo packs. The 90C discharge rate gives more power than previous TrakPower offerings and they come in a wide variety of sizes to fit your needs. All the packs come with a hardcase for more protection and are approved for ROAR sanctioned competition.
The new 90C Trakpower packs include-
TKPC0605 1S 3.7V 6500mAh 4mm
TKPC0607 2S 7.4V 3250mAh 4mm
TKPC0610 2S 7.4V 4500mAh Shorty 5mm
TKPC0615 2S 7.4V 5600mAh Deans
TKPC0616 2S 7.4V 5600mAh 5mm
TKPC0620 2S 7.4V 7200mAh Deans
TKPC0621 2S 7.4V 7200mAh 5mm
TKPC0625 2S 7.4V 6000mAh Saddle Pack 4mm
TKPC0630 4S 14.8V 6700mAh Deans
TKPC0631 4S 14.8V 6700mAh 5mm
Prices range from $59-$159 and they are in stock right now. Hit up This Link for more information on all the LiPo batteries that TrakPower has to offer.
Time to take a chance on another BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.
The new Futaba 10J is packed with features for you flying enthusiasts. It is the first “J” series radio to come with telemetry and it lets you download new software to keep it up to date. The 10J also has voice synthesis that lets you hear the telemetry as you fly, plus special programming for multi-rotor aircraft.
The part number for the airplane version is FUTK9200, the part number for the helicopter version is FUTK9201, and they both have a street price of $349. Both versions are expected to ship later this month and you can get more information at This Link on Futaba’s website.
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One of the latest airplanes in Great Planes product line-up is a Curtis P-6E Hawk EP Biplane ARF. The P-6E Hawk was one of the best looking bipes of the 1930s and was the last biplane produced for the Army Air Corps. The new Great Planes version features incredible scale detailing for an authentic look, and was designed to be lots of fun while up in the air. The Great Planes P-6E comes ARF and requires a 4 channel radio, 4 micro servos, an ESC and motor, and a 3S LiPo battery and charger to complete.
* Length- 34″
* Wingspan- 43.5″
* Wing Area- 352 in²
* Weight- 3.75-4.5 lb
* Wing Loading- 25-29 oz/ft²
The part number is #GPMA1164, it has a street price of $249, and you can expect to start seeing them hit hobby shops in late June. For more information hit up This Link over on the Great Planes website.
Instead of a TGIF mystery link, please check out This Link over on Associated’s website about Gene Hustings. Gene recently passed away and was a legend in the rc industry as well as a founding partner of Team Associated.
Great Planes P-6E Biplane Gallery
Think the 350QX can’t get any better? Horizon Hobby has upgraded the firmware of the Blade 350QX to version 2.0, featuring a new flight mode built for ultra stable Aerial Photography and new features new and improved compass and GPS technology. In the new BNF and RTF versions, the quadcopter comes with an improved charger, and the start (arming) procedures have also been improved as well.
Already own a 350QX? Never Fear! The firmware will be made available early April for current 350QX owners, and at this point Blade Helicopter states: ‘For owners of the original 350 QX (BLH7800/BLH7880) an optional upgrade solution for the firmware will be available by early April for a nominal fee’. Personally, if one has already paid over the $470 plus tax for the quadcopter, the software upgrade should be free like the updates for Spektrum controllers. Unless for some reason it’s more than just downloading an update. Maybe I need to buy a cable?
The new 350QX V2 will be on hobby store shelves shortly. The prices still are the same for both versions of the quadcopter ($470 for RTF and $420 for the BNF), but look for the ‘A‘ at the end of the part number (BLH7800A and BLH7880A, respectively) for the updated software. For more information, check out Blades website via This Link.
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RC4WD has a sweet new Hardened Steel Driveshaft Set for all you Tamiya Bruiser owners. The driveshafts are made from hardened steel to be extra tough and they were designed to look just like their full scale counterparts.
* Weight- 2.75oz
* Shaft end hole size- .2″
* Shaft outer diameter- .3″
* Short shaft travel distance- 3.15″-3.74″
* Long shaft travel distance- 5.11″-5.7″
The part number is #VVV-S0107, the street price is $89, and you can get more information by clicking Right Here.
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The latest product from MIP is one of their Shiny Puck CVD drive systems for Schumacher KR and SV2 buggies. The Shiny CVDs are made from steel to be more durable for modified motor use, and MIP Pucks are said to provide smoother acceleration and better handling out of corners.
* 100% made in the USA
* Two sets of holes in CVD bell
* Replaceable pucks make it easy to keep drivetrain fresh
The part number is #14100, they have an MSRP of $85, and you can get more information at This Link over on the official MIP website.
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Save the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd for A-Main Speedway’s 2nd annual Spring Fling in Pueblo, CO with a special event sponsored by us here at the Big Squid RC. You can get your fill of off-road racing with classes for pretty much every type of off-road rc vehicle in existence. 1/8th scale buggy, truggy, monster truck, electric, nitro, 2 and 4wd short course, a sportsman class for the newbs, and more.
Qualifying takes place on Saturday, the racing commences on Sunday. After the racing is done, it’ll be time to bust out some hang time in the Big Squid RC Big Air event thingy.
A Main Speedway is my local hobby shop and I will be there shooting a lot of pics. If you’re nearby come on down, find me and say “The crow kaws at the dawn of the first full moon.” That’ll be our secret code for “Give me free stickers or something*.”
You can sign up for this event at the RC Signups website and you can get more info by looking at that flyer up there or by hitting up the A-Main Speedway Facebook page and clicking over to the Events Section.
There’ll be door prizes, t-shirts, and more for competitors, plus lots of fun.
* Something may include, but is not limited to, a passionate embrace.
After months of teasing, Pro-Line has released full information on their new PRO-2 Buggy Conversion Kit. The kit comes with everything you need to convert your Pro-Line PRO-2 to a buggy, and it can be converted right back to a truck when needed.
Modeled after a Class 1 Desert Buggy, the supplied body and roll cage are loaded with scale detailing for a sharp look. Plastic window nets add to the scale appearance, but won’t pull out like rubber netting. Pro-Line light buckets can easily be added, as can a wing if you plan racing or just like that type of look. Also, the narrow buggy body is sure to suffer from a whole lot less parachute than a typical short course truck, making it easier to jump on windy days.
The part number for the conversion kit is #6254-00, the street price is $78, and you can get more information by simply clicking This Link.
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Pro-Line Buggy Conversion Kit
Pro-Line Buggy Conversion Kit
There is nothing like using the right tool for the job. Hudy has announced two new turnbuckle wrenches to make it easier to work on your rig. In both 5.5 and 6mm, the Hudy turnbuckle wrenches are hardened for long life and hand ground for a perfect fit.
The part number for the 5.5mm is #181055, the 6mm is #181060, and you can get more information at This Link over on the official Hudy website.
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As you all know, we LOVE the Estes Proto X around here. It’s fun to fly, durable, and easy on the budget. We all own at least one. Well Estes just announced the new Syncro Quadcopter. The Syncro is still nano sized, and almost identical to the Proto X, though it looks like it’s going to have a little more back end support.
We just discovered that you will be able to buy a replacement battery ($5.50) as well as motors ($9.99 for 4). Something that was not available on the Proto-X. We are very excited about this, as our months of abuse have taken a toll on our quads, and having the ability to replace some parts will be a huge plus!
* Weight: 11.5 grams
* Dimensions: 1.75″in diameter.
* 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
* Comes with 4 spare blades.
The part number for the Estes Syncro is #004609, it has a street price of $39 and they will be available very soon.
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Estes Syncro Gallery
I keep getting more and more impressed about the types of projects that show up on Kickstarter, and this one is new exception. Presenting a quadcopter frame made of…wait for it…LEGOS. Yes, the construction toy of our youth (and landmine to parents) has a new RC implementation where combined with 3D printed motor mounts creates a working quadcopter frame that can even carry a GoPro camera with the right motor and ESC setup. Feel free to support this project by donating money to the cause, and if you feel really generous (about $130 so) you can even get a quadcopter frame shipped to you around August! More details about the project can be found on its Kickstarter page Right Here.
Lego Quadcopter Frame from Kickstarter
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For 2014 the Hobby Pro PRS1 2wd buggy has gotten some updates and improvements. The PRS1 still comes with mid and rear motor capabilities, but boasts upgrades like new carbon fiber shock towers and US spec springs. Some of the other updates include-
* Worlds Edition shock pistons
* Larger spring cups to fit 12mm springs
* Gold shock shafts
* 25 degree kickup & new top plate
The 2014 Hobby Pro PRS1 has a street price of $289, is scheduled for a late March release date, and is available from Hobby Pro USA and their dealers.
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Hobby Pro 2014 PRS1 Buggy
Last weekend one pilot rose above the rest to take home the overall win at the 2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships, that pilot was Jared Bachman. At only 14 years of age, Jared easily won the Micro 6″ class and finished second in the Nano 2″ class, giving him more than enough total points to secure the overall title.
In the Micro 6″ class Jared used an unmodified Blade Nano QX controlled by a JR X9503 to out fly the other pilots, while he used a bone stock Estes Proto-X to finish second in the Nano class.
While Jared has been flying airplanes for 2 years, he has only been flying quads for about 4 months, but that didn’t stop him from flying circles around the other guys. Congrats to Jared on a job well done last weekend, he really showed what could be done with a quad in the hands of a skilled pilot.
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Quadcopter Champion Jared Bachman Gallery