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Graupner Transmitters
Graupner might not be the biggest name in the bashing community, but they have a long history in our hobby and most recently are best known for their touch screen battery chargers and transmitters. Last week at the HobbyTown USA Convention was the first time we were able to lay hands on their new products and we have to say they certainly looked good. Hopefully we will get a chance to review them in the near future.

Getting Graupner products here in the states hasn’t been easy the last few years, but that is all about change as Tower Hobbies is gearing up to carry many of their products. We haven’t heard any word on when they will be in stock so we will pass along that information when we hear it. Until then you can hit up This Link to learn more about all the products in Graupner’s catalog.

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hrp distributing
Hobbywing has made a splash with the bashing crowd the last few years with their speed controllers and brushless motors. Yesterday HRP Distributing announced they have picked up the Hobbywing line of electronics, making it easier for American dealers to get their products, and thus easier for you to walk into your local hobby shop and buy one. Here is the full press release -

For Immediate Release – HRP Teams with FalconSEKIDO to Distribute Hobbywing
Products

SALT LAKE CITY – April 30, 2014 – HRP Distributing is proud to join forces with FalconSEKIDO to distribute Hobbywing products in the North America. With three warehouses, expert customer service team, $250 free freight program and over 1,000 active dealers, HRP is fully prepared to release the Hobbywing product line into the North American RC market. Hobbywing is one of the largest OEM manufacturers in the world, offering a wide variety of high performance electronic components and accessories for aircraft, boats and surface vehicles.

The XERUN Series is Hobbywing’s premium brushless surface vehicle product line designed for competition/professional scenarios. The line includes eight ESC models ranging from 90AMP to 150AMP output ratings and seven motors for 1/8, 1/10, 1/12 scale and short course truck applications, all ROAR and IFMAR approved. The EZRUN Series was created for more casual hobbyists, and includes a large selection of brushless motors, ESC’s and accessories suitable for almost every surface vehicle type. Hobbywing’s JUSTOCK Series line is the brand’s value line, with a selection of high quality motors and ESC’s at some of the lowest price points in the industry.

Hobbywing also has three dedicated lines for aircraft, helicopters and multi-rotors. The Platinum Series is the brand’s competition line, with nine ESC models ranging from 30AM to 150AMP output ratings that are RoHS complaint. A LED program card and RPM sensor are also available. The FLYFUN Series was created for novice and intermediate users and includes thirteen ESC options and accessories. Hobbywing’s SKYWALKER Series is geared towards multi-rotors, as shown by the two Quattro ESC models, which are the only two ESC’s in the world that connect directly to four motors.

The SEAKING Series is dedicated to watercraft applications. Each of the eight ESC’s are waterproof and include an innovative water cooling system to ensure consistent temperatures. A custom designed water cooled motor tube and LED program card are also available.

Hobbywing products will be available through HRP in late April of 2014. Visit hrpdealer.com or call 800-622-7223 for dealer inquires or to find a local retail shop.

Click Here to hit up the Hobbywing website, or Right Here for HRP Distributing.

carisma-shop
We talk about it every day around the office, parts support. Bashers are notoriously hard on trucks, breaking parts isn’t the exception to the rule, it is expected.

Today Carisma has announced their new on-line store. Carisma’s new on-line store is intended to supplement local hobby shops by offering another source of parts support for all you Carisma owners. If your local hobby shop hasn’t picked up Carisma yet, or if they don’t have the part you need in stock, the Carisma on-line store can come in handy to get your car or truck back up and running as quickly as possible.

You can check out the new store at Carisma-Shop.com.

Get more Carisma news at This Link on BigSquidRC.com.

Great Planes RC4WD
There is some big news out of Champaign Illinois that Great Planes is now distributing RC4WD products. This arrangement makes it easier for GP dealers to stock RC4WD products. On the consumer side, it means more local hobby shops will have your favorite RC4WD scale parts on the shelf, or if not in stock, they will be easier to order in for you.

For more information on Great Planes simply Click This Link and you can hit This Link to visit RC4WD’s official website.

Carisma USA
Carisma vehicles are officially for sale here in the USA. We have learned that there will be 6 different models offered initially, and that both the vehicles and parts are on the ground here in the states and ready to go.

If you are a consumer and want to check out all the Carisma models available Click This Link that takes you over to the Falcon Hobby Supply Website. If you are part of a hobby shop and are interested in picking up the Carisma line, Click Here to contact their distributor The Jeric Group.

Click Here for more Carisma news on BigSquidRC.

hrp distributing
In industry news, HRP Distributing has announced they are ending distribution of JQ Products. Read the official press release below-

“For Immediate Release – HRP to End Distribution of JQ Products

SALT LAKE CITY – FEBRUARY 26, 2014 – HRP Distributing has announced that it has ended its North American distribution agreement with JQ Products, effective immediately. HRP will begin liquidating all current JQ Products inventory until supply is depleted. HRP strives to provide the best possible service to hobby dealers and enthusiasts alike, and will continue to offer the finest RC products on the market from the most respected brands.”

To get more information on HRP Distributing simply click This Link.

For more HRP news on BigSquidRC, This is the link you want.

carisma_group

Since getting our hands on some of the recent Carisma vehicles, and telling you about them, we have received weekly emails and Facebook messages asking people can buy them, and when they are coming to the US. Well, that question (that we have had the answer for little while now, but couldn’t share) is that YES they are indeed coming to the US! Officially March 1st 2014 they will be available from www.TheJericGroup.com. The Jeric Group will be their official distribution channel in the US, so you will most likely be able to get the vehicles in local shops, or online at several retailers. Carisma mentions that they will have vehicles AND parts readily availalbe on March First. This is pretty huge news, as we know there has been a large group of people drooling over their new vehicles for a while now. If you are a hobby shop owner, we recommend giving the Jeric Group a call because we know a lot of people looking for these, and they will be happy to find them on your shelves. At least give a few of them a try!

iModel_France_carismaCarisma also let us know that www.Imodel.fr will be their official distributor for France.

We are happy to see Carisma make it’s way over to the USA. Their vehicles have been really great (Check the reviews at This Link) and we are looking forward to some part support as well.

Check the Official Carisma Website for more info.

traxxas_latrax_teton

Looks like the Toy Fair news from Nuremberg is starting to come in. Check out the new LaTrax Teton powered by Traxxas. It’s an 1/18th scale 4WD Monster Truck, comes RTR with a 2.4Ghz Radio, is waterproof, with part number #76054. Retail price should be $149.

We can’t help but notice it looks like a mini Traxxas Telluride. Even comes in the same colors. Maybe there will be a Grand Teton edition?

Specs:
Length: 10.16″ (258mm)
Weight (with battery): 19.2oz (55g)
Height (overall): 4.65″ (118mm)
Wheelbase: 6.44″ (163.5mm)
Ground Clearance: 1.18″ (30mm)
Electronic Speed Control: Waterproof Forward/Reverse ESC
Motor (electric): 370 Brushed
Transmission: 10T Pinion / 60T Spur
Drive System: Shaft-Driven 4WD
Steering: Bellcrank
Included Batteries: 7.2V 6-cell NiMH with Charger

You can check out the LaTrax website for more details, or if you are looking for more LaTrax news check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Check the video below:

What do you guys think? Look like a worthy little basher?

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″

Novak RC
Novak Electronics has gone through some changes recently. Now they have a new name, Novak R/C Inc, and some different people in ownership positions. Check out the press release below for the full scoop, and click Here to visit the Novak website.

“Effective January 1, 2014, Novak Electronics, Inc. will be operating under a new entity named Novak R/C, Inc. Bob Novak, President and co-founder of Novak Electronics will retain partial ownership in the new company, and will continue to focus his efforts in product development. Bob’s daughters, Linda Novak Logan and Laura Novak-Roesgen, and Novak’s Engineering Director, Adnan Khan, all whom have been with Novak Electronics for over 25 years, complete the ownership. The management and design teams for Novak R/C will remain the same.

“We are excited for Novak R/C to continue the Novak legacy and bring innovative product to our customers. We will also maintain the high level of standards of customer service on all Novak products,” commented Bob Novak.”

LRP America
LRP over in Europe announced 3 new additions to their S10 Blast line-up today, an MT 2 monster truck, a BX 2 buggy, and a TX 2 stadium type truck. These look like cool basher vehicles (see the gallery below) so we gave the folks over at LRP America a ring to see what the chances are of these machines ever hitting American shores.

Right now LRP America products are distributed by Hobbico and HRP here in the states, but the product line is limited to ESCs and other light electronics like what was formerly being distributed by Team Associated. LRP America definitely sounds interested in bringing over their entire line and already have plans to bring over a limited selection of additional products.

At this time it sounds like they are still feeling things out whether or not the entire line will end up being sold here in America. LRP in Europe has an extensive surface and air line-up that includes many units that would fit right in with the bash crowd here in America, we hope at some point they make it over.

Click Here for more LRP news on BigSquidRC.

horizon ihobby 2013 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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LRP AmericaBack in September LRP opened up a new facility in Southern California. Their long term distribution deal with Associated had ended so LRP America was formed. Here in America we are used to only seeing LRP electronic speed controllers, but they have a much more vast product line that includes cars, trucks and buggies. Now it sounds like us Yanks will be gaining access to a more LRP products. An excerpt from a recent LRP press release states, “Soon, a new range of products that were previously only available in Europe will now be ready and available in North America.”. The BigSquidRC staff can’t wait to see what LRP has in store for American hobbyists.


RC Driver MagazineThe crew over at RC Driver Magazine have announced a deal with TNG Distribution Services to place an additional 4,000 copies of their magazines in retailers like Kroeger, Safeway, Albertson’s, and Publix.

This deal will be in effect for the February, March and April issues of RC Driver, making it easier for you to get your hands on a copy while spreading the word on the rc hobby. We are all about seeing the hobby grow and hopefully this deal will help expose rc to people that were previously unaware of it.


AKA tiresRecently AKA named a new set of their tires Slingshot. For you bashers, you instantly remembered that name as the line of paddle tires from Pro-Line. AKA shot out a press release saying, “As it turns out, we are much better at designing tires than we are at checking to see if names are already in use within our industry. For this reason we have decided to change the name of our Slingshot tires to Typo. While you will see some tires on the shelves with the old name the new Typo branded tires will be hitting the shelves in late December and early January. We would like to thank Pro-Line for working with us on this mistake and for keeping our battles to the race track instead of the court room.”. It is good to see companies in our hobby working things out without involving the legal system.