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Xpert WR-4401 Servo ReviewPeople still want fast servos with a a lot of torque, however, now days waterproofing is nearly a “must have” feature as well. Some of the latest high-end waterproof servos to hit the market come from Xpert RC. We been beating on one of the WR-4401 (.08 speed and 255 oz-in at 6v) waterproof servos for over a month. What did we find out?

* We found the brushless motor used in the Xpert to give exceptionally smooth performance. Whether quickly rotating from side to side, or slowly sweeping, the Xpert was one of the smoothest servos that we’ve tested.

* No, we didn’t drop the Xpert to the bottom of a swimming pool to check its waterproofing, but we did hit numerous mud-holes and subjected it to a lot of snow. So far we have seen no ill effects to the servo.

* We installed the Xpert in our review Pro-Line PRO-MT 2wd monster truck. The WR-4401 was super fast and had torque to spare in that application.

* The Xpert uses a 25 tooth servo horn and a 2.0mm bolt to secure it on. Both of these are very easy to find in a pinch.

* Metal gears are standard and we found the Xpert could take a good hard beating without stripping out its gears. We purposely tightened up the servo saver on our PRO-MT and started slapping pipes with no ill effect to the Xpert.

Overall, we are big fans of the Xpert WR-4401. The Xpert gave us top notch performance and is easily one of the top 5 best servos we’ve ever tested. If you are looking for a high performance waterproof servo we can highly recommend the WR-4401 to you. The Xpert is street priced at $99 and Here Is The Link to its product page over on the Xpert website.

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Rage RC 5000mAh Battery ReviewSometimes you just need an inexpensive NiMH Battery to get the job done. Sometimes you may not have a LiPO battery charger, or maybe you just want to keep things simple. Such is the need for a battery like the Rage RC 7.2V 5000mAh NiMH.

We received a pack for testing a couple of months ago and have been putting it through the BigSquidRC ringer ever since. What have we found out?

* The Rage comes with a simple “Tamiya” style connector that works on numerous entry level products.

* With a standard 6 cell NiMH form factor, the Rage easily fit in every application that we tried. We used it in several vehicles, from an ECX Torment, to a Pro-Line PRO-MT, to a Traxxas Slash, the Rage was always a perfect fit.

* We also used the Rage in the roto-start of our nitro powered Duratrax Camaro. In this application it had plenty of power and turned over the nitro engine easily.

* While the Rage didn’t have the energy density (read- runtime and voltage output) of a LiPo, it had excellent power and runtimes compared to a pair of different low mAh RTR packs that we had laying around. For example, in our brushed Torment the truck was noticeably faster when using the Rage than when driven on a 1500mAh RTR NiMH.

* We conducted a 1C (5 amp) discharge on the Rage using a Hyperion 720iNet3 to get a capacity reading. The Rage NiMH was stated to be 5000mAh, while the Hyperion showed it put out 4732mAh on its first cycle.

We had no issues with the Rage RC 5000 NiMH and can highly recommend it to you. It has a low street price of $29 and its part number is #RGRNM5000-6. Click Right Here for more details over on the Hobby & Recreation Products website.

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rage rc battery chargerEvery hobbyist needs a good battery charger, but there are so many on the market it is hard to chose which one. Since we received one of the new Rage RC 80 Watt Multi Chargers we’ve been using and abusing it to see how it stacks up. Here is what we found out-

* The unit is AC/DC. This makes it easy to go from wall power to charging from the 12 volt battery of your car when out bashing.

* We used the Rage RC charger on a bunch of different battery packs. We used it to charge RTR type low capacity NiMH packs all the way up to 8th scale buggy 4S LiPO packs. The Rage did a solid job regardless of the type of battery we were charging.

* The end tone is loud enough to be heard, but not so loud as to tick off the guy pitting next to you.

* How easy was it to use? It was fairly average. It wasn’t the easiest charger on the market to use, but it was far from being the hardest.

* The manual was well written and easy to understand.

* The Rage came with a wide variety of connectors. From alligator clips, to Deans, to even a glow plug igniter tip, you won’t be needing to solder up a bunch of adapters to charge your packs.

We found the Rage RC Multi Charger to be a solid unit and we can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a versatile, yet affordable, battery charger. The Rage charger has a paltry street price of $52, has a part number of #RGRC80W-ACDC, and Here Is The Link to its official page over on the Hobby & Recreation Products website.

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Vaterra Blazer Review 3

Vaterra now makes a scale truck? We put it through its paces to see if it has what it takes to keep up with the competition! The new kit comes with all sorts of new ideas that really add to the realism of the truck. With options like a quick and easy way to change the wheel base, or loads of steering and a transmission that is easily converted to 2 speed, this may be the next big thing! Click READ MORE to get our thoughts…

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Rage RC servo reviewRage RC from Hobby & Recreation Products has made some waves with their new servo line-up. How is that? Well, their most expensive servo comes in at a measly $12. How do the Rage RC servos perform? Do they blow their guts out if you tap a curb? Are they worth the cash? Here is what we’ve learned from using the Rage servos for the last two months.

* We received 3 test samples, one of each servo in the line-up. We tested all three in a wide variety of 1/10th scale vehicles. They were installed in vehicles ranging from a Durango DEX210 buggy to the Tower Hobbies Cutback to a Pro-Line PRO-MT.

* Out of the 3 servos, two worked flawlessly. The unit we had an issue with, the RGRS142-16-6VM (142 oz, .16, $12), worked ok, but would tend to glitch when continually turned to the left.

* We put the most testing time in with the RGRS104-16-6VM ($12). This was a metal gear 104 oz at .16 servo. When installed in our PRO-MT it had more than enough power and speed to get the job done. We’ve bashed the 104 relentlessly and it still works as well as the day we received it. Also of note, after replacing several RTR servos with the Rage, all our testers felt the it was faster and stronger than the servos it replaced.

* The cheapest of the bunch is the plastic geared RGRS084-16-6VP. It is priced at $7 and is rated for 83 oz at .16 speed. In tested it worked fine for us, but we did end up blowing out the gears after a couple of hard bashing sessions.

Overall- the Rage servos were not the fastest, or smoothest, or most powerful servos we’ve ever tested, but they did an solid job for their price point. We are definitely going to keep a few in our pit box as back up servos. If you are looking for an affordable RTR replacement servo, or just want to get a few spares on the cheap, we can recommend the Rage RC servos to you.

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VP FuelsWhile it might seem like electric rules right now, every time we go bashing we see people running nitro and gasoline powered cars. No, fuel burning rc cars aren’t as dominant as they once were, but there are still plenty of hardcore bashers that will not bash without the smell and sound of nitro/gas.

Over the last couple of months we’ve been running a lot of VP Racing Fuels in our cars. You may very well already know VP, they are front runners in full size motocross, atv, and drag car racing. We ran a variety of their fuels in vehicles ranging from 10th scale .18 touring cars to 5th scale off-road. What did we learn during our testing?

VP Master Basher Nitro Fuel* We ran the VP Master Basher 20% nitro in several of our test cars. We liked how it performed and how the engines ran with it in the tank. Power seemed great and we didn’t have any issues.

* On the gasoline side of things, VP sells a pre-mix that is great for 5th scalers called Powermix. If you are unsure how much oil to put in your gas, or just want the added convenience of buying a pre-mixed gas/oil blend, this should be right down your alley. We had good luck running Powermix in our HPI 5th scale gas burners.

Overall- we can highly recommend the VP fuels to you. We experienced no problems and all our engines seemed to really like the fuel. Look for VP at your local hobby shop or you can hit up their Official Website for more information.

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Duratrax camaro nitro reviewOne of the most important people around the BigSquidRC offices is our guy “Wrench Bill”. He fixes all the cars we bust up (he is VERY busy) and generally keeps everyone sane. Bill is also our resident nitro lover. No matter where we go Bill always brings a nitro (or 3) to bash with. There are a lot of people out there like Bill, a big part of their enjoyment of the hobby is tuning and driving nitro power.

We hadn’t tested a nitro vehicle for a while then the good folks over at Duratrax sent us their Camaro ZL1. The Camaro is a tenth scale 4wd that comes with a .18 sized nitro engine. We’ve been bashing it for several weeks now, what did we learn?

* The included .18 engine has a LOT of power. It ripped hard from a dead stop all the way up to top speed. If you are looking for a car to impress the neighbors with power, the Camaro will do that. Also of note, we never had a problem getting the engine to start, and it stayed running better than 90% of the engines we’ve been around.

* We liked the included 2 speed tranny. Ours shifted well out of the box and made for nuclear takes offs and good top speed.

* The included tires gave good traction. Unfortunately all the power on tap really shortened their lifespan.

* The Camaro comes with a plastic pipe and we ended up melting the outlet on ours. This plugged up the exhaust and kept the engine from running. We also had one of the gears on the two speed come loose and fall off.

* With a spool in the front and a diff in the rear the Camaro handles well if you can keep from constantly pinning the engine. When driven with a smart trigger finger the car can really haul on pavement.

* We were big fans of the included electric starter. It makes life soooo much easier than a pull start.

* The Camaro is one of the best looking cars ever produced by Duratrax. It is officially licensed by Chevrolet and looks really sharp in person.

The Duratrax Camaro ZL1 has a part number of #DTXD53** and are street priced at $299. To get more details you can hit up the Official Duratrax Website.

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Pro-Line Closed Cell 2.8 Insert ReviewThe name leading the pack for performance tires and inserts is Pro-Line. They recently released some new Closed Cell Foam Inserts for 2.8″ sized tires so we decided to give them a spin to see how they held up in a hardcore bashing environment. Here is what we found out -

* The closed cell foams weigh more than old school foam. A mounted PL Trencher with closed cell foam weighs in at about 206 grams. The same wheel and tire with a traditional foam weighs in at 180 grams. The upside to the increased weight is that it is easier to pull trick maneuvers like back flips and front flips in the air. The downside is increased rotating and unsprung mass, which can make your electronics run slightly warmer. During our testing we did notice slightly warmer temps but nothing drastic.

* We mounted a closed cell set-up on one side of our review Pro-Line PRO-MT and the same wheel/tire with traditional foam on the other side. We then popped in a 3S LiPo pack and stabbed the gas HARD. The result? There was noticeably less ballooning of the tire with the closed cell insert. Less ballooning makes your truck much easier to drive at high power levels.

* We drove the inserts on a wide variety of surfaces. From the high bit carpet track at the iHobby Expo hall, to the damp high bite dirt inside of Leisure Hours Raceways, to the high bite asphalt at our local CostCo, the closed cell foams drove noticeably better than old school foam. The closed cell foams gave all the trucks a more precise feel and they also seemed to have more mechanical grip.

* We found the trucks we used the closed cells on much easier to drive when doing speed runs. We did speed passes with two different trucks, the PRO-MT and a Vaterra Halix. Both were using MaxAmps 3S LiPo and Castle brushless power. We found the tires ballooned less with the closed cell inserts and were much easier to drive as they neared their top speeds.

Overall – for general bashing we found the Pro-Line 2.8″ closed cell inserts to be a huge improvement over old school foam. The inserts are priced at $11 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

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THE VRX Racing XR4 Rally Car Review

VRX Racing XR4 Review

Who is VRX Racing? They are an Asian company that makes affordable basher type vehicles, that’s who. They were recently picked up here in the states by IMEX RC so we received an XR4 Brushless RTR Rally Car for testing. Is a VRX worth considering? Could it stand up to the BSRC Bash Crew? Did we turn it into a pile of rubble? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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Duratrax Onyx 110 ReviewMany bashers are on a budget, while others aren’t looking for the best money can buy, they just want products that are easy to use. The Onyx 110 battery charger from Duratrax is aimed right at these types of hobbyists. It comes with an ultra-low price point, $24, and could not be easier to use. We’ve been using one for a couple of months now and this is what we have learned-

* Seriously, the Onyx is incredibly easy to use. Flip the switch to the amp rate you want then plug your pack in, it is that easy.

* The 110 is very light and has a small footprint, it takes up almost no space in your pit box.

* If you have LiPo batteries (or plan on getting some), the 110 probably isn’t for you as it only charges NiCd and NiMH type batteries.

* We used the 110 on a wide variety of packs. From small 5 cell receiver packs, to 7 cell 5000mAh primary packs, the 110 always seemed to give a solid charge.

* Many lower-end chargers like to “false peak” all the time. That was not the case with the 110.

* Out of the box the 110 comes with a “Tamiya” style connector and a port for plugging in receiver packs. If you use Deans or Traxxas connectors you’ll either need to buy, or solder up, an adapter.

Overall, we were big fans of the Onyx 110. It was easy to use, gave good quality charges, and took up very little room in our pit box. We can highly recommend the 110 to all you NiMH/NiCd users out there. To get full details on the Onyx 110 Here Is The Link to its page on the official Duratrax website.

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THE Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT Review

Tower Hobbies Cutback Review

The Dallas Cowboys are “America’s Football Team”, just like Tower Hobbies could be considered “America’s Hobby Shop”. While Tower is certainly known more for being a mail order Goliath than being a truck manufacturer, they do have a new 4wd Short Course Truck on the market called the Cutback. How does it handle? Is it fast? Can you slam it around without breaking it? Hit that “Read More” button to find out…

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Bob Smith Tire Glue ReviewNo doubt there are about a million different tire glues on the market. The latest and greatest is Ultra-Cure from Bob Smith Industries. We recently got a chance to try some and this is what we found out-

* Some of our testers like super thin glue but the sample we received was medium, intended to set in 5 to 10 seconds. We found the medium thin enough to easily get into the tire bead, but didn’t dry so fast that we couldn’t make an adjustment here or there before it set. All of our testers (Iron Mike, Cubby, Sam The Noob) we big fans of how the medium flowed and how long it took to cure.

* We found the Ultra-Cure gave a top notch bond. Needless to say we “throw” a lot of tires here at BigSquidRC, but we found ourselves throwing fewer when using Ultra-Cure.

* The cap comes with a “pin” to help keep the tip from clogging.

* The included tip was larger than what we prefer using. We normally use fine extender tips when gluing tires but none of the ones we had in our pit bag would fit. That can be fixed, Bob Smith does sell fine tips to fit the Ultra-Cure bottle, we just didn’t have any for testing.

Overall- the Bash Crew felt Ultra-Cure was perhaps the best holding tire glue we’ve tried. It was easy to work with and is a great value at $6 for a 3/4 oz. bottle. Look for it at your local hobby shop and you can get more information over on the official Bob Smith Website.

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Futaba 4PX Review

Futaba has long been known to make some of the best transmitters that money can buy. Their latest top-of-the-line transmitter, the 4PX, comes with copious amounts of features, faster speed, a high-zoot screen and telemetry. Is the Futaba 4PX the best radio on the market? Click the “Read more” to find out…

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