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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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Simplecopter mini tricopter  (16)

Hey guys, 3DBill here with another fun multirotor kit to review!  This year the mini quad class really exploded but this isn’t another quad from the average consumer hobby brand: it’s the Simplecopter Mini Tricopter. See my setup as well as my impressions of this small class aircraft after the jump…

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Pro-Line Car StandsIt’s hard working on a truck that rolls all over your tailgate or pit table, therefore many hobbyists use car stands when they wrench. We recently got a chance to check out both of the new car stands (1/10 & 1/8) from Pro-Line Racing and here is what we found out-

* We found the PL stands quite sturdy, they could handle the heaviest bashers we popped on them no problem.

* The powder coated finish held up well, even when bouncing around inside our pit box.

* We are used to stands that fold down to save space when not in use. The PL stands are solid but found they still fit easily into a pit box. When not in use we packed ours upside down and stored parts inside of them for a more efficient use of space.

* Our Bash Crew really liked the motocross look of the PL stands.

* The 8th scale stand was plenty tall, even for big monster trucks like the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3 and Savage Flux.

Overall we found the Pro-Line car stands to be top notch and well worth the cash. The Pro-Line 8th Scale Stand is priced at $44 while the 10th Scale Stand is $34.

TrakPower TK955 ReviewTo get a job done right it is always best to have the right tool. RC hobbyists sure do a lot of solder work so it only makes sense to invest in a good soldering station.

One of the newest digital soldering stations on the market is the TrakPower TK955. We’ve spent a few weeks putting it through the ringer and here is what we found out-

* The TrakPower had more than enough power to handle everything we threw at it. The TK955 easily made short work of 10 gauge wire to bullet connectors, one of the toughest jobs we have around the BSRC Bash Compound.

* It comes with two different tips, a medium sized flat tip and a pencil tip. The flat was the tip of choice for soldering up battery connectors, while the pencil came in handy for smaller work like putting a wire back on a circuit board.

* We purposely banged the TK955 around and it still works fine today.

Overall, we found the TK955 to be a powerful and great looking solder station. From small work to large, it never failed to get the job done and we can highly recommend it to you. The TK955 is priced at $109 and comes with a 5 year warranty. Hit up This Link for full details over on TrakPower’s website.

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THE Pro-Line PRO-MT Monster Truck Review

Pro-Line PRO-MT Review

Low slung buggies and stadium/SCT trucks are great for busting out fast laps, but for real bashing monster trucks still rule. With bigger tires and more ground clearance, monster trucks can blast over the roughest of terrain, land from the highest jumps, and smash into hard objects better than their smaller counterparts.

Recently Pro-Line decided to throw their hat into the 10th scale 2wd monster truck ring. Their new PRO-MT is made up from a slew of high-end hop-up parts, do they jell to form the ultimate basher, or fall short into an overpriced shelf queen? You know the drill, hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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Dromida in Flight (3)

The quadcopter market, as I mentioned earlier, is continuing to grow. I can’t help but note my surprise when Dromida announced they were expanding from 1/18  scale RC cars to joining the multirotor world. Enter the Ominus, a brushed 238mm sized quadcopter with full stabilization and flip capabilities. Is it as tough as the box says? Will it survive the Tomato Treatment? See the full review after the jump…

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Axial Yeti XL Review

Axial Yeti XL Review 22

How do you follow up one of the most hyped and anticipated rc vehicles of recent years? You go BIG! The Axial Yeti XL has a heck of a challenge ahead for it to not get lost in all the original Yeti news. Pure size alone may not be enough. Axial hasn’t really dabbled in such a large scale before. Can they pull it off? Will the Yeti XL be everything fans want and more? Keep reading to find out..

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ARRMA Kraton Review
Ever since it was seen at the Nuremburg Toy Fair in January, the ARRMA Kraton BLX Monster Truck has been creating a lot of buzz. The Kraton is not only ARRMA RC’s first 4wd, but also their first 1/8th scale machine, hence the reason bashers are biting at the bit to hear how it performs.

Since receiving our review Kraton we’ve been bashing and thrashing it like the true bashers we are. What did we find out?

* Handling – The Kraton comes with soft sprung but heavily damped suspension, making it handle like a champ. It attacks a track like a race truck, yet it’s big monster truck tires love chewing up loam and grass. We also found it soaks up big hits (via multiple roof jumps) like a beast.

* Power – Oh ya, it’s got plenty on tap. We normally ran the Kraton on a pair of Reed Wolfpack 3S LiPo batteries wired in series for 6S, and it does not fail to impress with power. On 6S it is a beast right off the bottom, tears through the mid-range, and has tire exploding top end. When compared to the E-Revo, MT4 G3, and Savage Flux, it is right in the mix for power output. When run on 4S it is noticeably softer off the bottom and on top, but still has plenty of rip.

* Durability – We have yet to break a plastic part on the Kraton, but did manage to explode one of the rear tires with all its power (we ended up running Pro-Line Big Joe IIs). The pinion on our test unit came loose, but it was simple enough to pop it back on. We also noticed that the included Deans connectors looked to have been overheated when they were installed at the factory, making them a loose fit on our battery packs.

* The cage used to keep the body from crushing in worked like a charm. Even after lots of abuse the stock body has yet to be destroyed.

* The Kraton comes with perhaps the most powerful RTR steering servo we’ve ever seen, it truly has no problem throwing those big front tires around. To make sure all that power makes it to the wheels, an aluminum servo arm comes standard, a very nice touch for a RTR.

* We measured the top speed on the Kraton to be 38 mph (on 4S LiPo) and it got there in a hurry.

* Typical bashing moves like pulling wheelies and backflips are easy with the Kraton. Big power and big tires help it pull off those moves even with a center diff.

* While the Kraton might be called a monster truck, it comes with a center diff and a massive rear wing, items typically found on truggies. Speaking of the rear wing, all our reviewers liked how it was molded to match the body lines.

We found the ARRMA Kraton to be a gnarly bashing machine, easily capable of running with all the big hitters in its class. It should be hitting hobby shops in the next couple of weeks with a street price of $499, much lower than most of its competitors. To get complete details, check out the Kraton Page over on the official ARRMA website.

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THE Kyosho Mad Bug ReadySet Review

Kyosho Mad Bug Review

You might know Kyosho for their world championship winning buggies or perhaps from one of their classics back in the day. Today Kyosho still has high end race machines, but they also offer a plethora of bash mobiles. We’ve been bashing on their Mad Bug ReadySet for a few weeks now to find out what kind of bash machine it is. Does it have good power? Can you slam it hard without breakage? Is the Mad Bug a solid bash machine? Click the “Read More” to find out…

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THE ARRMA Raider Mega Series Buggy Review

ARRMA Raider Mega Series Review

The Mega Series from ARRMA RC is their new affordable series aimed at entry level and price conscience hobbyists. We’ve been bashing the Mega Series Raider for a few weeks now. Is it a solid entry level bash machine? Does it uphold the ARRMA name? Does it have enough power to be fun? Click the “Read More” button for our full review…

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THE Axial SCX10 Ram Power Wagon Review

Axial Ram Power Wagon Review

There is no doubt that Axial is scalding hot right now. Everything they touch seems to turn to gold and for good reason, they’ve been putting out some incredible looking vehicles that can take all you can dish out. Their latest version of the SCX10 is the Ram Power Wagon. Does the Ram live up to the Axial reputation? Can it hold its own on the trail? Is it worth your cash? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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THE Kyosho AXXE Wireless LAN iReceiver Sand Buggy Review

Kyosho AXXE Review

FPV, some say it’s the future, some won’t drive any other way, but most have little to no experience with it. Today we are taking a closer look at the Kyosho AXXE. The version of the AXXE we received is part of Kyosho’s iReadyset series, it comes with their iReceiver and can be driven by a wide variety of Android and Apple devices. With the addition of an optional Kyosho camera, it is as close to a full out of the box FPV set-up that you can buy. Does the Kyosho deliver a good FPV experience? Is driving with your cell phone any fun? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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