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Just got word direct from Thunder Tiger about their new TTRobotix GHOST Quadcopter! It looks like they are really going after the video/camera fans with this one because some of the features include an enlarged frame to accommodate other electrical systems/mounts, and make for easy mounting and retractable landing gear to keep them out of the view of the video or picture!

* Diagonal Distance: 450mm (17 inches)
* Propeller Size: 12″ x 3.8″
* Battery: 22.2V – 6000 mAh (6s)
* Max Payload: 1.5kg (3 pounds!)
* Max Take-off Weight: 3kg
* Max Flight Time: 30minutes
* 2.4GHz Remote Control Distance(open area): 1000m

Check out the introduction video below:

You can hit This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger TTRobotix GHOST site.

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Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2
Some have dubbed 2014 as “The year of the monster truck!” and it would be hard to argue otherwise. What is the latest monster truck to be announced? The Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2.

The e-MTA G2 uses elements from the first generation of e-MTA plus it has some new additions. The change that strikes out the most is its shocks. They are no longer a lay-down style like what was found on the original e-MTA, they are now a more traditional stand-up design. The G2 also comes with a 6S capable speed controller as well as 6 point wheel hexes with wheels designed to fit them perfectly. Also new is a more impact resistant body to stand up to all those big hits while out bashing.

* Low center of gravity
* 8 big bore shocks
* ACE 6S BLC-150C ESC & 2000kV motor
* Wheelbase- 370mm
* Width- 440mm
* Length- 620mm
* High grip road tires
* Waterproof, metal gear, digital 9.8 KG & 0.17 sec servo
* Cougar GP3 2.4GHz radio system

The part number for red is #6407-F111, the part number for blue is #6407-F112, but we have not heard if these will make their way stateside. Of course we will post more information when we get it, until then you can hit up This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger America website.

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T-Bone Racing Thunder Tiger
Tired of breaking front end parts on your Thunder Tiger eMTA? The crew over at T-Bone Racing have a new front bumper to soak up some of the abuse. Constructed from tough nylon, the TBR front bumper is made to take a beating and comes with a lifetime warranty.

The part number is #58002, it is street priced at $36, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on T-Bone’s website.

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Thunder Tiger Facebook page
In an effort to spread the word about their Facebook page, the folks over at Thunder Tiger Taiwan are doing a big giveaway. The winner gets a Desperado JR. OBL, a big (27″ long) brushless powered boat that has a street price around $250. Getting entered is super simple, just hit up This Link to head over the Thunder Tiger Facebook page.

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Aluminum Upgrades Thunder Tiger MT4 G3
One of the main vehicles that we use during BigSquidRC demonstrations is the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 Monster Truck. The MT4 is a great demo vehicle- it goes huge on the jumps and is generally tough as nails.

Our friends over at AsiaTees Hobbies know how much we thrash our MT4 so they sent over a care package of GPM Racing Products Aluminum Upgrades. The GPM aluminum parts are available in a wide variety of colors and we found them very easy to install on our demo truck. If you are looking to up the bling factor of your MT4, hit up This Link to get more information on the GPM parts over on the AsiaTees website.

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Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 Flybarless ARF
If you are looking for a new helicopter loaded with premium features that doesn’t take a bunch of time to get up in the air, Thunder Tiger has a heli for you. Thunder Tiger’s new Raptor E550 ARF comes 95% assembled and was designed for performance. For power, the Raptor has a pre-programmed Castle Creations Talon 90A ESC mated to an Ace R/C Ripper 1150kV brushless motor. To keep it light and strong, the Raptor uses carbon fiber main blades and airframe.

* Weight- 5.84 lb
* Main rotor diameter- 49″
* Length- 45.27″
* Height- 15.35″
* Width- 5.51″

The part number is #TTRE0032, it has a street price of $649, and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in late April. To get more information simply Click This Link.

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Thunder Tiger Voyager III Sailboat
With spring nearly here, Thunder Tiger has announced a new sailboat for your boating enjoyment. The Voyager III is a fairly large boat with an overall height of over 5 feet, and its large sails should catch plenty of wind. When not on the water, its scale looks are sure to attract a lot of attention in your rc room.

* Exceptional scale detailing
* Light and durable blow molded ABS hull
* Improved tear-resistant sails
* Low-drag hydrodynamic steel ballast on keel
* Overall Height- 67″
* Mast Height- 51.4″
* Length- 39″
* Beam- 6.75″
* Sail Area- 666 in²
* Weight- 7.7 lb

The big Thunder Tiger sailboat has a part number of #TTRB5551, a street price of $159, and it should start hitting hobby shops in late March.

Get more rc boat news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

THE Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Review

Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy Review

Just under a year ago we reviewed the Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy. We found it to be much like its monster truck cousin, the MT4, a big beastly bash machine. For 2014 Thunder Tiger has released a new version of the ST4, they didn’t change much, just the transmitter, but today we’ll be taking another look at the ST4. Is it still one of the Kings of the Hill at the bash spot? Does it live up to the G3 tradition of toughness? If you show up with one will you pwn your buddies? Click the “Read More” to check out our review…


Gif Thunder Tiger ST4 G3
The Thunder Tiger G3 platform has become a legendary in bashing circles. It is big and tough, what is there not to like? Today we are posting our unboxing photos of the latest G3 mobile, the 2014 Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy. The 2014 edition is much like the previous version, but includes an updated Ace Cougar radio system and sports a new part number. The price stays the same at $479.

Our full review goes up in a couple of weeks, until then you can view the unboxing pictures to see exactly what it looks when you crack the box open. For more information on the 2014 ST4 you can hit up This Link over on the official Thunder Tiger USA website.

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Hit the “Read More” button for two more unboxing galleries after the break->


thunder tiger streetfighter edition

Thunder Tiger Europe has announced a new version of the e-MTA, a Streetfighter Limited Edition. The Streetfighter edition is basically a stock e-MTA with the addition of Pro-Line Road Rage tires on Desperado wheels. The Road Rage tires should really add to the on-road prowess of the e-MTA for our European friends.

This makes us wonder, might Thunder Tiger USA put out a Pro-Line Badlands or Big Joe II Edition e-MTA? How cool would that be?

For more information on the European Streetfighter e-MTA simply click This Link.

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Thunder Tiger Mini Titan E360
The latest helicopter to be announced by Thunder Tiger is their Mini Titan E360 ARF. The Mini Titan E360 is a flybarless 3D helicopter designed for performance. It is mostly pre-built, just pop in a receiver and 4S Lipo pack and it is ready to fly.

* 95% pre-assembled
* Ace RC 2700kV brushless motor w/ 50A brushless ESC
* Flybarless metal main rotor hub and grip
* 13.8” main rotor blades
* Carbon main frames and servo mounts
* 120° eCCPM swashplate
* Length: 27.2″
* Width: 4.9″
* Height: 7.6″
* Main Rotor Diameter: 31.5″
* Weight (w/o battery): 25.4 oz

The part number for the Thunder Tiger Mini Titan E360 ARF is #TTR4717-A13, it has a street price of $449, and they are available right now from your local Great Planes dealer.

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Pro-Line Body Wing Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3
When you start hopping up your Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 the single biggest change you can make to its looks is changing the body. This week we’ll be going over what it takes to put a new body on your big TT.

Hit the “Read More” button to see what it takes to mount up a body and wing to the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3.


Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 New Pro-Line Wheels Tires

One of the most cost effective ways to gain performance on any rc car is to install new wheels and tires. This is especially important in todays high powered world of brushless and Lipo. Today there is more juice on tap than ever before making it even harder to put all the power to the ground.

The stock tires on the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 actually do a fairly good job. They are light, they wear a long time, and they aren’t known for ripping themselves to death. However, one thing they aren’t known for is traction. Today we’ll be going through the process of putting new high performance shoes on the big Thunder Tiger. This is perhaps one of the easiest hop-ups you can install. Experienced hobbyists can do it with their eyes closed but we’ll explaining everything more in depth for first timers and newer hobbyist.

Wheel/Tire Selection

There are a lot of different wheels/tires that will bolt on the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3. The most important things to remember when looking for new wheels/tires for the MT-4 G3 is- 1. the wheel needs to have a 17mm hex, and 2. they need to have the proper offset so they don’t rub the body. Pretty much anything that fits on a Traxxas E-Revo or HPI Savage will work on the MT-4 G3.

You will also run across pre-mounts or unmounted wheels/tires. We prefer using pre-mounts around the BigSquidRC offices because they save us so much time, but the choice is up to you. In some cases you may not have the option of pre-mounts if you are looking to mate a certain wheel from one manufacture with a tire from another, and some tires simply don’t come pre-mounted at all.

Our tire of choice on the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 for general bashing is the Pro-Line Big Joe II. These are big bashing tires that are slightly smaller in diameter than the stock tires, but substantially wider with much more traction. The Pro-Line Big Joe IIs work great on pavement, grass, and loamy dirt. The Big Joe IIs are designed to be lightweight, which they are for their mammoth size, but weigh about 17 grams more than stock (349 grams for a Big Joe II mounted and balanced, 332 grams for a stocker).

For use on strictly dirt surfaces we prefer to use Pro-Line Badlands. The Badlands are somewhat smaller than stock but their moto inspired thread gets loads of traction on many different types of dirt. They are also exceptionally lightweight (246 grams pre-mounted), yielding great acceleration with lower motor temps and slightly longer run-times. The Badlands are also make the Thunder Tiger less sensitive to throttle/brake input while jumping.

Fast Install – Putting Pre-Mounts on the MT-4 G3

1. Using the wrench supplied with the truck, loosen the four wheel nuts to remove the stock shoes. Remember “Righty tighty, lefty loosey” if you aren’t sure which way to turn. The wheels will slide right off.

2. Slide your new pre-mounts on, tighten up the wheel nuts and you are all done! Super fast, super easy, and now your MT-4 G3 will have more traction and look better to boot.

Longer Install – Gluing & Balancing Wheels/Tires

1. Make sure the wheels are ready for gluing. Check to make sure the bead surface is clean, you can do this with a damp cloth. Also make sure there are vent holes in the wheel (if you aren’t venting the tire carcasses). If there are no vent holes they can be easily made with a body reamer.

2. Check the tire foams. The tire foams may be good to go and already inside the tires, or they may be wadded up inside the tires bead. If the foams are lumpy simply let them sit out for a few hours until they get their normal shape back.

3. Check and clean the tire bead surfaces. Sometimes there will be a bit of extra rubber, flash, left on the tire bead surface that can keep the bead from getting a proper bond to the wheel. This is easily removed with a set of body scissors. You’ll also need to clean the bead surface of your new tires. A release agent is used at the factory that needs to be removed before you start gluing. We use a paper towel and TrakPower motor cleaner to remove the release agent on our tires.

4. Install foams into the tires. This doesn’t have to be perfect as the first time you tag the gas real hard the foams will center themselves, but you can use a thumb on each side of the inside of the tire to make sure the foam is fairly centered.

5. Install wheels into tires. Of note here- some tires are directional, some are not. If you are installing direction tires this is the time to double check to make sure you’ve got the tires pointed the proper direction.

6. Start gluing. We recommend going with a thin CA glue like the kind we used from TrakPower in the photos (Bob Smith and Pro-Line are just a couple other companies that sell awesome CA glue). Thin CA is used because it just seems to hold better and it dries super fast. Also of note- one of the most important tricks while gluing is to use a needle tip on your CA bottle, this does wonders for controlling that fast moving thin CA glue. Make sure the bead of the tire is properly aligned with the bead surface of the rim and start gluing. Remember, a tiny, TINY, bit of CA glue goes a long ways. Remember to wear eye protection, gluing your finger to the tire is no big deal, getting CA in your eye is serious stuff.

7. Give the glue some time to dry. CA is said to dry nearly instantly, but we try to give our tires a good 24 hours before we use them.

8. Balance your new shoes. Big power on unbalanced monster truck tires can nearly shake a truck apart. Balancing rc wheels/tires is super easy and doesn’t take long. We used an AKA hand balancer that comes with putty to make sure our new wheels/tires rotated smoothly.

9. Bolt them up, you are ready to bash!

That’s it for this installment, next week we’ll be installing a new body and wing to the MT-4 G3.

To view previous hop-up articles on the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 simply click THIS LINK.