Big Squid RC - News, Reviews, Videos, and More! For Bashers, By Bashers! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:43:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Road to Nuremberg Tue, 27 Jan 2015 05:43:11 +0000 As most of you know, the Nuremberg Toy Fair is about to start, and we are packing our bags and getting ready to bring you some great coverage of the show like we do every year.

This year we have been hearing lots of rumors that are starting to get us excited for some possibly great manufacture announcements. There are a few companies that have been too quiet for too long, and we hope they have been saving it up for this show.

Watch for our coverage to start soon. If you happen to see me at the show, please make sure to stop me and say hello.

For more information on the show, check the Nuremberg Toy Fair Website.

For previous years show news Click Here.


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New Big Squid RC Monthly and More Locations! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 04:30:08 +0000 In case you didn’t hear, we were at eFest 2015 and met with hordes of people. The show is always a good time, and it’s a great chance for us to meet and greet with readers, as well as introduce new people to the site.

While we were there, we were handing out the latest copy of the Big Squid RC monthly for peoples reading enjoyment, and giving away tons of stickers, just like we do at a lot of hobby shops.

Issue four should be in your shops now, or be there very soon if it hasn’t already landed, along with more stickers for shops to give away.

We just updated Big Squid Monthly Page with shops in a few new states and outside the US.

Does your shop carry the Big Squid Monthly? Or get free stickers to give away? Click over to the Big Squid Monthly Page to find a shop near you! We are updating this page constantly. If you do not see your shop on the list, make sure to let them know they need to carry it!

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Castle Creations at E-Fest 2015 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:49:58 +0000 While most of our readers know Castle Creations from their surface products, they are extremely passionate about air products as well. Their booth at E-Fest this year was a mix of surface and air products, all of which are designed to give serious power while withstanding the rigors of day-to-day use.

One of the newest surface products from Castle is their Sidewinder 8th Combo that comes with a 2200kV 1515B motor and a series adapater with 6.5mm Castle connectors. These are now available from Tower Hobbies and they are an affordable yet high performance way to power your 8th scale or monster truck.

On the air side of things, Castle was showing off their four ESC Talon quadcopter packs and Phoenix Edge speed controllers. Like their surface controllers, these can bring plenty of performance to your plane or drone. To learn more about all the products that Castle has to offer, Click Right Here to visit their official website.

Want more Castle news? You can find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

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Horizon Hobby Booth at E-Fest 2015 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:49:36 +0000 Horizon Hobby was out in force to support all the flyers at E-Fest 2015. Horizon had several of their team flyers in attendance to show off what their products can do in the hands of a skilled professional and they had a booth full of flying goodies to drool over as well.

Something that really grabbed out attention in the Horizon booth was the new E-flite NIGHTvisionaire. The NIGHTvisionaire comes with electronic SAFE and AS3X stability control, making it easy to fly, but it really stands out because of the way it looks. Intense LED Lights are mounted inside the plane to make it glow for night flying. Even in the fairly bright lighting of the building we were in it was easy to see how bright the NIGHTvisionaire was.

One of the other new products that was getting a lot of attention in the Horizon booth was the new quadcopter from Yuneec (pronounced unique). The Yuneec line is fairly new to Horizon and they bring a higher quality video capable quadcopter/drone to the plate. If you are serious about doing video with a quad, the Yuneec Q500 Typhoon should be on your list to check out.

We would like to thank Horizon for letting us spend some time in their booth, you can learn a lot more about all their products by hitting up the Official Horizon Hobby Website. To read the latest hot news from Horizon Hobby check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

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THE Cub Report, 01.26.2014, Version- $100 Dollar Bill Ya’ll Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:41:02 +0000 Have ya done your taxes yet? Ok, if you are as lazy as I am then you have not, but at some point in the near future you will. So what ya gonna do with all that fat cash? Here is my list of the best rc related ways you spend your 2015 tax refund (not that I will be getting one, but surely most of you will)…

1. A good transmitter ($300-$600). If you are gnarcore in the hobby there is no better way to spend a healthy chunk of cash than on a good transmitter. Here are a couple of reasons why…

Every time we go out bashing Adam The Intern brings about a dozen cars (so he can just pick up a new one after breaking). A sane person would pack along one (read “1) high-end transmitter with a multiple model memory capable of controlling all their vehicles. Instead, Adam packs a dozen RTR transmitters. He spends (read- wastes) all day figuring out which transmitter controls which car, replacing AA batteries in various transmitters, and his driving suffers as he goes from one radically different feeling/driving transmitter to the next.

A good transmitter will last a decade and you will never be the best driver you can be without one, it truly is money well spent. Most of the higher end units come stock with rechargeable internal battery packs, they drive better than any RTR radio could ever hope to, and a single unit not only takes up a lot less space but can save you time. Cut that tax return check on a new Futaba 4PX, Hitec Lynx 4S, or Spektrum AVC radio, and I promise you that you won’t regret it.

2. A high-end battery charger and power supply ($200-$400). Once again, if you plan on staying in the hobby for more than a week, a kick ass battery charger is worth its weight in platinum 190. Not only is it just plain nice to have one in your pit box, but there is a laundry list of reasons for owning one. Today’s better chargers can not only charge your packs more quickly, but they also give them a higher quality charge. Dual bank chargers can also help get more packs done in less time, while an uber power supply dishes out the copious amounts of juice required to fast charge on AC. If you want the most out of your ride, you gotta get the best out of your batteries, and that starts with a high-zoot charger.

3. Quality tools ($80-$200). For some of you that tax check might not be huge but that doesn’t mean you can’t get something long overdue that can really improve your experience in the hobby. Why not finally break down and get some quality tools? If you spend countless hours every week re-building or modding your rc vehicles, upper-end tools are not a luxury, they truly are a necessity. The hex wrenches from MIP and RPM are top notch and a whole set of metric and standard hex drivers will set ya back less than a c-note.

4. Big ole’ 5th scaler ($900-$1,700). For those of you that did everything right and are actually getting back some decent bank, why not go big, real big with a 5th scaler. While 5th scalers do have their downsides (take up a lot of room, gas powered smell, cost) they are an entirely different beast that every hobbyist should own at least once. One of their biggest upsides is that they drive much differently than smaller scales, they are generally much more stable over rough ground and can easily power through grass. And… while an 8th scale nitro engine is a nightmare to keep running, 5th scalers require next to no tuning and tend to start right up, even after sitting for months at a time. If you feel like going big check out the big scalers from HPI and Losi, both brands are durable and huge fan to bash with.

That’s it for this week ya freaks, don’t be shy, if you cut a big check with your tax refund shoot us pics, we want to see too! Until next week, go fast, turn left, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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Vaterra Aluminum Coilover Shocks for the Ascender Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:34:03 +0000 Want to upgrade from the stock plastic shocks on your Vaterra Ascender? The folks at Vaterra have you dialed with their new Aluminum Coilover Shocks. Their new shocks use aluminum bodies and caps to take the worst your trail can throw at them while giving your truck some much needed bling. Dual stage springs add to the scale appearance and help your truck get over rough spots in the trail.

Street pricing for the shocks is $44, they have a part number of #VTR334017, and these are available right now. You can visit their official product page at This Link over on Vaterra’s website.

Click Right Here to read more Vaterra news on BigSquidRC.

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E-Fest 2015 Event Coverage – Hobbico Booth Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:29 +0000 Over the weekend the BigSquidRC Bash Crew spent some time in Champaign Illinois to check out E-Fest 2015. E-Fest is a huge indoor flying event that is put on each year by one of the hobby’s largest companies, Hobbico. In case you did not know, Hobbico is the company that brings us surface rc’ers brands like Axial, Duratrax, Team Durango, ARRMA, and many others. At Hobbico’s E-Fest numerous events are held for pilots to get some flying time in, while a “manufacturers row” gives consumers a chance to look at the hottest new air products.

With Hobbico being the main sponsor of the event, we spent some time in their booth getting to know them and their products better. For the surface crowd they had both of the new Dromida 18th Scale Off-roaders on display, as well as a cool display for their new Star Plug battery connectors. The Star Plugs are a t-style connector like a Deans, designed for reliability while being able to pass plenty of current.

On the airplane side of things Hobbico had some big news by showing off their new Sensei sport trainer. There are plenty of trainers out there, but the new Sensei is the first to come with WISE Technology. WISE is the new electronic system from Hobbico that can drastically improve stability while flying.

We had a blast in the Hobbico booth and would like to thank them for putting on such an incredible event. We’ll be posting more E-Fest news over the next couple of days, until then you can learn more about everything Hobbico by simply Clicking This Link and you can Get More Hobbico news right here on BigSquidRC.

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Beadlock Wheels from Boom Racing Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:47:54 +0000 Nothing sets off a full size or rc truck like a hot set of wheels. Some of the latest to hit the market are High Mass Aluminum Beadlock Wheels from Boom Racing. Available in 1.9 & 2.2 sizes and in a wide variety of styles and colors, the Boom Racing wheels are highly detailed and made to withstand serious bashing. Pricing starts at $24 and they are shipping right now. For more details simply hit up This Link over on the official Asiatees Hobbies website.

Want to learn more about Asiatees? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

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SquidInk #18 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:06:09 +0000 Our latest SquidInk is probably a dream for many people. You think there are regulations now, wait till the scale gets a little larger! I’m sure there would be a line of kids and adults looking for rides, as long as 3DBill isn’t at the controls doing some insane flips and rolls.

Click the image for the hires version, and please click those share buttons.

Want to see the previous comics? Click Here to see all of them to date.

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Everybody’s Scalin’ For the Weekend – Axial RECON G6 Additions for 2015 Sat, 24 Jan 2015 00:37:54 +0000 As the calendar creeps forward to spring, the folks behind the Axial RECON G6 scale adventure series are prepping for what they hope will be another banner year. If you aren’t familiar with what exactly a RECON G6 is, check out an interview I did last spring with head honcho Brian Parker. Axial also has a nice write-up on their website.

Ok, so now I’m assuming you know what a G6 is. Let’s talk about several particular additions to the series that peak my interest.

You can run multiple classes:

While you could technically run multiple classes before, it usually wasn’t feasible. G6 events are comprised of a day and night stage, and while many drivers will run both, the day stage always has more participants. In the past the day stage typically started around lunch and ran until late afternoon. It lasted several hours and many times you’d get big choke points because everyone started together (sometimes over 100 vehicles). It was really tough for someone to have time to run it several times, especially when repairs needed to be made (and lunch/dinner eaten!) before the night stage at dusk.

The plans for 2015 are to run tighter courses and let people who preregister online select their start times. The day stage will also run during a larger set window, 9am – 3pm, from what Parker told me. That opens the event several hours earlier than before and also thins out the herd by staggering start times. This lets people tackle the course on their own schedule and makes it much easier to run several trucks. You can begin early and beat the crowd, grab a bite to eat and still have time to run it again. Kudos to them, as I always had trouble deciding on which class to participate in. Now I can run multiple trucks! Speaking of classes, here are a couple of the new ones added for this year.

Team Challenge

This is my favorite. Despite the fact that a G6 fosters teamwork and relies on “drivers helping drivers” as a theme, it was scored by the individual. Now people can enter in 3 man teams. Adding team play should increase the competitiveness while also maintaining the friendly atmosphere. Hopefully this year I can entice the Chicago BSRC crew to come down and field a team to compete against myself and the STL boys!

Sleeper Truck (ST)

Ya know, whenever the G-train rolls into town the pre-event show and shine is second to none. If you want to see some wild scale stuff, you gotta check out the concourse. Many of these ultra-scale trucks use smaller tires, have hard bodies and/or more scale suspension setups than the standard performance oriented Axial SCX10s, Wraiths, Yetis, etc. The heavily modded “Park Ranger” Axial SCX10 in the top pic is a great example of what I’m talking about. Many of the trucks on display are primarily shelf queens. The street class is an attempt to get those girls out onto the dance floor. They will run a special course with a milder terrain so as to be on a level playing field with the big tired rigs. Perhaps Adam the Intern will bust out one of his uber-scale builds for this?


If you are a long time reader of Big Squid you know we are gigantic fans of the Axial RECON G6 series. As I always say, if you are into scale off-roading you owe it to yourself to check out one of these events. It’s a heck of a time. The 2015 schedule is about to be announced and we’ll be sure to have it posted here when it drops. If you are interested in seeing a full list of rules & classes then be sure to checkout their official website.

Want to see our coverage of the Recon G6 we attended last year? Click here. For more scale r/c on BigSquid RC news you can click here.

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