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What's new: Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Hop-Up Series Part #2 - Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3, Installing a New Radio System

The radio that comes stock with the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 works fairly well. It has good range and a decent feel. However, if you are looking to make your MT-4 G3 the best it can be you’ll need to install a higher performance radio system. A better radio will not only make you feel more connected to your truck, but it allows you to pick one that perfectly suits the features and ergonomics you are looking for. We highly recommend you try them in person to ensure the best fit for your personal tastes.

Any experienced hobbyist can change out a radio system in their sleep, this article is aimed at drivers new to the hobby. Installing a new radio really is one of the easiest hop-ups you can do, here are the steps.

Installing Radio Gear in the MT-4 G3

1. Unhook the servo and speed controller wires from the stock receiver.

2. Pry up receiver with a large flat blade screwdriver and remove.

3. Drill two small holes for zip-tie mounts. More about this in step 7.

4. Plug in the servo and speed control wires, black (or brown) wire towards the outside edge, white towards the center. You don’t want to plug in the connectors backwards.

5. Apply double sided tape to the new receiver and stick down to the desired location. Use a damp cloth or alcohol wipe to make sure the spot you are mounting to is nice and clean.

6. Route antenna. Try to stay away from motor wires with your antenna, otherwise route it so that it is as long as possible and out of the way of moving parts.

7. Use a liberal amount of zip-ties to make sure no wires are loose and make their way into the pinion/spur gear or front center drive-shaft. You would be amazed at the g-forces inside the MT-4 G3 when landing from big jumps, the wires can move around several inches if not secured. This is the reason the two holes were drilled in step 3, to give sturdy anchor points to zip-tie the wires safely out of the way.

8. If needed, bind the new receiver to your transmitter. This requires cracking open the owners manual of your transmitter and typically requires turning on the transmitter then depressing a button on the receiver.

9. Calibrate speed controler to new radio system. You’ll need to refer to your speed controllers manual to make sure you adjust this properly. Different speed controllers are calibrated in different ways.

10. Set steering direction, trim and endpoints. Your truck may be steering the opposite direction of what it is supposed to, if so you’ll need to reverse the direction of the steering on your transmitter. Next, the trim will most likely be off making the truck pull to one side or the other, this is also adjusted on the transmitter. Lastly, if you’ve chosen a radio that can limit steering travel, you’ll want to adjust the transmitter so that it stops turning just as the MT-4 G3 hits its physical steering stops. If the steering travel is not set far enough the truck won’t turn very tightly, if it is set for too far you are just torturing the servo without getting any more steering. We installed a Futaba 4PK Super R and R614FS receiver in our Thunder Tiger, this also required setting the transmitter to “normal servo response mode”. Check your manual to make sure no other special settings are required for the servo/speed controller you are using.

That is it, you are finished! Now you can enjoy better control and improved ergonomics while out bashing. Stayed tuned next week when we go through the process of installing upgrade wheels/tires.

Want more Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 tips and tricks? Hit THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

MIP Pucks drive system for SCTE 2.0
In the never ending battle to go even faster, MIP has announced a new center driveshaft system for the TLR SCTE 2.0 and MIP Pro4mance Pack equipped SCTEs. The MIP Pucks Drive System comes with lighter 7075-T6 aluminum bones that reduce weight in half compared to the stock parts. More importantly, it also includes MIP Pucks that remove backlash helping to make your truck whisper quiet.

The part number is #13120, street price is around $55, and these should hit the shelves at your local hobby shop in early September. Simply click THIS LINK for more information.

Looking for more MIP news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

[Update: It’s over, check out the replay above or on our YouTube channel. ]

Yep, live show tonight at 9:30 pm CDT. We will hopefully be joined (equipment and user ability permitting) by our special guest from Pro-line, who will probably want to talk about that new Pro-2 thingy. I’ll be there trying my best to take your questions from the chat box and get answers for them. No promises though. Brian will be there, but it’s going to be his fault that we’re doing it late. He couldn’t get an earlier appointment for his Botox injections. I think Tim is going to be there. Unless he’s still playing volleyball. I’d bet on Craig being there cause he’s cool like that. Adam might come late and leave early. Cubby’s mustache making an appearance is highly doubtful.

Pro-Line Racing Rock Rage 3.8"
Pro-Line’s new upgrade tire for the Traxxas Summit is the Rock Rage 3.8. These were designed to increase traction on a variety of surfaces with its futuristic tread pattern. The Rock Rage was also the focus of Pro-Line’s “Name That Tire!” contest, with Greg Arnone being the guy that came up with the cool name.

Check out the video below to learn more about Rock Rage tires from Pro-Line’s Gerardo Gonzalez and to see the new tires in action. The Rock Rages have a part number of #1199-00 and a street price of $30 a pair.

Want more Pro-Line news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

matt_wallace_proline Just wanted to give everyone a heads up, that our LIVE show Wednesday night will feature special guest Matt Wallace from Pro-Line! He will be stopping by to hang out and chat about the release of the Pro-Line Pro-2 Short Course among other Pro-Line things. We will be taking your questions from the chat window! So if there is anything you’d like to ask Matt while he is with us, get your questions ready! We will be turning the thumb screws to see if there any hints on future releases, new products, opinions on other stuff.. the usual things that make our guests squirm a little. :)

Also, because we have a special guest, we will be starting a little later than normal. So watch for a 9:30pm cst start. (Normally 9pm). Only a 30 minute delay, but we want to make sure we have everything working.

For all those people that asked for us to do another special guest… ask and you shall receive!

ExoTek TEK-SCT V2 Micro Conversion Kit
For all you Losi Micro fans looking to uber-out your car, ExoTek has a new Version 2 of their TEK-SCT conversion kit. The V2 has numerous changes that include-

* Anodized alloy battery cups.
* Anodized alloy steering guide.
* Anodized alloy receiver mounting plate for stock electronics

The part number for the ExoTek V2 TEK-SCT kit is #1362 and it has a street price of $75.

Want more ExoTek news? Find more at THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

RC4WD Heavy Duty Flat Bed Transporter with Electric Lifting Ramps

So you are into the scale scene and have been looking for an over the top way of hauling around your rc truck, boat or excavator. Thankfully for you RC4WD has a Heavy Duty Flat Bed Transporter with Electric Lifting Ramps. Not only does it look burly, but the electric loading ramps can be wired to go up and down on your command. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* 100% CNC machined aluminum
* Tri-Axle with 12″ x 1.7″ rubber tires
* Works with Tamiya Tractor Semi Truck coupler
* Heavy duty steel leaf springs
* Upright ramps lifted and lowered with servo
* Maximum payload capacity 200lbs
* Includes wiring
* Length: 44″
* Width: 8.26″

The part number for the big RC4WD Flat Bed Transporter is #VV-JD00009 and it has a street price of $650.

RC4WD has lots of great scale gear, click HERE to see more on BigSquidRC.

Ofna H4e Pro Kit
Ofna has announced a new touring car called the H4e Pro. The H4e comes with a rear motor, right side battery layout, and diagonally split front and rear bulkheads. Big bore shocks and roll bars help keep it under control, while closed design a-arms help it drive away from big hits. Some of its other features include-

* Stiff Duralite suspension arms
* Narrow carbon graphite Tractune chassis
* Floating servo mount
* Shortstack large bore shocks
* CNC machined 12mm wheel hexes
* Heavy duty body mounts and foam bumper
* CNC machined spool
* Fully adjustable

The part number for the Ofna H4e is #14343 and you can expect a street price of $359.

Want to read more Ofna news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

THE Pro-Line PRO-2 Short Course Truck Kit Review

Pro-Line PRO-2 Short Course Truck Kit Review

After 30 long years the crew over at Pro-Line decided to try their hand at the full on kit game. The PRO-2 Kit is the culmination of a series of hop-up parts that ended up turning into an entire 2wd short course truck. Is the PRO-2 a racer or a basher? Is it just a bunch of parts thrown together or does it stand alone as a separate truck? Was it worth the 30 year wait? We’ve been driving the tar out of the PRO-2 attempting to learn every upside and downside it possesses, how does it stack up? Click the “Read More” and find out, and check out the video!

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What's new: Monday, August 26th, 2013

Hangar 9 Inverza 33 ARF
The new Inverza 33 from Hangar 9 is said to be one of the best balanced aerobatic airplanes you can buy. Designed by Quique Somenzini, the Impreza 33 is made for precise aerobatic maneuvers and aggressive 3D flying. You can power the Impreza by either a 30cc gas engine or by a 180 sized brushless electric motor. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Over-sized control surfaces
* Engineered to fly inverted, upright and knife-edge without mixing
* Mirco Pecorari color scheme
* Genuine UltraCote covering
* Durable aluminum landing gear
* Two-piece plug-in wings
* Lightweight balsa/balsa-plywood construction
* Pre-hinged control surfaces
* Set up for Evolution 33GX gas engine
* Electric conversion kit sold separately
* Wingspan: 75.0″
* Overall Length: 72.0″
* Wing Area: 1120 sq. in.
* Flying Weight: 12.3-13.0 lb

The part number for the Inverza 33 is #HAN4925, it has a street price of $520, and you can expect it to start hitting hobby shops in late September. Hit THIS LINK for more information on the official Hangar 9 website.

Are you thinking about getting into flying? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

ABC Hobby SUBARU BRZ clear body
For all you Subaru (and Toyota/Scion) fans out there ABC Hobby has a very nice looking Subaru BRZ clear lexan body. The ABC Subaru body has a lot of detailing and looks just like its full size counterpart. Put this body on the touring car of your choice and you’ll surely turn some heads at your local bash spot or drift event.

The ABC Hobby BRZ body is 195mm wide and is made for cars with a wheelbase of 260mm. It comes with light buckets, a rear wing, decal sheet and window masking. The BRZ has a part number of #66139, and is priced at right around $40.

Want to find more products that have great scale realism? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line PRO-2 KitHey now everyone, thanks for tuning in to THE Cub Report, a column about your favorite hobby, rc.

Both F1 and AMA Motocross were in action over the weekend, but it turned out quite boring. SebVet creamed the F1 guys yet again, while RV2 and ET did the same to their respective classes at Lake Elsinore. Oofah, what I would do to watch a race where I wasn’t 98% sure of the winner before the gate dropped…

So lets dive right into rc news…

The biggest news of the week, and perhaps the entire year, was the announcement of the Pro-Line PRO-2 Kit. For 3 decades Pro-Line has put out some of the trickest and best performing parts in the entire rc industry, for them to bring their big name into the kit business is a huge deal. If Pro-Line can do to the car/truck industry what they’ve done for bodies and tires, they will quickly be the creme of the crop.

Our review for the PRO-2 kit goes up on Tuesday morning, find out what we busted, how well the kit went together, and if it is indeed worth the $389 price tag. Looking over consumer comments the price seemed to be their main concern, but I don’t see the issue with it. I see the PRO-2 as being an uber full-on factory works bike that you can buy, and performance is never cheap. If it were some cheap ole’ sourced-off-the-shelf-of-Hi-Moto product, yea, $389 is way too much, but when it is a truck made up of parts specifically engineered here in the U.S. of A by the Pro-Line staff to be the best of the best, I consider it amazingly affordable.

The PRO-2 is kind of a special case of course, it started out as hop-up parts for the Traxxas Slash, then eventually became all the parts to make up a truck, but you have to give Pro-Line props. They could have flow to Asia, toured some factories, then picked a pre-made truck off some OEM’s shelf and said “Looks good, we’ll take 10,000 of them!”. Too many companies source crappy off-the-shelf trucks and have their stickers put on. Pro-Line went about it the Pro-Line way, the right way, and engineered the parts to meet their standards- which is top of the line.

And…

I’m used to poking fun at the rc news, not actually being a part of it. That wasn’t the case last week as the BigSquidRC crew made some waves inside the industry by being the media source chosen to introduce the new Pro-Line Pro-2 Kit to the world. Industry insiders pondered the whys, media types melted down, and you guys tried to blow up our servers with huge numbers. So just how did BigSquidRC land arguably the biggest scoop of the year? Well that’s a big secret, and I’m not telling. LOL. Actually, we didn’t do anything. We didn’t lobby for it, didn’t beg for it, we didn’t give away any free advertising for it, they just put it in our lap and told us to run with it.

And why would PL have us intro their first truck in 30 years? I certainly can’t speak for Pro-Line, but if I had to wildly speculate I would say they wanted to make a bold statement. A statement to bashers that Pro-Line cares about them and they want their business. Now… the truth may have been that Pro-Line put a bunch of media names in a hat and ours was the one that got drawn, LOL, but any which way, the PRO-2 unboxing/unveiling we did last week shot us to record numbers, and hopefully we helped PL get a whole lot of exposure for their new truck.

To wrap it up…

So… our PRO-2 review goes up on Tuesday and Wednesday night we’ll be doing another live G+ show at 9pm CST (with perhaps a special guest or two). I hear Brian has a couple other reviews ready for this week, and we’ll also be posting the second installment in our series of Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 hop-up articles.

Lastly, we are needing help around the offices. I think our biggest need is a sales rep, if you have sales and customer service experience we could really (read- really reallyyyyy) use you and you could make some nice bank. We also need a video editing guy, an airplane guy, a scale guy, a behind the scenes web guru, and lastly a painter/hydro dipper for our Chi-Town guys. I am amazed at how many people go on and on about how badly they want in the industry, but when the opportunity arises they are too lazy to actually put their foot in the door. If you aren’t lazy and you seriously kick ass, email us at the “Contact Us” button at the top of our site. If you can’t find it, then no, we don’t want you.

Hey that’s it for this week. From the entire crew here at BigSquidRC- Thank You for reading our website, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Gun Metal Anodizing STRC Axial SCX10 Aluminum Parts
The fine folks over at ST Racing Concepts (STRC) have announced they are re-releasing their Axial AX10 option parts in Gun Metal anodizing. The parts fit right on the SCX10 line-up and the Gun Metal anodizing helps maintain a scale looking appearance. While the Gun Metal is new, they are still available in Silver, Black and Green. These STRC parts include-

* STA80004BK/G/GM/S Aluminum Steering Knuckles $25.99
* STA80012BK/G/GM/S Aluminum C-Hubs $24.99
* STA30494BK/G/S Aluminum Rear Lock-outs w/straight axles $45.99
* STA30485BK/G/GM/S Aluminum 4 link plate $6.99
* STA30881BK/G/GM/S Aluminum Steering linkages $6.50
* STA30483 Light Weight Graphite Battery Tray $19.99
* STA80015-1BK/G/GM/S Aluminum Front upper “Y” link $6.99

Looking for more ST Racing Concepts news? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.