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What's new: Friday, April 26th, 2013

Associated RC10B4.2 RS
One of the longest proven buggy platforms on the market is the legendary RC10B4. The newest version of the B4 is the RC10B4.2 Race Spec. This is a brushless RTR buggy that includes several upgrades over previous versions, and comes with waterproofing to appeal to bashers. The RC10B4.2 RS is low to the ground for great corner speed and there are tons of aftermarket already on the market that will bolt right up.

Some of the features on the RC10B4.2 Race Spec include- digital metal gear steering servo, 3300kv brushless motor, 2.4 GHz radio system, and water resistant speed control and receiver box. The part number for B4.2 RS is #9042 and the street price is $249. Hit up THIS LINK for more details and information.

Spin the wheel and take a chance on a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

XRAY RX8 2013
XRay has just announced their newly upgraded 8th scale nitro on-road car, the RX8 ’13.
The new RX8 boasts a bunch of improvements, most notably- a new clutch, low pro shock set-up, and a new fuel tank. All the changes are said to make the RX8 easier to drive, faster, and even more reliable.

Want to learn more about this beauty? Xray has a lot more details on every aspect of the new RX8 ’13 over at THIS LINK.

Happy Friday everyone, we’ve finally made it to another weekend. Close your eyes and hit “enter” on a BSRC TGIF Mystery LINK.

Venom Pro Charger 2
Venom Group is introducing a new battery charger and a power supply for the summer bash season.

The new Venom Pro Charger 2 comes with an internal power supply and is capable of charging at up to 6 amps. Some of its other features include- can charge up to 6S Lipo, on-board balance block, fan cooled, five memory profiles, and comes with 9 of the most popular charge leads. The part number is #677, the street price is $69, and it is expect to hit hobby shop shelves in mid-May.

Venom PS 600 Power SupplyAlso new from Venom is their PS 600 Power Supply. This is a dual output unit that is constructed out of stamped steel. For power, the PS 600 is good for up to 40 amps (600 watts max) and it has an adjustable output of zero to twenty volts. A backlit LED screen makes it easy to read while a fan helps it to keep its cool. The part number is #0673, the street price is $199, and it has an expected release date of late May.

For more information on all of the fine products from Venom Group hit up THIS LINK.

Brian is doing his happy dance around the office today and that means only one thing, it’s Friday! How about a TGIF Mystery Link?

What's new: Thursday, April 25th, 2013

[Live show is over, catch the replay above or on our YouTube channel]

Brian’s hair and nail appointment is running late…

We’re doing the show tonight, no doubt, we’re just going to start it a little late. 9:30 CDT is tonight’s time. But in the mean time, hit the chat box below to start hanging out, one or more of us may be lurking about. We’ll update this post and let you know in the chat box when we’re about to go live, then all you’ll have to do is reload this post and the video will magically appear.

Double Deuce baby!

Associated T4.2RS Brushless RTR
The Associated T4 platform lives on, the latest version being the T4.2RS Brushless RTR. The T4.2RS has received some updates like an Associated XP 2.4GHz radio, an XP digital metal gear servo, and waterproof components such as the speed controller and receiver box. With big power from a 3300kv motor the T4.2RS should be a nice bash machine.

The new part number is #7039 and the street price is $260. Hit up THIS LINK to view more specifications over on the Team Associated website.

We have a lot more Associated news right HERE on BigSquidRC.


tech question… currently awaiting delivery of an hpi mini trophy truck …. my intent is to build a 4wi suspention rock crawler/trail rig i have misc. parts from an axial scx10 i bought used and beat more than sunk money into ..but anywho i want to use either the whole locked diff or the locker block in it in the rear only diff on the hpi would you know if it will fit? i want to run a vxl3s esc to the brushed motor statistically the vxl claims it will run a brushed motor my question is will it burn up the brushes faster than stock esc in the trophy truck?
Tim H. (via Facebook)

Cubby- Yo hey Tim, what’s up and thanks for the questions. How about last one first. Will a Traxxas VXL-3S speed controller burn up brushes faster than the stock HPI Mini Trophy Truck speedo? Yes, there might be a slight difference in brush wear between the two speedos, but I’ve never personally performed such tests, so I can’t say first hand if there truly is or not. If there was a difference I’d guess it would be very, very small. However, I will say this, if you are truly concerned about brush wear- take the extra hour and properly water dip (read seat/break-in) the brushes. Properly seated brushes yield much longer motor life, that I can assure you from first hand testing. And… if you ask a dozen people the proper way to seat brushes you’ll probably get a dozen different answers. My personal “standard method” (which came from Jammin’ Jim S) is dipping the motor in water while applying a low voltage load until you notice the color of the water starting to change. This can take anywhere between 10-45 minutes depending on the motor and voltage used.
Now, about your first question. If I read it properly, it sounds like you are making one heck of a unique trail truck. It sounds like you are making a trail/scaler machine (with a locked rear diff) out of an HPI Mini Trophy Truck. Good for you, unique projects are great fun. Will the locked rear diff parts from an Axial SCX10 fit in the Mini-Trophy truck? I have absolutely zero clue, nor am I going to tear two trucks apart to find out. You have both trucks in hand (or will soon), give it a try and let us know. If they aren’t compatible there is always the old standby of JB Weld to lock that rear diff solid as a rock. Good luck, and shoot us pics/vid of that beast when you are done.

I am pretty sure someone has emailed about SMC Lipos, but if not, I am. I have owned a few SMC 2s packs and just ordered some more and I have had really good luck. I have also followed the SMC Lipo Battery Lipo thread on and there are a lot of good things being said about them. The reason I am sending this email is because I think they sell and produce a better battery than the gensace 5800 that won the lipo shootout. Their batteries are also less expensive. Now before you jump to conclusions, I have owned many gensace lipos and I really do like them, I just think these smc lipos have an edge. Anyway’s, it would be nice to see SMC lipos in your next lipo shootout. Also, if there isn’t a shootout planned in the near future, I think posting a link about these batteries would be helpful to the bashing community. Good batteries at a cheap price are hard to find sometimes.
P.S. – I really do enjoy your site!

Cubby- Yo hey DMW, shoot Brian your snail mail for a free BSRC sticker pack. Hopefully you are as good of a spokesman for BSRC as you are for SMC Batteries. We haven’t reviewed any SMC batteries for a while so I have no clue if they are any good now days or not. I don’t know if we’ve contacted them lately, but I’ll put Brian and Kevin (our new ad rep guy) on it to see if they are up for a solid third party review. If they are truly after a piece of the enormous basher market maybe they’ll hook up with us and advertise. Btw… we do have a couple of Lipo reviews coming up in the very near future, two packs from A Main Hobbies/ProTek. We started the review process a couple of weeks ago, maybe one of the reviews will be ready in the next week or so. Not to spill any beans, but what we’ve learned about their packs should make for some interesting reading for you guys. Lastly on the Lipo topic- I have been awfully impressed with the last Pro-Match Lipo we reviewed. No, it doesn’t put out the most voltage we’ve ever seen on the West Mountain, however it has done something I consider to be more impressive- it has put up with crazy amounts of abuse (for over a hundred cycles) and still puts out solid numbers while always stayed well balanced. The pack I’m talking about is their 2S 5000 mah pack that we’ve used for numerous truck and charger reviews. We’ve subjected that pack to multiple runs at 60 amps on the West Mountain, we’ve charged it at 20 amps (multiple times in a row with no cool down period), and run it in high draw 8th scalers, yet today, after over 100 cycles, it performs like a champ. That is truly the most impressive thing a Lipo can do in my eyes- to withstand hard use and still last.

That’s it for this week ya freaks, shoot me your questions or whatever else in on your mind to Cubby at If your letter makes the front page you get free stickers, if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month” you’ll win a free t-shirt. Btw, I try to do the “letter of the month” in the first ASK Cubby of the month, so next week I’ll be picking a shirt winner, get those questions in!
YOUR Cub Reporter

Radshaperc Axial SCX10 Bull Bar with winch plate
The scale scene continues to blow up, more and more people are tricking out their trucks, making them tougher and even more scale looking for trail running on the weekends. Along with all the popularity has come a plethora of aftermarket hop-up companies.

Axial SCX10 Bull Bar with winch plate RadShapeRCThere is a UK based company called RadShapeRC that is putting out some pretty cool scale parts for the Axial SCX10 series trucks. One of their latest products is a Bull Bar with Winch Plate made specifically for the SCX10. Not only does it look scale but it’s built tough for those long days on the trail. There is more information to come on this one such as part number and pricing, we’ll post it when we learn more.

For more information on all the trick goodies made by RadShapeRC, HERE is the link to their official website.

Have you read our latest Axial review? If not you can check it out HERE.

The crew over at Exotek have just announced a compact and efficient steering rack conversion kit for the Losi/TLR 22 series of vehicles. The Exotek rack makes it easy to make tuning adjustments and perfect for drivers looking to make their 22 the best it can be.

The new Exotek rack is constructed from high quality 7075 aluminum and is anodized in gun-metal gray for a high end look. The part number is #1332 and it has a street price of $70. For complete information hit THIS LINK.

Exotek is known for their esoteric hop-ups, want to see more of their work? Try THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

JConcepts RC8.2 Silencer Clear Buggy Body
The new Silencer body for the Associated RC8.2 was designed for optimal performance on high speed tracks. A narrow cockpit area gives better access to the fuel tank and helps airflow back to the engine head. Dual channeling rear air escape and overall low profile also aid in handling.

Part number on the JConcepts Silencer for the Associated RC8.2 is #0256 and it has a street price of $31.

We have more JConcepts news at THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

BigSquidRC Live Show Google Plus Hangout

Headline says it all. Brian is watching his kids do something. Tim is watching his kids play volleyball or something. My head exploded due to allergies and my headless corpse is unable to speak. And the rest. So we’re bumping tonight’s show to tomorrow, when Brian won’t be watching his kids do something, Tim won’t be watching volleyball and my head will be reconstructed using the latest medical nano technology. And the rest will also be there. So keep an eye on our social media stuff or just check back here tomorrow around the usual time, 7:00 pdt, 8:00 mdt, 9:00 cdt, 10:00 edt.

Team Durango DEX408T
Team Durango has a new electric truggy on the way called the DEX408T. They’ve been teasing it for a while as being an all new and uber piece of rc machinery. Information is still rather scarce on the truggy, but Team Durango recently posted their unboxing video to show all the goodness contained within the DEX408T box. Full details on the truggy should be released soon, until then take a look at the brief video to view all the pieces and parts that make up the DEX408T.

Check out THIS LINK for more Durango news right here on BigSquidRC.

Hobby Pro USA 10th scale buggy
The crew over at Hobby Pro USA have just sent out teaser pictures of their new 2wd 10th scale competition buggy. Hobby Pro has been known more for their 8th scale gear, but now they are branching out to the very popular 10th scale buggy class with a car that is said to be made from the finest materials and designed to race at the highest levels.

Hobby Pro USA 2wd 10th scale buggyDetailed pictures, release date and pricing information is in the works. Until those are announced why not take a look at the official Hobby Pro USA for the scoop on all of their other products.

Looking for more Hobby Pro USA news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

THE ProTek RC Universal Radio Case Review

ProTek RC Universal Radio Case Review

You’ve spent a lot of money on your transmitter, spending a little more to make sure it’s protected is a good idea.

The crew over at A Main Hobbies have a new universal transmitter hard case for your uber radio. You buy the case then select the proper insert that is specifically cut out for your model of transmitter. Is the ProTek radio case tough? Does it hold up? More importantly, is it worth your hard earned cash? Lets find out…