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What's new: Thursday, September 18th, 2014

arrma_typhon

As a reminder that the ARRMA Typhon is going to be making it’s way to shops soon, we got a sweet looking picture of this 6S beast that seemed worthy of sharing. It would probably make a nice desktop photo.

You can get more info on the official ARRMA webpage.

The part number for the ARRMA Typhon is #AR106001 and they have a street price of $429. To be the first person on your block to get one simply hit up This Link to get one on pre-order.

Click Right Here to read more ARRMA news right here on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Hello Cubby, I hope you read and answer my letter. My question is in regards to lipo batteries. Is there an easy way to tell how full my pack is?

Sincerely,

William R.”

Cubby- Yo hey Big Bill, thanks for the email, shoot us another one with your snail mail so we can hook you up with a sticker pack.

So… is there an easy way to tell how much charge is left in your LiPo battery? Sure there is, but it’s an industry secret and you have to know the secret handshake to gain access to such information. Oh what the heck, you seem like a good guy, here is the scoop.

The resting/static voltage of a LiPo is a great indicator to the state of its charge. For example, a LiPo battery that shows 4.2 volts per cell (8.4 volts for a 2S pack) is 100% fully charged. A LiPo at 4 volts per cell is just over 75%, 50% is right at 3.84 volts, and 25% is 3.75 volts per cell. You can either buy a simple multi-meter to check this, or you can pick up a dedicated LiPo battery checker from a wide variety of sources.

Have fun, go fast, turn it into rubble.


“I KNOW how much you like whats better letters, so here is mine. Whats better, a small scale like 1/18th, or a big scale like 1/5th? I cant decide on going small or going big.

Drew”

Cubby- Oh yes Drew B, each and every week I get inundated with “What’s Better??” questions. Most are the typical “What’s better, a Slash or a Blitz?”, and a few are like yours, something a bit more interesting.

To get to your question… should you get a small scale vehicle or get something huge. Hey, I gotta be honest here, I can not answer your question. The answer totally depends on what you are looking for (which you left me zero information on). So… I can’t just say “Cut the check for the 5th scale HPI 5B ASAP!”. However, I can certainly break down the two as I see them.

Small scale (1/36, 1/18th, etc)- Their upsides include low price and the ability to be driven in very small areas. Their major downsides are they are hard to work on (especially if you are old like me and your eyes are going bad) and they don’t drive well on rough surfaces.

Big scale (1/8, 1/5, 1/4)- On the upside, big vehicles tend to be easy to drive and can usually take a good beating without breakage. On the downside, big cars cost big cash (both initially and for parts), they can take up a lot of space in your garage, and they can leave a pretty good dent in your shin should you hit yourself.

IMO it really comes down to how much money you want to spend and how large of an area you have to drive in.

Good luck and shoot us some pics of whatever you end up buying (coming off a roof of course).


Submit your letters to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If, and I highly doubt it will, your letter hits the big time, you’ll get a free BSRC sticker pack. If I pick yours as the “Letter of the Month” you will even win one of our ridiculously uber BSRC t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Matrixline Bugatti Veyron
Make your 1/10 touring car look like it is going 200 mph even when sitting still with the Bugatti Veyron body from Matrixline RC. The Matrixline Veyron comes clear so you can put your personal paint scheme on it and was designed to fit 195mm electric touring cars. The body includes a decal sheet, overspray film, window masks, and light buckets.

The part number is #PC201406, these are available right now, and you can get more details over on the offical Matrixline Website.

Click Right Here to see more bodies for your rc car on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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Our uber flying guy, 3DBill just got his hands on the new Simplecopter Mini Tricopter 250, so he sent over some unboxing photos.

The 250 size is becoming a popular choice because it’s small, yet just big enough to hold a decent camera or FPV setup.

The Mini Tricopter frame comes with the landing gear for $34.99, and to get it up and running will probably cost you about $150 with needed electronics. (minus lipos and radio).

You can get more details and place an order over at the Simplecopter Mini Tricopter Website.

Also, you can see from the pictures we will be going with the motors from Buddy RC on this build. You can get more information on them at this link.

Watch for the finished build and review coming soon!

Get more Simplecopter News here on BigSquidRC.

We tossed in a Blade MQX for size comparisons.

Kyosho Mad Bug Unboxing
We recently received a Kyosho Mad Bug Readyset for one of our famous “smash’em up” reviews. Take a look at the pictures below to see exactly what it looks like to crack open the box and to see what comes inside.

Being a Readyset (Kyosho’s term for RTR), the Mad Bug comes with everything you need to get up and going except for AA batteries for the transmitter. An Orion NiMh pack comes standard, as does a wall type battery charger. As you can see from the pictures, an Orion brushless system is used to power the Mad Bug, while a 2.4GHz radio system eliminates any possible frequency conflicts.

Our full review is still a couple of weeks away, until then please enjoy our unboxing pictures. The Mad Bug is priced at $299 and you can find complete details at This Link over on the official Kyosho America website.

Read more Kyosho News on BigSquidRC.

Exotek TLR 22 Front Shock Tower
Indoor racing season is officially here in the Midwest, a time when many hobbyists grab their 2wd race buggies and head inside to get their rc fix. However, many indoor tracks are tight, technical, and generally rough on cars.

If you are a TLR 22 driver looking to beef up your buggy for indoor use, the new Carbon Fiber Front Shock Tower from Exotek should interest you. At a full 5mm thick, it is a beast that should survive even the worst of crashes (or hacks from the driver behind you). The Exotek tower is lightweight and also has a large open area for better aerodynamics.

The part number is #1451, it is priced at $24, and HERE is the link for complete details over on Exotek’s website.

Click Here for more Exotek news on BigSquidRC.

RC4WD Beadlock Wheels Traxxas T-Maxx Revo
Want some seriously cool bling wheels for your Traxxas T-Maxx/Revo? Have a problem flinging tires off the wheels? The new Locker Beadlock aluminum wheels from RC4WD could be the hot ticket for you.

Made from CNC machined billet aluminum, the new wheels from RC4WD can add a hot new look to your T-Maxx/Revo. To help keep your tires where they are supposed to be (on the wheel), they feature a beadlock design. Each set of wheels comes with both 14mm and 17mm hex adapters making for an easy install on a wide variety of trucks.

* Size- 3.58″
* Width- 2.13″
* Negative Offset- 0.94″
* Weight (each)- 11.8oz

The part number is #Z-W0144 and they are street priced at $229 for a set of four. These are available right now and you can get complete details
Right Here on the RC4WD website.

Get More RC4WD news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

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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Vaterra K5 Blazer Video
With the release of the much anticipated Vaterra 1985 K5 Blazer just around the corner, the folks at Horizon Hobby made a video to highlight some of its finer details. Rich Trujillo, one of the men behind the design of the new truck, gives a short but detailed presentation on many of the cooler aspects of the Blazer and its new Ascender chassis.

The K5 Blazer is set to hit hobby shop shelves later this month. Hit up This Link for complete details over on Vaterra’s official website. To get even more Vaterra news, Click Right Here on BigSquidRC.

TBR ECX Ruckus 4x4 Front Bumper
The ECX Ruckus 4×4 is quite a bash machine, but it can be made tougher still with one of the new Basher Series Front Bumpers from T-Bone Racing. The T-Bone bumper is made out of tough nylon and uses a top brace for extra support. Like many of the products from TBR, it also comes with their lifetime warranty against breakage.

The part number is #19010, they are priced at $23, and these are available right now for your bashing pleasure. To get even more details hit up the Official TBR Website.

Want more TBR news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Dromida Ominus Quadcopter
Dromida, well known for their affordable 18th scale off-road machines, has just announced a second quadcopter called the Ominus. The Ominus joins the Kodo as the first two machines in Dromida’s air arsenal.

The Ominus is an affordable quadcopter made for everyone from beginners to experts. A gyro is used for stabilization and its four different flight modes allow you change how the quad flies as your skills advance.

* Comes with 2.4GHz radio system
* Fully assembled and ready to fly
* Includes everything you need in the box
* Has a rechargeable LiPo and USB charger
* High power motors
* LED lights
* Includes one extra set of blades
* Weight- 3.6oz
* Length- 9.4″

The part number is #DIDE01**, it is street priced at just $79, and these are available right now. Get full details at This Link over on the official Dromida website. If you are looking to order one online, Head to This Link

Get More Dromida news on BigSquidRC.

Update: Now with video!

What's new: Monday, September 15th, 2014

RC4WD 1/14 Lowboy Trailer
If you own a Tamiya 1/14 King Hauler Tractor Truck then you’ll be stoked to see the latest creation from RC4WD, a scale realistic 14th scale Lowboy Trailer. The lowboy was designed with help from Joe at SemiJoe’s Truck Stop and is perfect for pulling behind your King Hauler.

* Length- 47.5″
* Width- 8.9″
* Weight- 250oz
* 12mm wheel hexes
* Built in LED pockets for adding lights
* Detachable gooseneck
* Made from CNC machined aluminum
* Designed for use with Tamiya tractor semi truck coupler

The part number is #Z-H0005, they are priced at $799, and they are available right now. Get complete details by hitting up This Link over on RC4WD’s website.

Get More RC4WD news on BigSquidRC.

maximum_destruction_recovery
This video of Maximum Destruction from and Orlando event in 2012 was recently brought to my attention, and I have to say it was pretty impressive! The amount of saves this guy did, and the style which he did them in were right out of a RC bash session! I attend a few monster truck events a year, and I haven’t seen anything this good in person.
Apologizing for the shaky cam, but stick with it.. it’s worth the watch. I jumped to 1:25 in, that’s where it gets exciting. Check it out below.

Anyone else have any amazing full scale vids to share?