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Enter to Win an ARRMA Granite BLX!

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Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a brand new ARRMA Granite BLX!
Special thanks to ARRMA and Hobbico for making this happen! They were so excited about making the Finals in the March Bash-ness, they hooked us up! Click This Link to go enter! Only 2 days left, so make sure you get your entries in.

What's new: Monday, March 3rd, 2014

Carisma USA
Carisma vehicles are officially for sale here in the USA. We have learned that there will be 6 different models offered initially, and that both the vehicles and parts are on the ground here in the states and ready to go.

If you are a consumer and want to check out all the Carisma models available Click This Link that takes you over to the Falcon Hobby Supply Website. If you are part of a hobby shop and are interested in picking up the Carisma line, Click Here to contact their distributor The Jeric Group.

Click Here for more Carisma news on BigSquidRC.

proline_PRO-2_buggy We have one other sneak peak before from Nuremberg, but we finally have an official shot from Pro-Line just to confirm that the rumored Pro-Line Pro-2 Buggy is coming soon!

We don’t have a part number yet, or a price, but when we do, we will let you know. Make sure to hit the official Pro-Line Website for future info.

Click Right Here for more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.

O.S. 21XZ-B V2 ABC
For racers & bashers looking for big nitro power at a lower price, O.S. Engines have announced the O.S. 21XZ-B V2. The 21XZ-B V2 is lighter, lower and cooler running than before, yet still produces the kind of power you expect from a top shelf engine. Some of its features include-

* Holes in cylinder head to save weight
* Same piston, rod, and liner as the Speed version
* 22B2 single needle carb
* Comes with 7mm carb reducer
* Silicone filled crank with tungsten counter weights

The O.S. 21XZ-B VII has a part number of #OSMG2053, a street price of $319, and they are slated for a late March release date.

Get more OS Engine news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Black Duratrax Pit stand
Black is the new blue when it comes to color in the rc world. Duratrax has noticed the trend and now you can get all of their popular pit stands in black. Made from high impact polystyrene with aluminum center posts, the Duratrax pit stands will not only last for years, but also make it a lot easier to wrench on your bash-mobile.

DTXC2369 – Car Stand-Black – $11
DTXC2379 – Truck Stand-Black – $17
DTXC2384 – Shock Stand-Black – $11
DTXC2389 – Tool Stand-Black – $13

Click Right Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

rc bashing with CubbyMx/SX had a banner weekend for television coverage. The SX was live from Indy on Saturday night, then the MXGP from Qatar came on even later Saturday night, then coverage from the ArenaCross came on Sunday, as did an episode of SuperCross Behind the Dream on CBS. Wall to wall moto, I never thought it would happen, but it has, and I am in moto heaven.

Btw, an American named Thomas Covington (check out his Twitter HERE ) took 3rd place in the second moto in Qatar, which is a big deal for a couple of reasons. One, it’s been a long time since an American has done well in Grand Prix motocross, and two, he gave Traxxas, one of his major sponsors, props during an on-air interview. A number of industry types have made doomsday remarks about Traxxas, but it seems they aren’t as bad off as some people say.

Another example is the fact that Traxxas has signed back on with the TORC series for 2014. No, they are no longer the big title sponsor, but they are back for more crossover marketing, and are putting multiple trucks back on the track (click HERE to read the entire PR). Heck, even I am glad to hear they are back into the TORC series, I may love to hate on them, but at the end of the day they’ve done an awful lot to put (and keep) our hobby on the map.

Also on the verge of death this week… 10th scale stadium trucks. 10th scale buggies have blown up the last couple of years, and SCT trucks have taken over local tracks and bash spots, thus the oddly shaped stadium trucks were left without a home or a future. However, where ROAR busted out the pen and killed off a dead and unneeded 10th scale gas truck class, they haven’t done the same with electric stadium trucks, leaving a bit of life left in them. Expect the upcoming Associated T5 and other new stadium trucks like the HobbyPro PR ST-1 to breathe a bit more life back into the category. While some people say stadium trucks are dead and should done away with, they will live to fight another day, and who knows when they might come back into vogue.

In BSRC news…

March Bashness is just around the corner folks! If you’ve never heard of it, its a contest where our readers nominate their favorite bash machines, then they vote on them, tournament style, to determine an overall winner/favorite. Unlike some other very questionable “reader favorite” contests, ours is 10000% legit, and eventually a lucky reader (or two) gets to take home a brand new truck/buggy. Look for us to get the March Bashness contest started up in a few days.

Sometime today we’ll be posting a write-up on the 2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships that took place over the weekend in Orland Park Illinois. While I was stuck in an airport half way across the country and didn’t get to take part in all the fun, I’m sure our staff will fill you in on all the goings ons and how it turned out. Also, on Tuesday we’ll be doing a post on the young man that took home the overall championship, the world of quads/mult-rotors has its first big star, so stay tuned.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Boat turn 1 rc boat

How much water do I need?

Most likely this question only comes up after the boat is in hand. This should be question number two, only behind what type of power plant. A small boat in a large body of water can still be fun.

A large / fast boat will be hard to have a great time on small water. You will run out of water too fast and just squirting back and forth gets old. If someone adds a second boat or more, that space gets crowded fast.

My rule of thumb is add 100’ to what you think you need and give that a try.

For more boat news on Big Squid RC click over here

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File this under wowza.. Here is video of two RC helicopters lifting a woman off the ground. This is crazy on all sorts of levels, from dangerous to mind blowing that they didn’t just slam into each other. It had to take a TON of practice and trial runs to get this right. Either way, it’s impressive and a must see!

What's new: Saturday, March 1st, 2014

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We just finished setting up the obstacle course and I think it turned out pretty good. Did a few trial runs, and had a blast! even if you don’t want to participate in the event, you should stop by the Hobbytown in Orland Park, and spectate, it will be fun to watch!

Need more info? The Big Squid RC 2014 Quadcopter Championships link and flyer is RIGHT HERE. The event is this Saturday (March 1st, 2014) which is today! Hope to see you all there!

What's new: Friday, February 28th, 2014

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When I posted my first Everybody’s Scalin’ video on our YouTube channel a couple weeks back, user “Bad Wobble” asked if I could provide an update on my Gmade Sawback. Well Mr. Wobble, it’s your lucky day! The “first impressions” article I wrote went up a few months ago (view it right here), and in the time that’s passed I’ve put a few miles on the odometer. Time for an update.

You may of noticed I switched drivers and tires since last time. Yeah, the first driver I picked was a little small (people didn’t hesitate to let me know this, heh) but the new “Hunter Dan” figure from Cabelas is just about right. I had to make a few modifications with my dremel to get him to fit (Dan no longer has feet) but now he’s perfect. The second big change was putting on a set of Pro-Line TSL’s (the smaller ones, NOT the XL’s) as they perform extremely well and look great.

I guess the biggest news to report is that there isn’t much news to report. My initial thoughts are still pretty much how I feel today. It’s not going to replace your Axial SCX10 but it’s still a stout little truck. The only problem I had with mine were the stock driveshafts – the yokes are pretty weak and snap easily. I replaced them with Axial Wild Boars (they are a direct fit) and I haven’t had any problems since. Despite the transmission being loud as heck and the ring and pinions being made of a cheap pot metal it’s held up fine with no other breakage to report. My leafs are still springy with no sag and provide good articulation for what they are. The axle hop that happens when fighting for traction on certain obstacles really adds to the overall charm. You can see what I mean in the video I linked above. I’m not trying to give this a free pass for having a stiff suspension…but come on man, that’s kinda what you are paying for here. You want an authentic experience and it gives it to you – I’ve had my teeth rattled driving a 1:1 1942 Willy’s MB and I’d imagine Hunter Dan would probably be able to relate.

All in all I really enjoy the Sawback and it’s found a permanent spot in my collection. It handles very realistically and is great fun when trying to tackle the terrain accordingly. A hardcore bashing scaler this is not though, so if you want an all out performance machine you should look elsewhere. For the hobbyist that loves the iconic look of the classic Jeep and/or that wants to dip their toes into the waters of extreme scale suspension I think you’ll be happy.

Want to see more Gmade news? Click here.

Hitec ePowerBox 50A
Charging high cell count LiPo batteries at fast charge rates not only requires a good battery charger, but also a power supply with enough current to get the job done. Rated at 50 amps, the new ePowerbox 50A from Hitec is a beast indeed. Some of its features include-

* 15 to 30 volts DC output
* Good for up to 1200 Watts
* Two 5 volt USB ports
* One 50-Amp & three 10-Amp outputs
* Dual cooling fans
* Stated to be 89% efficient
* Size- 12.0 x 6.7 x 3.3 in

Part number for the Hitec 50A is #44213 and it will have a street price of $289.

You never know what you will find at the end of a BSRC Mystery Link.

Asiatees Hobbies Facebook Likes
Asiatees Hobbies stocks a vast array of hop-up parts for rc vehicles, many of which you simply can not find on the shelf at your local hobby shop. Recently they reached 100,000 Likes on Facebook and are wanting to celebrate by giving a $5 store credit to anyone who registers and replies on their forum.

To get all the details hit up This Link that takes you over to AsiaTees forum, and you can click This Link to check out all the cool parts on the official AsiaTees Hobbies website.

Happy Friday and welcome to the weekend, why not check out a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link?

Schumacher Mi1v2 Touring Car
Schumacher introduced a new entry level racing touring car at the Nuremburg show a few weeks ago, now they have released full information and pictures. The Mi1v2 was designed to be durable, easy to maintain, and fun to drive. Some of its highlights include-

* 4 wheel dual belt drive
* Aluminum motor mount and shock bodies
* Designed for use with LiPo batteries
* Ball diffs
* S1 composite chassis, towers and top deck
* 24 ball bearings

The part number is #K151 and you can get more information by clicking This Link.

Click Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

What's new: Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Pro-Line Phantom Clear Body Associated B44.2
The latest Phantom series body from Pro-Line Racing is for the Associated B44.2 buggy. The Phantom sports a cab forward design and sweeping body lines for both style and performance. On the rear, an optional center fin can be used to add high speed stability.

The part number is #3425-00, street price is $26, and you can get complete information at This Link on Pro-Line’s website.

Click Right Here for more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.