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What's new: Friday, September 5th, 2014

axial_scx10_ram_power_wagon_06Axial announced their latest version of the SCX10 this week, the Dodge Ram Power Wagon, and it’s caused a good amount of discussion in r/c internet land. It looks like I’m not the only one happy see a full size pickup body on an Axial platform. Along with Vaterra’s Ascender Blazer, it looks like some other types of domestic iron are finally getting the spotlight.

Hey, Jeeps are the most popular off-road vehicle of time…but a breather is appreciated in this neck of the woods. With the positive reception that these new bodies are getting, I think its safe to say many besides me are on board with what (hopefully) is a new trend. Bring on the trucks!

As for the Ram, I think it’s the perfect candidate for a scale smoke stack, doing a dually rear axle and cutting off the “Power Wagon” text (details are details folks, a real PW is only available as a gasser so it would have to lose the badge if its gonna be a scale Cummins). The only thing I’d be afraid of is the transmission. I know the SCX10 is known for having a stout tranny, but having the Dodge logo on the side makes me worry.

Alright, alright that last line was a joke. I’ve always been a Ford guy and old habits die hard  :) Have a great weekend everyone!

For more Axial news on BigSquidRC you can click here. For more scale r/c news click here.

MCD XS-5 Super Car
The crew at MCD Racing has something for you high speed fanatics, as well as you 1/5th fans, their new XS-5 Super Sports Car. With a big chassis and big power, it should put a big smile on your face (and big dent in the wallet?).

Based on the MCD 4wd 5 series chassis, the XS-5 is said to be the “pinnacle” of large scale sports cars. It comes loaded with side wings, a large rear diffuser, a big rear wing, and has 6.3″ high grip tires.

The XS-5 will come in two trim levels, Factory Team and Competition, and it starts shipping in mid-October. You can get more details over on the offical MCD Racing Website.

You never know what you are going to get with a TGIF Mystery Link!

Speed Power LMP Lemans Body
The folks over at Speed Power wanted us to let you know they have a new LM-P Le Mans clear body. The body is styled after Peugeot’s Le Mans car and is made to fit most common 200mm pan style cars. With all sorts of scale detailing from the nose to the rear, it should look awesome flying around your local track or your cul-de-sac. For more details on Speed Power, HERE Is The Link to their official website.

Happy Friday everyone out in rc land, Click Here for a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

PROTOform F1 Bodies
The teasing is officially over and our friends over at PROTOform have released full information on their new Formula 1 bodies. With most of the BSRC staff being big F1 fans, we have been eagerly waiting their release.

The F1-Thirteen is molded to the 2013 specifications, while the F1-Fourteen is made to look like the current generation of Formula 1 cars. Both are made from .030″ genuine Lexan and require Tamiya front wings to complete the look. An injection molded driver’s helmet is included, as is a decal sheet that features steering wheel details, seatbelts, car numbers, and a variety of helmet visor colors.

The part number for the Thirteen is #1537-30, the Fourteen is #1538-30, and they are street priced at $28. For complete details hit up the official PROTOform Website.

Thank goodness another Friday has decided to make its way to the BigSquid offices. Click Right Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

What's new: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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I think we are going to have to find some room in our budget for this! Check out the RC Pepsi Cooler! It holds 32 cans of your favorite beverages. Created by a roto-mold process which makes it super durable, has working headlights, speakers, 2 cup holders, and can drive forward, backward, left and right with a 100 foot range.

The price is a little tough to swallow at $375, but come on.. this is a bash day necessity! If you are willing to give up the branding, they have the same ones in your choice of color for about $299.

You can head over now to the Custom Cooler Website, or find them on sale tomorrow at the offical Pepsi Website.

ASK Cubby

“2.4GHZ radio receivers question

Cubby,

I own the Tactic TTX240 2 channel radio and about 12 3 channel Tactic receivers. I LOVE the fact that it doesn’t have an antenna wire. Now that I have started to race a bit more using the 2 channel(3 channel receiver) system is limiting my ability to use certain items on track. With my Slash 4×4 powered by the Mamba Max Pro SCT Edition and 2400kv motor I have the issue that I cannot run a transponder due to the motor fan wire. So I have been running without a fan for the last few races.

Do you know if anyone else makes a 3-4 channel pistol grip system without a receiver antenna? I really want to run both the transponder plus the fan on the motor.
Sincerely,
Kevin S.”

Cubby- Hey, look who just won “Letter of the Month”. Congrats Kevin and shoot us your snail mail and shirt size so we can get you a certified BSRC t-shirt.

So Kev, you are getting into the local racing scene. I feel for ya buddy, hopefully your locals aren’t a bunch of irritable jacka%$es.

Anywhos, on to your question. You dig your Tactic radio gear, but the receivers are one port shy of what you need. I have a really, really affordable solution for ya. Instead of going out and buying new radio gear, pick up a Tactic Y-Harness. It is only $8 and will allow you to hook up a servo, speedo, transponder, and motor fan to your receiver. Click Here to get one on the way.

Have fun, go fast, blow stuff up.


“but i like how redcat adknowledged the flexible arms and the cvds bending but for example traxxas and the emaxx, they know it has bad bulks, but they choose not to change the design. Their other cars may not be durable, and the reviews were not made by redcat themselves, not that i contredict you, i love bsrc, i just think redcat is changing for the better:)

Ari R.”

Cubby- I posted up a letter from Ari a couple of weeks ago pertaining to Redcat, so he had a reply, and for some strange reason I figured I would post it for the world to see.
Oh and hey Ari, thanks for being a loyal reader, and we love you too.
XOXOXO
Cubby


“Turning My Fazer VE into Faster RC

Hey Guys,
I own a Kyosho Fazer Ve (Audi R8), the car has good performance but i want to upgrade it as it’s not Lipo 3S compatible, i want to make it fast, so i need your advise about selecting a suitable ESC, like the “Orion Vortex R10 Sports”. Or please advise your own suggestion.

Thanks Indeed
Inferno”

Cubby- Yo hey Inferno, thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to shoot me an email.

But… lets skip the dumb stuff here. I have driven some Orion systems lately. Not many, and not for that long of time, but enough to get a feel for them. Definitely not bad and probably pretty dialed for busting lap times on a controlled track. However… if you want power, real power, blow your tire off the rim power, suck the paint scheme off your buddies truck power, there is only one name to consider, Castle Creations. And why is that??? Because they are designed to put out massive amounts of brute force and live to talk about it the next day.

For your particular application, I would most highly recommend the Mamba Max Pro. You can run some crazy high kV motors on it, and should the need ever arise (which if you are a hard enough core basher it WILL), you can run up to 6S LiPo on it. Buy one, chuck it in, insert huge grin.

If you are on a budget, go for the Sidewinder 3 (less than $70). The SV3 is waterproof and can easily do the 3S you are looking for.

Click Here to get a Mamba Max Pro on the way, or Click Here for the SV3. Be sure and shoot us a pic of you blowing the tires off your Kyosho after you get your new speedo mounted up.


Like Bugs Bunny would say, “That’s All Folks!”. Should you have the gall, shoot me a letter, Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If your letter makes the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll hook you up with one of our ultra sweet t-shirts. Peace and love, peace and love…

YOUR Cub Reporter

Castle Talon 120HV ESC
For all you air fanatics, Castle Creations has a new ESC coming to their Talon line-up. The Talon 120HV can handle up to 6000 watts of continuous power and features a built-in 20 amp peak BEC.

* Voltage range- 3 to 12S LiPo
* Width- 2.01″
* Length- 3.81″
* Height- .8″
* Weight- 6.56 oz
* Maximum continuous current- 120 amps
* Aluminum case, optional 40mm fan
* Extensive programming with Castle Link software

The part number is #010-0131-00, it has a street price of $199, and they are expected to shipping later this month. Hit up This Link to check out more Castle Creations products.

Read more Castle News on BigSquidRC.

RC-DMV Yeti Xing
The incredible Axial Yeti just might be the most anticipated vehicle of the last half decade and that has not gone unnoticed by the aftermarket. Since its announcement there has been a steady stream of aftermarket parts released for the Yeti, even though it was not yet available to the public.

The Yeti is now hitting consumer hands and even more aftermarket gear is being announced. For all you proud new Yeti owners, the crew over at RC-DMV have released a scaled down road sign. Their Yeti Xing sign will make a great addition to your scale garage, or some cool trail markers when you and your buddies head out to break in your new rigs. Made from aluminum, the Yeti Xing sign is waterproof and is 38 x 38mm in size.

The part number is #RCDMV001, it is street priced at $6, and you can visit the official RC-DMV Facebook page Right Here. To get one on order, hit up This Link over on TheToyz website.

Get More Axial news on BigSquidRC.

Muchmore Power Supply
The good folks over at Muchmore Racing recently announced their latest power supply, the Powermaster World Edition 3 Evo. At a robust 24 amps it has plenty of juice to power your charger with and is available with either a black or blue anodized finish.

* Low noise temperature controlled cooling fan
* 5 volt 2 amp USB charging port
* 12 to 15 volt adjustable output

The part number for black is #MM-CTXP3UK, blue is #MM-CTXP3UB, and you can get Complete Details over on the Muchmore website.

Click Here for Muchmore news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

3dprintingdjiarmEver since iHobby 2013, I was excited about the coming 3D Printer revolution coming to the hobby world. Not only is 3D printing great for 100% custom anything, it was becoming affordable. After 11 months of waiting, my work (aka HobbyTown Orland Park) finally got a pair of 3D printers from Invent-a-Part called the Rigidbot. Pricing starting around $600 for a kit and works its way up from there, you can make almost anything using ABS or PLA plastic, which is now starting to come out blended with carbon fiber filament for extra durability.

What does this mean for the hobby industry? For starters, it’s a way to be your own source for parts. The picture above is my first attempt at an arm for my DJI Flamewheel that is clear to make the arm LED light reactive. For those with ‘Vintage’ RC vehicles, a 3D Printer and a buddy who knows technical drawing can get you an endless supply of parts that were once unavailable, as well as low cost. One kilogram of the plastic material sells for around $50 ($0.05/gram), and most standard parts can be made in under 25 grams, or $1.15. 

Not a technical drawing person? That’s ok! There are many resources for already created 3D printer files, my favorite of which is Thingiverse where new files are being added every hour.

I will be creating a few RC parts to ‘review’ 3D printing as a means of parts reproduction, but for now you can stop by HobbyTown Orland Park to see the printer in action, either in person or via their Facebook Page. You can also check out the RigidBot online via the Invent-a-part webpage Right Here.

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Saw our friends over at Carisma threw a little video together of their RC vehicles taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s a great way to show off their water proofing at the very least! Enjoy the video.

Click Here to visit the official Carisma website, or Click Here to visit the Falcon Hobby website where you can order one of the new Carismas.

To read even more Carisma news check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

HPI reusable parts bagsThe more you get into the hobby, the more “stuff” you accumulate. If you are like most long term hobbyists, it can become a real chore just keeping track of all your parts. HPI Racing has announced Reusable Parts Bags to help remedy that situation. The HPI part bags come in various sizes and are clear in the front to make it easy to see inside. Made from a durable plastic and come with a tough zipper-style closure, they should last for years in your pit box. Click Here to get more details over on the official HPI website.

Get more HPI news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Rhinoforce S2 Self Righting System
Everyone hates making “the walk of shame”. You know what I mean, after a crash that shameful walk to flip your truck over while your “friends” poke fun at you.

To permanently put an end to the walk of shame, the Torsional Concepts crew came up with the RhinoForce S2 Self-Righting System. The RhinoForce is designed to flip your truck back onto its wheels by the flip of a switch on your transmitter, instead of you having to walk over and manually right the vehicle. We received one of their units for review and decided to do an unboxing post so you can see what comes in the package. As you can see from the pictures above and below, the RhinoForce comes with everything needed for installation in a short course truck (with a roll cage already installed) and some clearly written instructions.

Our full review will go live in a few weeks, until then you can hit up the Official RhinoForce Website for more details.

Click Here to see what else we’ve been unboxing at BigSquidRC.