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What's new: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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Do you have a Axial Yeti on the way? From the buzz, we are guessing you probably do! So if everyone on the planet has a new Yeti, how are you going to tell them apart? Our friends at FreqEsKinz have the answer! They now have a bunch of different styles/skinz to choose from that will fit that Yeti and make it stand out in the crowd!

The vehicle skinz are priced $45, but for a limited time you can get $10 off! Head over to the FreqEsKinz website, use the code YETI4ME to get the discount!

We have a favorite, but we aren’t telling. What’s yours?

Want more news about FreqEsKinz from Big Squid? Hit this link to see other products of theirs we have mentioned.

Did you see our Yeti review? If somehow you have missed it, you can check it Right Here.

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Last week I made a giant step forward: I got myself an RC airplane. Thanks to Ares, their newer P-51 Mustang balances size and power for a nice package for an intermediate flyer. The big question remains: Am I an intermediate pilot? Find out and a few points I learned after the jump…

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Novak Wire Stripper Cutter
If you are an avid hobbyist, chances are you do a lot of solding on your cars and trucks. There is nothing like having the proper tool to get a job done right so the crew over at Novak have announced a Wire Stripper and Cutter Tool. Some of its features include-

* Built in cutter
* Comfortable handles
* Blades automatically adjust to wire
* Has screw to adjust jaw tension

The part number is #5880, they are street priced at $18, and they are available right now. Get complete details Right Here on Novak’s website.

For more Novak news on BigSquidRC Click Right Here.

Team Associated
The guys over at Team Associated have shot out a press release to let everyone know about the B44.3 buggy kit. The B44 series of 4wd buggies have been quite popular among the racing crowd, the latest version has received more updates to make it better than ever.

The biggest news on the B44.3 is its aluminum chassis. The hard anodized chassis helps to lower the center of gravity and to increase durability. Mounted on the chassis are a new floating motor and servo mount. The molded battery trays are also new and allow the use of saddle or shorty packs.

The part number is #9063 and you can find full details at This Link over on the official Team Associated website.

Catch up on your Associated news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Everyone know’s I’m a sucker for automated drone stuff, and there is something about this video. It ‘looks legit’ yet part of me thinks, wow it would be tough to pull that off. That all being said, I’m pretty sure I’d pay to see this in real life as a small concert, or be able to buy the ‘drone band in a box’ kit for my house to enjoy.

Check out the video below of a handful of drones playing a few different tunes.

ARRMA Mega Series Video
To get you all pumped up for the arrival of their new Mega Series vehicles, ARRMA has released a video showcasing their abilities. The Mega Series are the most affordable in the ARRMA line-up, featuring brushed power and the same durable construction ARRMA is known for.

We are told the Mega series vehicles will start shipping very soon, like in the next couple of weeks. This is good news for all you guys chomping at the bit to put one in your rc garage. Until then, check out the video for some skate park bashing action (and the one handed catch by Scott Kramer at the end), and you can hit up This Link to head over to the official ARRMA website.

Catch up on your ARRMA news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Thunder Tiger Facebook page
In an effort to spread the word about their Facebook page, the folks over at Thunder Tiger Taiwan are doing a big giveaway. The winner gets a Desperado JR. OBL, a big (27″ long) brushless powered boat that has a street price around $250. Getting entered is super simple, just hit up This Link to head over the Thunder Tiger Facebook page.

Want to read more about Thunder Tiger? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

Gear Head 1.9 M-190 EZ-Loc
There is nothing quite like a hot set of wheels to make your car/truck stand out, and that doesn’t matter if we are talking rc or your full size ride. The gang over at Gear Head RC have been regularly releasing highly detailed aluminum wheels for the scaling/trailing/crawling crowd and their latest is the 1.9 sized M-190 EZ-Loc. These are constructed from 6061-T6 aluminum right here in the USA and can help give your truck a cool new look. Their EZ-Loc beadlocks makes it easy to get the tires on, while their reversible design gives you two different offset options.

Drive- 12mm Hex
Weight- 3.5 oz each
Size- 1.9″
Width- 1.29″

The part number is #GEA19-08, they are street priced at $149 for a set of four, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on the RPP Hobby website.

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What's new: Monday, July 14th, 2014

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As you may of seen in some recent reviews, more and more stock/included radio transmitters have had hard plastic wheels. Seems that many companies are trying to save that $0.07 cents of foam that we all have become accustomed to, and we are not fans. So we got a hold of the folks at PPR RC Products, the guys that make the Reptile Radio Wheel Grips so we could give their stuff a try.

The grips come in a normal or soft compound. Unless you knew there were two compounds, you probably wouldn’t notice, but once you know, you can feel that one is a little softer to squeeze. We used the grips on several different radios, from our Hydro Dipped Tactic and Futaba 4PLS to our new HPI Octane radio.

We had no problems installing the grips onto any of the radios we wanted to try them with. They are a pretty tight fit, and on some of the wheels that needed a little more effort to get them installed we chose to remove the wheel first, install the grip, and put the wheel back on. We did this because we just didn’t want to end up cracking the plastic wheel, or the connection that it screws into. It takes an extra minute to install, but better safe than sorry.

When installing them on radios that had a plastic wheel, it was a unanimous decision that we liked the feel of the Reptile Grip to just the stock plastic wheel. There was no slippage, from our fingers or from the grip to the wheel.

When replacing a radio foam, there were a few people that were fans of the new grip, but a few that still preferred the feel of the foam. This is going to be one of those personal preference things. But if you are like a few of us, and have destroyed your foam, the grips will make a good replacement.

Something that we REALLY like about the PPR Reptile Grips are all the different colors and styles they come in, and the fact that no two are alike. Every time you visit the website, there are new ones to check out. In a way they are almost a collectible. If you see a color or style you like, you better order it because the next batch might look completely different.

As you can see, we got a variety of styles to try and some even matched our radios!

If you are looking for a better grip for that stock plastic wheel, or if you are looking for something that will turn heads at the next bash, or up on the drivers stand, give the Reptile grips a try.

They cost about $12 each, and are worth every penny to not have to use that stock plastic wheel.

Hit the official PPR Grips website for more info, and to order.

Cubby iHobby Truck Give awayIt amazes me how when every new RTR is announced there are a bunch of old school rc zealots that pop out of the woodwork and go into full idiot mode proclaiming its not worth buying unless it is a kit. Ok, so I understand that some people “like” kits, but to go into a full Chernobyl meltdown after each RTR is announced is a bit much, even by Cubby standards.

Why are the “kit fanboyz” so fanatical? I am certainly no psychologist, so my guess is whatever they may be lacking in life they attempt to make up for by being an “elitist” in the field of rc. They chastise people who don’t share their hatred of RTRs, claim over and over again that RTRs are assembled by blind paraplegics, and state that if you are driving an RTR you are a noob. And after doing so, somehow, someway, it makes them feel “better”.

How is the assembly quality of most RTRs these days? Generally they are much better than RTRs from a decade ago. We go over our review units with a fine tooth comb, and while we do still find a problem here or there, generally RTRs are assembled as good, if not better, than we would have assembled them. The people overseas that are putting these cars/trucks/buggies together do it 40+ hours a week, meaning they are experts at what they are doing. In comparison, an average hobbyist might only assemble one kit every few months. In fact, in the field I’ve seen more poorly built kits than poorly built RTRs over the last couple of years. It seems that while certain hobbyists “want” to build their own rigs, they don’t take the proper time (or read the manual closely enough) to make sure it ends up being built correctly.

If you are driving an RTR does that make you a noob? I’ve personally witnessed pretty much every single big name in our hobby driving a RTR, so that certainly isn’t the case. These big names are no different than the BSRC staff, or the majority of our readers, and they have no problem driving an RTR because it saves them time. It seems that while some of the elitist kit fanboyz swear they would never touch an RTR, the big names they worship have no problem doing so.

And… to all those wanna-be elitists that think every new car announced needs to be available in kit form only- you’ve probably never seen the sales numbers, but I have, and most kits just don’t sell very well. If every new car were banished to being a kit, there would be a whole lot of companies going out of business.

Yes, sure, everyone in the hobby should assemble a kit (or two, or ten) to get a better understanding of the inner workings of an rc car, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with manufacturers putting out mostly RTRs, nor anything wrong with the people that buy them. The advent of the RTR has helped keep our hobby from dying off, and helped finance many of the uber kits that the so called “elitists” like to build.

That’s it for this week ya bunch of rc snobs, support your local hobby shops, bash spots, and ready-to-runs when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

AKA Nut Driver
To make your life of wrenching a little easier, the crew over at AKA are teasing a nifty 2-n-1 Nut Driver. It fits the common 7 and 5.5mm nuts you are always wrenching on and was designed to save some space in your tool box. Hit up This Link to check out AKA’s official website.

Get more AKA news Right Here on Big Squid.

Yokomo Toyota 86 SD Sport
It seems like every company is upping their game when it comes to scale realism, with their new Toyota 86 it looks like Yokomo is too. Trick wheels, scale realistic exhaust tips, windshield wipers, and rear view mirrors are sure to turn your buddies heads while out cruising the local bash spot.

The Toyota 86 comes on Yokomo’s tough SD Sport molded chassis and features full time 4wd with a diff in the rear and a spool in the front. The part number is #MRTC-86, it is set for an August release date, and you can hit up This Link for more details over on Yokomo’s website.

Click Right Here to catch up on your Yokomo news on BigSquidRC.

Horizon Hobby HobbyTown USA Convention
Horizon Hobby came out swinging with multiple new products in their room, but arguably their biggest news hadn’t made it in time for the show. Horizon has just picked up the Parrot line of rc products, which were not on display but we are told should start shipping in September. If you are unfamiliar with Parrot, they are a big name rc company with some pretty wild products like These.

On the surface side of things, Horizon had their new 2014 Vaterra Corvette, the gasoline powered Losi LST XXL-2, and the Pro Boat Rockstar 48 on display. While the Rockstar 48 was announced months ago, it is getting ready to ship to dealers and we must say it looks awesome (and massive!) in person.

There was also plenty of big news on the air side, notably the showing of Fat Shark FPV products and a number of new aircraft. Fat Shark is new over at Horizon but have already proven themselves at local flying fields as some of the best FPV gear on the market.

For new aircraft there was plenty to look at. The Hobbyzone Sport Cub S was being shown and looked to be an idea plane for beginners. The Sport Cub comes with Horizon’s SAFE technology and has a street price of $129 RTF. It even has a button to press if you get in trouble that will return it to level flight!

Hobbyzone also had a new F4U Corsair S. The F4U is a WWII combat airplane that is capable of very spirited flight, yet also comes with the SAFE stability system to save you (and the plane) should you get into trouble.

E-Flite had several new products and was showing off their new Adagio 280 BNF Basic, P-51D Mustang, and UMX Spacewalker RTF. We’ll be posting more information about these soon and they will be headed to your local Horizon dealers in the coming weeks. Hit up This Link to head over to Horizon’s official website for more information on all of the products they carry.

This concludes our HobbyTown Convention coverage, we would like to again thank the awesome folks over at HobbyTown USA for letting us join in the fun at their show, and Here is the Link you want to view our complete show coverage.