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Win a New ARRMA Granite Mega Monster Truck!

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You KNOW you want a ARRMA Granite.
It’s a great truck! ARRMA and Hobbico have been kind enough to let us give one away!
We are doing this QUICK! No need to wait months to win! You only have till Thursday Night, September 18th to enter! What are you waiting for CLICK HERE to go enter!

What's new: Friday, September 12th, 2014

Orion Advantage Touch V2 Charger
The folks over at Team Orion have announced a new charger, the Advantage Touch V2. Featuring a touch screen, the Advantage Touch V2 is an AC/DC charger that can charge a wide variety of different cell chemistries.

* Charges NiMH, NiCd, LiPo, LiFe, LiIon and Pb
* Updatable firmware
* Advanced cell balancing w/ 4-in-1 balance board
* Touch sensitive 3” 400 x 240 color TFT-LCD display
* Charge current- .1 to 7 amps
* Includes TRX, Deans, Tamiya, alligator, EC3, BEC and Futaba charge leads

The part number is #ORI30258 and you can hit up This Link for complete details over on Orion’s website.

Why not Smile, it is Friday after all!

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Viper RC has been producing some quality ESC’s with their Air Series of speed controllers for a while now, but this new pricing has seriously caught our attention.

Air 10 2S-3S Linear 10A 12A $9.99
Air 25 2S-3S Linear 25A 30A $11.99
Air 40 2S-6S Switching 40A 50A $18.99
Air 60 2S-6S Switching 60A 75A $32.99
Air 80 2S-6S Switching 80A 95A $39.99
Air 120 2S-6S Switching 120A 150A $54.99

They are all aluminum, offer a range of 10A to 120A sizes with up to 6S Li-Po support and a 1 year limited warranty.

We normally don’t do a giant price list like this, but when I showed these to our pilots here (3DBill and Kevin) they were amazed at the prices, so I figure it was a pretty big deal to help get the word out.

You can visit This Link to go directly to the Air Series page on the Shop Viper RC website.

Looking for more Viper RC news? Click Here for more on BigSquidRC.

Oh yea! It’s FRIDAY! Click Here for another TGIF Mystery Link.

RC4WD Predator Tracks Vaterra Twin Hammers
It might be a hard pill to swallow, but snow is right around the corner. What better way to bash this winter than with a set of RC4WD Predator Tracks?

The RC4WD crew now has Predator mounting kits for the Vaterra Twin Hammers. These are made from aluminum, anodized in black, and make it easy to mount Predator Tracks to your Vaterra.

The part number for the front mounting kit is #Z-S1252, it is priced at $29, and Here Is The Link for full details over on RC4WD’s website.

The rear set is part number #Z-S1254, has a price of $69, and you can Click Here for more details.

Click Here for yet another TGIF Mystery Link.

HobbyZone Fazer Quadcopter
The nano sized quadcopter wars are really heating up for the Christmas buying season. The latest entry into the class is from HobbyZone with their Faze RTF Ultra Small Quadcopter.

The HobbyZone Faze is an RTF that comes with everything you need to get flying inside the box. The Faze’s small size makes it easy to fly indoors, while its affordable price point makes it easy on your wallet. Some of its key features include-

* Easy to use flip mode
* Low, medium and high rate select-able from transmitter
* Comes with spare props
* Comes with 100 mAh LiPo and charger
* Weighs only 12.2 grams
* 2.4GHz transmitter that runs off two AAA batteries (included)
* USB charge cable

The part number is #HBZ8300, it is street priced at $39, and it is expected to hit hobby shops in mid October. For complete details hit up This Link over on the official HobbyZone website.

The entire BigSquidRC Bash Crew hopes you have a great weekend. Why not take a chance on a TGIF Mystery Link?

Graupner X-8N
After signing a deal with Tower Hobbies, it is easier than ever to get Graupner products here in the States. One of the latest and greatest products from Graupner is the X-8N transmitter.

The X-8N is a 2.4GHz 4 channel surface transmitter for use in cars, trucks, and boats. The Graupner boasts a laundry list of features, some of the highlights include-

* 128 x 64 pixel TFT display
* Ultra fast 2.4GHz HoTT technology
* Steering wheel can be mounted right or left handed
* Telemetry
* Telemetry storage via micro SD card
* Bidirectional communication between transmitter and receiver
* Voice output via headphones

The part number is #S1018, it is street priced at $249, and This Is The Link you want for full details over on the official Graupner website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Have a TGIF Mystery Link on us.

What's new: Thursday, September 11th, 2014

SAC Heli Fun Fly

So I spoke very highly of my trip to Indiana for the IRCHA Jamboree last month, probably enough to make you curious as to what do you see when professional RC helicopter pilots take to the sky!

For all you midwest/Chicago metropolitan area RC enthusiasts, the Surburban Aeroclub of Chicago is hosting their annual Helicopter Fun Fly this Saturday. This year they have a list of pro pilots making appearances to meet everyone and show off their skills, including Mitch Marozas and the others listed on the above flyer! I met most of these pilots at IRCHA, and can’t wait to see them again. This is a free to spectate event, and AMA helicopter pilots can join in the fun for $10.

I will be there representing Raging Rotors as well as being a team pilot for HobbyTown Orland Park (aka I’ll be working and flying). I will be flying my 350QX, 200QX, and more! Stop by the HobbyTown table and say hi!

Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

STRC Aluminum Parts Associated B5 B5M
The folks over at STRC make some of the trickest, best fitting aluminum upgrades on the market. Recently they announced a slew of black anodized parts for the Associated B5/B5M. These are much stronger than the stock parts and help give your buggy that cool murdered out look. The parts include-

* STC91428BK – Heatsink Aluminum Motor Plate – $13
* STC91414BK – Aluminum Rear Hub Carriers – $30
* STC91398BK – Aluminum HD Front Hinge-pin Brace – $7
* STC91445BK – Aluminum Upper Shock Mount Bushings (4 pcs) – $11
* STC91364BK – Aluminum Bulkhead (25 Deg.) – $17
* STC91518BK – Aluminum Rear Camber Link Mount for B5M – $10
* STC91377BK – Aluminum Rear Chassis Brace/Camber link mount for B5 – $18
* STC91391BK – Aluminum Steering Bellcrank Set – $26
* STC91441BK – Aluminum Rear Hex Adapters (1 pair) – $11
* STC91400BK – Aluminum Caster Blocks (1 pair) – $29

Check out This Link over on the STRC website for more details on all their Associated B5/B5M option parts.

Click Right Here for more STRC news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Summit vs Yeti

Hi there,
I have liked the Summit for a long time because it was good all around, but now that the Yeti was made, I’m liking the Yeti more than the Summit. The two R/C’s have about a $150- $200 price difference (I think. I haven’t checked the Summit price in a while) but it looks like the Yeti might be better. It is definitely faster. But can it do the same things the summit can, and do it just as good or better?

Long story short I just want to know if the Yeti is just as good or better than the summit. Thanks!

CAM G.”

Cubby- Yo hey Cam, you’ve made the big time, be sure and shoot us an email containing your snail mail so we can get ya the hook-up on one of our sweet sticker packs. For all the rest of the throngs reading this, you can have a sticker pack too, hit the “BSRC Shop” button at the top of the page. Our stickers instantly give you street cred and will show all your buddies that you are indeed a hardcore basher.

Oh ya, you wrote in with a question. One of my favorites, a “which is better”, but yours has a twist, you are comparing two very different sized vehicles.

So which is better, the Axial Yeti or the Traxxas Summit?

I have not run both of them back-to-back over the same terrain, so that makes the comparison a bit trickier. However, I have put in a lot of time with both independently. Based on my time with them…

These are two different types of beasts. The Axial is all around quicker, has more top speed, and is much more controllable while at speed. The Yeti can take a hit without breakage, and can be used to blast around a cul-de-sac or for an all day trail drive with your buddies.

The Summit is physically much larger, allowing it to get over large dirt clods or rocks. It has good power on tap as well, but it likes to wheelie and traction roll too much.

To boil it down, IMO the Axial Yeti is the better overall bash machine. While smaller, its speed and handling are simply better suited to general bashing.


“Slickrock lipo battery

Hey Buddy. Plse help a newbie. Just parked a Slickrock next to my Losi MRC Pro. I believe the std nmh battery is a big mistake. Our local South African RC shops are not exactly balls of fire hence I can’t find a suitable lipo battery for my new S/rock. Want to keep it in the box for now. Can you please tell me what lipo batteries I can look for. Many thanks.

Regards,
Ronnie B.”

Cubby- Hey now Ronnie B, thanks for writing in and hope you plaster your Slickrock with the BSRC stickers that you will receive in the mail.

So you are from South Africa? As you probably know many of our staffers are all about Zef style. Sorry to hear your local hobby shops are not “balls of fire”, but then the Slickrock uses a small sized pack that isn’t available at a lot of hobby shops here in the states either.

We never received a Slickrock for review, so I’ve had no first hand experience with it. Stock it uses an odd 3+3 2/3A NiMH, which is great for fitting in its cube like battery tray, but not so good when it comes time for finding a replacment. The only pack I can think of that might be a good fit would be a MaxAmps 2S 860mAh. That pack should fit fine without modification and have more than enough current to get your rig around. Otherwise… I would recommend you go to your favorite on-line LiPo retailer and look for a pack with a form factor of roughly 30 x 30 x 50mm.

There is one more option, ditch the stock battery box and slap in a more readily available 2S 1200mAh’ish pack. Most LiPos in that size will fit inside the cage of the Slickrock, but not inside the stock battery box.

Have fun, go fast, and send us pics of the carnage.


Hey, that’s all I got for this week. Shoot me your selfies, screenshots, questions, rants, and perpetual motion machine plans to Cubby at BigSquidRC. I doubt it will, but if your letter hits the big time you’ll get a free BSRC sticker pack, and if I proclaim it as “Letter of the Month” you’ll receive a way-super-dope BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Pro-Line Axial Yeti
The Axial Yeti is arguably the most eagerly awaited release since the Traxxas Slash. Now that they are hitting consumer hands, the folks at Pro-Line have done a short article on some simple hop-ups to make the Yeti an even better off-road machine. In their article the Pro-line crew shows you how to mount upgrade front shocks, new tie-rods, and what it takes to install their sweet Secure-Loc body mounts. To make it easy to replicate their mods, they use plenty pictures and list all the part numbers needed.

To take a look at all the mods they performed, simply hit up This Link over on Pro-Line’s official blog.

Get more Pro-Line News on BigSquidRC.

Dromida Kodo Quad
We first got to lay eyes on the Dromida KODO a couple of months ago at the HobbyTown USA convention, now more information has been released as it nears its ship date.

The KODO is Dromida’s first entry into the air market. It was designed as an entry level quadcopter, easy to fly and easy on the pocketbook. The KODO comes fully built and ready to fly, and it even comes with an on-board camera to add to the fun. At 3.5″ in length the KODO can easily be flown indoors, while three gyros and accelerometers allow even first timers to make successful flights.

The part number is #DIDE0005, it is priced at $59, and these should start hitting hobby shops next month. Click Right Here to check out the official Dromida website.

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What's new: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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A lot of people are starting to get their Axial Yeti’s in hand! Woo Hoo! We can’t wait to start seeing more of them at bash spots tearing it up! We want to let everyone know what Axial has put out a cool little Pre-Run check list for you! Yes you, with the new clean Yeti! It covers stuff like battery tray adjustments, drive shaft and wheel nut securing, and more!

If you have a Yeti, or you have one on order, you should head over to this page and read up.

What’s that? You don’t have an Axial Yeti? Have you seen our review? We won’t tell anyone, just go read the review and see what you are missing.

THE Kyosho AXXE Wireless LAN iReceiver Sand Buggy Review

Kyosho AXXE Review

FPV, some say it’s the future, some won’t drive any other way, but most have little to no experience with it. Today we are taking a closer look at the Kyosho AXXE. The version of the AXXE we received is part of Kyosho’s iReadyset series, it comes with their iReceiver and can be driven by a wide variety of Android and Apple devices. With the addition of an optional Kyosho camera, it is as close to a full out of the box FPV set-up that you can buy. Does the Kyosho deliver a good FPV experience? Is driving with your cell phone any fun? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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SWORKz S350T Truggy
The folks over at SWORKz have been teasing their first ever truggy for months, now they have released full details.

The 1/8 SWORKz truggy is dubbed the S350T. This is a nitro powered machine loaded with high performance features. Some of its highlights include-

* 7075 aluminum chassis with black hard coating
* CVDs all around
* Sealed front and rear arms
* 150cc fuel tank
* 7075 shock towers
* Pro 2.0 shocks with hex bladders & impact pistons

The part number is #SW-910019 and you can Click Here to check out the official SWORKz website.

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