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Back To School Bash Reminder

BigSquidRC 2013 HobbyTown Bash_00015 Don’t forget, THIS SATURDAY we are teaming up again with our friends at HobbyTown Orland Park for Back to School Bash!

Join us on Saturday, August 30th as we celebrate the last days of summer in one action packed event! Sign ups will start at 9:30am with events starting at 10:30am.

For more details Click Here for the official post!

What's new: Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Pro-Line Yokomo Body
The Pro-Line crew has announced one of their Phantom series bodies for the Yokomo B-Max4 III. What is so cool about a Phantom? They have cutting edge looks for the racer crowd, plus they are designed for optimal handling. The cab forward design aids in front traction, while the optional center fin helps with high speed stability.

The part number is #3437-00, it is street priced at $26, and Click Right Here for more details over on Pro-Line’s website.

Read up on Pro-Line News on BigSquidRC.

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Just got word direct from Thunder Tiger about their new TTRobotix GHOST Quadcopter! It looks like they are really going after the video/camera fans with this one because some of the features include an enlarged frame to accommodate other electrical systems/mounts, and make for easy mounting and retractable landing gear to keep them out of the view of the video or picture!

Specs:
* Diagonal Distance: 450mm (17 inches)
* Propeller Size: 12″ x 3.8″
* Battery: 22.2V – 6000 mAh (6s)
* Max Payload: 1.5kg (3 pounds!)
* Max Take-off Weight: 3kg
* Max Flight Time: 30minutes
* 2.4GHz Remote Control Distance(open area): 1000m

Check out the introduction video below:

You can hit This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger TTRobotix GHOST site.

Click Here to read more Thunder Tiger news on BigSquidRC.

T-Bone Racing Vaterra Halix Wheelie Bar
There is no doubt the Vaterra Halix loves to wheelie. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone made a bar with wheels on it so you could pull block long wheelies without flipping over?

Cue the music for T-Bone Racing. Their T-Bar mounts right up to the stock Halix rear bumper and will instantly make your truck a whole lot easier to wheelie with. It will also help save your bumper and body from unnecessary scratches.

The part number is #96019, they have a street price of $18, and they are available right now. For more details check out This Link over on TBR’s official website.

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LRP S8 NXR Buggy
Love the smell of nitro in the morning? If so LRP has announced a new high-end 1/8 nitro buggy, the S8 NXR.

As you can see from the picture (and video below) the S8 NXR is loaded with carbon fiber and tuning parts. Hard anodized 7075 aluminum is used for the chassis, knuckles, c-hubs, and rear wheel carriers, while big bore shocks help smooth out even the roughest of tracks. An angled motor mount and 125cc fuel tank help round out the package.

The part number is #131420 and they are available right now. For complete details hit up This Link over on the LRP website.

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What's new: Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Oreolai EX-Zone
File this under “doh!”; High end RC drift maker, OreoLai, failed to Kickstart their promising new CS and RWD chassis, the EX-Zone.

The EX-Zone comes in front or mid-rear motor configuration, but both share a c low center mounted drive shaft, like you’d find on a 1:1 car. Other features include; slider steering rack (more linear steering), 4 color options (bling!), “VX” style rear arms (ultra-mega suspension adjustments) and OreroLai’s excellent front suspension arm with easy c-hub-less style for maximum potential steering angle. The owner and designer of Oreolai is a pro RC drifter, and his designs sport some crazy tuning adjustments.

Like other OreoLai kits, it’s a pricey initial investment and does not include shocks, wheels, pinion, spur or electronics. The Kickstarter campaign failed to reach it’s goal, keep your fingers crossed for this to eventually make it to market.

Oreolai EX-Zone

Check out all the Oreolai offerings HERE.

Hit This Link for more DRIFT news here on BigSquid.

Unboxing Kyosho AXXE iReceiver
The Kyosho AXXE iReceiver Sand Buggy will be a historic vehicle for BigSquidRC. Why? Because it will be the first review we’ve ever done on a fully FPV surface machine. While there is a version of the AXXE that does come with a normal 2.4GHz transmitter, we’ll be reviewing the Wireless LAN Version with the optional camera.

Our AXXE did not come with a transmitter, nor will it ever use one. To control the buggy we’ll be using a variety of smart phones and tablets. Once we download the proper apps from the Apple store and Google Play, both the steering and throttle controls will come up on our devices. Also, because we are going to review the optional iReceiver camera, we’ll have a live video feed from the on-board camera being displayed on our devices for a full FPV experience.

The AXXE is part of Kyosho’s EZ Series, a budget line intended to get new people into the hobby. You won’t find any fancy brushless power system or even oil shocks on the AXXE, but it does offer cool styling and of course the cutting edge wirless LAN set-up. The AXXE is available without any type of transmitter for just $99, while a version with a 2.4GHz radio costs $139, and the wireless LAN version (without camera) goes for $159.

Our full review will be going up in the next two weeks, if you want more information on the various versions of the Kyosho AXXE hit up This Link on the official Kyosho website.

Want more unboxings? Click Here for more on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Blockade Truggy X2
If we had to choose one tire to race with, it would be the Pro-Line Blockade. Why? They work awesome on just about every track we’ve tried them on.

The latest Blockades are X Compound for 1/8 Truggy. Pro-Line’s X2 (medium) and X3 (soft) compounds are made for long life, meaning you have to replace tires less often, saving you money.

The X2 Blockade 1/8 truggy tires have a part number of #9046-002, the X3 are #9046-003, and they are also available in X2 compound pre-mounted, #9046-033. Pricing is $49 a pair pre-mounted and $32 a pair for just the tires. Get full details by following This Link over to Pro-Line’s official website.

Get more Pro-Line news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Serpent Front Wing SRX2 Buggy
Even though Formula 1 cars are extremely light, they still manage blinding corner speeds thanks to the amount of down-force their wings provide. In rc, wings are also very important, they shove the tires into the dirt for more traction.

To give maximum traction to the front end of their Spyder SRX-2 buggy, Serpent has announced a front wing. The wing is molded from polycarbonate and should help give your SRX-2 more front end bite in high speed corners.

The part number is #500193 and This Is The Link to its page over on Serpent’s website.

Click Right Here for more Serpent news on BigSquidRC.

Exotek Skid Plate Weight Durango
One way of getting a more planted feel from the rear of your Team Durango DEX/DESC410 is by adding weight. To make that task easy (and trick looking), Exotek has announced a new Rear Skid Plate Weight that perfectly fits both vehicles. Made from 6061 aluminum alloy, the Exotek part looks cool and helps to keep the rear end of your Durango planted to the track.

The part number is #1448, they have a street price of $18, and you get can full details at This Link over on Exotek’s website.

Want to learn more about Exotek? Check out This Link for more Exotek news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, August 25th, 2014

Pro-Line Super Swamper XL 2.2
For you scaling and serious off-road fans, Pro-Line has put out a video showcasing their new Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XL 2.2″ tires. Watch as our friend Gerardo Gonzalez talks you through the features of their new tires, plus for the bashing action at the end.

The new XLs fit a wide variety of 2.2″ wheels and have the extra size needed to get over the gnarliest of terrain. Get full details by hitting up This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

Cubby Associated B5One of the most interesting trends that I’ve been hearing more and more about behind the scenes is about kits. You remember them don’t ya? Where you buy a new car, open the box, and all you see is part trees? From what I’ve been hearing there are several manufacturers that would love for them to come back into fashion.

As I’ve said many times before, rc is like anything else, if you wait long enough everything comes back into fashion. Bell-bottoms were huge (no pun intended) in the 1970s, then made a short comeback in the 90′s, and I have no doubt they will once again be all the rage at some point down the road. Therefore I know for a fact that eventually kits will again rule the rc world, it isn’t a matter of “if”, it is a matter of “when”.

There are a whole bunch of upsides to kits ruling the world. In particular, the manufacturers would love for kits to make a comeback. On the business side of things profit margins on kits are greater and it totally eliminates the hundreds of headaches associated with having an RTR assembled. On the consumer side of things, kits create more of a bond with a car owner and ensure they know how to fix their car when it breaks. There is lots of win/win on the kit side of things no doubt.

However… RTRs rule the roost for good reason, especially in the basher world. Most people are either too busy to build a kit or too lazy, so it is simply much more convenient for a “casual” consumer to get into rc via a RTR. So what is it gonna take to flip the rc world upside down? Ya, you already know the answer… marketing. From the rumblings I’ve been hearing throughout the industry, don’t be surprised to start seeing marketing that emphasizes how fun kit building is instead of how convenient RTRs are.

In BSRC news…

While this might sound quite early, I need to start pumping up (read- spamming) the iHobby show. Why so early??? Because iHobby ’14 isn’t gonna be a traditional show for us, it is going to be ground breaking. Of course this is just a tease because I can’t say more, but 100% legit, everyone in the rc world is going to be shocked at what we have in our booth this year. Mark your calenders, put in for vacation time now, and be sure to join us October 2-5 in Schaumburg Illinois. I promise you our booth will not disappoint.

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

YOUR Cub Reporter

Pro-Line Fugitive Buggy Tires
Ever get 10 minutes into a 45 main and your tires are bald? Hot temps on a high bite surface can easily do that to a set of tires. The new Fugitives from Pro-Line were designed to be the longest lasting race tire that they’ve ever produced. Instead of going with large widely spaced lugs, the Fugitives use hundreds of small tightly packed knobbies to give maximum traction while yielding incredibly long life. From European style tracks to concrete, the Fugitives should be a great choice.

Available in X2, X3, and X4 compounds, the Fugatives are priced at right around $23 per pair and $36 when pre-mounted. Get complete details at This Link over on the official Pro-Line Racing website.

Find out more about Pro-Line Right Here on BigSquidRC.

RC4WD Ballistic Fabrication Piggyback Shocks
One of the most popular ways to uber-out your rig is by installing upgrade shocks. Better shocks not only work better than the stock units, but can up the bling factor of your truck at the same time.

RC4WD has recently announced some Ballistic Fabrication Dual Spring Piggyback shocks. These are officially licensed by Ballistic and designed to look like their full scale counterparts. Heat treated and CNC machined out of billet aluminum, these should be able to tackle some serious off-road terrain.

The shocks are available in 80, 90, and 100 mm lengths. You can get them in either black or blue and they are street priced at $24 per pair. Hit up This Link for complete details over on RC4WD’s website.

What else has RC4WD been up to? Find out Right Here on BigSquidRC.