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What's new: Monday, December 15th, 2014

boom racing saleThe folks over at Asiatees Hobbies are having a Christmas Sale on all their Boom Racing aluminum upgrades. Right now you can get 20% off Boom Racing products by entering “BR020″ when checking out on Asiatees’ website. Boom Racing is known for making shocks, combo sets, scale accessories, wheels & tires, as well as bearings. To get all the details on how to get 20% off simply hit up This Link over on the official Asiatees website.

Want to learn more about Boom Racing? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Saturday, December 13th, 2014

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While we hope it never comes down to this for Santa, the latest SquidInk hits a touchy subject. Those elfs have worked very hard all year to make some amazing air vehicles, and there are a lot of kids asking for quadcopters and planes. The last thing this hobby needs is some government regulations saying we can’t play with our toys! Yes there are some bad people out there, there always will be, but telling everyone they can’t play to stop a couple of idiots isn’t the answer. Yea, I’m trying to avoid a whole rant post, so please don’t blow up the comments with the arguments. For now, just look at the sad elfs and all their hard work!

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Want to see the previous comics? Click Here to see all of them to date.

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

Axial Yeti with Pro-Line Volkswagen Bug Body

As 2014 draws to a close, I think it’s time for a bit of reflection. This was the year when the budding scale movement of 2012 and 2013 officially turned into a raging fire across all of r/c land. It’s not just scale crawlers either. Many bashing vehicles have now fallen in line with the trend and at the very least their bodies make an attempt at looking realistic.

The biggest release this past year was unquestionably the Axial Yeti. It was the first vehicle to really marry the basher mentality with that of a traditional scaler. The announcement and ensuing hype led to massive pre-order numbers and hobby shops fighting to keep them in stock. Axial was already the leader in scale trucks for several years prior but the Yeti pushed them to the next level. It’s hard to argue that they aren’t the hottest company in the entire hobby right now.

Nipping at the big dog’s heels were Vaterra. 2014 saw them drop the Ascender, the first truck available on the market to truly challenge Axial’s stalwart SCX10 line. Ascenders are starting to become very common out on the trail and the aftermarket is ramping up in support of it.

Speaking of the aftermarket, never has so much cool stuff been so readily (and affordably!) available for your scale truck. Just a couple years ago it was hard to find a set of tires with many people resorting to cutting or making their own. Now, companies like Pro-Line and RC4WD offer almost as many choices as a 1:1 off-roader has. Lights, bumpers and bodies (like the new Pro-Line VW Bug Yeti lid as shown above) are available in any flavor you want. The scale crawling market has proven to be a big vat of consumer money that everyone seems to be tapping into nowadays. I don’t see that drying up anytime soon.

So if you’ll allow me to put on my tinfoil hat for a bit, I see a couple things happening in 2015.

For starters, I think a few other big companies are going to get involved in the scale crawling scene. Whether that’s a good or bad thing I don’t know. If innovation and one-upmanship are shown than it will be great for us all. If it turns into a glut of SCX10 or Yeti clones then I’m not keen on it. If you remember the short course boom from years past then you’ll recall roughly 6,000 vehicles that look and drive almost exactly alike. Let’s hope that innovation stays at the forefront.

And finally, because I’m contractually obligated to bring it up once per month, I predict a true to scale short course truck will release and ignite another off-road racing boom. Hey, a guy can dream right?

Next week myself and Adam the Intern (our other scale dude) are going to lay out our respective favorite scale 4×4 releases of 2014. Not necessarily the best, the one that sold the most or whatever….but our personal favorites. I’m not sure what Adam’s is yet but mine will probably come as a surprise to some people. Heck, it was a surprise to me that I enjoyed this truck as much as I did. Until next time, have a great weekend!

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

Luxury RC Traxxas Slash 2WD Speed Controller PlateLuxury RC has announced a new ESC Plate for the Traxxas Slash 2wd. The plate allows for the sano install of an ESC in the center line of the truck and they are available in either red or blue. The plate comes with everything needed for the install and has a limited one year warranty.

The esc plate is priced at $7, they are available right now, and you can hit up This Link for full details over on the Luxury RC website.

Click Right Here for a very Dungey TGIF Mystery Link.

Futaba 4PX VideoOn Christmas morning some people might dream of finding a puppy, or a football, or in the case of Cubby, a new Ferrari under their tree. However, for the hardcore rc hobbyist, they dream of high-end rc gear, and it doesn’t get much more high-end than the Futaba 4PX transmitter. Watch the video below to see some highlights and features of the 4PX. With a 3.5″ display, 40 model memory, and telemetry, who wouldn’t want one under their tree on Christmas morning? To get full details on the 4PX simply hit up This Link over on the Futaba website.

Happy Friday everyone, click Right Here for a very Bubba TGIF Mystery Link.

RC4WD Mystery BoxFor those of you that are a little more adventurous, the folks over at RC4WD have brought back their Mystery Boxes. What is inside a mystery box? You’ll never know for sure until you get one, but it can contain anything from tires to shocks to axles to winches, with some boxes even containing brand new trucks! Each $100 Mystery Box contains over $250 worth of products, while the bad boy $599 Mystery Box includes over $900 worth of goodies. To get more information on these simply hit up This Link over on the official RC4WD website.

Keeping on a mystery theme, why not try a BSRC TGIF Mystery Link?

JConcepts JConcepts Spektrum DX4R-Pro Radio BagWhen you buy a high-end radio the last thing you want is for it to get damaged on the way to your local bash spot. To help give Spektrum DX4R Pro owners some peace of mind, JConcepts has announced a new Radio Bag. The JConcepts DX4R bag has a tough outer bag with easy access zipper, while the inside uses a form fitting heavy density foam to protect your transmitter. These are priced at $45, have a part number of #2337, and you can Click Right Here to get more details over on JConcepts’ website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Click Right Here for a very Bam-Bam TGIF Mystery Link.

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

Yokomo YZ-2 BuggyYokomo has just announced their latest high-end 1/10th race buggy, the YZ-2. The YZ-2 was specially designed for high-bite surfaces like damp clay, sugar treated tracks, and carpet. To help eliminate traction rolling the YZ-2 features an ultra-low center of gravity motor mount and transmission. The YZ-2 also features an innovative steering design for a more direct feel in the corners.

* New cab-forward body
* 4mm carbon fiber shock towers
* Aluminum wheel hexes
* Low friction hard anodized shock bodies
* New aluminum steering rack
* Can use multiple different styles of batteries
* Aluminum chassis

The part number is #B-YZ2, it should start shipping late this month, and you can hit up This Link for more details.

Want to learn about more Yokomo products? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

AKA Enduro 3 TiresAKA has announced that they have updated two of their short course truck tires to make them faster than ever. The new Enduro 3 keeps its long wearing tread pattern but now comes on the AKA Typo tire carcass, while the Cityblock 3 features a more open tread design for better performance on loose surfaces. Both are available pre-mounted and in a wide variety of rubber compounds. Pricing ranges from $26 to $39 and you can get more details by simply hitting up This Link over on AKA’s website.

Get More AKA news right here on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Charger Comparison

Hi, I just wanted your thought since you’re the only website I have seen conduct reviews on these two chargers. I am looking at the Hitec X1 Pro with power supply and the Hitec X1 Touch.

These are two very different chargers and wanted to know if you had to choose between the two which one would you recommend?

Thank you,
Curt H.”

Cubby- Yo hey Curt, thanks for the email and be sure to shoot us your snail mail for a pretty dern slick BSRC sticker pack.

About the Hitec battery chargers, I use the X1 Pro on a daily basis. Why? Because it takes up very little space on my pit table and can charge at a fairly high rate, 16 amps. I am one of those guys that hates to wait for batteries to charge so the extra power is a big plus to me.

The X1 Touch gets a lot of use by Iron Mike. Mikeee is very different than myself, he doesn’t really care about power, what he does care about is ease of use. The X1 Touch is one of the easiest to use chargers on the market, making it easy for Mikeee to charge a bunch of different types of packs at different rates without having to reach for the manual.

So there ya have it, both are solid chargers in their own way, the best one for you depends on your personal tastes.


“Pro-Line PRO-MT

First off, I love your page. I wish I had a group like you on the west coast. I’ve been into RC for a couple of years now (aka I’m poor,) and I really want to pick up a Pro-Line Pro-MT. In your review of the Pro-MT, you list a Savox SV-1270TG which is 361 oz/in of torque at 6.0V. I know the crawler guys really say anything over 200 oz/in of torque from a servo and you should install a higher end BEC (like castle creations for $20) and bypass the ESC internal BEC.

Would that be the same in the case for the Pro-MT? I couldn’t find any data on what the output is from the Castle internal BEC.

Thanks.

Dave
Northern CA”

Cubby- Yes, we definitely threw a beast of a servo in our Pro-Line PRO-MT for the review. The PRO-MT is a high-end bash machine and we wanted to make sure there was more than enough crank on those big front tires. We ran the big Savox (which are known to be power hungry) off a Castle Creations Max Pro SCT speedo and didn’t experience any issues with brown-outs or glitching. And no, we didn’t run any extra caps or a separate BEC, we just hooked it up and drove the tar out of it.

And ya I know, so many internet experts will say, “OMG, use a 300oz Savox and you will HAVE to use a separate BEC!!!”. And while yes, in some applications you would, I’m from the school of ignoring people like that and simply trying it first. If you hook it up and get some glitching or your ESC falters, go ahead and put a BEC in, if you don’t have any issues just keep on truck’n. An ounce of first hand knowledge is worth more than 10,000 pounds of internet speculation.


That’s it ya bunch of lunatics, shoot your emails to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make the big time like Dave and Curt did today and you’ll get a free sticker pack, be declared as “Letter of the Month” and we’ll even send you a free BSRC t-shirt (one of the new uber cool ones).

YOUR Cub Reporter

Dynamite Passport Ultra 100W AC/DC Touch Battery ChargerTouch screens look cool and can make products easier to use. The latest charger from Dynamite, the Passport Ultra 100W, has a touch screen and much more. The Passport features a 400 x 240 pixel TFT Color Touch Screen and can charge LiFe/LiIon/LiPo/NiCd/NiMH/Pb batteries. For power it can charge at up to 10 amps and is rated for a maximum cell count of 6S LiPO. Also, it comes with a JST-XH balance board, 20 spots of battery memory, and a USB port for charging your cell phone or other device.

The part number is #DYNC3000, it is street priced at $109 and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in late January. Click Here to get more details over on the official Dynamite RC website.

Click Here to see more Dynamite news on BigSquidRC.

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


Cars Fly Too You KnowHitting the Wall Street Journal a little while ago, GoPro is developing a line of multirotors for 2015. Nothing says a good idea like the camera guy making the ideal platform for their product, but has the train already left the station?

GoPro has the right idea with their 2015 ventures, but it will come down to implementation. There is a lot of competition already, so they have to make it right the first time. Their best bet, in my opinion, would be to partner with a known and practiced multirotor platform and create an all in one package without trying to reinvent the wheel, as many are trying to do.

That brings up an all to familiar point to those of your repeat-readers of my column. Yes, camera platforms/multirotor vehicles are definitely not going anywhere soon, but I fear for not only the hobby, but for the market in general. Similar to my rant regarding micro-quads, market saturation in my LHS and now the internet is becoming a brutal reality. Thunder Tiger, Align, DJI, Blade, and Walkera are just the major brands with product out and available for all to purchase already. This doesn’t include Chinese clones, frame kits, and the numerous quadcopters being crowdfunded on Kickstarter and other internet funding sites.

Which leads into my next point, that novice pilots make me nervous. I am not referencing the average hobby enthusiast who wants to learn to fly and makes mistakes, but the never been in a hobby shop, knows nothing about safety, Joe Entrepreneur who is picking up, buying, or building various multirotor platforms. The scary part is that they assume they know all there is to know about building and piloting (anyone remember Bub?), and the technology changes so much even I cannot always keep up. In just the last 24 hours, a ‘professional pilot’ clipped a photographer’s nose with a propeller while flying as the photographer was there to work on a piece about a New York TGI Friday’s promotion involving multirotors. What’s worse, is the reaction from the pilot was close to showing signs of arrogance (and I quote, “If people get hurt, they’re going to come regardless. People get hurt in airplanes, they still fly. There is a risk involved — anything flying, there is risk.”) Understandably, yes technically there is risk in all things, but that doesn’t mean I want someone’s quadcopter to give my nose a kiss when I am at a restaurant, or anywhere else for that matter.

As a hobby shop employee, an AMA member, and looking at being a helicopter safety officer for my local flying club, please show restraint and always be as safe as possible when flying/driving your RC vehicle outside of designated tracks, airfields, etc. There is a lot of potential danger when driving or flying: from dealing with local passerbys, to passing vehicles, to any other obstacle that may get in your way. Be Aware, and stay safe.

Alright enough of my ranting! I swear I am getting the Ares Ethos FPV/HD review done, and my FPV 250 class racer is built and ready for an article as well. As always, feel free to shoot me an email with questions at kevin (at) bigsquidrc (dot) com, and I will answer and possibly write your very own article! Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Tekno Locking Shock Rod Ends Spring Perch SetHow many spring retainers have you lost during all your years of bashing? How many springs have you lost after breaking a shock end? The crew over at Tekno RC are now making Locking Shock Ends & Spring Perch Sets to prevent any more lost shock parts. Their locking set is made to fit the Tekno EB/NB/ET/NT/SCT and uses a M3x10mm set screw to keep the shock end secured to the spring retainer.

The part number is #TKR6140, they are street priced at $12, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for complete details over on the official Tekno website.

Click Here for more Tekno news on BigSquidRC.