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What's new: Thursday, October 16th, 2014

JConcepts Silencer HB D413The folks over at JConcepts have designed a Silencer series body for the high-zoot Hot Bodies D413. Specifically made for performance on high speed circuits, the Silencer for the D413 has a cab forward design with a shark fin in the rear for added stability.

The part number is #0261, it is priced at $26, and you can get more details over on the JConcepts Blog.

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Pro-Line Car StandsIt’s hard working on a truck that rolls all over your tailgate or pit table, therefore many hobbyists use car stands when they wrench. We recently got a chance to check out both of the new car stands (1/10 & 1/8) from Pro-Line Racing and here is what we found out-

* We found the PL stands quite sturdy, they could handle the heaviest bashers we popped on them no problem.

* The powder coated finish held up well, even when bouncing around inside our pit box.

* We are used to stands that fold down to save space when not in use. The PL stands are solid but found they still fit easily into a pit box. When not in use we packed ours upside down and stored parts inside of them for a more efficient use of space.

* Our Bash Crew really liked the motocross look of the PL stands.

* The 8th scale stand was plenty tall, even for big monster trucks like the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3 and Savage Flux.

Overall we found the Pro-Line car stands to be top notch and well worth the cash. The Pro-Line 8th Scale Stand is priced at $44 while the 10th Scale Stand is $34.

T-Bone Racing Shock Tower GuardHere is a unique product from the crew at T-Bone Racing, a new front shock tower protector for the Thunder Tiger EB4-G3. Made from a tough nylon, this protector should come in handy for those hard upside down landings while bashing. It is affordable with a street price of just $6 and its part number is #58004. Click Right Here to get full details over on TBR’s official website.

Find more TBR products Right Here on BigSquidRC.

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You saw the a unveiling, the first drive, and the review. Still want more?

Now it’s time to watch the Pro-Line Racing PRO-MT get built!

Our in house fix it guy Wrench sat down and did the full build in about 2 hours. We won’t make you watch that long though, the video is super speedy so you get it all in about 3 minutes!

Don’t forget to check out the Official PRO-MT Page HERE.

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Pro-line blockade 3.8Blockades are famous for winning races, now Pro-Line is teasing them in the popular 3.8″ Monster Truck size. If you spend much of your time bashing on a hard packed dirt surface the Blockades should give you excellent traction. Expect full details in a few days, until then feel free to head over to Pro-line’s Website for more information on all of their fine products.

Hit up This Link to read about more Pro-Line products on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“First car

My name is Jason and I want to get a electric off road vehicle. Not going to race just want something to have a blast with and not have to always be fixing it. What would be your recommendations. I’m new to this and know nothing about brands or what to look for.

Thanks Jason”

Cubby- Congrats on hit’n the big time Jason, shoot us your snail mail so we can get you a BSRC sticker pack.

Wow, you certainly asked a broad question, but it is one that is asked all the time in our hobby. If anything, rc is about a never ending cycle of newbies getting in and other people getting out.

What I would recommend to you would depend a whole lot on price point, but I have no idea if you have $200 in your pocket or two grand. So I’m gonna throw out a couple of safe bets…

On the affordable side of things…

Look at the ECX and ARRMA line-ups. Their entry level 2wd brushed vehicles are good bashers, and excellent “bangs-for-the-buck”. These come completely built and ready to go, and while you might break a part here or there while you learn how to drive, doing a little wrenching is an important part of the hobby. Also, these can be used on-road and off, pretty much anywhere you have some space.

On the higher end side of things…

No, I’m not gonna recommend a 6S Traxxas E-Revo/Savage Flux/MT-4 G3. I’ve seen guys learn on vehicles like that and it was never pretty. I am going to recommend brushless 4wds like the Axial Yeti and the Traxxas Slash 4×4. The Slash has loads of power, is very durable, and it is super easy to find parts. The Yeti has uber scale looks, is also quite durable, and can be trail driven as well as backyard bashed. On 2S both are quick, but not so much that you break a million parts when you smack a curb.

So there are my ideas based on virtually no input, look around, do your research, and shoot us pictures of what turns out to be the first car in your rc garage.


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Schumacher SupaStox GT12With that crisp fall air comes indoor season- carpet, high traction, and high speed. New from Schumacher to go fast indoors is the SupaStox GT12. This 1/12th scale kit was designed to go faster and be easier to drive than ever before. Some of its new features include-

* LCG motor mounts
* Adjustable droop screws
* 2.5mm thick chassis
* Multiple servo positions
* Pivot front suspension
* Pivot ball rear end w/ back tube damper
* Adjustable Ackerman

If you are going to get one on order, the part number for the S1 chassis with diff is #K154, the fixed axle carbon fiber version is #K157, and you can get complete details over on the official Schumacher Website.

Want to know more about Schumacher products? Learn more on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

HPI E Firestorm FluxHPI Racing has a new 2014 edition of their popular E-Firestorm Flux. This 2wd tenth scale stadium truck has been a favorite of bashers for years, now it is better than ever. Some of its upgrades include-

* New Flux EMH-3S speed controller
* New Flux MMH-4000kV brushless motor
* Comes with a “speed pack” that includes smaller 77 tooth pinion and huge 35 tooth pinion
* Longer battery strap for 3S LiPo packs
* Comes with a wheelie bar
* Now comes with the slipper clutch from the Blitz
* Speeds up to 124km/h or 77 mph

The 2014 edition has a part number of #112878, expect a street price of right around $300, and you can get full details at This Link over on HPI’s website.

Read up on HPI news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

TrakPower TK955 ReviewTo get a job done right it is always best to have the right tool. RC hobbyists sure do a lot of solder work so it only makes sense to invest in a good soldering station.

One of the newest digital soldering stations on the market is the TrakPower TK955. We’ve spent a few weeks putting it through the ringer and here is what we found out-

* The TrakPower had more than enough power to handle everything we threw at it. The TK955 easily made short work of 10 gauge wire to bullet connectors, one of the toughest jobs we have around the BSRC Bash Compound.

* It comes with two different tips, a medium sized flat tip and a pencil tip. The flat was the tip of choice for soldering up battery connectors, while the pencil came in handy for smaller work like putting a wire back on a circuit board.

* We purposely banged the TK955 around and it still works fine today.

Overall, we found the TK955 to be a powerful and great looking solder station. From small work to large, it never failed to get the job done and we can highly recommend it to you. The TK955 is priced at $109 and comes with a 5 year warranty. Hit up This Link for full details over on TrakPower’s website.

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Dromida DT4.18 Desert TruckWith the consumer world screaming for more scale realism, Dromida has answered the call with their new DT4.18 Desert Truck. To add to its scale realism the DT4.18 comes with a light bar, realistic wheels & tires, and it even comes with a spare. There is nothing to build with the DT4.18 as it comes completely assembled and ready to bash. A 2.4GHz radio system and brushed power system are used under the hood.

The Dromida Desert Truck comes with an affordable $119 street price, has a part number of #DIDC0046, and they should start shipping early next month.

Big fan of Dromida? Find more Dromida News on BigSquidRC.

Tower Hobbies Cutback UnboxingThe folks at Tower Hobbies have been a cornerstone for the rc hobby for decades, perhaps getting more new people into the hobby than any other single retailer. Tower recently announced a new 4wd SCT called the Cutback. The Cutback is aimed right at the bashing crowd and comes RTR, making it easy to go right from the box to the backyard.

While we were unboxing our review Cutback we took a bunch of pictures to show you at home exactly what it looks like to crack the box open. As you can see in the galleries below, the Cutback comes with a sharp looking body, quality hex hardware, and a 4-pole 3600kV brushless system. If the weather holds out we should be able to post our full review sometime next week.

The Cutback is priced at only $299 and you can be the first person in your bashing circle to own one by Pre-Ordering over on the Tower Hobbies website.

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Gear Head RC Axial Yeti Roof RackAs another sign of the success of the Axial Yeti, the aftermarket has been putting out loads of cool hop-ups for it. One of the latest comes from the Gear Head RC crew. Gear Head has announced a trick new Roof Rack with Light Bar Mount to help add to the scale realism of the Yeti. The rack is made from black Delrin, comes with everything you need for the install, and is 5″ x 5.3″ in size.

The Gear Head roof rack has a part number of #GEASCA060, a street price of $19, and they are available right now. Complete details can be found over on the official RPP Website.

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What's new: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

ARRMA Kraton VideoWith the ARRMA Kraton Monster Truck getting so much buzz lately, the folks over at Hobbico have released a video showing it in action. Watch the video below to see the Kraton jumping, bashing, and churning up some serious roost. The video also showcases some of its features like waterproof electronics and powerful brushless system.

To learn more about the Kraton head on over to the official ARRMA Website.

Check Out our review of the ARRMA Kraton Monster Truck.