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What's new: Thursday, September 25th, 2014

ECX 1/36 Kickflip Beatbox
The latest big thing from ECX is actually quite small, their new Kickflip and Beatbox 1/36th scale vehicles. With an extra small footprint, these can be driven just about anywhere, while their affordable price (just $34!) puts them into everyone’s price range. Some of their features and specifications include-

* Features slow and fast driving settings
* 1/36th scale 2wd with solid axle
* Length- 4.36″
* Width- 3.35″
* Wheel Diameter- .84″
* Buggy Wheel Width- Front: .43″, Rear: .63″
* Truck Wheel Width- Front: .63″, Rear: .63″
* Charger integrated into transmitter
* Includes 2.4GHz radio, four AAA batteries, brushed motor, and 1S LiPo

The part number for the Kickflip is #ECX00010, the Beatbox is #ECX00011, and HERE Is The Link for the official ECX website.

Click Right Here for more ECX news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Leap 3D Quad

Trailing my build of the Invertix400, our friends at HRP have announced the details on the soon-to-ship Leap 3D Quadcopter. This quad is an almost ready to fly (ARF) and features an auto stabilization for all quad orientations (since it can sustain inverted flight), as well as a bail-out feature for beginner 3D pilots.

Other features include:

*Powerful 3D fixed pitch quad-copter utilizing bi-directional brushless motors.
*Bail-out, self-leveling function enables easy learning for beginners and allows experienced pilots to challenge their skills.
*Multiple receiver compatibility: S.Bus, X.Bus, DSM2, DSMX, and DSMJ(partially not compatible).
*Precise CNC carbon fiber machining with strict quality control.
*Flight control system engineered for extreme 3D maneuvers as well as stable flight.
*Powerful bi-directional brushless motors and specially designed ESC enables lightening fast directional changes required for extreme 3D acrobatic flight.
*Simple, robust design with low parts count allows easy maintenance and repair.
*Portable for easy transportation.
*Compatible with wide range of lithium polymer battery selections.
*Aerial photography and FPV capable with additional equipment (not included).

Specifications:

*Model: Fixed pitch 3D quad-copter with bi-directional motors.
*Blades: 8-inch high-strength polymer fixed pitch blades X 4
*Motor: 1400kV X4
*ESC: 25 Amp X4
*Span: 450mm
*Flight Controller: Six-Axis Advance gyro. 3D programming, auto leveling, bail-out function.
*Weight (w/o receiver and battery): 580-620 grams.
*Battery:  7.4V – 14.8V (2S – 4S). 2200-2600 mAh. (not included)
*Receiver: S.Bus, X.Bus, DSM2, DSMX, and DSMJ. (not included)

The quad is priced to sell at $430 and will be shipping in the future. More details can be found on Leap’s  website Right Here.

For more quadcopter news on BigSquidRC, click here.

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It’s time for our second edition of SquidInk! File this one under ‘If I had a dollar for every time…’. I’m actually not sure who’s in the lead, Wrench or myself, but it’s a big number. Imagine if we did more air than surface?
We had a good response of emails to the previous comic, so hopefully this one is as entertaining.

Enjoy!

Looking for previous comics? Click Here to see all of them to date.

Pro-Line Badlands 1/8 buggy pre-mounts
When we go to bashes we see more Pro-Line Badlands tires being used than anything else. They have big gnarly lugs for getting traction on loamy dirt, plus they have a cool motocross inspired tread design. The latest Badlands are 1/8 Buggy Pre-mounts. These feature Badlands XTR compound tires already glued up on Pro-Line’s Velocity V2 white wheels. The pre-mounted Badlands save you a bunch of time and can totally eliminate the hassle of the gluing process.

The part number is #9021-18, they are priced at $35 per pair, and you can get complete details Right Here on Pro-Line’s website.

Read more about pre-mounted tires Right Here on BigSquidRC.

SAC Heli Fun Fly 2014 (6)

In this installment of Raging Rotors, I cannot help but take a look at the dilemma starting to plague hobby shop owners nationwide, including mine: market saturation.

The multirotor market has exploded, providing customers numerous options for aircraft at every size level. The other side of that explosion is that many shops have to pick and choose what goes on to their shelves to maximize space, profit, and provide the best experience to their customers due to the overwhelming amount of options for them to choose from.

Let’s get specific, starting with the nano-micro class of quadcopters. The hobby world started with just one: Estes ProtoX. There now also is the Ares Ethos PQ, the new HobbyZone Faze, and other ‘clones’ that can be ordered all over the internet.

In 350-450 size quadcopters, there’s the DJI Phantom, Blade 350QXWalkera has announced one, Align has stepped into the ringas well as Thunder Tiger, just to name the BIG names throwing their hats into the ring. That doesn’t include any of the dozens of kit frames available in that size class! Retailing minimally at $500 retail and (so far) reaching as high as $1400, it would be hard for any shop to carry ALL of those quadcopters, much less the back stock of batteries, props, and other consumable parts that each aircraft may require.

So how do hobby shops choose? In many cases, they will carry brands with good engineering pedigree (i.e. “I’ve had a great experience working with -insert company- products, so I will stick with them”), price per unit, margin of profit, besides listening to what customers have to say or what they are asking for.

The point I’d like to make in this is to trust your local hobby shop. They have the inventory they have because they are looking to give you the best bang for your buck while also providing a means of keeping the hobby world alive and kicking. I can say that there are around a dozen of just multirotors I have flown or owned just to make sure that they are the best the market has to offer at prices that won’t leave you feeling emptier than your wallet. Don’t see the item you were looking for? Do not hesitate to ask about it, as your LHS will likely be able to get what you are looking for or at least be able to talk to you about it better than a webpage can.

In other news, I’m stoked to be a part of iHobby this year. I will be popping in and out of the BigSquidRC booth as well as selling products at multiple vendor booths. If you run into me feel free to wave, high five, or say hello!

Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

ARRMA Option upgrade parts
It’s been a big day for ARRMA RC here at BigSquidRC. We posted the first unboxing pictures of the Kraton Monster Truck last night and today we get to post a slew of aluminum upgrade parts for their renowned 1/10th scale line-up.

The new ARRMA aluminum upgrades were designed to be tough, easy to install, and to turn heads. Precision manufacturing was used to ensure a perfect fit and the bright red anodizing will make sure everyone knows your truck is loaded with upgrades. The new parts fit 1/10th scale BLX and Mega series vehicles.

* 23/24/25 tooth servo arms- AR340055, AR340056, AR340057
* Front shock tower brace- AR330148
* Rear tower brace- AR320162
* Front hingepin holder- AR320157
* Short wheelbase chassis- AR320174
* Long wheelbase chassis- AR320175
* Motor plate (Mega requires upgraded gearbox)- AR310394
* Wheelie bar axle- AR320186

These are shipping right now and you can get complete details at This Link over on ARRMA’s website.

Click Right Here for more ARRMA news on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Trencher 2.8 F-11 Pre-mounted
Pro-Line F-11 wheels have always been a great choice for adding a tough look to your truck. Now for your bashing pleasure they are available pre-mounted to Trencher 2.8″ tires.

The part number that fits Traxxas electric Stampede/Rustler 2wd rear is #1170-15 and the part number for the set that fits Jato, Nitro Stampede/Rustler rear, electric Stampede/Rustler front, and Stampede 4×4 front/rear is #1170-14. They are priced at $36 per pair and Here Is The Link you want for more details on Pro-Line’s official website.

Read More Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.

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Aww heck yea! Our new ARRMA Kraton just showed up, and it’s time to unbox the beast! It’s strange holding such a large vehicle and seeing the ARRMA name on it. There is nothing more I want to do right now than get outside and start the bashing!

I never really noticed the top roll-cage piece till now, and the paint scheme is pretty slick in person. The camera does not do the green justice. Definitely a fan. The box inside the box, or at least, art on the inside box was interesting. They use it well and cover it with a lot of information.

The part number for green is #AR106005, they are street priced at $499, and they are hitting hobby shops right now!

You can now order the Kraton at This Link!

Click READ MORE to see the under the hood shots.
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What's new: Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Kyosho Mazda Nissan AWD Mini-Zs
With the weather getting colder many hobbyists head indoors. Some race off-road tenth scale buggies, while others chose tiny on-road cars like Kyosho Mini-Zs.

For all you Mini-Z fanatics, Kyosho has announced a pair of new cars headed to a hobby shop near you. One has a snazzy Mazda Savanna RX-7 body while the other comes with a Nissan Silvia S15 shell. Both use a MA-020 based chassis that comes with AWD and VCS front suspension. Some of the highlights of the new cars include-

* Full bearing set
* Most Mini-Z AWD option parts bolt right on
* KT-19 transmitter
* Comes with 20 cones to mark your own track
* Very detailed bodies
* Receiver/ESC unit has adjustments for LED lighting and gyro
* 1/27.6 scale
* Wheelbase: 1.9″
* Width: 2.8″

The part number for the Mazda is #32125CR-B, the Nissan is #32124CW-B, and both are expected to ship sometime in December. Hit up This Link to check out the official Kyosho America website.

Click Here for more Kyosho news on BigSquidRC.

HH Office

Hey guys, sorry for the missing a post last week, but I got an opportunity to visit the team over at Horizon Hobby for a couple days to try out products, see coming releases, and discuss the hobby industry in general with owners of Horizon Certified Partner hobby shops (to which I am a member of one). It was an fun few days, so click Read More to see what I have to say about my trip.

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Pro-Line 2014 Chevy Silverado Clear Monster Truck Body
Pro-Line brings the scale realism with their new 2014 Chevy Silverado Clear Monster Truck Body. As you can see by the squared off fenders and new grill decal, the Pro-Line Silverado looks very much like its full scale counterpart. Molded from crystal clear Lexan, the Silverado was designed to fit monster trucks like the Traxxas Summit, Revo, T-Maxx, and Associated MGT. And for all you real scale realism fanatics, the Silverado has a large bed area for mounting up your favorite accessories.

The Silverado has a part number of #3430-00, it is street priced at $33, and you can get even more details on the official Pro-Line Website.

Read more Pro-Line News right here on BigSquidRC.

THE ARRMA Raider Mega Series Buggy Review

ARRMA Raider Mega Series Review

The Mega Series from ARRMA RC is their new affordable series aimed at entry level and price conscience hobbyists. We’ve been bashing the Mega Series Raider for a few weeks now. Is it a solid entry level bash machine? Does it uphold the ARRMA name? Does it have enough power to be fun? Click the “Read More” button for our full review…

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T-Bone Racing Axial Yeti Front Bumper
A whole lot of people have been out enjoying their new Axial Yetis. Part of that enjoyment comes from pushing it to the limit. To give your new Yeti extra protection up front, the crew over at T-Bone Racing have come up with an ultra tough Racer Series Front Bumper. The bumper is made from heavy duty nylon, includes everything you need for installation, and comes with their lifetime warranty against breakage.

The bumper has a part number of #12010, a street price of $14, and these are available right now for your bashing pleasure. To get more details head over to the official T-Bone Racing website.

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