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What's new: Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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Woo Hoo! It’s time for another SquidInk! This is how I picture Cubby and Tim in about 10 years! LOL. While we say it needs to be fixed, traditions like these are hard co change.

Don’t forget you can click the pic above for the full size art! Please remember to hit those share buttons to show your friends and support!

Enjoy!

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

What's new: Friday, November 14th, 2014

Blade 350 QX3The crew over at Blade have set out to make it easy for anyone to shoot spectacular aerial video with their new 350 QX3. With simple controls, GPS features, and a 3-axis stabilized camera, even new flyers can take quality footage with the 350 QX3.

* 10-15 minute flight times
* Improved GPS performance from mast-mounted antenna
* 5.8GHz Wi-Fi link for iOS and Android devices
* Return home, smart flight, and AP flight modes
* Width: 18.3″
* Length: 18.3″
* Height: 7.5″
* Weight: 33.7 oz

The unit comes three different ways. You can get it BNF with SAFE technology which has a part number of #BLH8180 and is street priced at $449, or you can get it RTF with a part number of #BLH8100 at $499, or you can get the high-zoot AP combo RTF that has a part number of #BLH8160 and is priced at a cool $999. To get yours before anyone else on your block hit up This Link to pre-order over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

It is time for another very hot TGIF Mystery Link!

axial-yeti-diff-lockThe Axial Yeti is a capable “do it all” type of truck, what-with a plush suspension, 4wd and a solid locked rear / open independent front setup. This works great for someone looking to do a bit of crawling but still maintain a vehicle that performs reasonably well at high speeds and/or in the air.

I didn’t buy this thing to use as a “do all” type of rig, though. My Yeti is being built as dedicated trail machine, and as such that open diff just isn’t going to cut it. I need full time 4WD at all times. It was time to lock it.

Before locking the front, lets talk limited slip. Some people use very heavy 1/8 buggy silicone diff oil which lets it spin only under heavy duress. This (in theory) gives the best of both worlds. You keep the front locked but if it gets really nasty it’ll have some give. You’ll also have a bit of easier handling given that the front will open up under hard cornering. I’ve never really seen this work out well. When crawling you almost always wind up just spinning the tires on the rocks. I saw that a lot with the Vaterra Twin Hammers last year.

So yeah, if you are wanting to really do any crawling with it you will have to lock the diff. There are several lockers available on the market but due to the fact that I have no need to ever unlock the front I figured I’d go with a very cheap and reliable method – JB Weld.

JB Weld is a two part bonding epoxy that can be had on the cheap (about $6) at most auto supply stores. I started using it in differentials around 15 years ago (I’m getting old, yikes) when I took my first foray into the world of r/c pulling and it’s never let me down. It’s still really popular with hobbyists as when allowed to cure properly it’s basically like welding your gears together.

Before I show you how to do it, remember that the big downside with the stuff is that it is permanent. If you ever want to unlock the diff you’ll need a brand new set of parts. It can also be messy if you aren’t careful. Another thing to be aware of is that if you roast the ring and pinion you can’t open up the front to salvage the internals…again, you’ll need all new parts for a new one. So yeah, in general a dedicated, removable locker is a more elegant solution. Ok, without further adieu hit the “Read More” and let’s get to it.
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Luxury RC Aluminum Tie BarYou know that fiberglass bar that holds the front hinge pins on your Traxxas 2wd? They have been know to break and they definitely don’t look high tech. The folks over at Luxury RC have new aluminum front tie bars that not only look high-zoot, but are also tougher than stock. These are available in four different colors- blue, red, silver, and black, and they don’t break the bank at only $7. The tie bars are made from 6061 aluminum and fit popular vehicles like the 2wd Slash, Rustler, and Stampede. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Luxury RC website.

Click Right Here for a stunning TGIF Mystery Link.

TTRobotix HRP Distributing Thunder TigerIf you are a hobby shop wanting to pick up the TTRobotix line of Multi-Rotor products, it is now being distributed here in the states by HRP. The folks at HRP Distributing have a dedicated TTRobotix customer service staff on hand and will use their 3 warehouses to ship to over 1000 hobby shops nationwide.

The TTRobotix line-up is headlined by the Ghost 1. This unit will be available in late 2014 and comes with an enlarged frame with retractable landing gear. An intelligent power display is used to show battery life and has an anti-spark design. The RTF version comes with a GPS enabled flight system, a 6S LiPo battery, radio, and a 3D gimbal. This unit is priced at $1300.

The TTRobotix Super Hornet is slightly larger than the Ghost 1 and will be their first multi-rotor to hit the market. The Super Hornet also uses an enlarged frame to allow more room for mounting cameras or other items, and it also comes with retractable landing gear. Its four carbon fiber arms can be folded for easy transport, while a state-of-the-art Dragon flight system with GPS gives the Super Hornet altitude hold, return to home, and “follow me” functions. The Super Hornet ARF comes in at $999.

Have a TGIF Mystery Link on us!

Pro Boat Blackjack Catamaran Brushless V3Our friends over at Pro Boat have announced a Version 3 of the Blackjack 29″ Catamaran. This version has a new fiberglass hull for better durability and a new 6 pole 2000kV brushless motor for even more power. A huge 120 amp ESC now comes with a big EC5 connector, while a Spektrum DX2E with DSMR takes care of business on the radio end when you are flying across the water at speeds up to 45 mph.

The part number is #PRB08011, the street price is $429, and they should be available now. Click Here to get more details over on the official Pro Boat website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Why not try a BSRC Mystery Link?

What's new: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

HPI Mustang Drift VideoWhile the last couple of years might have been considered “quiet” for HPI Racing, there are industry insiders now saying that HPI is ready to go big in 2015. Perhaps a sign of that was their activity at SEMA this year. They introduced a trick new RTR ’15 Mustang Spec 5 Concept Car, and generally put on quite a show with hotshot drift guru Vaughn Gittin Jr.. Check out the video below to see MASSIVE amounts of tire smoking action, not only from the full size Mustang, but also from the HPI version.

Want to read more HPI news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

 Hitec Lynx 4SHitec surprised the rc world back in May with the announcement of a new surface transmitter. Later in July we were able to lay out diff grease stained fingers on their new Lynx 4S at the HobbyTown USA National Convention. Within the next few weeks you should be seeing them hit your local hobby shop.

The Lynx 4S is a high-end radio loaded with features. Most notably, it comes with a super fast 4ms response time and bi-directional telemetry. Also of note is its 4096 resolution, 30 model memory, backlit graphic LCD screen, and its headphone jack for listening to music and warning sounds.

The Lynx 4S is available three different ways. You can get the transmitter plus an Axion 4 channel receiver (#16201) for a street price of $279, or the transmitter plus an Axion 2 channel HHR receiver (#16200) for $284, or the transmitter with a Proton 4 channel receiver (#16202) for $329. You can hit up This Link to get more details over on Hitec’s website.

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FPV Racing

As winter rears its ugly head in the Midwest, I must find myself something to do while wishing for the return of warm weather. I couldn’t help but see the perfect winter project dance across my Facebook, Google+, and a number of websites I hang around at: FPV Racing. Blowing up with hobby lovers in Europe, a few of my fellow RC Pilots are going to set up (safely and following current FCC guidelines) some racing multirotors and fly a bit indoors and start finding locations for outdoor flight.

What is involved in FPV Multirotor Racing? There are a few basic requirements/rules, but they will change from group to group. Here are the rules that my little group will be following:

Size: Any frame (motor count up to you) that has a motor-to-motor diagonal size of 250mm or less.

Motor Size/kV: What ever limits you can push your frame and mainboard

Battery: 3S LiPo Maximum

Very few rules = Tons of Fun and ingenuity!! I already have a trick or two up my sleeve, and of course you all will get to see all the work and steps, as well as tips and tricks to setting up a racer of your own! Below you can find a YouTube video that I think captures the fun and carnage of this kind of racing perfectly!

I cannot wait for this project to get rolling, and you can get into it quite easily too in your local area when the Blade Nano QX FPV hits store shelves at the end of the month.

In other news, the Ethos HD/FPV and Optim 80 reviews are almost ready to go, and you will find out beyond a doubt what will be on your Christmas list this year. Have any questions about FPV, multirotor, or helicopter anything? Drop me a line through kevin (at) bigsquidrc (dot) com and I will definitely respond, or maybe you’ll get your own article or be featured in the future (still trying to get enough questions to start running Ask Hot Sauce). In either case, until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

ASK Cubby

“Advice On 1/18 Scale RC Models
Thank you for your posts/reviews on all of your RC equipment.
I’m thinking of getting into the hobby and am looking at some 1/18 scale vehicles to start with:
-Latrax Rally
-ECX 1/18 Torment
Reviews on your site show both RC’s at a B- which should be fair for the price. However, I wanted to know which you think has the better value for the equipment you get RTR out of the box.
Thanks again,
Colton V.”

Cubby- Oh yes Colton, you must know I’m such a sucker for a good “Which is better” email, especially one that involves Traxxas.

There are some really great Traxxas products on the market. I’m a big fan of the Mini Revo, big fan of the “big” E-Revo, and even though it does have its issues, I’m a big fan of the Slash as well. However, I am not a fan of the LaTrax minis from Traxxas. I don’t know the story behind them, but whatever it might be, they certainly aren’t the best work from the Texas Titans. The wretched one I drove oversteered like a JD combine and broke when I just thought about hitting a curb. Before one pack was over I wanted to burn its busted remains with fire to ensure it could never again anger another hobbyist.

I am however a big fan of the ECX 1/18th Ruckus (we never got to review the 1/18 Torment). It handles well, is big enough to be driven outdoors, yet it is small enough to be fun in tight spaces. It does have some downsides, but at $99 its a great value for general bashing.


“From FB-

Stupid nub question. Can the Associated ProRally use the DuraTrax Onyx LiPo 3S 11.1V 5000maH battery in stock configuration. I am new to the RC world and don’t want to have thermal melt down on a battery that’s to big for the RC. I bought the Duratrax Battery because it was in the suggested accessories page.

Luke Pee-rat”

Cubby- Ya know how I knew your letter was gonna be good? When you misspelled “noob” or “newb” with the word “nub”. Most times I would just roll my eyes and pour another glass of Dom while quickly hitting delete on your question, but after having spent so much time with Iron Mike recently (who I am sure would spell noob as “glewb”, or “knewgle”, or worse), I’ve learned to appreciate pretty much every type of person in the world.

Anywhos…

Will your Associated ProRally turn into a critical fission reactor if you should use a 3S 5000mAh LiPO in it? Yes, probably so, and seeing as how I’m pretty tired of the way the world is right now, I say fire that sucker up.

Ok… but seriously. If your ProRally is bone stock it comes with an Associated 3500kV BL motor and a Associated XP SC900-BL ESC. Starting with the motor, if its rotor shatters at just a 3S level of input it deserved to die anyways. And… the ESC is clearly rated to “handle” 3S as long as the motor is less than 4000kV.

The 5000mAh capacity of the battery has nothing to do with whether or not your electronics will be harmed. A 5000 will give you longer runtime than a 2000, or less than a 8000, but it will certainly not burn up any electronics.

There is one recommendation that you should follow for me, change the gearing. While I have never driven the ProRally, chances are it was geared for the stock 7 cell NiMH and not for 3S LiPO, so you’ll probably want to drop a few teeth on the pinion to keep your motor/speedo/battery from overheating.


That’s it ya freaks. Shoot me email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy ya want. Hit the big time and get a free sticker pack, have yours declared “Letter of the Month” and we’ll even hook ya up with a free t-shirt. Carry on…

YOUR Cub Reporter

SWorkz S350 Evo II ProWhat do you do to put out the best car possible? To start, you hire an ultra talented driver (like Atsushi Hara). Then you test, and test, and test some more.

The result of all the testing SWORKz and Hara have been doing is their new S350 Evo II Pro. This is a high-zoot nitro powered 8th buggy kit that is slated to hit stores in 2015. They’ve refined the shocks and optimized the geometry on the suspension, and SWORKz is claiming it will include higher quality parts than the previous model. More details will be released soon, in the meantime you can hit up This Link to check out the official SWORKz website.

Click Right Here to catch up on more SWORKz news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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Revealed this evening with the minds behind Mythbusters, DJI  Innovations has announced the next step in Aerial Photography: the Inspire 1. Featuring a full 4K camera, moving arms for unobstructed shots, and a full 3D Gimbal, this multirotor has many photography and videography uses. It was cool to see Jamie and Adam talk about drones and aerial photography, and I cannot wait to see the camera in action! See the reveal conference stream, a features video, and some images after the jump!

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RC4WD Mud Basher 2.2 tiresAre you into serious mudding? Like, top-of-the-tire deep mud? Like, mud that goes over the top of the cab?

For you serious mud-a-holics RC4WD has announced that their Mud Basher tires are now available in a 2.2″ size. These feature a tractor like chevron tread that is great for sling’n serious goop.

* Fits 2.2″ wheels
* Outer diameter is 5.7″
* Width is 2.11″
* Weight is 5.5oz per tire
* Molded in X2SS compound

These have a part number of #Z-T0129, a street price of $29 per pair, and these are shipping right now. For more details Give This Link a try over on the RC4WD website.

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