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

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.

THE Pro-Line PRO-MT Monster Truck Review

Pro-Line PRO-MT Review

Low slung buggies and stadium/SCT trucks are great for busting out fast laps, but for real bashing monster trucks still rule. With bigger tires and more ground clearance, monster trucks can blast over the roughest of terrain, land from the highest jumps, and smash into hard objects better than their smaller counterparts.

Recently Pro-Line decided to throw their hat into the 10th scale 2wd monster truck ring. Their new PRO-MT is made up from a slew of high-end hop-up parts, do they jell to form the ultimate basher, or fall short into an overpriced shelf queen? You know the drill, hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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Dromida Desert BuggyThe Dromida line of 1/18th scale vehicles have been a hit at local hobby shops. They are affordable, durable, and have put a lot of smiles on customer’s faces. The latest vehicle to be released by Dromida is the DB4.18 Desert Buggy. The Desert Buggy has the look of the full scalers you would see racing out in the desert and comes pre-built for your convenience. A 2.4GHz radio system is used for glitch free performance, while a brushed power system pumps out the power.

The part number for the Dromida Desert Buggy is #DIDC0045, expect a street price of $119, and they should start shipping next month.

Click Here for more Dromida news on BigSquidRC.

Team Orion Advantage IQ-4XNew from Team Orion is a four port single cell charger. The IQ-4X charges everything from single cell AAs to your favorite micro quad pack. Some of its features include-

* 6 watts of charge power per port
* Large LCD display
* 5 volt/1 amp USB port
* Charge, discharge, refresh, break-in, and cycle modes
* Charges NiMH, NiCd, LiPo and LiFe
* Comes with Ultra Micro LiPo and Mini-Z LiFe connectors

The part number is #ORI30252 and you can get full details at This Link over on Team Orion’s website.

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MIP C-Drive Axial YetiThe Axial Yeti is tough but its plastic rear driveshaft can be prone to breakage under heavy use. If you have been twisting/breaking the stocker, MIP have announced a new X-Dutry C-Drive Kit. For the ultimate in durability, the MIP unit is made from heat treated steel and uses their spline drive technology.

The part number is #14390 and it has a street price of $45. For complete details hit up the official MIP Website.

You can find more MIP news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, October 13th, 2014

Kodo Unboxing

The quadcopters from Dromida just keep coming, and just off the truck and on the shelves of local hobby shops is the Kodo, a new flipping, camera touting, bug-looking quadcopter. This quad can flip, take pictures and video, and can be picked up for only $60. I know we gave at least one away at iHobby, but now I get my own to mess around with for a bit. The review will be on its way in a couple of weeks, but for now here are some pictures from the unboxing.

Pro-Line PRO-MT VideoThe folks over at Pro-Line have released a video featuring their new PRO-MT monster truck. The PRO-MT should make a BIG splash in the bashing world, watch the video to see it in action and to learn more about its features. To get full details on the PRO-MT, check out its official page on the Pro-Line Website

Our full review of the PRO-MT goes up tomorrow, until then check out This Link for more Pro-Line news here on BigSquidRC.

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Yep, the review has been posted… but there are a few things that we didn’t show that are in the box that we felt needed to be shown. Plus, we didn’t show the box in the review. Everyone likes to see what the boxes look like, what they say, etc. So enjoy the unboxing photos of the Axial Yeti XL! A few of us wanted to drive it around with the box on. Something about it was entertaining with the wheels sticking out.

Make sure to hit Read More to see a nice surprise that comes with the XL nobody has mentioned yet…
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cubbyHey, first things first, don’t forget that this weekend is our huge, way-over-the-top, 10 Year Anniversary Bash & Party. We’ll be going big, crashing hard, eat’n cake, and giving away some way super dope gear. Like what? Like a brand new nobody-can-buy-yet Axial Yeti XL and a top of the line Futaba 4PX. All you have to do to win is be there and participate, so grab your gear and head to Leisure Hours in Joliet Illinois for a time you will never forget. HERE is the link with all the details.

Also of note here at BSRC, we’ve finally finished up our Pro-Line PRO-MT monster truck review. The PRO-MT review goes up on Tuesday and hopefully later in the week we’ll have our high-zoot Axial Yeti XL video done as well.

And don’t forget, if you work or own a hobby shop and want to receive the next issue of Big Squid RC Monthly, simply send us an email at the contact us link above. Remember it’s free to both you and your customers and will only be available at hobby shops!

On a different note…

The last tone for the IFMAR 8th scale worlds may have sounded, but the race is still making news. Last week AKA put out a press release letting the world know that they had fired/axed/dismissed their driver Martin Bayer for running Pro-Line tires during the final main. If I owned a tire company and one of my hired hands used another product, heck yes, I would have fired them on the spot, but I would never have done it in a public way. Sure, THE Cub Report is all about talk’n smack and stirring the pot, but a tire company is there to sell tires. Going “public” with a driver dismissal can look bad for a company and can make signing drivers in the future more difficult. I mean, what driver wants to be fired then publicly humiliated? None, that’s who.

To compound the mess, Bayer decided to put out his own response to the AKA PR. Those wacky factory drivers sure are fast, but they aren’t internet savvy. If he was, he would have realized that nobody ever “wins” an internet fight and that part of getting free tires is running them, no matter what.

But… heck no, it wasn’t over there, AKA had to issue a response to Bayer’s reply. Seriously? Ok, I would normally be the first to argue that any publicity is good publicity, but in this case it makes AKA look petty and revengeful (two things nobody wants from a tire company). All consumers want from a tire company is kick ass tires, not a bunch of drama. If AKA (or any other tire company) has hopes to knock Pro-Line off the top of the tire hill, they better get their act together, and that right soon.

Ok, it’s short and sweet this week folks, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can, and see you this Sunday at Leisure Hours.

YOUR Cub Reporter