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What's new: Friday, July 25th, 2014

GB200 Box Front

While working on upgrading a friend’s Blade 350QX, he asked to get him that ‘new camera mount’ for his GoPro. A few days later, the Yuneec/Blade GB200 Camera Gimbal came in for me to install. Equipped with 2 brushless motors and mounts for the GoPro and CGo1 sport cameras, this gimbal is plug and play with the Blade 350QX and could even be used with other quadcopters after modification. The gimbal has a part number of BLH7910 and can be picked up for $200. Check out the unboxing pictures below!

Killerbody Alfa Romeo Traxxas XO-1
There aren’t a whole lot of aftermarket body choices for the Traxxas XO-1 but the folks over at Killerbody RC are out to change that. They have previously released a Corvette body for the Traxxas high speed machine and now they have added an Alfa Romeo 8C body to their catalog.

The Alfa was careful modeled after its full scale counterpart and is available in several different colors and trim levels. For the ultimate in scale realism, Killerbody also has rear view mirrors, windshield wipers, and lighting kits available for the big Alfa. These are all available right now here in the states so hit up This Link over on the official Killerbody website to get complete details.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, why not check out This Hard Hitting mystery link?

Team Associated Apex Scion GReddy
Team Associated has a new on-road car for your bashing pleasure, an Apex Scion Racing FR-S GReddy edition touring car. The Scion is part of Associated’s affordable Qualifier Series and comes RTR with brushless power.

Set on the Apex 4wd platform, a highly detailed body has the racy look of the full scale version. Under the hood you’ll find waterproof electronics, a 2.4GHz radio system, and a Reedy 3300kV brushless motor.

* High traction racing tires and detailed brake components
* Metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6-cell NiMH and wall charger
* CVA front and rear axles
* All metal gears in transmission
* Full bearing set

The part number for the Associated Scion is #30113 and it is set for a September release date. Click Here for full details over on the official Associated website.

Kick off your weekend with a TGIF Mystery Link!

What's new: Thursday, July 24th, 2014

THE Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy From Horizon Hobby Review

Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy Review

In today’s review we’ll be taking a very up close and personal look at the Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy from Losi. The Mini 8IGHT-T comes in at 1/14 scale, bigger than most minis, but significantly smaller than a tenth scaled truck. It comes brushless powered and with the high zoot AVC that everyone is talking about. Can the Mini 8IGHT-T take the beating required to be a good bash vehicle? Is it worth its $279 price point? Is there enough yank under the hood to keep a smile on your face? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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PROTOform Car Stand
Need a new car stand for your touring car or 12th scale pan car? The fine folks over at PROTOform have announced their latest and it looks pretty trick. Made from a tough alloy and power coated black, it makes your car easier to wrench on while making your pit spot look sano. Four rubber grommets are used to keep your car from sliding around, while four holes in the top are perfect for rebuilding shocks.

The part number is #6256-00 and they are street priced at $34. Hit up This Link to get complete details over on PROTOform’s official website.

What else has PROTOform been up to lately? Find out Right Here on BigSquidRC.

AsiaTees Hobbies
In case you didn’t get the memo, adding scale accessories to your rig or doing up a righteous scale garage has been a thing for a while now. You’ve probably seen the pictures of Axial G6 type trucks with all sorts of scale accessories mounted on them or pictures of small scale garages that look exactly like their full scale counterparts.

The folks over at Boom Racing have a whole line of scale accessories to help fill up your truck and your rc garage. They have 15 different driver figures, as well as a host of other accessories from tools to various sorts of beverages. Get more information on all their goodies at This Link over on the AsiaTees Hobbies website.

Click Here for more AsiaTees news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“U guys should make a video with a ton of rc cars and have a race
From Michael J on his iPod”

Cubby- Yo Mikey J on your iPod, thanks for shoot’n me an email.

So… you want us to make a video with exactly one ton of rc cars racing. Ok, I’ll entertain the idea, so lets do some math.

Let’s assume that the average weight of each vehicle is 5 lbs. I pick that number not only be it is somewhat round, but also because it would probably be in the ballpark. A “standard” short ton is 2000 pounds, so 2000 divided by 5 is 400. I have to say Mikey I likey your style, I would also like to see a video with 400 cars all driving/racing at the exact same time. But… sadly, no matter how cool it would be, there would be a few issues to overcome…

Drivers- we would need 400 of them, which might be a little hard to get in one place at one time.

Radios- To get 400 different channels might be a bit hard. For example, only 79 different Spektrum radios can operate at one time, so even if you throw in Futaba FASST, old school 27 and 75, and several other brands, I’m still not sure we could come up with 400 separate working systems.

Space- Unless we were shooting for just a full on demo derby, it is gonna get pretty sketchy running 400 cars at once.

My solution? One driver with one transmitter and 400 cars bound to it. Put them all in a row, punch the throttle, and let the fun begin. But that is just how I’m wired…


“RC Radios

Saw Graupner X-8N and X-8E online on your website you mentioned didn’t know when or if it would be available in U.S or CANADA that was in 2013 any further info on them now

Bullet Bill”

Cubby- Hey now Bullet Bill, thanks for the email and be sure to shoot us your snail mail so we can totally get you dialed with a BigSquidRC sticker set.

Ya, we got our first chance to check out the new Graupner stuff a couple weeks ago at the HobbyTown USA Convention in Lincoln Nebraska. While I was not personally a big fan of their radio systems, their “computer tower” style chargers looked boss.

Anyways… I have some good news for ya BB, the good folks over at Tower Hobbies have picked up the Graupner line. They aren’t in stock yet, but should be soon.


That’s it ya lunatics, why don’t ya get crazy and shoot me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter/question/rant makes the big time you’ll win something cool enough to brag about to your friends. That is all.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Pro-Line Trifecta Buggy Wing
Pro-Line has a new Trifecta Wing for your 8th scale buggy or truggy. The Trifecta was designed for three things – performance, style, and durability. The futuristic design uses large center fins to add stability while dimples are used to create a “golf ball” aerodynamic effect to increase low speed downforce.

The part number for yellow is #6249-02, black is #6249-03, and white is #6249-04. Street pricing is $16 and you can get complete details Right Here on Pro-Line’s website.

Read up on your Pro-Line news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Unboxing ARRMA Granite Mega Series
Have you heard about the new Mega Series from ARRMA? If not, it is their most affordable line-up of vehicles with prices starting at $159. We recently received one of the Mega Series Granite Monster Trucks for review and took some pictures so you can see exactly what it looks like when you open the box for the first time. The RTR Mega Series Granite is waterproof, comes with a 15 turn brushed motor, and is priced at just $179.

Enjoy the unboxing pictures and our full review should be ready sometime next week. If you want more information on the Mega Series Granite Here Is The Link to its page over on the official ARRMA website.

Check out more unboxings at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Carisma M40S Golf 24
All you Carisma fans will be happy to hear that 3 new models are now available here in the states.

The first new model is the M40S Volkswagen Golf 24. This is a 1/10th scale 4wd RTR that comes on the durable M40S platform. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Street price $169
* Wheelbase- 10″
* Length- 14.7″
* Track width- 7.2″
* 540 brushed motor and 2.4GHz radio system
* Shaft 4wd with 3 differentials
* Comes with battery and charger

The second new model is the GTMK3 Touring Car. This is a 4wd 1/14th scale roller designed for big fun in small spaces. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Street price $99
* Wheelbase- 185mm
* Length- 310mm
* Track width- 135mm
* Threaded aluminum shocks
* Full bearing set
* FRP chassis, top deck, and towers
* Slipper and 2 ball differentials
* Belt driven
* Clean body and wing

The third new model here in the states is the GTB 4WD Race Buggy. The GTB has been quite dominant overseas in small scale racing and finally we get a chance to wheel them here. The GTB is 1/16th scale 4wd roller that comes without electronics. Some of its features and specs include-

* Street price- $139
* Wheelbase- 190mm
* Length- 275mm
* Track Width- 205mm
* Threaded aluminum shocks
* Clear cab forward body and wing
* FPR chassis and towers
* Belt driven with slipper clutch
* Front and rear ball diffs

Click Right Here to visit the official Carisma website, or Click Here to visit the Falcon Hobby website where you can order one of the new Carismas.

To read even more Carisma news check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Car Stand
A good pit stand makes your car easier to wrench on and can make it look tricker when in the pits. Some of the latest to hit the market are from our friends over at Pro-Line. The new motocross inspired stands from Pro-Line are powder-coated blue and made from a tough alloy. They are made right here in the good old USA and even comes with holes in the top to hold your shocks while you build them.

The part number for the 8th scale version is #6257-00 and it is priced at $44. The 10th scale unit is #6258-00 and comes with a price of $34. Get complete details by hitting up This Link over on Pro-Line’s official website.

Want more Pro-Line news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

HPI Crawler King 1973 Ford Bronco
First shown at the Nuremburg Toy Fair, then recently seen again at the HobbyTown USA Convention, the HPI Crawler King ’73 Ford Bronco is getting close to its September release date. With its release date right around the corner HPI has released some pictures and information to wet your appetite.

The retro schemed ’73 Bronco is made for rock crawling and mud bogging. It’s a RTR that comes with waterproof electronics so you can bash in any kind of weather. It also features over 6 inches of suspension travel, plenty for soaking up those bumps in the road. Some of its other highlights include-

* Officially licensed body
* High performance HB Rover crawling tires
* Heavy duty alloy suspension links
* 2.4GHz radio system
* 55 turn brushed crawling motor
* Locked differentials
* Nothing more to buy, comes with 7.2V 2000mAh Ni-MH pack, charger, and AA batteries for the transmitter

The part number for the Bronco is #113225 and you can get a bit more information at This Link over on HPI’s website.

Find more HPI news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line PRO-2 Aluminum Steering Rack
You can never have a tough enough truck, nor can you have enough bling. The new PRO-2 Aluminum Steering Rack from Pro-Line does both. Made from aluminum with a carbon fiber steering link, it has both the bling and toughness you are after. The rack comes with bearings for silky smooth performance, while an eliminated servo saver helps to give the most precise control possible.

The rack fits the Pro-Line PRO-2 SCT, Pro-Line PRO-2 SC Buggy, Traxxas Slash 2WD and Traxxas Electric Rustler. It has a part number of #6067-01, a street price of $42, and you can get complete details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

Check Out more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.