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What's new: Friday, October 24th, 2014

RC4WD Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ SC Tires
RC4WD is bring’n the scale realism to short course trucks with their new Mickey Thompson Baja MTZ Tires. Officially licensed by Mickey Thompson, these should help you have the most scale realistic SCT truck at your local bash spot. Designed to fit popular 2.2″/3.0″ SCT wheels, they are molded in RC4WD’s super soft/sticky X2SS rubber compound. Pricing is $24 per pair and they have a part number of Z-T0127. To get more details just head on over to RC4WD’s Official Website.

Happy Friday, before the weekend begins why not try out a BSRC Mystery Link???

What's new: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Ares Ethos Unboxing

Two more players enter the field of the quadcopter market: the Ares Advantage Series Ethos FPV and Ethos HD from the Firelands Group. Both of these quadcopters are identical aircraft wise, but the camera setups are different. The Ethos FPV comes with a full First-Person View setup including viewscreen and transmitter/receiver system. The Ethos HD has no FPV capabilities but carries an 1080p video camera to record and take pictures with. Check out the FPV and HD galleries below, and look for a full combo review of these two in the coming weeks!

Here is the FPV:

More pictures, including the HD quad pictures after the break, hit the READ ME..
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Pro-Line Sand Paw 2.8 Pre-mountsFor sand, mud, snow, or hydroplaning, Pro-Line Sand Paw tires are the best on the market for getting traction. Now Pro-Line is offering their Traxxas 2.8″ sized Sand Paws pre-mounted. This not only saves you the trouble of gluing up a set of tires, but also gets you bashing in the fastest time possible.

The 2.8 Sand Paws come on black Pro-Line F-11 wheels and come in two different offsets. #1186-14 is the part number for Nitro Stampede rear, JATO & Nitro Rustler rear, 2wd electric Pede & Rusty front, and Pede 4×4 front and rear. #1186-15 fits electric 2wd Stampede & Rustler rear. Both are priced at $36 per pair and you can get more details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

Read up more Pro-Line news by hitting This Link on BSRC.

Oktoberfest Team CJust in time for indoor season, HRP is a having a huge sale on Team C products. During their Oktoberfest Sale you can get some pretty big savings on just the type of products that you would be racing indoors, or bashing outside. For example, the latest high-zoot 1/10th 2wd buggy from Team C is the mid-motored TC02C Evo. They normally sell for $209 but are Oktoberfest priced at just $99. To check out all the Team C specials simply hit up This Link.

Want more Team C news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

5th scale MT speed runWhat happens when you combine cold/slick conditions with speed running a Castle Creations brushless powered 5th scale monster truck on 8S LiPo? Check out the video below to find out. Our own Craig “The Crazy Ramp Builder Guy” recently took his Redcat 5th scale monster truck out for some top speed runs and I can assure you nothing good becomes of it. :)

Hit up This Link to watch more videos on BigSquidRC.

Bob Smith Tire Glue ReviewNo doubt there are about a million different tire glues on the market. The latest and greatest is Ultra-Cure from Bob Smith Industries. We recently got a chance to try some and this is what we found out-

* Some of our testers like super thin glue but the sample we received was medium, intended to set in 5 to 10 seconds. We found the medium thin enough to easily get into the tire bead, but didn’t dry so fast that we couldn’t make an adjustment here or there before it set. All of our testers (Iron Mike, Cubby, Sam The Noob) we big fans of how the medium flowed and how long it took to cure.

* We found the Ultra-Cure gave a top notch bond. Needless to say we “throw” a lot of tires here at BigSquidRC, but we found ourselves throwing fewer when using Ultra-Cure.

* The cap comes with a “pin” to help keep the tip from clogging.

* The included tip was larger than what we prefer using. We normally use fine extender tips when gluing tires but none of the ones we had in our pit bag would fit. That can be fixed, Bob Smith does sell fine tips to fit the Ultra-Cure bottle, we just didn’t have any for testing.

Overall- the Bash Crew felt Ultra-Cure was perhaps the best holding tire glue we’ve tried. It was easy to work with and is a great value at $6 for a 3/4 oz. bottle. Look for it at your local hobby shop and you can get more information over on the official Bob Smith Website.

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Axial has given the go ahead to talk about the new Axial Racing Wraith Spawn Rock Racer. Besides the Axial standard of plenty of licensed parts, they have continued to update and refine the already proven Wraith platform. Axial continues to drive towards more waterproofing, and with winter coming up, we know that’s an important box to check off. The ESC, Steering Servo, and Receiver box now all claim waterproof. For those of you that have been thinking about picking up a Wraith, maybe this is the one that tickles your fancy?

Some highlight features are:
• WB8 HD Wildboar™ driveshafts
• Dual slipper clutch
• Single-coil, adjustable shocks
• Heavy duty differential lockers
• Officially licensed 2.2 Method IFD™ beadlock wheels
• New Spawn body on full tube frame composite chassis
• Driver figure and molded interior
• 2.2 Ripsaw™ tires
• AE-5 ESC w/ drag brake – 3S LiPo capable (waterproof)
• 20T motor
• Metal gear Tactic TSX45 MG servo, 151 oz-in, water resistant
• Waterproof receiver box
• Spawn body compatible with Wraith, AX10 and SCX10 chassis

The part number is #AX90045, and it is priced at $369. You can get complete details by heading over to This Link on the Axial website.

Make sure to check out the video below!

ASK Cubby

“Proline Pro-MT

Hey there Big Squid crew,

I just wanted to thank you for the review on the Pro-MT. I’ve never owned a 2WD RC and had been eying the Proline Pro 2 SCB but, I pre ordered one of these babies. I wanted something low maintenance to have fun with perhaps take to the local track. I know a monster truck isn’t going to be the best track vehicle but it will be good as long as I’m smiling away as I drive over those pesky short course trucks then it will be a winner. Oh did I say over? I meant around… Yeah around. I was just curious if you guys had run it at all with a Spektrum using the AVC tech I would love to know how it helped/hindered the truck. As far as the other electronics go basically the same set up you guys were running Savox 1270tg, 3800kv castle motor, going to use a Sidewinder 3 waterproof addition.

Thanks again for the great website,
Sam”

Cubby- Welcome to the big time Sam, don’t forget to shoot us your snail mail for the hook up on a BSRC sticker pack.

Have we run AVC in the Pro-Line PRO-MT yet? No, but we are doing a whole series on AVC and the PRO-MT will be the first truck it gets installed in. However, we have a bunch of time in with AVC in other vehicles, if you do a lot of loose surface driving you should be able to tweak the AVC to make the PRO-MT incredibly dialed.

As far as the PRO-MT on track. Nope, it’s not as dialed as lower, race style vehicles, but it seriously surprises you how well it handles. For example, we have put in a ton of laps with the PRO-MT on local outdoor 8th scale tracks, and last weekend we got in a bunch of time at the Leisure Hours damp/high-bite indoor track. Even with the stock Trenchers the PRO-MT was freak’n hauling. It easily made all the jumps and was incredibly easy to drive fast. I can’t wait to try one out with dedicated race tires, and it would really be something if the PRO-MT put some of the fun back into local racing.


Hit the “Read More” button to read two more questions. One involves the Durango DEX408v2 buggy and the other asks why we haven’t done a big monster truck shootout…

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JConcepts SmoothiesEver spend hours grinding all the ribs/knobbies off a set of tires with a Dremel tool? At certain tracks that is the “hot set-up” for maximum traction. The crew over at JConcepts has now taken all the mess and wasted time out of the equation by announcing their new Smoothie tires. Smoothies are designed to fit 1/10th scale buggies running 2.4″ wheels and come in tacky Gold compound. The part number for the rears is #3109-05, the fronts are #3110-05, and they are both priced at $21 per pair. Hit up This Link for more details.

Click Here for more JConcepts news on BigSquidRC.

Axial WaterproofingThe good folks over at Axial Racing recently posted a very detailed explanation of exactly what the term “waterproof” is. Some hobbyists might think that waterproof means you can just throw your truck into a swimming pool without worry, but that is not the case. The Axial crew took the time to explain, in depth, exactly what water does to each part of your truck. They also explain the IPX industrial ratings often used on waterproof electronics. It’s a great read and very informative, Click Right Here to check it out over on Axial’s blog.

Get More Axial news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Pro-Line trucker hatPro-Line has announced a bunch of new accessories to show the world you are into rc.

First up is their old school Legacy Trucker Snapback Hat. The Snapback is one size fits most and is priced at $16.

To clean up that messy pit area of yours, PL also has new Micro Fiber Pit Towels. These high-end towels come in pairs and are priced at $5.

Did you know Pro-Line has won 12 world championships? If not, you do now, and Pro-Line has a cool looking Blue World Championship T-Shirt to commemorate the fact. Sizes range from small to XXL with a price of $16

Last up are a bunch of trick new Pro-Line Decals. These should look great on your rc truck or your full size ride. Prices range around $5.

Click Here for more Pro-line news on BigSquidRC.

Yokomo B-MAX2 MR V3 KitBack in the day, I spent many hours throwing down laps with a Yokomo Super Dog Fighter. It sure could bust out some fast laps in those glory years for Yokomo here in America. While Yokomo might not be the powerhouse it once was, they are still big in Asia and you can still get their products here in the states.

Yokomo recently announced their latest 1/10th 2wd buggy, the B-MAX2 MR Version 3. It comes with a tough aluminum chassis and can do both mid-motor and rear motor configurations. Other highlights from the V3 include a new rear suspension mount, new bottom shock caps, and a new cab-forward style body. It has a part number of #B-MAX2MR3 and you can hit up This Link for more details.

Get More Yokomo news on BigSquidRC.

IRCHA Pilots Flying (3)

Now, I may not be a cybernetic organism, and you won’t hear me say ‘Resistance is Futile’ all THAT often, but there reaches a point in every RC helicopter pilot’s evolution where the BIG step is made: going for collective pitch aircraft and starting the path towards complete 3D control of their aircraft. An email crossed my desk from a reader (Thanks, Glen!)  looking for my take on this very step and wanted to know what options can be found on the market and what factors make a good helicopter for such an endeavor. You can see my recommendations as well as some general advice/information about collective pitch helicopters after the jump.

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