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What's new: Thursday, April 17th, 2014

ASK Cubby

“Spektrum dsmr

Will you be reviewing any of the new Spektrum radios coming out? I’m interested to see if the new dsmr modulation has better range than its predecessors.

Thanks, Jonathan”

Cubby- Heyyyyy now Jon, congrats on making our front page, be sure to hit Brian up for a free sticker pack. We’ve even got some new stickers, really tiny ones that work great on smaller scale vehicles and quads. Hopefully one day we’ll get’em posted in our BSRC shop.

First off- we have definitely noticed that the range on the RTR vehicles that we’ve tested with Spektrum is muchhhhhh longer than before. The Vaterra Halix is a good example, it has at least twice the range of earlier Spektrum systems. A few weeks ago one of our reviewers Hawaiian Chris had to make a couple walks of shame to get back in range of his older Spektrum radio, but he could basically drive as far away as he wanted to with the Halix and still had perfect control. Thankfully, after all this time, it appears Spektrum has their range issues figured out.

Secondly- yes, we’ve got a review for the DX4S with AVC coming up next week. And yes, we’ve noticed very good range on it as well. We’ll be actually measuring its range this weekend, look for the measurement in the review.


“Viper vx4

Hey my name is Jeff. I’m a basher from St.Louis. Was wondering if you have a store locally to me. I read on your review of vx4 that you bashed it in Collinsville was hoping you had a store, let me know if you do. Would like to get a good store to buy my parts for my customers. Repairs (been burnt bad by my local favorite) and want to find new favorite thanks for your time.

Stampede with viper vx4.

Jeff H.”

Cubby- Interesting email there Jeffery, I have no idea what you were getting at so I’ll just ramble for a while….

First off, there are a couple of good hobby shops in the STL. Checkered Flag Hobbies is located in the southern metro, while a shop called Mark Twain is a solid shop in the north just off I-70. Both carry decent inventories and have knowledgeable sales staffs. Both are also HRP dealers, meaning they have access to all the Viper goodies that you might want.

Btw, for all you local Chi-Town and STL bashers, we are working on a type of calender so you’ll know where we are on the weekends so you can meet up and bash with us, but like most other projects, there is so much to do, and so little time.


Congrats, you made it through another “ASK Cubby”, why not get even crazier and shoot me an email. Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy you need, if your letter hits the big time you will get free stickers or maybe even a t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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We talk about it every day around the office, parts support. Bashers are notoriously hard on trucks, breaking parts isn’t the exception to the rule, it is expected.

Today Carisma has announced their new on-line store. Carisma’s new on-line store is intended to supplement local hobby shops by offering another source of parts support for all you Carisma owners. If your local hobby shop hasn’t picked up Carisma yet, or if they don’t have the part you need in stock, the Carisma on-line store can come in handy to get your car or truck back up and running as quickly as possible.

You can check out the new store at Carisma-Shop.com.

Get more Carisma news at This Link on BigSquidRC.com.

Yokomo Team Up Garage Falken 86
The crew over at Yokomo have announced their latest on-road machine, a D1 version Up Garage Falken 86. This is a 4wd tenth scale kit that should be a lot of fun to slide around your cul-de-sac. The Yokomo drifter has an aluminum motor mount, plastic chassis, oil shocks, and comes with a full bearing set. While its running gear looks solid, the highlight of the car has to be its trick looking wheels, tires, and body.

The Yokomo Up Garage Falken 86 has a part number of #DP-UF86 and is scheduled for a late April release.

Want more information on rc drifting? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

THE Team Durango DETC410 Touring Car Review

Team Durango DETC410 Touring Car Review

Team Durango has been known for years as a premium producer of off-road machines, luckily for us the UPS man dropped off their very first on-road machine, the DETC410 Touring Car, for some good old fashioned bashing action. As the first of its kind from Durango, the DETC410 sits on an all new, and very high-end, platform. Can you bash with it? Is it really that trick? Does it bring something to the plate that no one else offers? Hit the “Read More” and find out…

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In this week’s conclusion to ‘Blade Runner’ we discuss an important aspect of multirotor and airplane flight, propeller balancing. Granted an unbalanced propeller doesn’t keep something from flying, but it can cause propeller based failures as well as increased noise due to the blade imperfections. There are two parts to propeller balancing: Horizontal and Vertical Balancing.

To start, one needs a propeller balancing apparatus. This can be as simple as a pen placed across two boxes, or a commercial balancer from companies like this one from Dubro or this option from Great Planes. Next, you need either sandpaper to shave down the prop, or some clear tape or stickers to add to the prop. I’m a big fan of tape/stickers, but there are many schools of thought when it comes to prop balancing, so work with what makes you comfortable.

Prop Diagram

For reference, above you will see a diagram of a prop courtesy of Horizon Hobby. When I talk about the leading edge of a propeller, I’m making note of the thicker part of the propeller, shown as the light gray area of the propeller. The trailing edge of the prop is the thinner edge of the prop and is marked on the diagram as the black area.

Before any balancing can occur, don’t forget to ream the mount hole to fit your propeller shaft (similar to making body post holes, for you surface RC people). If you do not ream the hole until after balancing, you will have to do it again, and no one wants that.

Horizontal Balancing

Propeller Balancing Horizontal

Once you have the propeller on your balancing post, place it into the horizontal position. Here is where the sandpaper or tape/stickers come in: See what direction the propeller spins after in the horizontal position, and either add tape to (or near) the leading edge of the lighter half of the blade or sand down the trailing edge of the heavier half of the blade. Continue this process until the prop only deviates from the horizontal position 5-10 degrees.

Vertical Balancing

Propeller Balancing Vertical

The same applies to vertical balancing. Place the blade on the balancing post into the vertical position and, like horizontal balancing, either add tape to (or near) the leading edge of the lighter half of the blade or sand down the trailing edge of the heavier half of the blade. Continue this process until the prop only deviates from the vertical position 5-10 degrees.

…And that is all there is to it! With your propellers balanced you will see an instantaneous change in the noise coming from your motors as well as small changes to performance.

If you have any propeller or other RC Aircraft questions, feel free to contact me (kevin (at) bigsquidrc.com). If you have not yet, check out the big Multirotor Build Project I’m working on right here. Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

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ARRMA Granite BLX Unboxing_00002How awesome is this? ARRMA was so happy about making it to the finals in the March Bash-ness competition we held this year, they have given us another truck to give away! That’s right, we are giving away a new ARRMA RC Granite BLX Monster Truck! This is the latest and greatest brushless monster truck from ARRMA and it is pretty darn awesome! How awesome you ask? Have you seen the Review? Do we have to remind you about the Big Squid RC Basher Approved logo RIGHT ON THE BOX?! You know you want this one! If you have ever called yourself a basher, the Granite is a must own for your RC stable.

The deadline for entries is April 18th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST. That’s like 3 days! A winner will be announced sometime on April 19th. A random winner will be chosen from all entries received by our software.

This contest is open to US and Canada residents only this time. Sorry guys, sending electronics around the world can make things a bit more difficult.. don’t worry.. we aren’t forgetting you guys.. we’re working on some future world wide stuff for you as always! Hey our last contest was world wide!

What are you waiting for.. get entered! Please help us spread the word on this one. We want to show ARRMA our appreciation!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! Remember you can score new entries every day!

Xpartus Carbon Fiber Kit Duratrax Nissan Camaro
There is a new company on the scene called Xpartus making some very trick carbon fiber upgrade parts for the Duratrax Nissan GTR and Camaro ZL1 nitro touring cars. Their first release is an entire carbon fiber upgrade kit to make the Duratrax cars tougher, faster, and to boost their bling factor. We have had a bunch of good times driving our review Duratrax Nissan, it’s awesome to see the aftermarket making some trick parts for it. The Xpartus kit includes-

* Carbon fiber radio and battery trays
* Carbon fiber front and rear towers with aluminum spacers

We have received no word on a potential release date or pricing information, but we will pass those along when we get them. The Xpartus website is still under construction, but Here is the link for future reference.

Click Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

XRay NT1 2014For all you nitro touring car fans, XRay has released information on the 2014 edition of their NT1. XRay’s nitro touring cars have a history of being some of the best in the industry, the latest version looks like the best one yet. The updates for the 2014 model include-

* Smaller 2-speed
* New shocks and shock towers
* New chassis, radio plate and center body mount
* New mounting system for fuel tank
* Improved battery holder
* New mount for front middle drive-shaft

You can read more about the NT1 at This Link over on XRay’s website, and you can hit up This Link to catch up on XRay news right here on BigSquidRC.

ECX 2.1 Ruckus
ECX has some updated versions of their popular 2wd brushed vehicles. The update looks to be a LiPo compatible ESC, and while the price stays the same on the Boost buggy ($149), prices go up $20 for the Ruckus, Circuit, and Torment to $189.

To check out all the products that ECX offers here is a link to their Official Website, and you can Click Right Here for more ECX news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Pro-Line has sent a teaser picture of their upcoming short course body called the Blockbuster. And while you may think this is a typical teaser, it is anything but!

Since we are known for always digging up that extra detail, here is the scoop nobody knows… This is going to be the FIRST Pro-Line body built to hold a camera! Hence the name Blockbuster! We believe it should fit most GoPro size/type action cameras. So for all those guys that love making videos, and looking for a easier way to get that awesome shot, Pro-Line is about to hook you up!

Retail price should be about $32, and we believe the part number will be 3426-00, shipping in mid April.

More information and details will be released in the next day or so, until then hit up This Link to visit the official Pro-Line website.

Click Right Here for more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.

Vaterra Halix hop-up tie rod turnbuckles
This week in our Vaterra Halix upgrade series we’ll be showing you how to install new turnbuckles. There are a couple of good reasons to do this, the first being that the stock units can break during hard bashing, the second is that the stock units are not adjustable. Being able to adjust tire camber and front toe-in comes in mighty handy for dialing in your Halix to your local bash spot.

How to install new tie-rods on the Halix-

1. Use the four way wrench that came with your truck to remove the wheels.

2. Use a 2mm hex for the bolt heads and use either the supplied four way wrench or needle nose pliers for the nuts to remove the stock turnbuckles.

3. We used two pairs of Traxxas #3644 ($7 per pair) for the front and rear camber rods. When you install these take note that one side has a wide ball in the rod end, while the other uses a narrow. On the Halix you will want to install the wide ball towards the hub, with the narrow mounted to the shock tower. The Traxxas tie-rods are also directional, there is a groove in each tie-rod that donates direction. You will want the groove on all the tie-rods pointing the same direction. This is done so during adjustment the same rotation of the tie-rod will result in either tightening or loosening for all six units.

4. We used a pair of Traxxas #3745 ($8 per pair) for the steering turnbuckles, these are slightly longer than the 3644s and work well in the Halix.

5. We will also note that we drilled new camber holes in the rear tower of our Halix. This was done to lower the roll center and change the camber gain on the rear of the truck. The higher mount gives the rear of our Halix a more planted feel in the low bite conditions we normally drive on. We used a 7/64 bit to make the new holes and removed the bumper and top of the rear shocks to gain easier access.

6. After all six tie rods and the wheels are mounted back up, you will need to adjust camber. You will need to set your Halix on a flat surface and use an RPM #70992 (or better yet their #70950, $12) camber gauge and a turnbuckle wrench. We used a slightly modified Lunsford wrench to set front and rear camber at negative 1 degrees. Also of note, set camber with a battery in the truck while it is sitting at its normal ride height.

7. One step left to go, adjust the front toe-in. We used our Lunsford turnbuckle wrench with a metal ruler to set toe-in to zero degrees. Zero degrees is a fairly common setting that works well on the Halix. Setting the toe-in is easy, we used the metal ruler to measure the distance between the centers of the tires from the front side, then from the rear, until they both measured the same. Many people just “eyeball” the toe, as long as both front tires are pointed straight forwards, not in towards each other or pointing outwards, you will be close to zero toe.

8. With the turnbuckles bolted up and the camber and toe-in set, your Halix is ready to drive. It took us about 30 minutes to do the job, we have yet to break one of the new turnbuckles, and the additional tuning flexibility has allowed us to really dial the truck in.

Next week we’ll be installing a new servo, until then you can Click HERE to read more Halix hop-up articles on BigSquidRC.

LRP S10 Blast SC 2 4wd RTR
LRP has released information on their newly updated S10 Blast SC. The Blast SC 2 gets a few updates, most importantly for us bashers is the addition of splashproof electronics. Also getting an update are the shocks, which now come with membranes, and the drivetrain, with a new slipper and spur gear.

We have not heard if LRP America will be stocking the Blast series of bash vehicles, but for our overseas friends they look like a good option to explore. The part number for the Blast SC 2 is #120702 and you can find all the details at This Link over on the official LRP website.

Looking for more LRP news? You can find it at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho FAZER VE Audi R8 Matte Black
Murdered out black is all the rage, now Kyosho has announced a matte black Audi R8 Readyset. The Audi is part of their 10th scale PureTen Fazer series of vehicles that comes with a sturdy tub chassis and non-adjustable tie-rods. With waterproof electronics and a brushless power system, the Audi will make a splash down at your local bash spot.

* Sealed receiver box and waterproof Orion ESC
* Waterproof 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* 2.4GHz Syncro KT-200 radio system
* Comes with extra set of drift tires

The part number for the Kyosho Audi is #30916B, it is priced at $307, and to get more information all you have to do is click This Link.

Want more Kyosho news? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.