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What's new: Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Xpert WR-4401 Servo ReviewPeople still want fast servos with a a lot of torque, however, now days waterproofing is nearly a “must have” feature as well. Some of the latest high-end waterproof servos to hit the market come from Xpert RC. We been beating on one of the WR-4401 (.08 speed and 255 oz-in at 6v) waterproof servos for over a month. What did we find out?

* We found the brushless motor used in the Xpert to give exceptionally smooth performance. Whether quickly rotating from side to side, or slowly sweeping, the Xpert was one of the smoothest servos that we’ve tested.

* No, we didn’t drop the Xpert to the bottom of a swimming pool to check its waterproofing, but we did hit numerous mud-holes and subjected it to a lot of snow. So far we have seen no ill effects to the servo.

* We installed the Xpert in our review Pro-Line PRO-MT 2wd monster truck. The WR-4401 was super fast and had torque to spare in that application.

* The Xpert uses a 25 tooth servo horn and a 2.0mm bolt to secure it on. Both of these are very easy to find in a pinch.

* Metal gears are standard and we found the Xpert could take a good hard beating without stripping out its gears. We purposely tightened up the servo saver on our PRO-MT and started slapping pipes with no ill effect to the Xpert.

Overall, we are big fans of the Xpert WR-4401. The Xpert gave us top notch performance and is easily one of the top 5 best servos we’ve ever tested. If you are looking for a high performance waterproof servo we can highly recommend the WR-4401 to you. The Xpert is street priced at $99 and Here Is The Link to its product page over on the Xpert website.

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T-Bone Racing Skids Axial YetiWhile the Axial Yeti is a pretty good climber out of the box, a slicker surface underneath can help it get over obstacles more easily. To help slide right over those tough spots, T-Bone Racing has introduced a chassis skid plate and a-arm skids. Both are made from ultra-tough nylon and come with TBR’s lifetime warranty against breakage. The chassis skid plate helps to provide a smooth surface under your Yeti, while the a-arm skids will help keep it from getting hung up on branches or other pointy objects.

The TBR chassis skid plate has a part number of #12014, a street price of $17, and you can get more details at This Link. The a-arm skids are priced at $18, have a part number of #12016, and Right Here is the link to more information over on TBR’s website.

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Losi XXX-SCB Brushless Buggy UnboxingThe Losi XXX-SCB has been a favorite among the bashing crowd for years, it has a cool scale look and its legendary XXX geometry makes it a great handling machine. Now there is a new version, a XXX-SCB that comes standard with a Dynamite brushless power system and AVC stability control.

Have a look at the two galleries below to see what it looks like when you open the box on a new brushless XXX-SCB. As you can see, it comes RTR with everything you need right in the box. A 2S LiPO battery, a charger, and even AA transmitter batteries come standard.

Our full review will be finished up in the next couple of weeks. The brushless SCB has a street price of $349 and you get more details over on the official Losi Website. Want to see more unboxings? Click Here to see more right here on BigSquidRC.

Dromida RTR VideoHave you tried out one of the Dromida 18th scalers yet? They are affordable and small enough to be a blast in small spaces. Dromida has released a new video to show off the LED Lights and some of the other features of their latest vehicles- the DB4.18 buggy and the DT4.18 truck. Both new releases have a more scale appearance and both come in at under $120. Watch the video below to see more of their features and you can hit up This Link for even more details.

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What's new: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

CRC Xti-WC KitOne of the most popular indoor carpet classes has always been 1/12th scale and now you can own a version of the car that Marc Rheinard used to win the last 12th scale world championship. The CRC Xti-WC is now available for sale and comes with all the latest 12th scale design technology. The WC edition features a new chassis as well as a new U-plate front sub-frame to make it faster, tougher, and easier to drive than ever. The Xti-WC was also designed to be ultra-adjustable to suit both mod or stock racing. You can Click This Link to get more details over on the official CRC website.

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Rage RC 5000mAh Battery ReviewSometimes you just need an inexpensive NiMH Battery to get the job done. Sometimes you may not have a LiPO battery charger, or maybe you just want to keep things simple. Such is the need for a battery like the Rage RC 7.2V 5000mAh NiMH.

We received a pack for testing a couple of months ago and have been putting it through the BigSquidRC ringer ever since. What have we found out?

* The Rage comes with a simple “Tamiya” style connector that works on numerous entry level products.

* With a standard 6 cell NiMH form factor, the Rage easily fit in every application that we tried. We used it in several vehicles, from an ECX Torment, to a Pro-Line PRO-MT, to a Traxxas Slash, the Rage was always a perfect fit.

* We also used the Rage in the roto-start of our nitro powered Duratrax Camaro. In this application it had plenty of power and turned over the nitro engine easily.

* While the Rage didn’t have the energy density (read- runtime and voltage output) of a LiPo, it had excellent power and runtimes compared to a pair of different low mAh RTR packs that we had laying around. For example, in our brushed Torment the truck was noticeably faster when using the Rage than when driven on a 1500mAh RTR NiMH.

* We conducted a 1C (5 amp) discharge on the Rage using a Hyperion 720iNet3 to get a capacity reading. The Rage NiMH was stated to be 5000mAh, while the Hyperion showed it put out 4732mAh on its first cycle.

We had no issues with the Rage RC 5000 NiMH and can highly recommend it to you. It has a low street price of $29 and its part number is #RGRNM5000-6. Click Right Here for more details over on the Hobby & Recreation Products website.

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Hitec Q-Cop 450 QuadcopterYou probably know Hitec for their world class servos, but they also sell a lot of air gear. Now, for the first time ever, they have introduced a quadcopter, the Q-Cop 450. The Q-Cop isn’t a low end unit, it is a high performance quad aimed at the mid-range of the market. Some of its cool features include-

* Brushless power and ultra-efficient propellers
* Comes with 3S 11.1V 5300mAh LiPO battery
* Up to 33 mph cruising speed
* Up to 25 minutes of flight time
* GPS directional control
* Return-to-home feature
* WiFi connection with 1000′ range
* Mobile device app for both iOS and Android
* Built in HD camera
* Shoots 16 megapixel stills and up to 1080p at 30fps video

The Q-Cop 450 has a street price of $799, a part number of #13613, and you can hit up This Link for more details over on Hitec’s official website.

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RC4WD Raceline Raptor 2.2 Beadlock WheelsGive your truck a hot new look with a set of RC4WD Raceline Raptor 2.2″ Beadlock Wheels. These are officially licensed by Raceline Wheels and were designed to give your truck a big boost in scale realism. The wheels were designed to be tough too, they are CNC machined from billet aluminum. Some of their other features and specifications include-

* 12mm hex
* Outer diameter: 2.2″
* Width: 1.19″
* Weight: 3.3oz
* Comes with scale wheel nut cover w/ Raceline logo

A set of four has a street price of $139, a part number of #Z-W0192, and these are available right now. Click Right Here for more details over on the official RC4WD website.

Catch up on the latest RC4WD news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

Video Proto-X FPVIf you’ve been living in a cave the last few years you might not have heard that FPV is all the rage in the air community. Recently Hobbico announced an FPV version of their extremely popular Proto-X Quadcopter. The Proto-X FPV allows you to fly via watching a video feed on its transmitter, plus you can record and download the video from your flight. Check out the video below to learn more about the features of the Proto-X FPV and to see exactly what video shot from the Proto-X FPV looks like.

The Proto-X FPV is priced at $229 and you can get one on pre-order at This Link over on the Tower Hobbies website.

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What's new: Monday, November 17th, 2014

ARRMA Kraton Electronics UpgradeHi, my name is Iron Mike and I like long walks on the beach and destroying rc cars. You might know me as a part of the BSRC Bash Crew or perhaps from the Prop Wash boat column that I’ve been slacking on (for months now). A few weeks ago Cubby comes over to my house and drops a brand spank’n new ARRMA Kraton in my lap. Holy smokes, it was my lucky day! The Kraton is easily one of the biggest, baddest bash trucks on the market. Then I realized that if he was dropping it in my lap, it was only because there was work to do. Luckily for me I was told my only job was hop it up, using any type of gear I wanted to. A few minutes later I had Cubby’s company credit card in hand and was on the phone with Tower Hobbies ordering up some seriously kick ass electronics.

Please click on the “Read More” button to find out exactly what I installed, along with step-by-step instructions on how to switch out the electronics in your Kraton.

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As Cubby mentioned this morning, our second issue has shipped! We can’t thank the hobby shops for all their support! The list is growing every day, and it’s actually a little overwhelming. As you can see, next month we are going to need a van to get to the post office!

mail_bagAfter a few trips into the post office with a dolly full of boxes, the guy behind the counter offered up their cart! This saved a ton of time, but the look on his face when we walked back in was like ‘uh-oh’. LOL

Expect them to hit shops Tuesday/Wednesday depending where you are at in the country compared to Chicago. Australia, Japan, Europe and Canada may take a little longer.

Click Right Here to see what shops are carrying the new monthly. If you are a hobby shop owner, click that link to see what information you need to send over. The list isn’t complete, but we are doing our best to keep up with the additions, so if you have sent us your information in the last week, and your shop isn’t up there yet, hang tight.

Thanks again to all the hobby shops for their support!
Show them a little love and stop in this week!

Boom Racing Aluminum Upgrades ECX Torment Circuit RuckusAre you proud of your ECX 2wd Torment, Ruckus, or Circuit? Want to make it all it can be? Just want to uber-it-out? Boom Racing has announced a slew of aluminum upgrades to give your ECX a trick new look and to make it tougher than ever. To suit your taste, all the upgrades are available in four different colors- silver, blue, gun metal, and black. The list up of aluminum upgrade parts include-

* Steering blocks
* Castor mount
* Front a-arms
* Rear a-arms
* Rear hub carriers
* Steering bellcranks

Hit up This Link for full details over on the official Asiatees Hobbies website, and you can Click Right Here to get more Asiatees Hobbies news on BigSquidRC.

Krypton 1.9 Scale TiresIn the never ending quest for trail supremacy, RC4WD has announced a new 1.9″ tire called the Krypton. The Kryptons are molding in RC4WD’s famous X2SS super sticky compound and can give your truck a whole new look while increasing its traction.

The Kryptons hit the street at $25 per pair, have a part number of #Z-T0130, and they are shipping right now. Head over to the official RC4WD Website for more details.

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