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Back To School Bash Reminder

BigSquidRC 2013 HobbyTown Bash_00015 Don’t forget, THIS SATURDAY we are teaming up again with our friends at HobbyTown Orland Park for Back to School Bash!

Join us on Saturday, August 30th as we celebrate the last days of summer in one action packed event! Sign ups will start at 9:30am with events starting at 10:30am.

For more details Click Here for the official post!

What's new: Friday, August 22nd, 2014

trigger-king-rc-grave-diggerA few weeks ago you may of seen my piece on building a Tamiya Lunchbox for use in a retro monster truck racing series. Last weekend we held the first event and, despite mother nature throwing a curve ball, it was a blast!

There are 3 classes; Scale Monster Truck (Axial based hybrids, modded Tamiya TXT-1′s and Clodbusters), Retro Monster Truck (old style monster kits like Clods & Lunchboxes), and Mega Mud Truck (Axial hybrids and modded SCX10′s). The format is similar what you’d see in a “real” monster competition. There are racing, wheelie and freestyle events. Points are awarded for each event with the winners being who score the highest combined total.

The monsters race on their own course separate from the slop that the mud trucks call home. Originally all the trucks were going to be running on dirt but thanks to torrential rains we had to audible and build the monster course on asphalt. The whole crew did a fantastic job throwing things together at the last minute and the track was awesome for both racing and freestyle.

Racing was tight across all classes. Watching the old trucks rumble around the track was great fun, and then seeing the “modern” monsters literally fly over the same course was very eye opening. I’m well aware of how far the hobby has come since the old days, but actually racing different generations of vehicle back to back make it VERY noticeable. My race truck handles like an F1 car compared to the stiff and bouncy retro machines. That being said, both types of truck are equally fun to race!

Congrats to the  winners: Chris Blank won the retro class with his old school Sassy Chassis Clodbuster, Josh Rhodes took scale monster in his wicked ZRP Diablo based Grave Digger, and Jeff Bourgoine took the Mega Truck title with his Axial / CPE Barbarian. I had a great time and can’t wait to come out to the next one in the fall!

To see more of where the BigSquidRC crew has been lately you can click here. For more scale r/c news click here!

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THE Hitec X1 Pro Battery Charger Review

Hitec X1 Pro Review

The latest battery charger from Hitec is the X1 Pro. As its name suggests, it is a professional level charger that is tiny in size and comes at an affordable price point. Can it hang with the best chargers on the planet? Is it easy to use? Is it worth the cash? Click the “Read More” tab to find out how performed in the field and on our test bench.

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Pro-Line Stunner SC Tires
The latest in traction for your short course truck is the new Stunner from Pro-Line. The Stunner was designed to provide optimal traction on dusty, loamy, outdoor tracks. We bash in those kinds of conditions every day, sign us up for some! Closed cell inserts come standard and they fit on most common short course truck wheels.

The part number for the Stunners in M3 compound is #10106-02, the part number for M4 is #10106-03, and they are priced at $23 per pair. Get all the details at This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

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Pro-Line Carbon Fiber Shock Tower Associated B5 B5M
Add durability (and pure trickness) to your Associated 5 Series Buggy with a new Carbon Fiber Shock Tower from Pro-Line. There is a wide model available for the B5 along with a narrow model just for the B5M. Both towers are constructed from thick carbon fiber and come with aluminum ball stud mounts.

The part number for the B5M unit is #6259-00, the unit for the B5 is #6260-00, and both are priced at $39. Get all the fine details over on Pro-Line’s Official Website.

Mystery Link, dare you click???

TheToyz scale mirrors
Your scale rig is nearly done, but you are still looking for some finishing touches. TheToyz has something perfect for you, 1/10 Rock Crawler Side Mirrors. These are made from a durable plastic and take just minutes to install.

* They come all chrome but are easily paintable
* Includes two washers & body clips for easy install

The part number is #TOYZ 240, they are priced at $3.99, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link to get more information over on TheToyz’s official website.

Happy Friday to one and all, take a chance on a TGIF Mystery Link.

RPM Spare Tire Carrier Traxxas Slash
I don’t have to tell you guys that it’s all about scale realism now days. You see it creeping into more new car releases, and we see the trend every time we go bashing.

The good guys over at RPM have announced a Spare Tire Carrier that fits the Traxxas Slash 2wd and 4×4. Their spare tire carrier is a great way of adding a touch of scale realism to your Slash and will certainly help give it a great custom look. Made from RPM’s ultra tough blend of nylon, you won’t have to worry about it breaking any time soon.

The part number is #70502, they are priced at $14, and they are expected to start shipping in about 3 weeks. Complete details can be found at This Link on the official RPM website.

Click Right Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

What's new: Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Serpent Spyder SRX-2 RTR
Maybe you have been looking for a high-end 2wd buggy but just don’t have the time to build a kit. Enter Serpent with their new Spyder SRX-2 RTR. Their new RTR is based on their uber kit version but is ready to hit the track right out of the box. Some of its features include-

* Dragon 2.4GHz radio system
* Pre-painted and cut body
* Waterproof electronics
* Sensorless 9 turn brushless motor
* Big bore 12mm shocks

The part number is #500002 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official Serpent website.

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

ASK Cubby

“review
Hi I would love to see a review of the new 1/5 VRX phantom-B brushless buggy
Mmmmm”

Cubby- Hey ya “Mmmmm”, shoot us your snail mail for the hook-up on a BigSquidRC sticker pack.

So… you would like to see a review of the VRX Phantom 1/5 buggy? Why? Have you seen that thing? It looks like something Iron Mike picked out of his nose, and having seen first hand some of the things that come out of there, that is some pretty gruesome stuff.

But seriously… some of the smaller 1/10 VRX products don’t look bad, but the buggy you mention would make Medusa wince in agony. Oh and… I have no clue if the buggy is any good or not, however I would never review one based on looks alone.


“Hi Cubby,
Back in Apr 21, 2014, you mentioned a third rc company coming out with a 1/8 scale gas monster truck. Haven’t heard any news. Btw, how come there’s no rc companies coming out with a gas powered truck with reverse transmission? Thank you! :)
Harry Y.”

Cubby- Heyyyyyy now Harry, thanks for the email and congrats, you’ve just won a free sticker pack.

Yes, I have first hand knowledge of a third gas entry, but…

Before the HPI Octane the Losi XXL-2 hit the market, several companies were scrambling to get into the gas game. However… after the cold reception they both received, companies don’t seem to be in such a rush. Gas will no doubt be big at some point in the future, and while I feel that both the Octane and the XXL-2 were admirable first attempts at the category, there is still a lot of room for improvement. From my first hand knowledge with “Company X” that is working on a gas 1/8th scaler, they are taking their time to make sure their product is as refined as possible before hitting the market, which might be months, or even years from now.

Btw… where are the aftermarket parts for the gas trucks put out thus far? I know the aftermarket types out there, they could fix any/all that ills those trucks, but so far they have sat on their hands. “Sighhhhh”

Anywhos…

And why no reverse on the gas trucks so far? Cost, plain and simple. Both of the current models came to the plate at relatively high price points, to add reverse would simply push them that much further out of the realm of most people’s budgets.


That’s it ya lunatics, shoot me an email and maybe, just maybe, you too can bask in the glory of making it into ASK Cubby. Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com is the address, should you make the big time you will get a free sticker pack or possibly even a t-shirt!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Vaterra 2015 Ford Mustang 4WD RTR
While the radical new 2015 Ford Mustang is already making waves in the full size world, we are more stoked for the arrival of the new Vaterra rc version. The Vaterra 2015 Mustang is a meticulously detailed version of the real-deal, offering both incredible scale looks and solid on-road performance.

The Vaterra 2015 Mustang comes on their V100-S 4wd on-road platform that has proven to be both durable base and good handling. The stock power plant is a 15 turn brushed motor and the included electronics are waterproof. The Vaterra Mustang comes completely RTR with nothing else needed to hit the pavement.

* Low profile tires on 54mm wheels
* Officially licensed by Ford
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
* Realistic brake disc and calipers
* Includes Dynamite 1800mAh NiMH & charger

The part number is #VTR03024, it is street priced at $289, and you can be the first guy on your block to get one by pre-ordering at This Link over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

Click Right Here to read more Vaterra news on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho Mad Bug VE
All you Volkswagen fans will be stoked to hear about the new Mad Bug from Kyosho. The Mad Bug is officially licensed by VW and comes as a Readset, fully assembled and ready to bash right out of the box.

With 4wd and an Orion brushless system, the Mad Bug was designed to tackle tough off-road terrain. Other standard features include a 2.4GHz radio system, 1800mAh NiMH battery w/ charger, and heavy duty suspension.

* Waterproof electronics
* Aluminum big bore shocks
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Inch up wheels and high grip tires
* Wheelbase- 272mm
* Width- 287mm

The part number for white is #30994T1B, blue is #30994T2B, they have a street price of $299, and they are expected to start shipping at the end of September. Hit up This Link for full details over on the official Kyosho America website.

Want more Kyosho news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Blade 350QX2

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person a little jealous that the new Blade 350QX2 AP Combo came with new bells and whistles of better Receiver coverage, bigger battery, and more. Luckily for us the 350QX V2 gone, and now we have the 350QX2! Still featuring the same RTF and Bind-N-Fly packages, the 350QX2 touts these new enhancements:

  • White Battery Hatch (BLH7902)
    White battery hatch compliments the primarily white design of the 350 QX2.
  • 3,000 Mah LiPo Capacity Battery (EFLB30003S30)
    Allows for longer flight times and helps to better account for the weight of an action camera.
  • New AC/DC Battery Balancing Charger (EFLC3016)
    Charge your LiPo flight battery to perfection with this 3S compatible 3.5A charger.
  • New Full Range Receiver (BLH7801A)
    Refined full range receiver improves connectivity.

With new enhancements, always comes a change in price. The new 350QX2 RTF (BLH8000) is priced at $499.99, and the BNF (BLH8080) will sell at $449.99. No need to wait though, the quads have already shipped and are on hobby store shelves now! For more information check out Blade Helicopter page Right Here.

For more Horizon Hobby news on BigSquidRC, Click Here.

200QX Cruising

In all things multirotor, I was excited by Blade Helicopter’s announcement about the new 3D flight modes for the 200QX. I for one quickly ordered the new props, dragged my update cable out of the 350QX case, and was quickly on my way to being ready for inverted flight. Check out the video and my impressions on the upgrade after the jump…

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AquaCraft Fletcher Class Destroyer
At 61″ long and standing 17″ tall, the US Fletcher Class Destroyer from AquaCraft is a beast. And while it may be huge, it is loaded with fine scale detailing so it looks great on the water, or when perched in your rc garage. The Destroyer utilizes a sturdy pre-painted fiberglass hull and a pair of 550 motors for power.

* Main gun turrets can rotate
* Comes with wood display stand
* Has a removable superstructure
* Mast is removable for easy transport
* Props are painted bronze

The part number is #AQUB5705 and you can get more details on everything AquaCraft over on their Official Website.

Catch up on your AquaCraft news at This Link on BigSquidRC.