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What's new: Thursday, December 11th, 2014

ASK Cubby

“Charger Comparison

Hi, I just wanted your thought since you’re the only website I have seen conduct reviews on these two chargers. I am looking at the Hitec X1 Pro with power supply and the Hitec X1 Touch.

These are two very different chargers and wanted to know if you had to choose between the two which one would you recommend?

Thank you,
Curt H.”

Cubby- Yo hey Curt, thanks for the email and be sure to shoot us your snail mail for a pretty dern slick BSRC sticker pack.

About the Hitec battery chargers, I use the X1 Pro on a daily basis. Why? Because it takes up very little space on my pit table and can charge at a fairly high rate, 16 amps. I am one of those guys that hates to wait for batteries to charge so the extra power is a big plus to me.

The X1 Touch gets a lot of use by Iron Mike. Mikeee is very different than myself, he doesn’t really care about power, what he does care about is ease of use. The X1 Touch is one of the easiest to use chargers on the market, making it easy for Mikeee to charge a bunch of different types of packs at different rates without having to reach for the manual.

So there ya have it, both are solid chargers in their own way, the best one for you depends on your personal tastes.


“Pro-Line PRO-MT

First off, I love your page. I wish I had a group like you on the west coast. I’ve been into RC for a couple of years now (aka I’m poor,) and I really want to pick up a Pro-Line Pro-MT. In your review of the Pro-MT, you list a Savox SV-1270TG which is 361 oz/in of torque at 6.0V. I know the crawler guys really say anything over 200 oz/in of torque from a servo and you should install a higher end BEC (like castle creations for $20) and bypass the ESC internal BEC.

Would that be the same in the case for the Pro-MT? I couldn’t find any data on what the output is from the Castle internal BEC.

Thanks.

Dave
Northern CA”

Cubby- Yes, we definitely threw a beast of a servo in our Pro-Line PRO-MT for the review. The PRO-MT is a high-end bash machine and we wanted to make sure there was more than enough crank on those big front tires. We ran the big Savox (which are known to be power hungry) off a Castle Creations Max Pro SCT speedo and didn’t experience any issues with brown-outs or glitching. And no, we didn’t run any extra caps or a separate BEC, we just hooked it up and drove the tar out of it.

And ya I know, so many internet experts will say, “OMG, use a 300oz Savox and you will HAVE to use a separate BEC!!!”. And while yes, in some applications you would, I’m from the school of ignoring people like that and simply trying it first. If you hook it up and get some glitching or your ESC falters, go ahead and put a BEC in, if you don’t have any issues just keep on truck’n. An ounce of first hand knowledge is worth more than 10,000 pounds of internet speculation.


That’s it ya bunch of lunatics, shoot your emails to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make the big time like Dave and Curt did today and you’ll get a free sticker pack, be declared as “Letter of the Month” and we’ll even send you a free BSRC t-shirt (one of the new uber cool ones).

YOUR Cub Reporter

Dynamite Passport Ultra 100W AC/DC Touch Battery ChargerTouch screens look cool and can make products easier to use. The latest charger from Dynamite, the Passport Ultra 100W, has a touch screen and much more. The Passport features a 400 x 240 pixel TFT Color Touch Screen and can charge LiFe/LiIon/LiPo/NiCd/NiMH/Pb batteries. For power it can charge at up to 10 amps and is rated for a maximum cell count of 6S LiPO. Also, it comes with a JST-XH balance board, 20 spots of battery memory, and a USB port for charging your cell phone or other device.

The part number is #DYNC3000, it is street priced at $109 and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in late January. Click Here to get more details over on the official Dynamite RC website.

Click Here to see more Dynamite news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, December 10th, 2014


Cars Fly Too You KnowHitting the Wall Street Journal a little while ago, GoPro is developing a line of multirotors for 2015. Nothing says a good idea like the camera guy making the ideal platform for their product, but has the train already left the station?

GoPro has the right idea with their 2015 ventures, but it will come down to implementation. There is a lot of competition already, so they have to make it right the first time. Their best bet, in my opinion, would be to partner with a known and practiced multirotor platform and create an all in one package without trying to reinvent the wheel, as many are trying to do.

That brings up an all to familiar point to those of your repeat-readers of my column. Yes, camera platforms/multirotor vehicles are definitely not going anywhere soon, but I fear for not only the hobby, but for the market in general. Similar to my rant regarding micro-quads, market saturation in my LHS and now the internet is becoming a brutal reality. Thunder Tiger, Align, DJI, Blade, and Walkera are just the major brands with product out and available for all to purchase already. This doesn’t include Chinese clones, frame kits, and the numerous quadcopters being crowdfunded on Kickstarter and other internet funding sites.

Which leads into my next point, that novice pilots make me nervous. I am not referencing the average hobby enthusiast who wants to learn to fly and makes mistakes, but the never been in a hobby shop, knows nothing about safety, Joe Entrepreneur who is picking up, buying, or building various multirotor platforms. The scary part is that they assume they know all there is to know about building and piloting (anyone remember Bub?), and the technology changes so much even I cannot always keep up. In just the last 24 hours, a ‘professional pilot’ clipped a photographer’s nose with a propeller while flying as the photographer was there to work on a piece about a New York TGI Friday’s promotion involving multirotors. What’s worse, is the reaction from the pilot was close to showing signs of arrogance (and I quote, “If people get hurt, they’re going to come regardless. People get hurt in airplanes, they still fly. There is a risk involved — anything flying, there is risk.”) Understandably, yes technically there is risk in all things, but that doesn’t mean I want someone’s quadcopter to give my nose a kiss when I am at a restaurant, or anywhere else for that matter.

As a hobby shop employee, an AMA member, and looking at being a helicopter safety officer for my local flying club, please show restraint and always be as safe as possible when flying/driving your RC vehicle outside of designated tracks, airfields, etc. There is a lot of potential danger when driving or flying: from dealing with local passerbys, to passing vehicles, to any other obstacle that may get in your way. Be Aware, and stay safe.

Alright enough of my ranting! I swear I am getting the Ares Ethos FPV/HD review done, and my FPV 250 class racer is built and ready for an article as well. As always, feel free to shoot me an email with questions at kevin (at) bigsquidrc (dot) com, and I will answer and possibly write your very own article! Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Tekno Locking Shock Rod Ends Spring Perch SetHow many spring retainers have you lost during all your years of bashing? How many springs have you lost after breaking a shock end? The crew over at Tekno RC are now making Locking Shock Ends & Spring Perch Sets to prevent any more lost shock parts. Their locking set is made to fit the Tekno EB/NB/ET/NT/SCT and uses a M3x10mm set screw to keep the shock end secured to the spring retainer.

The part number is #TKR6140, they are street priced at $12, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for complete details over on the official Tekno website.

Click Here for more Tekno news on BigSquidRC.

dromida_db4_18_00

There is no better timing to get into 1/18th scale vehicles than during the winter months. They are small enough to bash around with in the house, or indoor track, and big enough to go outside when it warms up. We just got our hands on the latest Dromida vehicles, and you know what that means, unboxing time!

First up is the Dromida DB4.18 Desert Buggy. Enjoy the pics, and watch for a review soon.

Click Right Here to get more details over on the official Dromida website.

Want to see more unboxings? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

JConcepts 1/8th Dirt WebsJConcepts has announced that their popular Dirt Webs tires are now available for 1/8th scale buggies. The Dirt Webs are designed for use on indoor clay tracks as well as treated outdoor tracks. Dirt Webs are known for having loads of forward bite while a single rib around the outside edges gives more side-bite in the corners.

* 83mm bead mounting size
* Comes with closed cell inserts
* Vertical and horizontal bars for more side-bite
* Web-bars for more stability and forward traction

The Dirt Webs are available in four different compounds and are street priced around $28. Click Right Here for more details over on the JConcepts website.

Get More JConcepts news right here on BigSquidRC.

RC4WD Gelande II D110 Truck Kit With Hard BodyThe latest RC4WD release for you scale enthusiasts is the Gelande II D110 Truck Kit with Defender Hard Body. The G2 has numerous new features like Yota II axles, an R3 single speed tranny, and the servo mount is up on the chassis for a more scale appearance. A four link suspension is used on the rear while a 3 link with panhard bar is used up front.

* Designed for true to scale looks
* Long wheelbase G2 chassis
* Metal axles with locked diffs
* Center mounted transfer case
* Dirt Grabber 1.9″ tires
* 5 lug 1.9 beadlock wheels
* Dual spring oil shocks
* Width- 7.87″
* Length- 22.44″
* Wheelbase- 13″
* Weight- 105.6oz

The part number is #Z-K0047, it is street priced at $599, and you can hit up This Link for more details over on RC4WD’s website.

Want to learn about more RC4WD products? Click Here to find more on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

THE Losi 8IGHT-E RTR with AVC Review

Losi 8IGHT-E RTR Review

8th scale buggies are prime bash machines, they are fast, corner well, and can make the biggest of the big jumps. We’ve been bash testing the new 8th scale Losi 8IGHT-E RTR for weeks now. Is it a burly bash machine? Can you go huge with it? Does it come with big power? How easily does it break? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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Gear Head RC Aluminum M-12 Micro Crawler WheelsLooking for a trick set of wheels for your Losi Micro Crawler or Micro 4×4 Trail Trekker? If so, the folks over at Gear Head RC have the hook-up for you. CNC machined from 6061-T6 aluminum right here in the USA, the latest wheels from Gear Head can give your Losi Micro Crawler a cool scale look while being ultra-durable out on the trail.

These are available with either an aluminum or black finish, they are street priced at $49 for a set of 4 and they are available right now. You can hit up This Link to get more details over on the RPP Hobby website.

Get More Gear Head news right here on BigSquidRC.

Exotek F1 Front SuspensionExotek has a new F1R2 Independent Front Suspension Set to make your F1 car faster than ever. The Exotek IFS gives your car more suspension travel and body roll, this allows you to drive into corners harder while being able to soak up curbing and bumps without backing off the throttle. Designed to fit a standard F104 bolt pattern, the Exotek suspension set was made for maximum performance and durability. The part number is #1473, it is priced at $65 and you can get more details at This Link over on Exotek’s official website.

Click Here to learn about more Exotek products right here on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Big Give 2014Pro-Line is known for several things- sharp bodies, great tires, winning championships, doing a lot of charitable work, and generally just going huge when they do something. On the charity side of things, Pro-Line has started their annual BIG GIVE event. This runs through Thursday December 18th and gives you a chance to not only win some very trick Pro-Line products, but to also have Pro-Line give some big cash to a charity in your name.

Each day a winner will be given a Pro-Line Prize Pack that consists of a new PRO-2 SCT, a PRO-2 SCB, or PRO-MT, a Pro-Line apparel pack, and a $50 to $100 gift certificate. Also in the prize pack is a donation to a charity in your name ranging from $1000 to $5000. All in all, Pro-Line’s BIG GIVE gives away over $30,000 in donations and prizes.

How do you enter? It is very simple, just hit This Link to head over to the BIG GIVE page over on Pro-Line’s website. To get more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC simply hit up This Link.

Losi XXX-SCT UnboxingWe’ve been testing and bashing the new Losi XXX-SCT Brushless RTR with AVC for several weeks now. When we cracked it out of the box we took a bunch of pictures to show our readers exactly what it looks like when you get one in your hands. What you’ll find inside is everything needed to get the truck running including AA batteries for the transmitter and a 3000mAh LiPO battery w/ charger for the truck. Our full review will go up soon, until then enjoy the unboxing pictures and you can Click Right Here to get more details over on the official Losi website.

Want to see more unboxings? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, December 8th, 2014

ST Racing Concepts Battery BraceThe good guys over at ST Racing Concepts have announced 3 new upgrades for some of your favorite Axial trucks.

First up (and shown above) is an Aluminum/Graphite Battery Brace for the Axial Yeti. The battery brace is used to reduce the flex that can cause your battery to fall out during extreme bashing. These are available in several different colors and are priced at $20.

Next up are special green anodized versions of STRC’s Short Wheelbase Kit and Front Upper 4 Link Kit for the SCX10. These are made from high quality aluminum and are priced at $69 and $15 respectively.

To get more information on these and all the other hop-ups that STRC has for Axial trucks simply Click Here to head over to their official website.

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