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What's new: Friday, May 30th, 2014

RPM Traxxas Nerf Bars Rally Slash
Tired of breaking the nerf bars on your 1/10 Traxxas Rally, 2wd Slash LCG, or Slash 4×4? Well RPM has the solution for you, their new nerf bars feature extra webbing and are molded from RPM’s famous engineering grade nylon to take a beating without breaking. The nerf bars are available in two different colors and come with RPM’s limited lifetime warranty against breakage.

The part number for black is #70652, for blue it is #70655, and both are priced at $8. These start shipping in about two weeks and you can find more details at This Link over on the RPM website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Kick off your weekend with a TGIF Mystery Link!

What's new: Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Build Title Pic[To start from the beginning, check out Part 1 and Part 2]

The frames are built and the motors and ESCs are installed, and all that remains is one major piece: The Multirotor Control Board.

The Multirotor Control Board is the heart and soul of the multirotor vehicle. It maintains level flight, helps equalize motor speeds, and also is the gyroscope for the aircraft. Now these boards use a number of programming means: some use computer code to get set up,  others just a basic computer setup program, and some can be completely standalone. The only disadvantage? The price varies just as much as the capabilities of the control board. I picked up a little bit of everything for these quads, so I left no stone unturned.

Multirotor Control Boards:

Armattan CNC 258 VTail: This quad actually was designed with hardware to support the installation of a specific control board, the KK Multiboard. Available from various sources, though originating from HobbyKing the KK board is the go-to control board for most DIY multirotor builders. Priced around $39 shipped, this control board has an onboard LCD display and menu system to fine tune the settings. With its simple setup and reliable performance, I can understand why it is always on backorder. The disadvantage? Backordering, and the fact is ships from China. I can be quite impatient, so sometimes waiting is not worth the value. [Note 5/22/14: For those of you looking for a more 'Made in USA' KK board, ReadyToFlyQuads now has one available for purchase here.)

Lynxmotion Hunter 400: For this quadcopter I really got adventurous and went to my new source for multicontroller boards: ReadyToFlyQuads. Featured on a post from a while ago (found here), the guys there in Florida have made a great board called the MultiWii FLIP. With the gyro and accelerometer technology used originally for the Nintendo Wii controllers, the boards are programmed to handle multirotors using a programming language called Arduino. Yes, this does fall under the ‘Age of the Geek’ category, but all of the coding is premade and the FLIP board can also be purchased with all the programming pre-loaded. For a faster ship, you can order the board without programming and requiring the headers (ESC/Receiver Plugs) to be soldered, and get it to your door for around $20 shipped. I only recommend this board for the ‘tinkering’ kind of DIY builder, for you have a lot of tweaking available through the MultiWiiConf board utility program, shown below.

DJI Flamewheel 450: For this quadcopter I took the more traditional route by buying more DJI, more specifically the Naza-M Lite Controller with GPS unit. This is a basic multicontroller unit that was built with great instructions and support from the manufacturer. The GPS upgrade alone is the same as the GPS and controller bundled together, so I picked up the set for $169 from Empire RC. Granted it is much more expensive than the other two controllers, but the technology is backed but multiple sources of technical support as well as an ever changing firmware set that can be upgraded by connecting the whole thing to the computer. Overall, this was the only setup I had that was pretty straight forward without making me taking much risk in the ‘I hope this setup works or I will have a big crash to clean up.’

Now that the major ‘guts’ of the quadcopters present and accounted for, it’s time to update the scoreboard:

Quad Frame Motor/ESC/Wiring Controller TBA Total
Armattan $125 $129 $39 $0 $293
Lynxmotion $90 $157 $20 $0 $267
DJI $32 $122 $169 $0 $323

Looking back to Part 2 (link at beginning of article), the tables have turned when it comes to pricing, placing the DJI at the high end of the kits where it was at the lowest, thanks to the Naza-M Lite.

It’s time to assemble and pick up the last components, which will wrap up this build series with ‘Prop Up or Shut Up’. It will focus on the finished product, flight, and basic tricks to get your builds running smoothly.

I can’t wait to show you how these guys fly, but until then Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

MIP Spline CVD Center Drive Axial SCX10
MIP has a new CVD Center Drive Kit for Axial SCX10s with a 12.3″ wheelbase (which includes the Axial Jeep Rubicon). The new kit does away with the old double set screw design and instead opts for a pin set screw. The drive hubs have also been changed so they no longer make contact with the spur gear cover.

* Dual CVD articulation w/ 40 degrees of angle
* Heat treated all metal design
* Spline drive technology
* Comes with grease and Loctite
* 100% made in the USA
* Does not fit SCX10 Dingo kit

The part number for the Axial CVDs is #13360, they are priced at $75, they are available right now, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official MIP website.

Find more MIP news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

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Since the day we unboxed the HPI Savage Octane, people have been begging us for video. We tossed together a quick video of clips from some of our time out during the review process. You can check out the speed runs, bashing, and just messing around with the truck. Enjoy, and don’t forget to watch all the way to the end for a special treat from Adam the Intern!

Have you seen the review? Check it out Right Here.

ASK Cubby

“My first

Hi my name is Anthony. I’m looking to get a RTR RC truck. I’m into electric RC trucks and so far the only 2 I like are the hpi savage flux hp and the TT mt3 3G. Is there any RC you can recommend and is there anything you can say to make the choice easier between either RC that I have interest in? Like is the savage flux really waterproof? I’m new to this so I’ve read a lot of blogs and reviews including from your web site but there are so many RC to choose from.

Anthony T.”

Cubby- Yo hey Anthony, hit Brian up with your snail mail so he can get a BSRC sticker pack headed out your way.

So… yet another “which should I get” email, this time between the Thunder Tiger MT4 G3 and the HPI Savage Flux. So where do I stand on the two trucks???

I’m personally a big fan of the Thunder Tiger. Why? It has rip the tires off power, it has a layout that is easy to work on, and it rarely breaks in such a way that the truck can’t be driven. We use a number of the Thunder Tigers to put on driving demos and its one of our favorites. We can bash the heck out of them for an entire weekend, and while they might be all twisted and tweaked afterwards, they are still driving. Oh and, they are typically a little easier on the wallet up front.

However, we do have other members of our Bash Crew that would select the Savage. It has big power, arguably more than the Thunder Tiger, and once you have it dialed in is known for being one of the toughest trucks out there. As far as waterproofing goes, as far as I know they are not waterproof, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little work yourself and make it that way.


“Cubby,
I have been looking all over the web for a positive review of the Octane Savage, so far I have found none. Can you give me one good reason to buy the truck?
Kyle V.”

Cubby Ok, let me get this straight, you are emailing me, me (?????), to get one good reason to buy an HPI Savage Octane? You do know I hate gas/nitro more than being stuck behind a woman applying for a home loan at an ATM, right?

Ya, I am seriously an electric guy. I dig they are quiet so I never get run off a bash spot, I dig their ridiculous torque, and I dig that they either start every single time, or go up in flames, no in-between.

However… I actually have two good reasons for you to buy the Octane- 1. it’s a game changer, and 2. it’s great for people who like a challenge.

Now… it might not be a very good truck, but neither were a bunch of other ground breakers. Shall we remember the original T-Maxx? Holy smokes, how many times did I see a guy that couldn’t get his to start? How many times did I see guys with fubared one way bearings in the starter? How many dead “quick start’ batteries did I see go dead after constant cranking? How many times did I see guys finally get their T-Maxx started, drop it on the ground, to only have it die when their first foot hit the drivers stand? How many times did I see a runaway T-Maxx going 40 mph across a parking lot with its overweight owner chasing it like he was Usain Bolt? Ya, the original T-Maxx, the biggest seller in the history of rc, was no real gem of a truck.

Hey, how about the original Losi Mini-T? Remember the friction super bounce shocks? Remember the poor range? Remember the non-standard servo wire? Remember how its servo was so slow you could measure its transit speed with a sun dial? Out of the box it wasn’t kick’n any ass.

Or how about the almighty Slash? Remember how the shocks exploded the first big jump you landed? Remember how easy it was to polish the teeth off the spur, even with the stock brushed motor?

Those trucks were all huge trend setters, and I swear a big part of their allure was the fact they were not perfect out of the box.

Enter the aftermarket, companies that took ground breaking trucks and actually transformed them into something you could actually drive. Remember all the dozens upon dozens of aftermarket companies that sprung up with T-Maxx hop-up and bling parts? Remember the same about the Mini-T?

What I’m trying to say here is the Octane is not perfect out of the box, far from it, but there are a whole lot of hardcore hobbyists that actually prefer trucks that need some innovative thinking to finally get them up to their full potential. If you are the type of person that liked the challenge of making the T-Maxx or Mini-T into full tilt bash machines, I would say you need to hop on the Octane bandwagon ASAP.


That’s all I have for ya this week. Keep those letters coming in, my email is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Each and every letter that hits the big time gets a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as letter of the month we’ll totally hook you up with one of our sweet new BSRC t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter

STRC Option Parts Associated B5 B5M
The Team Associated B5 & B5M are some of the hottest buggies on the market right now and ST Racing Concepts has released several upgrade parts to help uber them out.

Up first is the STRC CNC machined aluminum front bulkhead. The 25 degree bulkhead is made to increase front end durability and helps add a bit of weight up front to increase steering. These are available in three different colors, have a part number of #STC91364B/GM/S, and are priced at $17.

Also made to toughen up the front of your Associated is the STRC front hinge pin brace. The STRC hinge pin brace helps prevent the inner pins from twisting and bending on hard hits while adding a touch of bling to the front of your buggy. These are also available in 3 colors, blue, gun metal, and silver, and have a part number of #STC91398B/GM/S. Pricing is $7.

Also new from STRC are battery straps. Both are made from high quality carbon fiber and are price at $19. The part number for the B5 strap is #STC91456 while the part number for the B5M strap is #STC91534.

To get more details on all the parts listed above simply hit This Link to head over to the official STRC website.

Click Here for more STRC news on BigSquidRC.

HPI OCtane Savage VideosWant a closer look at the intricacies of the HPI Savage Octane? Have a new Octane and need some help getting it dialed in? The folks over at HPI have released a set of videos for their new Octane. The videos cover everything from the basics, like how to mix the oil and gas together, to how to fine tune the engine and 3 speed transmission. All the videos are short and well done, so whether you just need some tuning tips on your Octane, or don’t have one but are thinking about getting on the gasoline bandwagon, they are a good view.

To watch all the videos simply Click This Link. The link takes you to a page on HPI’s website where all the videos are listed for your viewing pleasure.

Check out This Link on BigSquidRC for more HPI Racing news.

What's new: Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Mobius Screen Capture

Now again I go back to my movie roots by bringing up Cameron Fry in the Sears Tower in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but I just had a great weekend playing with my new toy: the Mobius Action Camera.

Starting at $80, this device provides 1080p quality video and fits (with room to spare) in the palm of your hand. The above image is a screenshot from me filming around my neighborhood this past weekend with my 350QX, and the full video from YouTube is below (and yes, I DID see my dad!). Check out the gallery of the camera and browse the packages to get a camera of your own Right Here.

 

I hope you enjoy the video, and I will be using this camera to feature the quadcopters built in my other article series. Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

 

LRP S10 Blast MT 2The latest monster truck from the guys over at LRP is their S10 Blast MT 2 Brushless truck. The Blast MT has been a popular basher choice for quite some time, now it will be available with world renown LRP brushless power. Some of its features and specifications include-

* 1/10th scale 4wd chassis
* LRP Vector K7 4300kv brushless power
* Sway bars front and rear
* Splash proof servo and 2.4GHz radio system
* Front and rear steel differentials
* LRP Spin Pro RTR brushless speed controller

The part number is #120803 and you can get more details by hitting up This Link over on the official LRP website.

Click right Here for more LRP news on BigSquidRC.

JConcepts RC10 Worlds Turnbuckles
One way of both toughening up and bling’n out your Team Associated Worlds Car is to add Titanium Turnbuckles. The JConcepts crew has announced their turnbuckle set for the Worlds Car that is lighter, tougher, and better looking than the stock pieces.

* Marked for easy orientation
* Original JConcepts “Fin” styling
* Made from high grade machined titanium
* 3mm thread base
* 8 piece set

The part number is #2229, the turnbuckle set is priced at $58, and all you have to do for more information is to click This Link to head over to JConcept’s website.

Click Here for more JConcepts news right here on Big Squid RC.

What's new: Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

HPI Racing – Savage XL Octane Review
*Update: Now with Video!

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The world has been waiting for almost three years since HPI Racing announced the Savage XL Octane, and it’s a good thing we were not holding our breath because we were all expecting it a little sooner. The Savage XL Octane is the first 1/8 Scale GAS monster truck to hit this the market, and a lot of people are wondering if this will be the beginning of the turn from electric vehicles dominance to a full change in the market place. Should you start saving your cash? Is the next rc vehicle you buy going to be gas? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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Hitec Lynx 4S Telemetry
It has been a while since Hitec has released a new surface controller, but it looks like the dry spell is over. Hitec is teasing their new Lynx 4S car controller. While full specifications have not been released, we do know it features telemetry, it has 4 channel capability, and it can even read out the speed of your car on its screen. Expect more details soon on this one, until then you can hit up This Link to visit the official Hitec website.

Click Here for more Hitec news and reviews on BigSquidRC.

Team C TR10 Sport version
About a month ago we posted the teaser of the Team C TR10 Sport, now more photos and specifications have become available. The TR10 Sport Version is designed to give you a big bang for the buck. With some high end features, and other features to keep the price down, it should offer a good level of performance without breaking the bank.

* Carbon fiber chassis and top deck
* Aluminum motor mount
* CV drive-shafts
* Floating servo
* Aluminum shock bodies
* Does not include body
* 100% factory assembled

The part number is #TR10, it has a street price of $250, and you can get more information at This Link over on the Team C website.

You can find more Team C news at This Link on BigSquidRC.