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Enter to Win an ARRMA Granite BLX!

Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a brand new ARRMA Granite BLX!
Special thanks to ARRMA and Hobbico for making this happen! They were so excited about making the Finals in the March Bash-ness, they hooked us up! Click This Link to go enter! Only 2 days left, so make sure you get your entries in.

What's new: Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Check out the video of the Durango DEX408v2 Buggy we just posted. This footage was shot during some of our extreme testing procedures during the review process. You can check out the review at This Link if you haven’t already.

Make sure to watch it in HD for bashing goodness!

T-bone Racing Traxxas Rear Skid Plate
The crew over at T-Bone Racing have come up with a good way to protect that expensive motor on your Traxxas Rustler. Their rear skid plate is made from nylon and is large enough to provide some real protection while you are out bashing. The skid plate is easy to install and comes with T-Bone’s lifetime warranty.

The part number is #62005, it has a street price of $12, and they are available right now. To get full details simply hit up This Link.

For more TBR news on BigSquidRC check out This Link.

THE Helion Volition 10SC Review

Helion RC Volition 10SC Review

Short course trucks are still scalding hot and Helion RC has jumped into the market with their version called the Volition 10SC. The Volition comes at an affordable price point and is said to come with one of the most powerful brushed RTR motors on the market. We put one through its paces (and then some!) and found out some interesting things. Want to find out how the Volition 10SC stacks up? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…


Tamiya Toyota FJ Cruiser
The newest release from our friends over at Tamiya is a Toyota FJ Cruiser. The FJ is set on their popular CC-01 chassis and is nicely detailed to make it a hot looking vehicle when out on the trail. Some of its features include-

* Full time 4wd
* Double wishbone front, 4-link rear suspension
* Lockable rear diff
* Polycarbonate body
* Includes side mirrors, light cases, grille, & spare tire cover
* Motor is placed longitudinally

The part number for the Tamiya FJ Cruiser is #58588 and it is retail priced at $304.

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

Team Orion Advantage Touch Duo Charger
The Team Orion Advantage Touch Duo is the first touch screen two channel charger that you can buy. It is also AC/DC, so you can use wall power at your house or charge off your car battery while at the local bash spot. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Max charge rate 10 amps per channel
* 4″ color touch screen
* Comes with charger stand for better view angle
* Internal 200 watt power supply
* Charges Li-Po, Li-Fe, Li-Ion, Ni-MH, Ni-Cd, & PB batteries
* Max cell count 6S Lipo on each channel
* Universal balancing boards included

The part number for the Orion Advantage Touch Duo is #ORI30237 and it has a street price of $249.

Click Here for more Orion news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, January 13th, 2014

Dromida Brushless Speed Kit
Dromida now makes it easy to add a brushless power system to your SC4.18, MT4.18, or BX4.18. Their new brushless power kit has much more power than the stock brushed unit, and comes with everything you need to make the switch. The Dromida brushless power kit includes-

* BE18 25 amp brushless ESC
* 20mm 5300kV brushless motor
* RX18 receiver
* All necessary hardware and accessories
* Comes with 2 different pinion options (12 and 13)

The part number is #DIDC1150, it has a street price of $99, and you can expect them to hit hobby shops any day now. For more information hit up This Link.

Click Here for more Revell news on BigSquidRC.

BigSquidRC Quadcopter Shootout 2 Looks 1

The wait is over, and our second Quadcopter Shootout has gone live RIGHT HERE. This time around we tested the Ares RC Ethos QX 130, the Blade 180 QX, the Align M242, and the LaTrax Alias.

All of these quads were bigger than the last shootout, and have more features, and plenty more power. RC Quadcopters the world by storm lately due to their ease of flying, and people’s new obsession of aerial photography. Video coming soon!
Ok, enough chit chat, head on over and start reading our Quadcopter Shootout 2

HPI Racing Flux EMH-3S Brushless ESC
The latest speed controller from HPI Racing is their Flux EMH-3S. The EMH-3S is made for 10th scale applications and is rated for 80 amps. This non-sensored ESC can handle up to 3S Lipo batteries and has a motor limit of 6000 kV on 2S, and 4000 kV on 3S.

The part number for the HPI Flux EMH-3S is #112851, it has a street price of $89, and you should expect to see them start hitting hobby shops in late February. For more information hit up This Link.

Click Here for more HPI news on BigSquidRC.

Helion RC VolitionThere still been no word out of France on any change in condition for Michael Schumacher. For those not into such things, Schumi is the greatest F1 driver of all time who suffered a severe head trauma while skiing. Schumi is an idol of mine so each day I scour the net in search of any change in condition, thus far there has been none. My father ended up dying from a severe head trauma after a car accident, that became one of the biggest reasons why I quit racing full size cars/bikes and starting doing only rc cars. I know what my family and I had to endure when we had to “pull the plug” on my father, no adrenaline rush was worth possibly having to put my family in that position again. Hence the reason I (and lots of other people) choose to pick up a transmitter each weekend instead of going full scale. I really truly wish that Schu’s family isn’t forced to make any hard decisions, I hope he wakes up tomorrow and is 100%, and I hope none of you out there have to go through it either.

On the rc front… IFMAR has decided that this years 8th scale buggy world championship should last for ten days this September in Messina Italy. Ten Days. Manufacturers complained about the traditional “pre-worlds” races costing too much (rightfully so) and that race has been dropped for this event, but in return the actual world championship race has been pushed to an absolutely ridiculous ten days in length. Listen, there are a whole lot of things in life that I absolutely love to do, however there isn’t a one of them that I would want to do for ten days straight. A race doesn’t have to last a month to be a “big deal”, if you need proof just look at F1, Supercross, NASCAR, or really any form of prestigious full scale racing. And ya sure, you can bust out a lot of r & d at a ten day long world event, but you can bust out just as much at the track next door. Wow, it amazes me how much money the teams are willing to waste at IFMAR events. You could probably feed every starving person in Italy with the money the teams will spend just on tires at this years worlds. Just sayn…


I got an email from an rc manufacturer about a big event SCT event that VRC had put on. VRC is a virtual on-line rc racing biz that I’ve heard numerous industry types say they love, and numerous say they hate. Some love it because it is a form of marketing to them by having their brand included in game, while others hate it because ever moment a person spends on-line playing VRC they aren’t down at their local track using the equipment they sell to keep their doors open. I didn’t use to have an opinion on the matter, but now days I’m leaning towards those that are not fans. There are already too many people sitting behind their computer screens wasting their lives away instead of being out at their local tracks or bash spots getting their trigger on. No, I have absolutely zero data saying “Yes, marketing on VRC helps sell product!”, or “Every big VRC event we lose $$$ in sales”, but I do know I would rather see more people down at the local bash spot.

On to BSRC news…

So ya… we’ve got HUGE plans for ’14 and you have probably already seen a difference. In addition to the Monday Cub Report and Thursday’s ASK Cubby, we’ve got our Scale column every Friday, a boat column every weekend, and a quadcopter/heli column on Wednesdays. We are all about rc and are going to do a bunch of quality original content this year. There is a reason we are number one, because we work our asses off, and hopefully that will even be more the case this year.

Also of note… Brian should be finished with our latest quadcopter shootout today, our review of the Helion Volition sct will be going up this week, and hopefully we can finish up another review or two for your reading pleasure.

Oh ya, and I can’t leave without mentioning… I hear we will be putting on a Quadcopter Event the last weekend in February. More news on that one soon. Our annual Nuremburg show coverage starts in a couple of weeks, and you can come hang with us at the E-Fest show in Champaign Illinois on February 15th.

Thanks for reading, have a great week, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Serpent Spyder Buggy SRX-2 MM
After some teasing, Serpent has released full information on their new Spyder SRX-2 MM buggy. The SRX-2 MM is Serpent’s high end, mid-motored, 2wd buggy. The SRX-2 MM was designed by former IFMAR champ Billy Easton for high bite conditions like damp clay, carpet, and sugar coated outdoor tracks. Some of the highlights of the SRX-2 MM include-

* Big bore 12mm shocks
* Mid-motor design
* High performance race geometry
* Narrow composite chassis
* Innovative shock towers
* 3 pad slipper
* Low, cab forward body
* Adjustable differential height

The part number for the SRX-2 MM is #500003 and you can get more information at This Link over on the official Serpent website.

Hit up This Link for more Serpent news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Sunday, January 12th, 2014

RC boat  prop
Hello, I am Iron Mike and welcome to another installment of our weekly boat column, Prop Wash.

Have you ever changed the motor to a higher wattage motor-wanting to use that power to go faster. Only to find your boat won’t go any faster? Odds are you are out of the running specs for the hull and or prop. Changing the prop out on your boat can give you longer run times, lower time to plane/ Faster acceleration, or raise the top speed, if done correctly. This is just like adjusting the gearing on your RC cars- too much either way will have negative effects.

Boat props are sized by blade count, prop diameter, and pitch. I will cover the Pitch stuff in this column. As a general rule more pitch gives more speed. A Prop with specs of 40mmX52mm is 40mm in diameter with a pitch of 52mm. In a perfect world, that would allow this prop to move 52mm forward for one rotation of the prop. If your boat started with a 40mmX40mm going to a 40mmX52mm would give you a higher potential top speed -like going to a higher tooth count pinion. Going to a 40mmX32mm would lower your top speed, but raise your acceleration -just as going to a lower tooth count pinion would. So remember, if you change your motor to a different KV you will need to change your prop to get all the benefits.

Tune in again next week when I will go over how different blade count and material will affect the performance of your boat.

To read more boat news on Big Squid RC click Right Here.

What's new: Friday, January 10th, 2014

Exceed 6x6 MadTorque CrawlerLooking for a big crawling machine? Is 4×4 just not enough for you? If so, the picture above of the Exceed MadTorque 6×6 should get your attention.

The MadTorque uses 3 solid axles to put the power to the ground from its three 540 brushed motors and two electronic speed controllers. An aluminum chassis, six oil filled shocks, and multi-link suspension help it climb over tough rock sections. Some of its other features & specifications include-

* RTR w/ 2.4GHz radio system
* Waterproof
* Comes with 6 cell 3300mAh Ni-MH battery
* Equipped with ball bearings
* Bead lock wheels
* High torque servo
* Length- 790mm
* Wheelbase- 630mm
* Width- 360mm

The part number for the MadTorque is #03C20 and it has a street price of $289. Hit up This Link for more information.

You Never Know what is behind a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

Team C TM2 V2 Buggy
Team C has announced an updated version of their TM2 2wd 10th scale off-road buggy, the TM2 V2. Some of the updates include-

* Shorter chassis
* New body
* New motor mount
* New upper shock mounts
* New rear arms, hubs, diff, shock tower & arm mounts

2wd buggy is having a huge surge right now, with seemingly many companies pushing the envelope of design. The Team C TM2 V2 looks like it can run with anything on the market. For more information on all the products that Team C sells you can check out their Official Website.

What kind of wackiness lies behind This TGIF Mystery Link?