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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: Monday, October 25th, 2010

Rogue Elements Components is turning on the machine and cranking out some limited run pieces for the Venom GPV-1 motorcycle.  This piece is a new rear sprocket that replaces the original which is known for being less durable than is expected. REC’s new piece is machined out of 6061-T6 aircraft aluminum, and the teeth and hex are machined at the same time for a perfectly concentric finished product.  These sprockets are only going to be available for a limited time and the only way to get one is to pre-order it and put down a $5.00 deposit no later than November 7th.  Then pay off the remainder of the $22.95 cost before the shipping date.

Check out the Rogue Elements Components newsletter for more info and ordering instructions.

Another release of the Pro-Line Bulldog cab-forward body, this time for the Team Associated B44.1.  The body will come from the factory with decals, window masks, overspray, and a new wing.  You need to provide the paint and artistic skills to not make it look like crap.  It should be hitting your local hobby shop shelves “soon” and at a reasonable MSRP of $28.95.

For more info hit up the Pro-Line web site.

IHobby may be over, but we still have quite a bit of news and photos to share from the show.  Pro-Line had a ton of new products this year and we got to most of them, here’s one we didn’t.  This new wheels, called the Renegade, is going to be releasing some time soon.  It’ll be available in an offset to fit Slashes and other stock short course trucks, and it’ll also be available in an offset specifically for the Protrac Suspension setup that Pro-Line offers as a hop-up for the Slash.  The Renegade will be available in white, black, and Pro-Line yellow.  The price has yet to be determined.

Keep an eye on the Pro-Line web site for more info.

Redcat was showing off a couple new 1/5 scale products at IHobby this year.  The major one is the one on the left above, it’s a brushless powered 1/5 scale buggy.  It’s going to be a fully RTR setup with a 2.4 GHz radio.  No price or date as of yet.  The other is their Rampage MT Pro, which features a new 30cc engine, 2.4 GHz DSM radio, and is also fully RTR just like all Redcat vehicles.  It’ll be available for $1499 some time soon.

Check out the Redcat web site for more info.

An example of why we use pro drivers during our bashing demos and keep the rookies out of it.

What's new: Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Again, I think this truck is the Dad’s prize more than the kids.  But I’m sure it’ll provide them with hours of family fun.

And the winner of our Microman edition Kyle Busch and Scott Speed autographed short course body.

Our last give-away of IHobby 2010 is the biggest.  We’re giving away a brand new Traxxas Slash 4×4 Ultimate to one lucky fan that screams louder than anyone else out there!  You gotta be here at our Bashing Demo at 3:00 pm to win though, so if you aren’t here yet, you better get here!

But that’s not all, our favorite guy, Wes “Microman” Dennis is giving away a Microman short course body for the Blitz, SC10, or Slash.  It’s prepainted with his paint scheme, logos, and real battle damage from serious racing action.  But wait, there’s more!  This body is actually autographed by not one, but TWO NASCAR Stars!  Kyle Busch and Scott Speed are good friends of the Microman and have raced with him on many occasions.  In fact, this body has been used to beat Kyle Busch in no less than Seven races!  Take that Kyle!

If you’re in the crowd you may also get a t-shirt or other Big Squid RC swag, and be sure to stop by our booth right next to the track to get stickers and chat with the gang.

We think the Dad is the one that’s really getting this truck.  You have one more chance to win if you’re here.  At 3:00 pm we’re giving away the Traxxas Slash 4×4 Ultimate.  You gotta be here and you gotta be LOUD!

Brian “The Squidinator” Smolik giving away a brand new Traxxas Mini Slash.  He loves giving stuff away!

There has been a ton of stuff from IHobby this year.  So much that we’re running around with chickens like our heads cut off just to cover it all.  So we may not be giving you everything you want to see or know.  If there’s anything you’ve seen on our site from the IHobby show that you’d like to see more of, please drop by the live chat on our Track Cam and let us know.  We may not be monitoring it the entire time, but we do check it frequently, so leave your requests for more pics or info in there and we’ll try our best to get to it.  Don’t be shy.

Follow this link for the Track Cam chat room.

Today at the IHobby show we’ll be giving away two more Traxxas trucks!  At our 11:00 am Bashing Demo we’ll be giving away this brand new Mini Slash.  In order to win it you gotta be here and screaming louder than everyone else.  We’ll also be giving away a Traxxas Slash 4×4 Ultimate at the 3:00 pm Bashing Demo.  So make sure you’re at our track at those times, or else you can’t win!

We at Big Squid are the very first r/c media group to get some wheel time with the Horizon Fuel Cell Technologies (not to be confused with Horizon Hobbies) H-Cell 2.0 hydrogen fuel cell powered r/c car (see the original product announcement here).  One of the things we’ve learned is that the car is not directly powered by the fuel cell, it is used as a range extender, providing a theoretical 1+ hour of extra run time to a common NiMH battery pack.  The system itself is pretty heavy, adding an extra 2+ pounds to the vehicle.  Our own Tim Mohr got to do the honors, but didn’t get much time to run it during the show, it was at the last minutes of Saturday when the lights were getting shutoff, BUT we’ve been promised by the company that when the show closes Sunday evening and we’re packing out all of our gear from our booth, THIS CAR will be in our hands.  We’ll be the only media group to have one in our possession for testing and review.  And we’ll have it all right here in the coming couple months after we give it a very thorough going over.

What's new: Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

I think we turned that frown upside-down with this one.  Who says being a fan doesn’t pay off?  These were the winners of our 1/10 scale Traxxas Slash Give-away.  You can have your chance too, just be at the IHobby Show on Sunday for our Bashing Demos.  The first one is at 11:00 am and we will be giving away another Mini Slash.  And at the 3:00 pm demo we’ll be giving away the biggest and best of them all, a brand new Traxxas Slash 4×4 Ultimate edition!

The IHobby doors open at 10:00 am, arrive early to beat the traffic.

That’s our guys, Wesley “Microman” Dennis, and Brian “Dear Leader” Smolik judging the crowd to see who gets to win.  If you want to win you have to be screaming your head off louder than everyone else out there!  Can’t win if you don’t make some noise!

We got a request for more pictures of the Traxxas Spartan (formerly the Titan), so here’s a gallery for y’all. Click the little ones for the big ones.