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What's new: Sunday, November 21st, 2010

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If your are car nut, you already know that Top Gear out of the UK is one of the greatest car shows on TV. Well tonight the USA gets their own version on the History Channel! I don’t think anyone expects the show to be as good as it’s UK big brother, but fingers are crossed it does not suck. Check out the Top Gear website on the History webpage for info.

Update: with some thoughts on the first show…. READ MORE

What's new: Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Photo of the Week:

Build Log: Project Groundskeeper Willie – Heavy on pictures, light on text. Don’t know what’s what, but the results are pretty nice, especially the custom chassis plates.

Doing Good: Donate $5 to Toys for Tots through TGN Distributing and be entered into a custom Baja 5B Raffle at the Bajambug Toy Drive. Drawing is December 4th, so get your ticket soon. More info about the event in this forum thread.

New Product: Jared Tebo and wife Megan announce new 1/18 scale person.

Reviewed: Traxxas 1/16 Summit VXL at Ultimate RC, RC-Lights RCL5006 kit at RC Universe

Video of the Week:

What's new: Friday, November 19th, 2010

We just confirmed that the RC Pro Series has been sold! I know a few people here at Big Squid RC were huge fans of Carlton Eppes and the way he ran the series, and he will be missed. We wish him luck in whatever his next project is.
As for the RC Pro Series, it’s now run David Lovett, and time will tell what his plans are for the series, we wish him luck as well!

Check out RC Pro Series website for info!

castle Side winder

Just wanted to let everyone know that Castle Creations has a $30 rebate on their Castle Sidewinder products! That includes the ESC and ESC with motor combo’s.

Check out the Castle Creations rebate page for all the details!

What's new: Thursday, November 18th, 2010

UPDATE: The Deadline for entries has now passed, if you missed out on this one be sure to keep any eye on our front page for more giveaways in the very near future.

To celebrate the awesome Evader DT receiving a Basher Approved award, DuraTrax gave us one new Evader DT to give away to you!

To enter this give-away you’ll need to have an account on Facebook OR Twitter.  Due to radio export restrictions and various laws this contest is only open to residents of the United States and only those that are 18 years of age or older.  If you aren’t old enough, have your parent or legal guardian enter for you.

For entry via Facebook, just go to the Big Squid RC Facebook fan page and click on the Like button next to our name.  Then you gotta help us spread the word to all your Facebook friends, so go back to your profile page and send out a status update on your Wall with the following:

Win a DuraTrax Evader DT from and DuraTrax! Info at

For entry via Twitter, follow our Twitter account @bigsquidrc and then send this tweet using your Twitter account:

Win a DuraTrax Evader DT from @bigsquidrc and DuraTrax! Info at Please RT.

If you don’t send that tweet, you won’t be entered to win.  BUT only send it once, spamming it repeatedly will get you disqualified from the give-away (trust us, we can track this stuff) and make your followers angry.

Also, if you’ve already “Liked” us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter, you DO NOT need to unlike/unfollow and then relike/refollow us, just log in to your account and send out the status update or tweet and you’ll be good to go.

The entry deadline is December 24th, 2010 and the drawing will be held on December 31st, 2010!  The winner has one week to respond, if they don’t, we’ll draw a new name.  Start off the new year with a brand new Evader DT, enter today!

For more info about the DuraTrax Evader DT, be sure to hit up the DuraTrax web site.  Also check out our Evader DT review and also our Evader DT Week special section.

axial xr10 carbon fiber Axial is releasing a little upgrade kit for the RTR AX10 and SCX10 trucks called the RTR Steering Upgrade Kit. This kit replaces the stock plastic steering links and increases strength and precision with aluminum steering links.

Check out Axial’s site for details.

JConcepts recently showed off, for the first time in public, their new Punisher cab-forward style body for the Team Associated RC10T4.1 stadium truck.  It made it’s debut at the ROAR Region 4 championships where it TQ’d every round of qualifying and took 1st & 2nd places in the A-main.  Certainly an impressive start for a new product.  The cab-forward style is said to provide more downforce and stabilizer fins on the rear add to the overall stability of the truck.  No word on when it’ll be available or for how much.

Be sure to keep an eye on the JConcepts web site for more details.

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Need to get that XR10 a little higher? This new Axial XR10 Stage 3 Aluminum Hi-Clearance Links Kit will do just that! It’s a replacement kit for the upper and lower links on the stock XR10 and adds more clearance to the chassis. If the places you crawl have you rubbing your belly, this kit might be what you need to get a little breathing room over the pointy stuff!

Check out Axial’s site for details.

Noobs, guru’s, it doesn’t matter, they all have questions….

“Hi, I would like to know what size Lipo you would recommend for the
Evader EXT2? I know I will have to add the LVC, but they say the rest is good to go
with a Lipo. I an new to Lipo technology and not sure how to size (20c,30c and so on).

Cubby- What’s up Robert? Thanks for the email.
First thing (and most important!) to consider when buying a new battery is fit. Check the dimensions of your battery tray and compare to the size of the battery you are looking at. If you are new, you’ll want a battery that drops right in without modification.

Second thing to consider in a new Lipo is how much voltage? A one cell Lipo is 3.7 volts, two cell is 7.4, and three cells is 11.1. The vast majority of Lipo’s sold for use in tenth scale cars are 2S 7.4 volt. This voltage works well for pretty much all stock electronics, and typically they drop right in without modification. Later, if you upgrade to a way-super-dope brushless system, you might want to consider a 3S 11.1 volt for some truly eye opening power levels.

Third thing to consider is- capacity. The higher the capacity of the battery, the longer your run times. Also, larger capacity cells typically hold higher voltage under load, making your truck faster than a smaller capacity pack. But, the higher the mah, the more they’ll cost.

About “C” ratings- I’d be more concerned about buying from a reputable brand name, than what “C” rating the battery is. Internet keyboard smashers loveee to argue about “C” ratings. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these “keyboard experts” have done little to none real world testing, they are just spewing what they’ve read on forums from other “keyboard experts”. Truth be known, some brands 30C packs are better than other brands 40C’s. But, that can’t be known until they’ve been driven and put under a West Mountain CBA, making it extremely difficult for an average consumer to know which is better. Thankfully, most of the better names relentlessly test their products to ensure they are putting quality cells into the marketplace. The better manufactures do all the testing so you don’t have to.

Now, to recommend a Lipo for your Evader, I’d go with the MaxAmps 2S 5250. You can find more info about them HERE!. These are good solid packs that give wheel popping power, and great run times. Enjoy!

“Hi, can you help me I am in california and need 5mm shaft (brushless) pinion
for 1/5 scale conversion. please ***/***/**** I am going to fontana speed
way. Greg H.”

Cubby- So you are venturing in to the world of 5th scale brushless. Awwww ya! I can smell the rubber in your tires burn’n from here. :)

Here’s a couple of links for ya Greg. These two companies are the leaders in the industry for large scale pinions.

The first is RC Monster. Mike and the RC Monster crew have their act together, and I’m certain can help you out with anything you might need. Click HERE for the site.

The second is our good buddies over at Kershaw Designs. Kershaw does a lot of work with large scale pinions, feel free to shoot’em an email. ClickHERE for Kershaw.


Well that’s it for this week, send us your questions, comments, rants and raves to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

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The XR10 is on the Axial carbon fiber express this month! Axial now has a Carbon Fiber Battery Plate to go along with their electronics plate and other carbon fiber goodies! This plate is height adjustable with all the hardware needed to lower your batter as low as possible! That’s a good thing!

I’m gonna have to start a new shopping list!

Check out Axial’s site for this and other carbon fiber parts!

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New for the XR10 from Axial is a sweet Carbon Fiber Electronics Plate. If your looking to shave some weight, this plate is 65% lighter than the stock plate! Every little bit helps when your trying to stay on your wheels!

Check out Axial’s site for more info!

What's new: Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

rc car magazine closing

It is with great sadness that we make this announcement. According to the RC Car Magazine Blog, they have closed their doors. Their last issue will be the February 2011 Issue.

As you know we give the magazines a hard time around here, especially Cubby. But it makes us sad to see the end of RC Car. Besides having some GREAT people writing for them, their magazine was probably one of the best written of the bunch. They didn’t pull punches, they said the things they wanted to say, and it wasn’t all fluff and ads. Over the last year their magazine had made a huge improvement, and we were pretty sure their magazine wasn’t going to be the one pulling the plug this year.

Goodbye guys! It was fun hanging out with you at iHobby, and I’m sure we will be seeing you all soon! Stay in touch!

What's new: Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

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As what is starting to be a regularly updated section, we ad another post to our RC ON TV section! This time on an episode of Auction Kings Paul and his team get a huge custom RC tugboat! The thing is about 6 feet long, and weighs over 90lbs! It had some great detail, and looked like the whole thing was wooden. Someone had brought it in to try and auction off. Paul’s guys had to do some battery maintenance to get it running, and they eventually got it out on water to test it. It was pretty cool to see. It ended up selling for $750, which I think is a good deal for something that size, and the amount of work that went into making the thing.

Again, another great example of getting the hobby in front of the people!