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What's new: Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Futaba 4pks
We recently mentioned that the Futaba 4PKS (S as in Super) would be shipping soon, well we got our hands on one today!

First impression out of the box, the thumb stick used to navigate the menus is a huge improvement over the last model! It is much easier to use, and didn’t hurt your fingers when you pressed it.

Enjoy the unboxing photos, and watch for a full review in the near future!
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What's new: Monday, September 13th, 2010

RPM axle carriers for Traxxas 1/16 E-Revo and Mini SlashRPM is at it again and once more the beneficiaries of their generous nature are the owners of Traxxas‘ selection of mini trucks, the 1/16 E-Revo and Mini Slash.  These axle carriers, made out of the notoriously tough RPM Material, are among the most requested parts from you guys, so says RPM.  Even more proof that one of the most awesome manufacturers in the industry is worthy of such praise.  You spoke, they listened.  As with most RPM parts these axle carriers are available in red, blue, or black, so you can match them to your aesthetic tastes.  These new parts are available now at a MSRP of $12.95 per pair.

For more info hit up the RPM web site.

I just got done with a most way super duper dope weekend, hope you all had the same. For starters, it was a Formula One race weekend, Monza to be exact. At Monza, not only did my beloved Ferrari team land on pole, but the man with the largest eyebrows on the planet (they kinda look like two ginormous caterpillars colored black with a Sharpie), Fernado Alonzo, put his Ferrari on the top spot on the podium for the race win. If only I could have been in Maranello to hear those bells ring….

But of course I was on Americas left coast at the final round of the AMA Motocross series in Pala California. Ryan Dungey broke all the rookie records this season and locked up the 450 title 2 races ago, but the 250 class has been one for the ages, with the final round having more plot twists than a Chuck Palahniuk novel. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Traxxas rider Christophe Pourcel went into the final round with a scant 7 point lead, while his main rival, Geico Hondas Trey Canard came in with a better win record and more momentum. Early in moto one of the 250 class Canard crashed, sending him back in the pack, while Pourcel motored away looking to put a lock on the title. But, anything can happen in racing, and a few laps later Pourcel crashed hard on a step-up double jump dislocating his shoulder, forcing him to sit out of the rest of the day, laying the title squarely in Canards lap. Congrats to Trey Canard, his family and his race team, he’s a great young man who worked his a$$ off for his first pro national championship. And here’s hoping Christophe heals up soon, as he is even more amazing on a bike than Masami is driving with his feet.

Then, to put last weekend over the top on the kick ass scale, it was opening weekend of the NFL season. Our Chicago Bears might not have looked so impressive, but a win is a win, no matter how ugly, and we’ll take’em any way we can get’em. Here’s to the Bears being 1-0.

While sitting around my overly plush, and ridiculously well lit office the other day, we got on the topic of big name print mags/papers that have recently went out of business (the one hitting me the hardest being the weekly pub Cycle News). Nearly every other hobby/sport/etc has lost at least one big hitter, yet the rc world has lost none. Now that either goes to say that the rc industry has remained steady and our hobbyists still like reading their dead trees, or perhaps all the mags went into this economic downturn (as nobody likes calling it a recession) with overflowing bank accounts, or perhaps the rc mags are only still alive because hobby companies are slow to switch over from advertising in mags to websites (where their ads will actually be seen). I am too far into the hobby, so my opinion on this is quite skewed of course, but I do not personally know of one of my rc friends that even look at a mag on a monthly basis, yet every one of my rc buddies spends 2 hours per day reading BigSquid, RedRC and posting on RcTech.

Btw, I still talk to marketing people for various rc companies that believe that the internet is just fad (OMG, LOL) and is not worth advertising on (to which of course I start laughing uncontrollably on how anyone could be that obtuse). It’s not that I want to see the mags go belly up, I don’t, I hate seeing anyone lose their job, but I just know from seeing the raw data (and talking to so many people in the hobby) that the best “bang for the buck” in marketing now days is on the net, period. With marketing budgets being slashed at so many rc companies, it only makes sense for those precious advertising bucks to get the most mileage, and 2 grand a page in one of the mags is Not it right now.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, and as always try to support your local hobby shops, tracks and bash spots!

YOUR Cub Reporter

ps- Our 4S Lipo shootout is coming up soon, and is gonna be gnarly!

pss- We are going burly for the iHobby expo this year, seriously, I mean it, we have lots of uber stuff in the works this year! So beg, borrow or steal to make it to the iHobby expo October 23rd and 24th in Rosemont Illinois.

What's new: Sunday, September 12th, 2010

stl rc street racing

Drag racing and high speed runs keep getting more popular all across the country. Yesterday I was lucky enough to meet up with a group in the St Louis Missouri area and do some high speed running. The STL RC Drag Racing Club meets every Sunday where they get their cars out and have a great time in a very casual atmosphere.

The STL club was more about top speed than about drag racing, although they should have their actual drag racing timing system ready in the next week or so. Yesterday we were using about 300 feet to get up to top speed, with a guy at the end holding a radar gun. Cars ranged from 10th scale touring, to 18th scale touring, 8th scale on and off roaders, and monster trucks. Top speeds ranged from around 30, all the way up to 96 mph, but the main thing was that everyone was hanging out, smiling, and enjoying their time with friends and their insanely overpowered rc cars. There were about 40 guys in attendance yesterday, but I’m told the club is new, and keeps getting bigger every week.

If you are around the St Louis metro area, throw some crazy power into your car and join in the fun!

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Big Squid RC Girls So as you can see from the new site, things are still really booming around here, so we can use some help!
There are two ways to help:

1) Join the Big Squid RC Street Team!!

2) Write for Big Squid RC! While Cubby makes it sound like it’s all fun and games around here (for him it is, that’s why we need help!), there is actually a lot going on behind the scenes! We are writing reviews, making videos, updating websites, posting news and press releases, monitoring forums, and of course bashing!
Do you hang out in the forums? Stay on top of the latest and greatest RC news? Have access to photoshop or some other picture editor? Want to write for the hottest site in RC? We need your help!

If you know a little about web pages/html, picture editing, and have a way with words. We need help from daily news to original articles. Having some contacts in the RC industry is a plus, but not a requirement. Being able to use a picture editor to scale and place logo’s is must, as well is some decent communication skills.

Have a specialty? Only into Drag Racing, or Rock Crawling, Micro Scene? That’s cool. We cover it all, and we need more people to write about it. We are growing, and the only way to keep it happening is to feed the squid more writers!
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What's new: Saturday, September 11th, 2010

Photo of the Week:

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By julianfb.

So after a few months of behind the scenes work, the Big Boss Man decided our new site was finally ready for prime time. Hope you all like it. Also make sure to make use of the new features at the bottoms of each post to “Like” stuff on Facebook or share on Twitter and Digg. We’ll be using these new tools to gauge what it is that you, our dear readers, like and we’ll be able to start giving you more of what you want.

Build Log: 1:87 (HO Gauge) Mercedes Coach to RC

Next Weekend: 2010 Vintage Off-road Nationals – Racing old cars for fun and prizes @ R/C Hobbies and Raceway in Waterbury, CT.

Shameless Self Promotion: A couple big items from this week here at the Squid are our review of Pro-Line’s ProTrac Suspension kit for the Traxxas Slash and the beginnings of our Axial XR10 review, starting with the initial build.

In Video Game News: Need For Speed World is now free to play. This is a massively multiplayer online version of the Need For Speed arcade style racing series, if you play look for me, username JEFFHOY.

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What's new: Friday, September 10th, 2010

Futaba 4pks Word from Futaba is that the Futaba 4PKS will be shipping soon! We have a few of the older 4PK radios around the office, and I’m a big fan. The new 4PKS looks like it has a few ergonomic changes, plus some internal programming enhancements. It’s up to twice as fast as the 4PK! Has tons of new functions including some RC Rock Crawling features, extra protection for high and low voltages with shut down features and works with the 2.4GHz FASST technology.

Check back soon as we will be doing our best our hands on one, and let you know what we thing!

Check out the the www.2.4gigahertz.com site for more info!

What's new: Thursday, September 9th, 2010

If you are reading this, welcome to the new and improved Big Squid RC!
We are on new, bigger, faster, (read move expensive) servers to bring you all the RC news you need!
I’m sure there will be a few bumps in the road, this sort of thing never goes smooth, so we ask for your patience over the next few days. Feel free to email any major problems you may find, just in case we haven’t seen it, and will add it to the ‘to do’ list!

Thank you all for your support over all these years! We hope you enjoy the new look.
-Brian

You shoot us your questions, I give careless advice…. :)

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“What is your favorite brand of nitro fuel?
Karl F.”

Cubby- Ummmm….. I’m not sure where you got any kind of indication that I like nitro in any way, shape or form. Nitro sucks, horribly bad in fact, and is nothing but a PITA. I’ve stated before that I’d like to drive nitro, but those lil’ nitro engines are still just too fickle for me. The industry is working on that, and I know that some day they’ll be selling nitro engines that are actually user friendly, hopefully within the next 5 years.

Anyways, if you put a gun to my head and forced me to give an answer, I’d say Byrons, I’ve never used their fuel, but the people that work there are good folks. If you think I’m just saying that because they are an advertiser, guess again, they aren’t. I just know them from races and trade shows, and they are some of the coolest people in the industry.

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“Dear Cubby,
I have mainly been into helicopters, but want to get into rc cars. What is the best brand name to buy?
Cheers,
Charles”

Cubby- What a loaded question you ask, but I’m gonna tell it like I see it. The most important advice I can give you is to buy what catches your eye. It might end up sucking harder than an old Electrolux, but if you don’t buy it you’ll always wish that you did. Otherwise, I like XRays, their finish, attention to detail, quality of materials, and owners manuals are second to none. But of course, every brand has its downsides, and Xray has a couple- parts support isn’t good at many hobby shops, and their product line is smaller than other manufactures. The next brand I’d recommend is Associated. They cover nearly all genres, are typically well designed, and parts support is well above average. Lastly, I’d recommend Traxxas as their parts support is unmatched, and generally their product is very durable and a good value.

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That’s it for this week, send me your questions and comments to cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Recently we mentioned that we got our hands on a XR10 kit from Axial. Bill and I recently started the build, and I thought I’d share a few pics from the work shop.

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We are going to be using the Team Tekin FX-R Rock Crawling System with two 45T motors and the Punk RC Dig switch for our dual dig setup.

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axial xr10 build pictures So far the build is going pretty smoothly. We got a few hours in on it, and the chassis is all ready to go. We have the electronics and wiring left, which we should have done soon. Then it’s crawling time!

Check out Axial, Tekin, or Punk RC for more info!

We just posted in the RC Reviews section the Pro-Line ProTrac Suspension Kit Review. If you are a 2WD Traxxas Slash owner, and you have been having suspension issues, you may want to read this! The kit is a nice upgrade.
Click the picture or link and check it out!

Check out the Punisher latest body from JConcepts. It’s designed to fit the Team Associated B4.1 and B4, and comes with 6.5″ wide high downforce V-Wings

Check out the JConcepts web site for more info.

hobby town

Our local Hobby Town is having an amazing sale this Friday and Saturday! It’s their 5th year anniversary, and to celebrate they have a 25% off coupon anything in the store! Plus spend $100 and get a $20 hobby cash coupon!
That’s insane! If you have been waiting for any reason to go buy something RC, now is the time and that’s the place! Click the image for the big coupon to print out!
Odds are Bill or I will be there as well just to check out the chaos. LOL.