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Have you Entered to Win the Losi 5IVE-T Today?

5ive-t_win Just a reminder, we are giving away a A brand new 1/5th scale Losi 5IVE-T! Mind blown right? If you haven’t entered, make sure you head over to the Official Giveaway Page.

We expect entries to hit record numbers for us, but if you haven’t entered, you can’t win. The deadline for entries is April 29th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST.

What's new: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

RPM HPI Blitz In-Line Steering Blocks
Looks like RPM is showing more love for the HPI Blitz, Blitz ESE, Firestorm 10T, and E-Firestorm owners. The new In-Line Steering Blocks allows for the bigger 5×11 bearings improving durability and performance. The new bearings are NOT included, so you’ll have to get those on your own.

Visit the RPM RC site for details.

What's new: Monday, May 24th, 2010

Horizon Fuel Cell Horizon Fuel Cell

I think when we all first heard the story of the Horizon Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology, nobody was going to hold their breath. Well, it looks like the world is about to find out if it’s actually true! Not to be confused with Horizon Hobbies here in the US, these guys are coming right out of Singapore.
The kit is called the H-Cell 2.0, and is basically a mini hydrogen fuel cell to be used in RC Vehicles. It’s actually pretty exciting news to see a new type of energy come to the RC market. Remember when nobody thought LiPo’s would catch on?

Horizon Fuel Cell Horizon Fuel Cell

The kits will start shipping very soon, and the vehicle will be introduced this year at the Mondial du Modelisme show in Paris.
For more info check the Website.

How about that Eli Tomac? Ya, ok, you don’t know who he is, but he’s got a famous dad and he won the first AMA pro motocross race he ever entered. Tomac races on the Geico Honda team and won the AMA motocross season opener at Hangtown on Saturday, beating such biggies as Christophe Pourcel (whos sponsored by Traxxas!) and Trey Canard. The GOAT Ricky Carmichael didn’t even win his first AMA pro event back in 96′, so the future sure is looking bright for Tomac.

I heard supercross/motocross fast guy Jeff Alessi raced the Babcock series race in SoCal over the weekend? If you have any news or pics we’d sure dig getting them here at BSRC. And congrats to his brother Mike Alessi for winning the second moto of the 450 class last weekend in Hangtown with the all new and uber KTM 350.

The powers that be at ROAR have approved the MaxAmps LiFe cells. IMO the lithium iron phosphate cells are the future of our hobby, very durable, yet not as volatile as a normal Lipo battery. Now if ROAR would only approve higher cell counts….. and a true national series…. and…. and….. and………..

Speaking of ROAR, perhaps the most prestigious race of the year in America for the last decade has been the 8th scale nitro off road nats. That might very well change this year with the popularity of short course and electric 8th scalers, making the ROAR electric nats at Leisure Hours Raceway in Joliet Illinois the biggie. Seemingly the tide has officially turned, and from the looks of things you’ll see larger resources from the big manufactures going towards the electric nats this year than the nitro nats. BigSquidRC will be there in full force with extensive coverage. I know this is a basher site, but the event is close, we dig Leisure Hours, and well, it can’t be that big of a sin to cover a race once in a while right?

Ok, we are way behind on the charger shootout. Why? Because we are actually testing them, and anything in bulk dealing with batteries seems to take forever. We’ll have all the logical tests (like which one is easiest to use), as well as actual Performance tests! “Like what kind of performance tests?” might you ask? Like seeing which charger actually charges the fastest, and which one puts the most mah into your battery. Wouldn’t you like to know if it only takes 50 minutes for one brand charger to fill your pack, but over an hour and a half for another? Or if one charger puts 5000 mah into your battery while the next brand only puts in 4000 mah? Oh yes, the charger shootout is not one to be missed. :)

Do you belong on the A&E show hoarders? Like, have you bought 40 cars over the past decade and have never sold even one of them off? We’d like to do a new article each week featuring one of our readers rc car/truck collection. So if you have 5 rc cars or more (like many more), shoot us a pic and the make and model of your cars and trucks so we can feature your collection on the BSRC front page (then you’ll instantly become obnoxiously famous, and drink nothing but Dom 2000 or Armand de Brignac Brut Gold).

That’s it for this week. We are humbled and thankful that you guys (and gals) actually read our mindless ramblings. Till next week, support your hobby, hit up your local hobby shop, and try to make it by your local track or bash spot.

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

rc-lights rc led light system While working on some final testing for our Charger Shootout, it was evening here at the Big Squid RC headquarters, and as always.. there was bashing on the brain! While watching a LiPo discharge (similar to boiling water) I suddenly heard the buzz of a electric motor zooming outside the shop. I grabbed a radio, a Slash, and followed pursuit. There were a couple of ramps set up, and it was pretty cool to see the effects of the RC-Lights (read the review HERE) as the vehicle caught some big air. Like most times when there are Traxxas Slash’s out, we ended up with a good round of tag! (You know.. the kids game.. but with RC vehicles). Since it was late and dark out, it made the whole event just that much more challenging. The only problem.. suddenly my awesome looking lights were a big disadvantage! Not only could the vehicles I was chasing see me coming, they could also easily track me when I was being chased! We had a blast till all our packs were drained. As always, there were no major vehicle casualties, (see Basher Approved) and everyone involved had a blast, including the spectators! I think it might be time to rig up a 3rd channel ‘stealth’ mode! Sure I could just unplug them, but where’s the fun in that? :)

Photo of the week:  Budweiser Nascar Mini Cooper on Xpress Mini Road Runner Chassis by britishopen93

Build log: Dual brushless Clod Buster

Event: No Limit R/C World Finals V – May 28-30 @ Digger’s Dungeon – Poplar Branch, NC

Forum Thread: Maxamps Out of their Mind???? – Almost two months on and people are still talking about The LiPo Shootout 2.  It’s a long forum thread about Max Amps LiPos with official replies from the Max Amps crew.  One of Max Amps’ official lines: “C” ratings don’t mean much, until industry-wide testing standards are developed and implemented, it’s just a marketing number.

Video of the week: Seattle RC Racers action.  If you’re in the Seattle area check out their web site and join them for some carpet based dogfighting and knock down-drag out fights while pushing it to the limit with some awesome 80s movie montage music!

It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight!… er… sorry, wrong movie!

What's new: Friday, May 21st, 2010

Max Amps LIFE 4500 Are you looking to run a LiFe battery this year at the electric nats? Well MaxAmps will have you covered! Their LiFe 4500 is now ROAR approved.

I’m glad to see the LiFe batteries starting to get some acceptance. The fact that they are safer, and you can be a little more careless with them, is more our basher style! :)

Make sure you head over to the site for more info!

Trinity (Epic?) has a cool new wheelie bar for the Traxxas minis.  Made out of black anodized aluminum, this prostock style mono-wheel wheelie bar is said to help you keep straighter wheelies going.  It’s a quick bolt on accessory that will add to the cool factor of your 1/16 E-Revo and Mini Slash.

MSRP is $22.99 and it should be on shelves soon if not already.  Check out the Epic (Trinity?) web site for more info.

Kyosho has a high-end addition to the Mini-Z line.  The new MR-03N JSCC Edition is a limited run chassis with all kinds of option parts included as standard.  A few of the options include a full ball bearing set, ball differential set, rear oil filled shock set, and carbon fiber friction shock set.  The chassis is also compatible with the full line of Mini Z Auto Scale bodies, so pick any body you want and pop it on with minimal fuss.  The 2.4 GHz KT-18 transmitter is also included, you’ll only need to provide the body and batteries to get the chassis ready to drive.

The MR-03N JSCC should be hitting shelves in June, no MSRP is given, but will probably be around $200 based on the prices of other limited edition Mini-Zs.  Check Kyosho’s site for more info.

Note: We did this, so you don’t have to! Seriously, do NOT try this at home! The results are very unpredictable, and you can even hear us scramble a little bit in the video. Something like this can turn into a very dangerous situation. Now that that is out of the way, on to the good stuff!

Each time we’ve done a Lipo shootout, the number one complaint we receive afterwards is “Why didn’t you test the batteries at their claimed C rating?”. Luckily, we aren’t a mag, so you asked for it and we grab our test gear and actually do it!

So what exactly what happens when you put a real 30C load on a battery pack that has 30C stamped across the top of it? Let’s find out. :)

We did not have optimal video equipment available the day of the test, but the vid captures all the nitty gritty. If you don’t know much about batteries, he’s the skinny- the battery dropped voltage extremely quickly, and it ended up ruined.

For those of you that do know a thing or two about batteries, here’s the details of the test.

The battery pack used was a name brand 3S 5000 mah 30C (150 amps) LiCoO2 Lipo that you can buy in most any good LHS. We aren’t going to list the name here because we didn’t do this test to try and discredit one brand. If anything, our “nameless” pack performed better than a typical sample does at it’s rated C discharge. Also, no company wants to see their label on a pack that is hell bent for destruction, so it was left off and replaced with a BigSquidRC sticker.

A 3S Lipo was chosen because it would result in maximum amp draw from the dischargers we were using. With BigSquidRC being “By Bashers for Bashers” we set up the test like any good basher would, using readily available components.

For discharging duties we searched into the 12v 1:1 automotive world…. READ MORE

What's new: Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Have you ever been sitting around thinking “you know what? I think my brushless system is TOO fast…”   No?  I didn’t think so.  If you are one of those odd ducks that has thought that, then LRP might have a solution for you.  They’ve got a new ESC by the name of LRP SPX Zero which features what they call Boost Zero Mode. All that means is that they’ve turned off advanced motor timing.  LRP says this new option is targeted at stock racers in order to make the class more competitive.  Some other features of the SPX Zero are auto cell adaptation, 6 power profiles, and a 7.5T (@ 7.4v) motor limit.

The SPX Zero should be available mid-June, not sure of the cost though.  Check out LRP’s site for more info.

Tamiya‘s finally showing off a real picture of their new FF03 Pro chassis.  If you don’t know, the FF series are front motor, front wheel drive sedans.  The new FF03 is a completely redesigned chassis, going from the monocoque frame chassis of the ff02 back to a tub style chassis with the battery running down the centerline of the chassis and a new Inboard Front Suspension setup.  Being a Pro class chassis means that Tamiya is throwing in a bunch of TRF developed parts like the hard coated dampers and various aluminum pieces and parts.  Being Pro also means that you’ll have to provide your own body, tires, wheels, electronics, and battery to go with it.

There’s no release date noted yet, MSRP will be $320.  Check out the Tamiya web site for more info.

lipo battery discharge
I have been mentioning for a little bit now that we were going to give the readers what they want. A 30C LiPo discharged at 30C. Seems like that should work right? Well, the write up and video should be available Friday.. but for now.. here’s a quick video still.

‘There is nothing to see here.. move along!’

“Are hobby prices going up because of lack of workers in China? I read that on a messae board.
Cubby- Ya know, there is no doubt there are some weird things going on in that wonderful communist country called the People’s Republic of China. In recent months there have been 5 incidents of men grabbing knives/hatchets and going after school kids, which reminds me a bit of the period when our postal workers were wound a bit too tight. They’ve got a lot of people living there in China (over 1.3 billion, America only has around 300 million), and plenty of stressors as well. But of course that’s no reason for the prices of their goods to go up.

But, there is some truth to the rumor you heard. China pretty much makes everything for everyone in the world now days, and even their 1.3 billion people aren’t enough to make it all. Yes, China is starting to suffer a labor shortage (due in part to their governments stimulus package), and as that happens, wages go up, and when wages go up, the price of the finished products must go up as well.

So will this mean increased prices at your LHS? Perhaps not, and I’ll tell you why. It’s quite obvious a very large percentage of all our hobby goods come from China (ok, that was a massive understatement… LOL), but just like every other product in this world, there is always another supplier. The buyers from our large rc companies are a Very savvy group, if they can get the same build quality but source it cheaper from Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, etc, they will change suppliers just to keep your costs low.


That’s it for this week ya bunch of crazy animals. Submit your questions, love letters, naked photos of your x(women only), and hate mail to cubby at BigSquidRC dot com.

YOUR Cub Reporter