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What's new: Friday, July 18th, 2014

big-orange-axial-ax10-xtrail1When it comes to scale crawling hop-up discussion, over/underdrive gears never fail to confuse noobs. What does “overdrive” even mean? Will it hurt your truck? Click the “Read More” below to get the skinny on a mod that can help your Axial truck get its Billy Goat on.

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Graupner Transmitters
Graupner might not be the biggest name in the bashing community, but they have a long history in our hobby and most recently are best known for their touch screen battery chargers and transmitters. Last week at the HobbyTown USA Convention was the first time we were able to lay hands on their new products and we have to say they certainly looked good. Hopefully we will get a chance to review them in the near future.

Getting Graupner products here in the states hasn’t been easy the last few years, but that is all about change as Tower Hobbies is gearing up to carry many of their products. We haven’t heard any word on when they will be in stock so we will pass along that information when we hear it. Until then you can hit up This Link to learn more about all the products in Graupner’s catalog.

Happy Friday, the weekend is nearly here! Have you clicked a TGIF Mystery Link yet?

T-Bone Racing Thunder Tiger
Tired of breaking front end parts on your Thunder Tiger eMTA? The crew over at T-Bone Racing have a new front bumper to soak up some of the abuse. Constructed from tough nylon, the TBR front bumper is made to take a beating and comes with a lifetime warranty.

The part number is #58002, it is street priced at $36, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on T-Bone’s website.

Why not check out a TGIF Mystery Link?

JConcepts Associated Wheel Hex
JConcepts has trick looking Ultra Wheel Hexes for the Team Associated B5/B5M. These 12mm wheel hexes are made from aluminum to help save weight. Available anodized in either blue or black, the JConcepts wheel hexes help boost your bling factor and are easy to install.

The part number for the blue fronts is #2347-1, the fronts in black is #2347-2, the rear in blue is #2348-1, and the rears in black is #2348-2. Pricing is $13 per pair and you can get complete information at This Link over on JConcepts’ blog.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Right Here is the first mystery link of the day.

What's new: Thursday, July 17th, 2014

TheToyz Scale Accessories
So you’ve got your trail rig tough as nails but you need the final touch, some scale accessories. Lucky for you the crew over at TheToyz has just announced three new 1/10 scale accessory sets. All three sets sport the realistic look you are after and are hand painted.

The #TOYZ 335 set includes a pair of red fuel cans with mounts. These are street priced at $9. The #TOYZ 337 is street priced at $19 and comes with a scale winch, a hi lift jack, pry bar, shovel, axe and a gas can with mount. The #TOYZ 336 is a realistic fire extinguisher with mount and is priced at $9. Hit up This Link to head over to TheToyz’s official website for more details.

Want to catch up on TheToyz news? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Child’s Crawler
I am looking to get my 2 kids a crawler each I will also be buying 1 for myself. I was thinking a small one for them and a 1/10th for myself. Since I will be buying 3 price is a bit of a concern. Right now I have a Losi xxx-t but Losi`s have gotten hard to find locally so that is something to consider also.
Any advice will be great
Thanks,
Josh A.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Josh, thanks for the email.

So you wanna get into the crawling scene with your kids, not spend much cash, and might want to stay away from Losi due to the parts availability where you live.

First off props for thinking to buy your kids some trucks to get them involved with the hobby. Good for you, the future of our fine hobby depends on them.

You didn’t say if you’ll be doing actual crawling or just doing general bashing with the new crawlers, so I’ll just wing my answer like I always do.

I wouldn’t buy them a smaller sized crawler than the one you get and here’s why- size matters more than anything else out in the rocks. A section where a 2.2 truck might blow through without issue, a smaller truck can get stuck on the first rock. It would suck to be out crawling/trailing and either have to only do easy sections so your kids small trucks could make it, or have every section where your 2.2 made it no problem but they were constantly getting hung up. I have been on several expeditions involving vastly different sized trail machines, and someone is always getting screwed over by the type of terrain. Running the same size at least makes it the equally hard (or easy) for all involved.

So like I said earlier, size matters in the rocks, so that’s why I would recommend a truck using 2.2 tires for you and your crew. And… because you are wanting to stay away from Losi, I would recommend Axial. Axial has a couple big advantages right now. First off, because of their vast popularity, many local hobby shops are keeping parts for them on the shelves (some shops even more than Traxxas, Gasp!). Two- they are relatively affordable. They aren’t the cheapest out on the market, but they are not near the upper end of price range for the genre either.

If you don’t want to spend the cash for three 2.2 sized Axials, here is an idea. Because runtime is so insanely long on a crawler, you might just want to pick up one or two to start with. This way you can find out for sure if you and your kids are into the crawling scene, and with the insane runtimes one pack will probably be long enough for you and your kids to get an rc fix before having to switch out a pack.

Btw, as far as 2.2 Axial’s go, I’m a fan of the Deadbolt. It has decent speed for a crawler, plus it comes with 2.2 tires that have a good tread for general use. And oh ya, it can wheelie, which kids love to do.

Go fast, spin tires, and shoot us pics of what you end up buying.

Hit the “Read More” button to read one of the best rants I’ve received in a while…

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Parrot Rolling Spider Horizon Hobby
While Parrot might not be well known among hardcore rc hobbyists, they certainly make some interesting products. For the surface crowd they are known for two machines, the Rolling Spider and the Jumping Sumo. Both are capable of insane stunts and are controlled via the Bluetooth connection on your mobile device.

The Spider and the Sumo are getting ready to hit the market and the folks over at Horizon Hobby let us know they will be stocking them. These are bound to be some of the hottest rc products released this fall, if you want one you should get on the pre-order list now.

The part number for the Jumping Sumo is #PTAPF724002 while it is street priced at $159. The part number for the Rolling Spider is #PTAPF723002 while it carries a street price of $99. Both are expected to start shipping to Horizon dealers in September. Get more details about all the Parrot products that Horizon carries Right Here.

Click Right Here for more Horizon Hobby news right here on BigSquidRC.

Big Air RC Jump Lee Martin McDonalds Mugen
Everybody digs big air and McDonalds UK has just released a promotional video featuring a Mugen truggy going huge. To put their new sandwich on the map, McDonalds enlisted uber pro driver Lee Martin to jump some semi-trailers with a Chicken Legend strapped to the back of his truggy. Needless to say they certainly got our attention and it’s awesome to see McDonalds featuring our hobby in one of their ads.

Want to watch more rc videos? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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Do you have a Axial Yeti on the way? From the buzz, we are guessing you probably do! So if everyone on the planet has a new Yeti, how are you going to tell them apart? Our friends at FreqEsKinz have the answer! They now have a bunch of different styles/skinz to choose from that will fit that Yeti and make it stand out in the crowd!

The vehicle skinz are priced $45, but for a limited time you can get $10 off! Head over to the FreqEsKinz website, use the code YETI4ME to get the discount!

We have a favorite, but we aren’t telling. What’s yours?

Want more news about FreqEsKinz from Big Squid? Hit this link to see other products of theirs we have mentioned.

Did you see our Yeti review? If somehow you have missed it, you can check it Right Here.

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Last week I made a giant step forward: I got myself an RC airplane. Thanks to Ares, their newer P-51 Mustang balances size and power for a nice package for an intermediate flyer. The big question remains: Am I an intermediate pilot? Find out and a few points I learned after the jump…

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Novak Wire Stripper Cutter
If you are an avid hobbyist, chances are you do a lot of solding on your cars and trucks. There is nothing like having the proper tool to get a job done right so the crew over at Novak have announced a Wire Stripper and Cutter Tool. Some of its features include-

* Built in cutter
* Comfortable handles
* Blades automatically adjust to wire
* Has screw to adjust jaw tension

The part number is #5880, they are street priced at $18, and they are available right now. Get complete details Right Here on Novak’s website.

For more Novak news on BigSquidRC Click Right Here.

Team Associated
The guys over at Team Associated have shot out a press release to let everyone know about the B44.3 buggy kit. The B44 series of 4wd buggies have been quite popular among the racing crowd, the latest version has received more updates to make it better than ever.

The biggest news on the B44.3 is its aluminum chassis. The hard anodized chassis helps to lower the center of gravity and to increase durability. Mounted on the chassis are a new floating motor and servo mount. The molded battery trays are also new and allow the use of saddle or shorty packs.

The part number is #9063 and you can find full details at This Link over on the official Team Associated website.

Catch up on your Associated news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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Everyone know’s I’m a sucker for automated drone stuff, and there is something about this video. It ‘looks legit’ yet part of me thinks, wow it would be tough to pull that off. That all being said, I’m pretty sure I’d pay to see this in real life as a small concert, or be able to buy the ‘drone band in a box’ kit for my house to enjoy.

Check out the video below of a handful of drones playing a few different tunes.