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Win a New ARRMA Granite Mega Monster Truck!

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You KNOW you want a ARRMA Granite.
It’s a great truck! ARRMA and Hobbico have been kind enough to let us give one away!
We are doing this QUICK! No need to wait months to win! Today, September 18th, is last chance to enter! What are you waiting for CLICK HERE to go enter!

What's new: Monday, September 8th, 2014

Xtreme Racing Losi Mini 8IGHT Truggy Carbon Fiber Parts
Carbon Fiber parts are great for two things- 1. making your truck stronger, and 2. looking really trick. For all you Losi Mini 8IGHT-T owners, the crew at Xtreme Racing now has some carbon fiber upgrades for you.

For starters, Xtreme created 3mm thick shock towers. These are much beefier than stock and lightweight to boot.

Xtreme also has some rear wheel guards. These are great for keeping mud out of the rear shocks and driveshafts while adding a cool look.

The mud guards have a part number of #10849, the front tower is #10847, while the rear tower is #10848. Each is priced at $15 and Here Is The Link to the official Xtreme Racing website.

Read more Losi News on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho FAZER VE Porsche 918 Weissach Package
It’s all about looking as good as it performs these days. The latest car from Kyosho is a good example of this. The Kyosho Fazer series VE Porsche 918 Weissach comes with a highly detailed body on the outside, with Orion brushless power on the inside.

The Porsche hybrid supercar is known for smashing the lap record on the Nürburgring, now it is available to you for breaking the lap record around your cul-de-sac. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Syncro 2.4GHz radio gear
* Completely built and ready to drive
* Pre-painted body with stickers applied
* Sealed diffs and tranny
* Comes with NiMH battery and charger
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Waterproof

The Fazer has a part number of #30917T2-B, it is priced at $309, and you can get full details over on the Kyosho America website.

Click Here to read about more Kyosho products on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho CubbyMost of the rc industry refuses to acknowledge they are part part of the greater automotive industry. It seems many people in the rc industry are content to just be a “toy manufacturer”, instead of reaping the benefits of cross pollinating with people inside the full scale automotive industry. This may be something that has never crossed your mind, but for rc to go more mainstream, it is only advantageous to use every outlet possible.

I’ve found that there are a couple of different types in our industry that want nothing to do with the full scale scene, those that think our “toys” aren’t worthy of more attention, and those that are old school and aren’t open to cross marketing. Ya sure, everyone is entitled to do business their own way, but by not collaborating with companies like Ford, or Goodyear, or Borla, rc doesn’t get maximum exposure to a more mainstream audience. And of course less exposure means less $$$$ in the sales report at the end of the month, less $$$$ to develop new products with, and ultimate less $$$$ to feed their families with.

I am fortunate enough to work with people across a wide range of industries now days, one of them being the full scale scene, so I can say first hand that many of the full scale manufacturers are huge fans of what we do in rc. They dig our scaled down technology and they dig that it is a safe hobby fit for kids and adults alike. Heck, many of them are fans because they use hobby grade rc products right now, or at some time in their past. Our hobby also offers some key demographics to market to. What could be better for a full scale manufacturer than getting to rc kids early so that when they are finally old enough to buy a full scale car, they already know what they want, partially based on how cool it was during their rc days.

Of course there are some rc companies that are ahead of the curve on this one, take Axial for example. On one of their latest release they collaborated with Jeep (body), Walker Evans Racing (wheels), Falken (tires), and Poison Spyder (bumpers). When it was released, it wasn’t just Axial promoting the new truck, it was also the full scale companies listed, getting that particular rc vehicle a ton of additional exposure. Collaborations like that are a win/win for everyone involved.

Hey, the rc industry is wanting to expand, working with full scale manufacturers is a great way to do so. Here’s to hoping that more rc manufacturers gives it a try. After all, the more people there are in rc, the more fun it is, and the more money there is for research and developing cool new products for everyone to enjoy.

On a BSRC note…

Don’t forget these dates-

October 2-5th, iHobby Expo in Schaumburg, IL (a burb of Chicago). Seriously, we’ve got something B I G in our booth this year that you do NOT want to miss.

October 19, Leisure Hours in Joliet IL (just south of the Chi-Town metro). This is our 10 Year Anniversary Bash and it will be the biggest we’ve ever put on. Better still, because of the venue it is rain or shine. If it’s raining Leisure Hours has a huge indoor track for us to get our bash on. Count on loads of swag and lots of pure bashing carnage.

That’s it for this week, thanks for reading, have a funtastic week, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

RPM ECX Caster Blocks
Have you been modding your ECX 2WD to make it as tough as it can be? If so, you should put a set of RPM Heavy Duty Caster Blocks on your “to order” list. Made from RPM’s legendary plastic, these are up to 20% thicker in key breakage areas and use a strengthening ridge to make them more rigid than the stock part.

The part number is #73442, they are street priced at $9, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official RPM website.

Get More RPM news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Friday, September 5th, 2014

UMX FPV Vapor

Now that FatShark products are available at Horizon Hobby, there now is a way to get all your FPV needs in one aircraft: the Ultra-Micro FPV Vapor RTF! Featuring the FatShark Teleporter V4 FPV Headset, the FPV Vapor RTF has a great list of features:

 

  • Completely built, flight ready airframe
  • Spektrum™ VS1100 ultra micro FPV system
  • Fat Shark Teleporter V4 headset with digital head tracking
  • Full-color QVGA 320 x 240 LCD headset displays
  • SpiroNET circular polarized antenna system
  • 150mAh 1S 3.7V Li-Po battery and USB 1S Li-Po charger
  • 760mAh 2S 7.4V Li-Po headset battery and AC charger
  • Ultra-lightweight, film-covered carbon fiber airframe with modular construction
  • Spektrum 3-channel DSMX® receiver/ESC/Servo unit
  • Fully proportional throttle, elevator and rudder control
  • 4-channel 2.4GHz DSMX transmitter
  • No FCC license required

This plane (Part # EFLU6600) with everything included will sell for $449, and will be hitting shelves towards the end of October. For now, you can see all the details about this 3-Channel airplane on the E-Flite website Right Here.

For all the other Horizon Hobby news on BigSquidRC, Click Here.

 

T-Bone Racing Bumper Pro-Line Pro-2
When it comes to 2wd bash vehicles, the Pro-Line PRO-2 is perhaps our favorite on the market. But like any vehicle, when you bash it extra hard, parts will get broken.

To give extra protection to the front of the PRO-2, the crew over at T-Bone Racing came up with one of their Racer Series Front Bumpers. The TBR front bumper is made from heavy duty nylon to take the abuse so your truck doesn’t have to. A nylon brace runs to the top of the front bulkhead for extra support, and like most TBR products, it comes with their limited lifetime warranty against breakage.

The part number is #44500, street price is $21, and you can get complete details over on the official T-Bone Racing website.

The weekend has finally arrived, have a TGIF Mystery Link on us!

axial_scx10_ram_power_wagon_06Axial announced their latest version of the SCX10 this week, the Dodge Ram Power Wagon, and it’s caused a good amount of discussion in r/c internet land. It looks like I’m not the only one happy see a full size pickup body on an Axial platform. Along with Vaterra’s Ascender Blazer, it looks like some other types of domestic iron are finally getting the spotlight.

Hey, Jeeps are the most popular off-road vehicle of time…but a breather is appreciated in this neck of the woods. With the positive reception that these new bodies are getting, I think its safe to say many besides me are on board with what (hopefully) is a new trend. Bring on the trucks!

As for the Ram, I think it’s the perfect candidate for a scale smoke stack, doing a dually rear axle and cutting off the “Power Wagon” text (details are details folks, a real PW is only available as a gasser so it would have to lose the badge if its gonna be a scale Cummins). The only thing I’d be afraid of is the transmission. I know the SCX10 is known for having a stout tranny, but having the Dodge logo on the side makes me worry.

Alright, alright that last line was a joke. I’ve always been a Ford guy and old habits die hard  :) Have a great weekend everyone!

For more Axial news on BigSquidRC you can click here. For more scale r/c news click here.

MCD XS-5 Super Car
The crew at MCD Racing has something for you high speed fanatics, as well as you 1/5th fans, their new XS-5 Super Sports Car. With a big chassis and big power, it should put a big smile on your face (and big dent in the wallet?).

Based on the MCD 4wd 5 series chassis, the XS-5 is said to be the “pinnacle” of large scale sports cars. It comes loaded with side wings, a large rear diffuser, a big rear wing, and has 6.3″ high grip tires.

The XS-5 will come in two trim levels, Factory Team and Competition, and it starts shipping in mid-October. You can get more details over on the offical MCD Racing Website.

You never know what you are going to get with a TGIF Mystery Link!

Speed Power LMP Lemans Body
The folks over at Speed Power wanted us to let you know they have a new LM-P Le Mans clear body. The body is styled after Peugeot’s Le Mans car and is made to fit most common 200mm pan style cars. With all sorts of scale detailing from the nose to the rear, it should look awesome flying around your local track or your cul-de-sac. For more details on Speed Power, HERE Is The Link to their official website.

Happy Friday everyone out in rc land, Click Here for a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

PROTOform F1 Bodies
The teasing is officially over and our friends over at PROTOform have released full information on their new Formula 1 bodies. With most of the BSRC staff being big F1 fans, we have been eagerly waiting their release.

The F1-Thirteen is molded to the 2013 specifications, while the F1-Fourteen is made to look like the current generation of Formula 1 cars. Both are made from .030″ genuine Lexan and require Tamiya front wings to complete the look. An injection molded driver’s helmet is included, as is a decal sheet that features steering wheel details, seatbelts, car numbers, and a variety of helmet visor colors.

The part number for the Thirteen is #1537-30, the Fourteen is #1538-30, and they are street priced at $28. For complete details hit up the official PROTOform Website.

Thank goodness another Friday has decided to make its way to the BigSquid offices. Click Right Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

What's new: Thursday, September 4th, 2014

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I think we are going to have to find some room in our budget for this! Check out the RC Pepsi Cooler! It holds 32 cans of your favorite beverages. Created by a roto-mold process which makes it super durable, has working headlights, speakers, 2 cup holders, and can drive forward, backward, left and right with a 100 foot range.

The price is a little tough to swallow at $375, but come on.. this is a bash day necessity! If you are willing to give up the branding, they have the same ones in your choice of color for about $299.

You can head over now to the Custom Cooler Website, or find them on sale tomorrow at the offical Pepsi Website.

ASK Cubby

“2.4GHZ radio receivers question

Cubby,

I own the Tactic TTX240 2 channel radio and about 12 3 channel Tactic receivers. I LOVE the fact that it doesn’t have an antenna wire. Now that I have started to race a bit more using the 2 channel(3 channel receiver) system is limiting my ability to use certain items on track. With my Slash 4×4 powered by the Mamba Max Pro SCT Edition and 2400kv motor I have the issue that I cannot run a transponder due to the motor fan wire. So I have been running without a fan for the last few races.

Do you know if anyone else makes a 3-4 channel pistol grip system without a receiver antenna? I really want to run both the transponder plus the fan on the motor.
Sincerely,
Kevin S.”

Cubby- Hey, look who just won “Letter of the Month”. Congrats Kevin and shoot us your snail mail and shirt size so we can get you a certified BSRC t-shirt.

So Kev, you are getting into the local racing scene. I feel for ya buddy, hopefully your locals aren’t a bunch of irritable jacka%$es.

Anywhos, on to your question. You dig your Tactic radio gear, but the receivers are one port shy of what you need. I have a really, really affordable solution for ya. Instead of going out and buying new radio gear, pick up a Tactic Y-Harness. It is only $8 and will allow you to hook up a servo, speedo, transponder, and motor fan to your receiver. Click Here to get one on the way.

Have fun, go fast, blow stuff up.


“but i like how redcat adknowledged the flexible arms and the cvds bending but for example traxxas and the emaxx, they know it has bad bulks, but they choose not to change the design. Their other cars may not be durable, and the reviews were not made by redcat themselves, not that i contredict you, i love bsrc, i just think redcat is changing for the better:)

Ari R.”

Cubby- I posted up a letter from Ari a couple of weeks ago pertaining to Redcat, so he had a reply, and for some strange reason I figured I would post it for the world to see.
Oh and hey Ari, thanks for being a loyal reader, and we love you too.
XOXOXO
Cubby


“Turning My Fazer VE into Faster RC

Hey Guys,
I own a Kyosho Fazer Ve (Audi R8), the car has good performance but i want to upgrade it as it’s not Lipo 3S compatible, i want to make it fast, so i need your advise about selecting a suitable ESC, like the “Orion Vortex R10 Sports”. Or please advise your own suggestion.

Thanks Indeed
Inferno”

Cubby- Yo hey Inferno, thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to shoot me an email.

But… lets skip the dumb stuff here. I have driven some Orion systems lately. Not many, and not for that long of time, but enough to get a feel for them. Definitely not bad and probably pretty dialed for busting lap times on a controlled track. However… if you want power, real power, blow your tire off the rim power, suck the paint scheme off your buddies truck power, there is only one name to consider, Castle Creations. And why is that??? Because they are designed to put out massive amounts of brute force and live to talk about it the next day.

For your particular application, I would most highly recommend the Mamba Max Pro. You can run some crazy high kV motors on it, and should the need ever arise (which if you are a hard enough core basher it WILL), you can run up to 6S LiPo on it. Buy one, chuck it in, insert huge grin.

If you are on a budget, go for the Sidewinder 3 (less than $70). The SV3 is waterproof and can easily do the 3S you are looking for.

Click Here to get a Mamba Max Pro on the way, or Click Here for the SV3. Be sure and shoot us a pic of you blowing the tires off your Kyosho after you get your new speedo mounted up.


Like Bugs Bunny would say, “That’s All Folks!”. Should you have the gall, shoot me a letter, Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com. If your letter makes the big time you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll hook you up with one of our ultra sweet t-shirts. Peace and love, peace and love…

YOUR Cub Reporter

Castle Talon 120HV ESC
For all you air fanatics, Castle Creations has a new ESC coming to their Talon line-up. The Talon 120HV can handle up to 6000 watts of continuous power and features a built-in 20 amp peak BEC.

* Voltage range- 3 to 12S LiPo
* Width- 2.01″
* Length- 3.81″
* Height- .8″
* Weight- 6.56 oz
* Maximum continuous current- 120 amps
* Aluminum case, optional 40mm fan
* Extensive programming with Castle Link software

The part number is #010-0131-00, it has a street price of $199, and they are expected to shipping later this month. Hit up This Link to check out more Castle Creations products.

Read more Castle News on BigSquidRC.