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What's new: Friday, August 22nd, 2014

RPM Spare Tire Carrier Traxxas Slash
I don’t have to tell you guys that it’s all about scale realism now days. You see it creeping into more new car releases, and we see the trend every time we go bashing.

The good guys over at RPM have announced a Spare Tire Carrier that fits the Traxxas Slash 2wd and 4×4. Their spare tire carrier is a great way of adding a touch of scale realism to your Slash and will certainly help give it a great custom look. Made from RPM’s ultra tough blend of nylon, you won’t have to worry about it breaking any time soon.

The part number is #70502, they are priced at $14, and they are expected to start shipping in about 3 weeks. Complete details can be found at This Link on the official RPM website.

Click Right Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

What's new: Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Serpent Spyder SRX-2 RTR
Maybe you have been looking for a high-end 2wd buggy but just don’t have the time to build a kit. Enter Serpent with their new Spyder SRX-2 RTR. Their new RTR is based on their uber kit version but is ready to hit the track right out of the box. Some of its features include-

* Dragon 2.4GHz radio system
* Pre-painted and cut body
* Waterproof electronics
* Sensorless 9 turn brushless motor
* Big bore 12mm shocks

The part number is #500002 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official Serpent website.

Want more Serpent news? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“review
Hi I would love to see a review of the new 1/5 VRX phantom-B brushless buggy
Mmmmm”

Cubby- Hey ya “Mmmmm”, shoot us your snail mail for the hook-up on a BigSquidRC sticker pack.

So… you would like to see a review of the VRX Phantom 1/5 buggy? Why? Have you seen that thing? It looks like something Iron Mike picked out of his nose, and having seen first hand some of the things that come out of there, that is some pretty gruesome stuff.

But seriously… some of the smaller 1/10 VRX products don’t look bad, but the buggy you mention would make Medusa wince in agony. Oh and… I have no clue if the buggy is any good or not, however I would never review one based on looks alone.


“Hi Cubby,
Back in Apr 21, 2014, you mentioned a third rc company coming out with a 1/8 scale gas monster truck. Haven’t heard any news. Btw, how come there’s no rc companies coming out with a gas powered truck with reverse transmission? Thank you! :)
Harry Y.”

Cubby- Heyyyyyy now Harry, thanks for the email and congrats, you’ve just won a free sticker pack.

Yes, I have first hand knowledge of a third gas entry, but…

Before the HPI Octane the Losi XXL-2 hit the market, several companies were scrambling to get into the gas game. However… after the cold reception they both received, companies don’t seem to be in such a rush. Gas will no doubt be big at some point in the future, and while I feel that both the Octane and the XXL-2 were admirable first attempts at the category, there is still a lot of room for improvement. From my first hand knowledge with “Company X” that is working on a gas 1/8th scaler, they are taking their time to make sure their product is as refined as possible before hitting the market, which might be months, or even years from now.

Btw… where are the aftermarket parts for the gas trucks put out thus far? I know the aftermarket types out there, they could fix any/all that ills those trucks, but so far they have sat on their hands. “Sighhhhh”

Anywhos…

And why no reverse on the gas trucks so far? Cost, plain and simple. Both of the current models came to the plate at relatively high price points, to add reverse would simply push them that much further out of the realm of most people’s budgets.


That’s it ya lunatics, shoot me an email and maybe, just maybe, you too can bask in the glory of making it into ASK Cubby. Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com is the address, should you make the big time you will get a free sticker pack or possibly even a t-shirt!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Vaterra 2015 Ford Mustang 4WD RTR
While the radical new 2015 Ford Mustang is already making waves in the full size world, we are more stoked for the arrival of the new Vaterra rc version. The Vaterra 2015 Mustang is a meticulously detailed version of the real-deal, offering both incredible scale looks and solid on-road performance.

The Vaterra 2015 Mustang comes on their V100-S 4wd on-road platform that has proven to be both durable base and good handling. The stock power plant is a 15 turn brushed motor and the included electronics are waterproof. The Vaterra Mustang comes completely RTR with nothing else needed to hit the pavement.

* Low profile tires on 54mm wheels
* Officially licensed by Ford
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
* Realistic brake disc and calipers
* Includes Dynamite 1800mAh NiMH & charger

The part number is #VTR03024, it is street priced at $289, and you can be the first guy on your block to get one by pre-ordering at This Link over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

Click Right Here to read more Vaterra news on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho Mad Bug VE
All you Volkswagen fans will be stoked to hear about the new Mad Bug from Kyosho. The Mad Bug is officially licensed by VW and comes as a Readset, fully assembled and ready to bash right out of the box.

With 4wd and an Orion brushless system, the Mad Bug was designed to tackle tough off-road terrain. Other standard features include a 2.4GHz radio system, 1800mAh NiMH battery w/ charger, and heavy duty suspension.

* Waterproof electronics
* Aluminum big bore shocks
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Inch up wheels and high grip tires
* Wheelbase- 272mm
* Width- 287mm

The part number for white is #30994T1B, blue is #30994T2B, they have a street price of $299, and they are expected to start shipping at the end of September. Hit up This Link for full details over on the official Kyosho America website.

Want more Kyosho news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Blade 350QX2

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person a little jealous that the new Blade 350QX2 AP Combo came with new bells and whistles of better Receiver coverage, bigger battery, and more. Luckily for us the 350QX V2 gone, and now we have the 350QX2! Still featuring the same RTF and Bind-N-Fly packages, the 350QX2 touts these new enhancements:

  • White Battery Hatch (BLH7902)
    White battery hatch compliments the primarily white design of the 350 QX2.
  • 3,000 Mah LiPo Capacity Battery (EFLB30003S30)
    Allows for longer flight times and helps to better account for the weight of an action camera.
  • New AC/DC Battery Balancing Charger (EFLC3016)
    Charge your LiPo flight battery to perfection with this 3S compatible 3.5A charger.
  • New Full Range Receiver (BLH7801A)
    Refined full range receiver improves connectivity.

With new enhancements, always comes a change in price. The new 350QX2 RTF (BLH8000) is priced at $499.99, and the BNF (BLH8080) will sell at $449.99. No need to wait though, the quads have already shipped and are on hobby store shelves now! For more information check out Blade Helicopter page Right Here.

For more Horizon Hobby news on BigSquidRC, Click Here.

200QX Cruising

In all things multirotor, I was excited by Blade Helicopter’s announcement about the new 3D flight modes for the 200QX. I for one quickly ordered the new props, dragged my update cable out of the 350QX case, and was quickly on my way to being ready for inverted flight. Check out the video and my impressions on the upgrade after the jump…

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AquaCraft Fletcher Class Destroyer
At 61″ long and standing 17″ tall, the US Fletcher Class Destroyer from AquaCraft is a beast. And while it may be huge, it is loaded with fine scale detailing so it looks great on the water, or when perched in your rc garage. The Destroyer utilizes a sturdy pre-painted fiberglass hull and a pair of 550 motors for power.

* Main gun turrets can rotate
* Comes with wood display stand
* Has a removable superstructure
* Mast is removable for easy transport
* Props are painted bronze

The part number is #AQUB5705 and you can get more details on everything AquaCraft over on their Official Website.

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

Killerbody RC Lancia Stratos 1977 Giro d'Italia
Remember back in the mid-70s when the Lancia Stratos dominated the World Rally Championships? Nope, me neither, I was only 6 years old at the time. However, if you are into race cars then you know the Lancia has become an iconic car from the early days of rally racing.

The people over at Killerbody RC have put out a very nicely detailed version of the 1977 Giro d’Italia Lancia Stratos. It is available in several different trim levels- from clear to full painted and assembled. The Killerbody Lancia is made to fit most touring cars and can definitely make your car stand out in a crowd.

The part number for the body shown above is #48250 and these are available right now. Get more details on all the fine products from Killerbody on their Official Website.

Click Right Here for more Killerbody RC news on BigSquidRC.

GauntletALSIceBucketChallenge

As I write this, Brian was challenged by HobbyTown Steve to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge for charity, and has a mere 20 hours to deliver!

Even more impressive, Steve has set the precedent! Using my new Flamewheel 550 from DJI, I let the bucket drop by flying away with that hexcopter.

See the video below and comment to help encourage Brian!

 

Axial 3150kV Brushless Motor
Axial has released the motor from the Yeti to everyone out in rc land. This is a long can 3150kV brushless unit that has loads of torque and is suitable for sustained running on 3S LiPo. The 3150 was designed to propel vehicles like the Yeti and Exo to crazy speeds and should work well in other 10th scale applications like 4wd short course trucks.

* 4-pole, long can design for more torque
* 5mm output shaft
* Black anodized can w/ laser etched logos
* 14 AWG Wire w/ 4mm connectors

The part number is #AX31047, it has a street price of $115, and these are available right now. Get more details at This Link over on the official Axial website.

Catch up on Axial news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Rogue Element Centerline Wheels
There is nothing sweeter than bolting the perfect set of wheels on your pride and joy. For some of you that perfect set might be the new 1.55″ Centerline Style Wheels from Rogue Element Components. These are made from 6061-T6 billet aluminum and are made to look very much like their full scale counterparts. The set shown above is made specifically for the Kyosho Scorpion buggy, but they are also available in a “4 wheel drive set” that comes with four equally sized rear wheels.

The price for a standard set of four is $109 and you can hit up This Link to visit the official Rogue Element Components website.

Click Here to read more REC news on BigSquidRC.

JQ THECar White Limited Edition Buggy
“Good guys always wear white” (at least in the movies) and now you can get an All White Edition of JQ’s THECar. THECar white edition will not only make you instantly stand out in a crowd, but it is a full on race buggy capable of busting out fast lap times. Trick looks, fast laps, what more can you ask for.

The part number is #INT-JQB0677LE, they are priced at $599, and they start shipping on September 1st. There are only 100 of these kits being produced and you can get one on pre-order by Clicking Right Here.

Find out more about JQ Right Here on BigSquidRC.