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What's new: Monday, February 17th, 2014

Castle Creations E-Fest 2014
The crew over at Castle Creations are all about making things go faster, at E-Fest 2014 they had their entire line of brushless air products on display. The Castle Talon series ESCs have made a quite a name for themselves, not just in airplanes, but also in multi-rotor applications, and we got a chance to check out a quadcopter that was packing some serious Castle power. Check out the pictures below to see what it was like to visit their booth and hit up This Link to visit the official Castle Creations website.

Horizon Booth E-Fest 2014
Also in attendance at E-Fest 2014 were the folks from Horizon Hobby. Their large booth was well staffed and the BSRC Bash Crew had a great time picking their brains on some of their new air products. The newest item they had in the their booth was the Blade 200 QX. The 200 was just announced a couple of weeks ago and should be a real blast to fly because it is brushless powered. Horizon had a bunch of other products on display, take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for what it was like to be at their booth, and you can Click This Link to visit their official website.

Hobbico E-Fest 2014
Over the weekend we had the pleasure of attending one of the largest indoor flying events in the country, E-Fest in Champaign Illinois. E-Fest is put on by the nice folks at Hobbico as a way of promoting the hobby during the cold winter months. Hobbyists from all over the Midwest drive in to get some flying time and spend time with other hobbyists.

While flying is the biggest part of E-Fest, they also have booths from various manufacturers. We spent some time in the Hobbico booth to get some pictures and check out their latest gear. The Hobbico booth featured products from Futaba, Heli-Max, AirCore, Tactic, Thunder Tiger and Flyzone. Whether you were into rc airplanes, helicopters, or multi-rotors, the Hobbico booth had something for you. No new products were announced at the show, but you can take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for what they had on display. To get more information on everything Hobbico, simply Click This Link.

Cubby at Auto Show Monster Energy MustangIt is time for rc racing to get some freshening up, I mean, it is basically the same as it was the 80′s, THE 80′S! Nobody else rests on their laurels that long and for good reason, when you do, things get static and boring. And while turnouts at “big” races are doing well, local racing in many areas has dried up.

There are quite simple things that can be done to freshen up rc racing, things that take just a few phone calls, a few emails, but would go a long ways towards bringing new interest to the sport. For example, in mx they issue national rank numbers. Now days the numbering system in mx is a little different, but back in the day your national number was given to you based upon how many points you acquired the previous year. So… when a fan hit the local Supercross they instantly knew that the guy with the number 9 on his plates was faster than the guy with the number 61, and number 61 was faster than 92, etc. For the actual racers it was a huge deal, the privateers were working their asses off for very little money, but it meant a lot to them to earn a lower national number each year. If you showed up to any track in the country with a two digit national number, you were instantly respected. For potential sponsors it also simplified things, if you got a resume from a guy with a two digit national number you knew they guy was no joke.

The national number concept would also work well in the rc realm. In rc it would do the exact same things as in the mx world, it would give the racers something tangible to work towards, and something to be proud of even if they didn’t take home any big race wins. All those privateers are blowing their credit cards up to race each season, a national number would give them something to be proud of.

And lets say you are a potential sponsor. There are a lot of fast drivers out there- dozens upon dozens upon dozens of them, so many that it is impossible to differentiate between them all. You can sponsor the guy that just won the “big” race last weekend, but there are 2 more big races this weekend that will have two different winners. You can sponsor the ROAR national champion, but there are like 20 of those, and you can’t sponsor them all. A national number system would be a way of showing, in order, who the fastest 100 racers in the country truly are.

To pull off the national number system would be very easy, it could simply be points accumulated from the multiple ROAR national races, or preferably, it would give points for all the ROAR nats and select big event like Snowbirds, Cactus, the Reedy race, etc. Oh and, when I said all the ROAR nats, I ment ALL of them, off-road and on-road. Why? Because in case you haven’t noticed, on-road (and oval for that matter) is D E A D here in America. If on-road (and oval!) events were included in the national numbering system it would give them a much, MUCH needed boost in interest. And on top of that, if we are trying to determine the top 100 racers in America, it has to encompass more than just a single form of rc racing, to determine the best overall, it has to include multiple disciplines.

Ok, so it might take a couple sheets of paper to write down names and how many points a person picked up at each event. It might take a couple phone calls to convince race promoters that their event needs to be ROAR sanctioned to provide points for the national number system. Heck it might even take a few minutes here and there to shoot out emails to work out the details. But… it wouldn’t take much at all, monetarily or time wise, to implement.

That’s it for this week ya freaks, hit up your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

HPI Ken Block Fiesta WR8 3.0
To make their latest rally car even more scale realistic, HPI Racing has mounted up nitro power in their new Ken Block Fiesta WR8 3.0. A Nitro Star G3.0 HO engine is used to give you the smell and sound of nitro, while the WR8 chassis is based off the Bullet 3.0 monster truck for maximum bash-a-bility. A scale realistic Ford Fiesta body with Ken Block livery sits on top, which should make it a real head turner when you meet up with your bash-buddies at the park.

The part number for the WR8 3.0 is #112868 and you can get more information by hitting up This Link over on the offical HPI website. Click Here for more HPI news right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Sunday, February 16th, 2014

Boat Maint. 3

With winter set in, and most of the country socked in with snow and ice, I figured it was time to cover some basic preventative maintenance. I don’t enjoy this any more than you do, but this work needs to be done to keep your craft in top working order.

1.Draining the water jacket and lines. I do this with canned air for blowing out P.C.s. Make sure the outlet is clear and free before using this method. A few short burst will get most of the water out.
Boat Maint. 1

2. Check all hull penetrations and boots for cracks and proper sealing. Lube, repair, or replace as needed. This help keep water out.

3 Clean, inspect and lube the drive system. Any unnecessary drag just slows you down and creates heat.

Boat Maint. 2

4. Check your control surfaces for damage and wear.

5. Finally go over the hull for any cracks, chips, or damage you will need to repair. This is a good time to look at any gaskets if your hull uses them.

Once you are done, enjoy the fact that this weather won’t last forever, and you will be back out on the water soon.

For more boat news on Big Squid RC click right here

What's new: Friday, February 14th, 2014

HPI Crawler King 1973 Ford Bronco RTR
The crew over at HPI Racing have announced a new look for their Crawler King. The latest version comes with a 1973 Ford Bronco body, comes in RTR form, and is waterproof for your bashing pleasure. With its 4wd and 55 turn brushed motor, it should be a blast to drive at the local rock pile. The truck in the pictures is sporting some super sticky Hot Bodies crawling tires, but we have not been able to confirm if those will come standard on the truck. More information is coming soon on this one, until then hit up This Link to visit the official HPI website.

Click Here for a TGIF mystery link.


Ugh, this winter sucks. Last year I was scaling nearly every weekend thanks to mild weather. This year has just been snow after snow with sub 0º temperatures to boot. Oh well, with spring (hopefully) right around the corner I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. I know my buddies and I are chomping at the bit to get outside.

The awesome King of the Hammers race took place last week in California and as usual was filled with all sorts of spectacular carnage. I strongly suggest you head to YouTube and checkout some clips, particularly those showing highlights of the “Back Door” section. It was also a big weekend for scale r/c as the 2014 RECON G6 series of events kicked off with their own version of an “Ultra 4″ race. Axial always has a big presence at this event and this year debuted a custom Falken Tires themed SCX10 Jeep (pictured below). You can view more pics on Axial’s site right here. It looks great and the most noteworthy thing about it is the tires. Those are actual Falken Wildpeak replicas and look hot. Axial claims that the truck is a one off, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the next RTR in their line of SCX10′s. At the very least I’d be shocked if the tires weren’t released. The tread pattern looks like it would hook up great and clean out very well. This is all baseless speculation however, as I have no inside knowledge.


Speaking of Axial and RECON G6, my club is hosting the G6 crew for a St. Louis, MO tour stop on April 12, 2014. The event is being dubbed the “Axial Iron Mountain Depot RECON G6” and will be taking place in O’Fallon, MO. It’s only 2 months away and, if the weather ever breaks, we will be out there preparing some gnarly stuff for everyone to tackle. It should be a great time! Big Squid will have a big presence and I’ll post the full event details right here when they are released.

Lastly, thanks for all the feedback I’ve received on my mega-truck project (Part 1 here, Part 2 here). As it turns out it’s a pretty good thing I picked this time of year to build one as the snow has served as an ok replacement for mud while putting the truck through rigorous testing. Part 3 of the build won’t post for a couple more weeks as I’m waiting on both the tires AND for warmer weather to properly go boggin’, but thus far I’ve been having a blast with the truck. While waiting on my narrowed Tamiya Clodbuster tires to arrive I’ve been using the stock Axial Trepador 2.2′s that came with the Deadbolt. I gave them a custom “mud cut” and they give the truck a great holeshot. Here’s a teaser of what it looks like right now -


Lastly, keep sending me pics (and descriptions) of your scale rides! Showmescalers at gmail dot com is my addy. Since I sounded the horn last week you guys have sent me some awesome stuff. I’m going to start showing them off next week so keep em’ coming. Remember, anything scale is cool no matter if it’s surface, air, or water oriented. The more outlandish the better! Have a great weekend and thanks for reading.

The Snowbirds Nationals is one of the biggest rc races in the world. Each year hundreds of racers flock to Florida and race 24 hours a day to get their rc fix. All that racing can get stressful, so as a way of blowing off steam they hold a Figure 8 Race. Our friends over at Horizon Hobby took some video of the Figure 8 race this year to show everyone just how crazy it gets. Enjoy the massive collisions and hit up This Link to see all the products that Horizon has to offer. They even have a Valentines special of free shipping on every order for the next couple of days.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, have a go at a BigSquidRC Mystery Link.

TheToyz Wing Spoiler
Sometimes you just need to add a wing to set off that car/truck/buggy of yours. The crew over at TheToyz can hook you up with several different wings to add that final piece of bling to your ride. TheToyz wings are made from plastic and aluminum for durability, and come in different widths and looks.

The unit shown above sports a carbon fiber look, is a 195mm wide, has a part number of #TOYZ 61, and has an affordable street price of $9. Hit up This Link to get more information.

Welcome to the weekend, check out THIS BigSquidRC Mystery Link.

What's new: Thursday, February 13th, 2014

KO Propo RSx2 Servos
The crew over at KO Propo have announced their new line of RSx2 servos. These high precision servos have aluminum cases, metal gears, and have a re-worked servo amplifier for a more linear feel. The new KO Propo servos include-

* RSx2 Response H.C. (hard case) #30106
* Speed servo w/ aluminum upper case
* Speed- 0.06 @ 7.4V, 0.07s @ 6.0V
* Torque- 17.6kg-cm @ 7.4V, 14.5kg-cm @ 6.0V
* Size- 41 x 37.5 x 20mm

* RSx2 Power H.C. (hard case) #30107
* Torque servo w/ aluminum upper case
* Speed- 0.11s @ 7.4V, 0.13s @ 6.0V
* Torque- 31.6kg-cm @ 7.4V, 26.3kg-cm @ 6.0V
* Size- 41 x 37.5 x 20mm

* RSx2 Response #30108 speed servo
* Speed- 0.06s @ 7.4V, 0.07s @ 6.0V
* Torque- 17.6kg-cm @ 7.4V, 14.5kg-cm @ 6.0V
• Size- 41 x 37.5 x 20mm

* RSx2 Power #30109 torque servo.
* Speed: 0.11s @ 7.4V, 0.13s @ 6.0V
* Torque- 31.6kg-cm @ 7.4V, 26.3kg-cm @ 6.0V
* Size- 41 x 37.5 x 20mm

Want more KO Propo news? If so, check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

Quadcopter with FPV SetupAnother day, another installment of Raging Rotors! As I mentioned last week, a recent episode of Modern Family featured a DJI Quadcopter set up for FPV (First Person View).  With camera technology getting more affordable for the masses, the usual next step for someone going deep into the world of Quadcopters (whether DIY or RTF) is to dive into picture/video recording  or building an FPV setup.




EFC-720 Mobile HD Camera

A camera setup for your RC aircraft (or RC car for that matter), is as simple as a mobile camera, like the rechargeable mini camera EFC-720 from E-Flite. It records video at 720p, takes still photos at a 1.3 Megapixels, and it’s record functions can be controlled by connecting the camera to a spare port on one’s receiver. It retails at $40, and can be found in local hobby shops now. More details can be found on Horizon Hobby’s website here.

GoPro HD Camera

If you want a high quality camera, many jump towards the ever popular GoPro. Between 1080p video and in many cases having wireless control functions, it is a great purchase for those looking for great quality video and pictures. More details can be found on GoPro’s website Right Here. No worries if you want to do FPV, one can fashion their own cable, or pick one up online.

FatShark FPV System

For an FPV setup, there are many options online built for any type of budget and any type of quadcopter. The more universally known kits are from a company called FatShark. Now FatShark technology is not very revolutionary in its camera transmitter and receiver system, its claim to fame is the goggles they sell that provide a fully immersive FPV experience. Unlike the basic receiver screen, FatShark goggles give you a true First Person View using their HD goggles. Prices vary per version of goggles, but they can be picked up via a number of websites, like HeliDirect. More information about FatShark’s FPV tech can be found here.

I know I’m sounding like a broken record, but the clock is ticking closer to the 2014 Quadcopter Championships. This should be a fun event, and I can’t wait to see what kind of skills you have to show off through our various events. Details are here.

As always, I will see you again next week, but until then Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

ASK Cubby

“Helion Criterion

I want to upgrade my spur gear for my helion criterion and it’s getting annoying trying to find anything for this buggy. I have upgraded my pinion gear and like the reviews say the stock spur gear gets worn VERY easily especially with the new 31t spur gear it doesn’t help I upgraded my motor to a brushless motor. I would like to know if your Exotek direct spur gear hub would work for my buggy. As well as can you direct me to how many teeth I may want to run with my 31t 48p spur gear. I personally was looking for a 62t to 65t.

James J.”

Cubby- Yo hey James, quite the interesting question/rant you have there.

It was difficult to follow your email, or perhaps it’s late and I just don’t care, but after skimming it here is my reply.

No, yes, perhaps and maybe. Have a nice day and thanks for writing in.

LOL. Ok, for sure you have a Helion Criterion buggy and you are having wear issues with the spur gear. We’ve tried a few different spurs on the Helion and ended up using one from a Vaterra Twin Hammers. The Twin Hammers spur takes a tiny bit of trimming with a hobby knife in the slipper pad area and it’s good to go. Oh ya, it last wayyyy longer than the stock Helion unit does.

As far as gearing goes, that depends on a lot of factors. It depends on the kV of your brushless motor, your tires, your cell count, ambient temp, etc. Lets say you pop on the Twin Hammers spur, which is a 78 (if I remember correctly, it’s been a while, feel free to Google it). Start off with the smallest pinion in your box, hopefully around a 16 or so and keep adding teeth until you get your desired performance or until you start seeing motor temps of 140′ish.

Go fast, turn left, and send lots of Dom.

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