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What's new: Monday, February 24th, 2014

Pro-Line Interco TSL SX Super Swamper SC Tires
Pro-Line has announced some new tires for your short course truck, Interco TSL SX Super Swamper SCs. The new Pro-Line tires feature the scale look of the Super Swamper, which not only give them a realistic look, but should also give loads of traction when driven in true off-road conditions like mud, gravel, etc. These come in Pro-Line’s long wearing M2 compound and are made right here in the USA.

The part number for the Pro-Line Super Swamper SCs is #10103-00, they have a street price of $22 per pair, and you can get more information at This Link on the official Pro-Line website.

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What's new: Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

grease

With the weather turning warmer and spring in sight. I did some spring cleaning in my shore bag. This got me thinking of what do I “NEED” in there. I have the normal tools,chargers, stands and such but what are those few things we should all have. Here is a quick list.

1. sealing tape
sealing tape

2. Spare Props and control surfaces.

3. Drive grease.

4. Some way of retrieving a boat. If you have more than one boat my favorite is 15’-20’ of floating fly line and a large bobber. “Think rodeo”
I will cover boat retrieval more at a later date.

5. Sun block, hat, and polarized sun glasses. the reflection off any body of water just blinds and burns you quicker.

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What's new: Friday, February 21st, 2014

THE Team Durango DEX410v4 Buggy Review

Durango DEX410v4 Review

10th scale 4wd buggies have a well earned reputation for being nuclear missiles. All around the globe you’ll find them tearing up tracks, and flat out hauling at local bash spots. Today we’ll be taking a close look at the Team Durango DEX410v4. The version 4 is the latest and greatest from Durango, with multiple upgrades over previous verions. Is it fast? Can you bash with it? Will it run circles around your buddies at the local bash spot? Click the “Read More” to find out…

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Ghostbuster_Ecto1_Axial_scx10

It’s been a big week for Ghostbusters fans as LEGO just announced an Ecto-1 “30th Anniversary” kit that will be released in June (photo below). As a lifelong fan of the series (and car) you bet your unlicensed proton accelerator that I’ll be picking one of those sets up. As far as my favorite “movie cars” go, Ecto-1 shares a spot in my heart with only the 1989 Batmobile for coolest of all time. Sorry folks, the Bullitt Mustang is cool and all, but it never was used to save New York from the forces of Gozer the Destructor. It also never did kid birthday parties for a cheap buck. Anyways, so with Ray Parker’s classic theme now hopefully pumping through your brain, check out a sweet pair of anti-supernatural scalers that a couple readers decided to share.

First up is Micheal Matthews’s tribute to the famed Ecto-1 Cadillac Ambulance. His off-road version of Ecto-1 is based on an HPI Graverobber body sitting on top of a highly modified Axial SCX10 chassis. He made custom links to stretch the wheelbase to fit and used RC4WD 1.55 Steel Wheels (painted red) and Desert King tires. Many of the scale pieces of ghostbusting equipment you see on top were custom made and all the lights are fully functional. He wanted to give a shout-out to Josh Harris for doing all the wiring. Great looking rig Micheal. That would be a heck of a truck to have on a night run!

 

In keeping with our supernatural motif, the next truck up is Nicholas Klein’s Scooby Doo “Mystery Machine” inspired Axial SCX10 JK. Nicholas said he decided to do this theme because the actual Mystery Machine always seemed to do well off-road. You know, now that you think about it he’s right. That old van was constantly in the woods, on old dirt roads, and other tough spots while in hot pursuit of Old Man Caruthers. Guess ol’ Shaggy and Fred must’ve locked the diffs, eh? Thanks for sharing Nicholas.

Do you want to show off your scale truck like one of the above fine gentleman? Do you like free stickers? Great! Shoot an e-mail to doug at bigsquidrc.com and include a brief description along with some good lookin’ pics.

HPI Home Movies
HPI Racing has produced a cool video featuring submissions for their Home Movies Video Contest. The 9 minute video has lots of heavy duty bashing action, and showcases the winning entries. You can still submit your entries as it sounds like HPI plans on continuing the contest. So grab your car and camera and get those videos in to win@hpiracing.com. To get more information on the HPI video contest hit up This Link.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, hit up This Link for a certified BSRC Mystery Link.

Ofna X3-GT 8th 4WD nitro car
Ofna has just announced a new on-road machine, the X3-GT 4wd Nitro Touring Car. The car is set on Ofna’s race oriented X3 off-road chassis for a smooth drivetrain and plush suspension, and has a futuristic looking Cosmic GT body on top. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Force .28 nitro engine
* 2 speed transmission
* Rear diffuser
* 16mm short stroke shocks
* Full bearing set
* Hardened diff gears
* Width- 12.5″
* Length- 22.7″
* Weight- 7.8 lbs

The part number is #34939 and you can get more information at This Link over on the official Ofna website.

Click Here for a TGIF mystery link.

RPM Side Exit Mock Exhaust Tips
RPM RC has come up with mock exhaust tips to give your rc vehicle even more scale realism. Modeled after a full sized 3″ exhaust cut at a 45° angle, the RPM tips are easy to mount and weigh less than 2 grams.

The tips come in pairs, one for each side of your vehicle, and come in two different colors, black (#70292) and chrome (#70293). Street pricing is $8 for black, $10 for chrome, and both will start hitting local hobby shops in mid March. For more information hit up This Link over on RPM’s website.

Happy Friday everyone! Get your weekend off to a good start with a BSRC Mystery Link.

What's new: Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Speed Power OTA-R31 Drift Car
For all you slideways guys, Speed Power has announced a new car called the OTA-R31. The R31 comes 90% assembled and was designed to be a capable drift machine. Its wheelbase of 260mm allows the use of most popular on-road bodies. Some of its other features include-

* Bathtub type chassis
* Comes with full set of bearings
* Gear diff in the front 
* Equipped with OTA-R31 suspension
* Universal drive shafts front and rear
* Comes with 2 sets of tires, drifting and rubber

The part number is #SSJRK01S and it has a street price of $149. To get more information simply hit up This Link to visit the official Speed Power website.

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Another week, another installment of Raging Rotors! I was just talking with 3DBill after he got back from E-Fest, and we got to talking about all things multirotor. He made a great observation while he was there: Many people when thinking of multirotor just think of quadcopters and maybe hexcopters (since hexcopters have been taking action shots for the Winter Olympics). With that in mind, I thought I’d talk about what other options there are in multirotor, because there are more numbers in the world than 4, 6, and 8 in RC Multirotor.

Bicopter

A multirotor helicopter can start with just 2 motors!  A Bicopter/Dualcopter flys with two motors controlled by two servos in order to maneuver like any other Rudder/Aileron/Elevator (aka 4 channel). A little unconventional, but its as simple of a start as any. The picture above shows a basic bicopter, though the designs vary by imagination. Granted with two motors, payload lifting (like a camera) is a little harder to pull off without large motor/ESC setups.

Tricopter

Now a tricopter is an interesting build. I recently built one as a reproduction of one that 3DBill made and showed of at HobbyTown with the intention of getting the frame work mass produced. This setup uses 3 motors (obviously) and one servo to attach to the rear motor mount for a means of rudder control. You can see the one I built flying on my Instagram. With its design one can easily set up a camera mount and use it for either aerial photography or FPV flight. This design is no stranger to us here at BigSquid, as we had a lot of fun at Halloween with tri- and quad-copters in this video. Common tricopter designs when it comes to motor layout are either a “T” or “Y” format. The above picture is the T-design as used by 3DBill and myself (this is 3DBill’s ‘copter). Also, for you Kickstarter fans, there’s a tricopter project that’s quite popular on there (1849% contributed to their goal, and that’s no type), so check it out Right Here.

THE MOMENT IS ALMOST HERE! The joy that is the 2014 Quadcopter Championship, is almost upon us! HobbyTown Orland Park is also excited (and it’s not just me!), and have a video featuring the flying skills of the owner, me, and another employee just to show what everyone has to compete with on March 1st. Details regarding the event are Right Here.

With that, I will stop with the lecture of the day. Next week will be a pop quiz (kidding!), but I do want to get into the heart and soul of any multirotor (or collective pitch helicopter): the gyroscope, aka the multirotor control unit. Until next week, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Helion Dominus 10SCv2
Helion RC has just announced their latest vehicle, the Dominus 10SCv2 short course truck. The version 2 comes with multiple updates, the biggest being its Reaktor brushless system. With a 3500kV brushless motor and waterproof electronics, the 10SCv2 is ready for some serious bashing. It also sports a new composite chassis, all metal gear transmission, and a new battery tray with velcro straps to make it easier to use different batteries. A 2.4GHz radio system comes standard, and it comes with a 7 cell 3000 mAh battery pack and charger. To get more information simply hit up This Link over on the official Helion website.

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ASK Cubby

“Please help with pro line body thumbwashers install

Hi guys, please help me. i was wondering what exact size drill bit do i use to install a Pro-Line Body Mount Thumbwasher Kit that i read about

Thanks,

Wolfy”

Cubby- Hey Wolfy. Obviously you are a man of good taste and judgment, choosing to ditch those PITA body clips in favor of vastly superior Pro-Line Thumbwashers. Actually, they are called Secure-Loc Caps now days, which is a much tricker name than what we gave them.

So you want to know precisely what size drill bit to use for drilling the holes when installing a Pro-Line Secure-Loc Cap Kit. To be honest with you, I normally just “eyeball” it and have never been off, not to brag, but yes, I am just that good. But… seeing as how I am so dedicated to our readers (LOL), I actually removed one of the cap screws on my personal PRO-2 SCT to get a solid answer for you. After spending nearly 2 minutes working my rear off to get a measurement, I am going to say a 1/8″ bit is the weapon of choice. Btw, a normal metal bit is fine as long as it has a sharp tip.


“I would like your expertise and have a question for you

I am currently in the market for a gas rc car. I want to take it off-roading and just have a fun time with it (no competitions or anything like that).

Do you have any recommendations if I wish to stay in a budget of about $1000-$1200. What are your thoughts about the HPI baja 5B SS kit? I was thinking of getting that or the Losi LST XXL 2 (which hasn’t come out yet). Perhaps you think it’s worth the wait?

I work crazy night hours and lately I have been bored out of my mind sitting at home and doing nothing. I was thinking it would be time consuming and interesting to get a kit. Do you think a person needs a lot of experience in putting it together? I have never put one together but feel confident in my abilities.

By the way, your website, bigsquidrc.com, comes highly recommended! I think it’s amazing. So much info and very interesting to see regular updates.

Johnathan G”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Johnathan, thanks for taking the time to write in.

What are my thoughts on the HPI Baja 5B SS kit? Well, we did a review on the initial RTR version which prompted me to cut the check and buy a 5B SS kit. The SS is a solid buggy, it drives well, has decent power, and if you don’t get too insane, is relatively reliable. The engine it comes with typically starts right up and is generally a joy to use. Yes, I consider the SS to be worth the cash, it is a lot of fun with minimal engine hassles.

Do I think you can build it? Hey, I don’t know you, but the SS comes with a decent manual and everything goes together without issue. Building an rc car/truck kit is really about one thing- how well you can read a manual. If you are the type that throws the manual away first thing, it will be a pain to build. If you go strictly by the manual, and are good at paying attention to the details, it will be easy for you.

But… the 5B isn’t without downsides, noise is the first one. I have no idea where you live, but the 5B sounds roughly like a chainsaw when driven, which might very well get on the nerves of your neighbors. And… the 5B is no small vehicle. If you don’t have much extra room in your garage, you will find it takes up a decent chunk of space to store. Lastly… the 5B is no joke, it can throw a serious roost, meaning it can be a grass killer. That might not be an issue for some, but for others, tearing up the grass at your local park isn’t cool and can get you in some hot water.

About the Losi XXL-2 gas powered monster truck… no, we haven’t received one for review yet, so your guess is as good as mine on whether it is so good that it completely changes the industry, or if it misses the mark.


Hey, got a question? Got something on your mind? Don’t be shy, the worst I can do is publicly shame you. Submit your letters to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the front page we will totally hook you up with a BigSquidRC sticker pack, and if I proclaim it to be the “Letter of the Month” we’ll even send you a t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

RC4WD Steering Knuckles Axial SCX10
Stock plastic parts aren’t known for their durability, therefore the crew over at RC4WD have announced new aluminum steering knuckles for the Axial SCX10. Black in color, these knuckles look the part and should be difficult to destroy on those long trail drives.

* CNC machined from billet aluminum
* Easy to install
* Weight (each)- 0.35oz

The part number is #Z-S1216, they have a street price of $29, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official RC4WD website.

Can’t get enough RC4WD news? Hit up This Link on BigSquidRC for even more!

Speed Shop Delivery SCT Body 1242
New from the guys at Parma is their Speed Shop Delivery SCT Body. Its uses a classic sedan delivery body to give your SCT a different look than all your bash-buddies and is made from .040″ clear polycarbonate. The Speed Shop Delivery body requires tall rear body mounts (not included) and comes with Easy-Peel body film and window masks.

The part number for the Parma Speed Shop Delivery Truck body is #1242 and it has a retail price of $39.

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