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Have you Entered to Win the Losi 5IVE-T Today?

5ive-t_win Just a reminder, we are giving away a A brand new 1/5th scale Losi 5IVE-T! Mind blown right? If you haven’t entered, make sure you head over to the Official Giveaway Page.

We expect entries to hit record numbers for us, but if you haven’t entered, you can’t win. The deadline for entries is April 29th, 2014 at 11:59pm CST.

What's new: Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Unboxing Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Recon G6
What does it look like to crack the box open on the brand new Axial SCX10 Jeep Wrangler Recon G6? Here ya go, it looks pretty cool. The latest SCX10 from Axial comes with loads of scale detailing in the spirit of the ultra tough Recon G6 series.

As you can see from the pictures, the Axial Recon G6 is a kit. The body comes clear and you get to assemble the truck from raw parts. If you really want to get to know a truck, and make sure it is set up for you from the very start, a kit is the way to go.

Our full review on the Axial Recon G6 is just a couple of weeks away, until then you can hit up This Link for more information.

Happy Friday to you, why not take a chance and click on a BigSquidRC Mystery Link?

Pro-Line 1966 Ford F-100 Clear Body
The good folks over at Pro-Line have released full information on their two new fully licensed 1966 Ford F-100 “Hay Hauler” bodies. These have that trick old school look and are very detailed to give your truck a unique look the next time you hit the local bash spot. Check out the step-sides and fender flares, the ’66 F-100 will make your truck stand out in a crowd.

The part number for the Traxxas Stampede version is #3412-00 and it has a street price of $25. Pro-Line has another version for the Traxxas T/E-Maxx, Revo, and HPI Savage, it has a part number of #3415-00 and a street price of $33. Simply hit up This Link for more information.

This just might be the strangest TGIF BigSquidRC Mystery Link EVER, dare you click it?

RC4WD Trailing Arms Vaterra Twin Hammers
Add more durability and RC4WD’s renown scale realism with their new rear trailing arms for the Vaterra Twin Hammers.

* Gun metal anodized finish
* CNC machined from aluminum
* Weight: 2.08oz

The part number for the trailing arms is #Z-S0949, they have a street price of $29, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for more information.

You never know what you are going to find at the other end of a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

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“What tire is the best for my truck?”

That is the first question most newbie scalers ask upon picking up their new ready-to-run (RTR) truck. Like all r/cs, tires are probably the most important performance choice you can make on a scale rig.  Most RTR trucks come with tires that are made of a hard compound that easily slip off obstacles, and I’ve never seen any that come weighted. When you compare this to a soft and sticky aftermarket tire that has weight in the front wheels to lower your center of gravity, the difference is night and day.

While I can’t give one definitive answer as to which is best, I can give you four very solid choices. It just so happens that these four types of tires are available in both 1.9 and 2.2 versions, so size of your rig shouldn’t limit availability. Go with an Axial Maxxis Trepador (R35 compound), Pro-Line TSL Super Swamper, Pit Bull Rock Beast, or RC4WD Baja Claw (X2-SS Compound) and you should be ready to rock (pun intended). I’ve used all four of these extensively over the last year and I’d recommend any of them without hesitation.

So my advice to you, new truck owner, is ditch the stockers, pick out a set of the aforementioned tires that you think look the coolest, add 2-3 ounces of lead weight to your front wheels and then go tear up the trail. Be warned though, as you can quickly develop a dangerous case of scale tire addiction, a disease with nasty side effects like a depleted bank account, bead-lock induced potty mouth and a work bench that resembles the Simpsons’ Springfield Tire Fire. I’m currently sporting a dually setup with 6 of the new XL Super Swampers (see pic below), but I routinely change my body/tire combo for what I feel like running on any given day.

Before we go, it’s shameless plug time; if you are around the St. Louis, MO area, consider this your formal invitation to attend our club’s 2nd Annual Turkey Trail Run, taking place this Sunday (Nov 24) at West Tyson Park in Eureka, MO. We are meeting around 10:30am and will be running around four miles of the treacherous Chubb Trail. If you’ve ever wanted to go scaling with 30-40 other like-minded lunatics, here is your chance!

 

Associated Christmas Tree OrnamentHere is something pretty neat, a Christmas Tree Ornament from the crew at Team Associated. Now you can show your friends and family (and Santa!) that you are hardcore RC.

The part number for the Associated ornament is #SP99 and it has a street price of $6. Hit up This Link for more information.

Why not try your hand at a TGIF Mystery Link?

Pro-Line Desert Raid Clear Body 3419-00
Pro-Line has just released full information on their new short course body, the Desert Raid. We have a few staffers here that are just burnt out on SC truck bodies, and we’ve got others that just aren’t into trucks, the Desert Raid serves up a distinct extreme SUV look.

* Fits most short course trucks
* Requires extended body mounts
* Large Fender Flares for tire clearance
* Flo-Tek Technology to reduce parachute effect
* Made from genuine Lexan
* Made in the USA since 1982
* Length: 20.2″
* Width: 10.0″
* Height: 6.3″
* Wheel Base: 12.8″

The part number is #3419-00, it has a street price of $35, and they should start hitting hobby shops in the next couple of weeks. Hit up This Link for more information.

Thank goodness it’s Friday! Click Here for a TGIF mystery link.

What's new: Thursday, November 21st, 2013

estes proto x quadcopter review
We’ve been flying (and bashing) the Estes Proto X quadcopter (part #4606, $39) for a few weeks now, it is quite the fun little flying machine. Here in our mini-review we’ll tell you what we thought of our experience with it.

Time to bash- The Proto X takes to the air faster than just about anything you can buy. We measured that it took the included USB charger about 6 minutes to charge the battery. Other than that, you had to pop two AAA batteries in the transmitter and you were ready to fly. There was a brief calibration process which consisted of sitting the quad on a level surface before you began flying, but this literally takes 2 seconds.

Ease of flight- If you are used to flying other small quads set on a training mode, the Proto X is harder to fly. Its small size does make it harder to control, but we had numerous first timers fly it with success. Granted, it might take them a couple of packs to get used to the feel, but the Proto X is stable enough even for first timers.

Power- The Proto X has plenty of power. You can fly high, totally dump the throttle, and have more than enough power to pull out before hitting the ground. If you accidentally give it too much throttle, the Proto X instantly jumps skyward.

Runtime- We measured runtimes between 3 1/2 and 5 minutes. The USB charger seemed to like certain USB outputs more than others, on some it wouldn’t charge as long and the quad would fly for just over 3 minutes. On other USB outputs it would charge longer and flight times were over 5 minutes.

Bash-A-Bility- The Proto X was tough. We managed to throw a few rotors, but they are easy to pop back on. We also managed to break two rotors, thankfully spares are included in the box. Other than that, we didn’t break anything, even after playing quadcopter demo-derby.

General thoughts- I think every member of the bash crew had a great time with the Proto X. The small size of the Proto X means we could fly it just about anywhere, and because it was a bit of a challenge, we kept coming back for more. We highly recommend the Estes Proto X to anyone looking to have some fun in the air.

Want more Estes news? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

Durango DETC410 Touring Car
The crew over at Team Durango have been teasing a high end touring car for several months now. The name of their first ever on-road car is the DETRC410 and they have just released a new teaser image. As you can see from the picture if definitely looks high end, with loads of carbon fiber and distinct gold anodized aluminum parts. We hear the full release isn’t far away, stay tuned for more information as it becomes available. Until then, you can hit up This Link for a bit more information.

Click Here for more Durango news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Hey Guys,

I wanted to thank you again for the Invictus. Attached are some pictures from my Sons 6th birthday where we gave him the truck. He was screaming with joy!! Made his birthday. We had it hid away for a few months that is why it has taken time to get you pictures! My wife was laid off her job 2 years ago so we were able to give him a great present from Big Squid RC!!! Thanks soooo much! He has already put Big Squid RC decals on it!

Nathan M.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Nathan, thanks for checking in after winning the Helion Invictus monster truck. And ya, your son looks crazy stoked in the pics, glad Helion and BigSquidRC were able to help put a smile on his face. Happy to hear he is digging the truck, and congrats again on the big score.

Here is a little side note on our Helion Invictus review. During our review period we experienced a significant amount of cogging with it. The review went up and the crew over at Helion read about it and suspected our test sample had issues. Our test truck was a pre-production unit, something we were not aware of during the review. Anyways, we shipped the truck back to Cali and got it back with full production electronics. We haven’t had any cogging issues with it since, and we’ve been bashing it on a regular basis.


“I have a question, do you know of any hobby shows in the New York area?

David M.”

Cubby- Hey now Daveee M, thanks for the email.

No, there aren’t any “major” hobby shows in the greater NY area. We’ve actually batted around the idea of doing something in that area. The New York/New England area is crazy for rc, I personally think a show in that area would freak’n blow up huge. So who knows, give us a couple more years to get some big bucks together and we might put on something cool out your way.

Until then, the closest thing to an rc trade show in your “area” would be Motorama in Hanover PA. Several rc manufactures set up booths in additional to all the rc racing that goes on over the weekend. The dates are Feb 15-16 in 2014, check it out if ya get a chance.


“Hi Cubby,

I have a 1/8th scale 4wd buggy with a center, rear and front fluid filled differential. Im not sure what wieght the factory used to fill the differentials and i would like to know your recommendation on what fluid weight i should use when i go to perform maintenance on the diff’s. A general guideline for bashing would be great as i dont race at the track.

Thanks and keep up the good work over at BSRC!

David O.”

Cubby- What’s up Daveee O? Word up on the email.

So… what is a recommended starting point for diff oils for bashing? Should they be different than racing?

In racing, changing weights of the diff oils is a great tuning aid. If you need more rear traction you go to thinner oil in the rear, if want less front bite, you go higher in the front. Things are a bit different for the bashing crowd where diff oil is truly used more to help keep tires from ballooning and to help pull gnarly tricks. Bashers also tend to have a LOT more power on tap than the average racer.

In a typical basher set-up you’ll usually find much heavier center oil for sure. This helps a basher in a number of ways. First off, it helps keep the front tires from becoming pizza cutters when you tag the gas on 6S. A heavier center oil will force more of the power to go to the rear, resulting in less pizza cutting. Thicker center oil also makes it easier to pull back and front flips when jumping. A buggy with heavy center diff oil will be much more reactive to throttle input while in the air. Also, bashers like wheelies! A loose center diff will prevent a buggy from pulling a wheelie, forcing all the power to the front wheels when they lift from the ground. Going to a super heavy center diff oil will ensure plenty of power goes to the rear wheels, making it easier to pop wheelies.

As far as the front and rear diffs go, bashers tend to run somewhat heavier oil than a “racer” set-up. Because bashers aren’t looking for maximum corner speed, they are willing to trade some traction for the ability to keep the inside tires from pizza cutting in the corners.

So what weights should you run? That is entirely up to your personal driving style and taste. Light oils are easier to drive and jump, heavier oils can help you pull more extreme bashing moves. Personally I would recommend you start at 20k center, with 10k front and 5k rear, all oil Mugen. This might sound heavy, but if you are a core basher running crazy power, you might very well end up going much heavier to keep things under control. I recommend Mugen diff oil because it is relatively affordable and easily found at hobby shops and on-line. If those weights are hard to drive, go lower for more traction, if you are still having issues with ballooning, go heavier on the applicable diff.

Ask ten different guys and they will give you ten different recommendations, but at the end of the day you gotta do some bashing to figure out what works best for you.


That’s if for this week ya bunch of lunatics, keep those emails pouring in, I promise they will get read (eventually). Shoot me whatever is on that seedy mind of yours to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter makes the big time you’ll win a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours “Letter of the Month!” you’ll get a brand spank’n new BSRC Bash Crew t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Yokomo BD7 2014 Touring Car
Touring cars might not be all the rage like they used to be, but that hasn’t kept the manufactures from continuing to improve the breed. The latest uber touring from Yokomo is the BD7 2014. The BD7 2014 Edition is a belt driven 4wd, littered with carbon fiber goodness from nose to tail. The 2014 Edition comes with small upgrades over the previous version, including hard anodized shock bodies and a revised motor mount for more centralized mass and the ability to run larger pinions.

The part number for the new Yokomo is #MRTC-BD714 and they should start hitting hobby shops in late December.

Click Here for more Yokomo news on BigSquidRC.

Losi Desert Buggy XL 1/5th 4WD Buggy RTR
There is some “big” news out of the Losi camp today, the announcement of their latest 5th scaler, the Desert Buggy XL. The latest addition to Losi’s 5th scale line-up comes with big gas power and is ready to run, no building required. 4wd helps to put all that big gas power to the ground, and it comes in buggy trim. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Full 4WD capabilities
* 23cc gasoline engine w/ pull start
* Adjustable servo saver
* Machined ring and pinion gear
* 5mm thick aluminum chassis
* 740cc gas tank
* Sealed diffs
* Dual disk brakes
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system

The part number for the Losi Desert Buggy XL is #LOS05001, it has a street price of $999, and it should start hitting hobby shops early next month. Hit up This Link for more information.

Click Here for more Losi news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

LRP H4 Gravit 2.4 Ghz Quadrocopter
There are a bunch of different quads on the market, one of the newest is the H4 Gravit from LRP. The LRP H4 is slightly larger than your average micro quad, and with its built in gyro, should be exceptionally easy to fly. Some of its other key features and specifications include-

* 360° automatic looping by hitting a button
* 6-axis gyro for stability
* Fully assembled and ready to fly
* Safety guards around rotors
* Comes with training mode for new pilots
* 4-Channel 2.4GHz radio system w/ backlit display
* Multiple LED lights
* Rotor diameter- 130mm
* Weight- 125g
* Overall diameter- 400mm
* Video camera available separately

The part number for the LRP quad is #220701 and you can get more information at This Link. We have not heard if LRP America is going to be distributing the H4 here in the states, but for our European readers it is available right now.

Click Here for more LRP news on BigSquidRC.

Associated SC10 RTR Combo
Associated has announced a new variation of their SC10 RTR truck. The new SC10 Combo comes with a Reedy 6 cell 3000mAh Ni-MH pack, a Tamiya to Deans adapter, and a wall charger, making it even easier to go from box to bash spot.

The new combo comes in two versions, #7028C that comes with Pro Comp livery, and #7030C that comes with a black KMC Wheels body. Both should be available later this month, for more information hit up This Link.

Click Here for more Associated news on BigSquidRC.