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What's new: Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Dynamite GPS Speed Meter
Every wonder how fast your car goes? Tired of those cheap softball radar guns going bad on you? Dynamite RC has an answer to your problems, their new GPS Speed Meter.

The Dynamite GPS Speed Meter is a compact unit that can measure the speed of your car, or show its location and altitude. The unit’s built in WASS/EGNOS/MSAS/RTCM allows it to be used anywhere in the world, while its 10Hz refresh rate gives it fast response.

* PC Interface for Google map products
* Battery: Lasts up to 4 hours
* Connector Type: Micro USB charging port
* Weight: 1.06 oz
* Length: 2.59″
* Width: 1.56″
* Height: 0.82″

The part number is #DYN4401, they are street priced at $124, and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops early next month. For complete information hit up This Link over on Dynamite’s website.

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Schumacher 2 row stud tires
Schumacher has announced they are bringing back their 2 x 20 Stud front buggy tires. Stud tires are designed to penetrate and find traction in surfaces such as grass and AstroTurf, making them a good option for you guys that like to bash on the greener side of the fence. Schumacher is producing them in their long wearing yellow compound and they recommend that you use their #U6733 medium inserts for optimum traction.

The part number is #U6797, they are priced at around $15 a pair, and This Is The Link to check them out on the official Schumacher website.

You can read more Schumacher news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line LockDown 8th Buggy Tires
The Pro-Line crew has a new 8th scale race tire called the LockDown that will be debuted at the Lone Star Nitro Challenge and will start hitting hobby shops next month. The Pro-Line LockDowns were designed to give you that extra edge on high bite surfaces, and come in a wide variety of compounds for different conditions and temperatures.

The part numbers are 9051-002 for X2 compound, 9051-003 for X3, 9051-004 for X4, 9051-02 for M3, 9051-03 for M4, and they all have a street price of right around $23 per pair.

Find more Pro-Line news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Hello Guys, okay?
I am a lover of your site, mostly I read your review. One suggestion: How about doing a review of the Airtronics radio m12? I’m from Brazil
thank you,
V. Hugo”

Cubby- Hey now Hugo, thanks for the mad love and be sure to hit up Brian for a free sticker pack. You can plaster your car/truck/buggy with BSRC stickers and then shoot us some pics so we can see what Brazil basher style looks like.

Why no Airtronics reviews? This one is pretty easy, they don’t/won’t talk to us. Maybe they hate us, I have no idea, but I do know that after multiple attempts to talk to them, they have never replied. So while you might like to see an Airtronics review, and while we might like to actually see how their products stack up now days, it just isn’t gonna happen. I must also add, if a company won’t even talk to one of your favorite rc websites, you might want to take your cash and spend it elsewhere, but that is just me.


“Hey BSRC, just wanted to let you guys know that I really appreciated your (long ago) SCTE review. You bashed the living hell out of it, drove it off roofs and such, and you even put an insane motor/ESC combo because why not? So I figured that since the roller was $192, i should probably buy it. It’s the SCTE 1.0, but for what it is, it’s great.

So here I am, writing to you from the pile of parts that is the vehicles that were in front of me. WERE.

-Zach P.”

Cubby- Hey nowwwww Zach P, thanks for email, and thanks for reading the site.

The Losi SCTE 1.0 still lives on in RTR version here in the states. It was a rock solid and affordable platform then, and still is. The 2.0 has a host of improvements, but for bashing, the original version can still take a beating and keep on ticking. We still have 3 of them around the office that are called into service from time to time for some bashing action.

About your last sentence… sounds like you are either doing some serious wrenching, or you went bashing with Craig “The Uber Ramp Builder”, either way, have fun transforming all those parts back into rc cars/trucks.


That’s it for this weeks ASK Cubby. Read your letter here by shooting me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Letters that hit the big time win you a free sticker pack, our “Letter of the Month” wins a free BSRC t-shirt. Catch ya next week freaks.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Team KNK Traxxas Basher Bag
If you bash hard, you bend, break, and otherwise obliterate a lot of screws. Unfortunately, most screw kits are over-priced and come with hardware that is just not up to the task at hand.

The crew over at Team KNK have released a Traxxas Basher Bag. The Basher Bag contains 245 pieces of A2 stainless steel hardware to get your truck back up and bashing, all at a reasonable price.

The Basher Bag has a part number of #KNK-Basher, a street price of $20, and they are available right now over on TheToyz website. To get more information on the Team KNK Basher Bag simple hit up This Link to head over to their website.

Hit up This Link for more Traxxas news on BigSquidRC.

Vaterra Rockstar Ford Fiesta Rally Car
What is the latest off-road release from Vaterra? It is their Rockstar Energy Ford Fiesta RallyCross car. The Rockstar is a tenth scale, brushless powered, 4wd, sitting on the platform you might recognize from the Halix and Vaterra’s Ford Raptor. It comes dialed with AVC, active vehicle control, and like most other Vaterra products, has a trick looking body for showing off at the local bash spot.

* Metal gear, viscous torque vectoring differentials
* Dynamite 3300Kv 4-pole brushless motor
* Waterproof
* Fully licensed body
* Includes Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz transmitter

The part number for the Vaterra is #VTR03010, it is priced at $469, and you can get more details after clicking This Link to head over to its official page on the Vaterra website.

Click Right Here to check out more Vaterra posts here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

MIP CVC RC4WD
If you have an RC4WD Gelande II then you have probably already found out that the plastic stock driveshafts can’t take much abuse. Our friends over at MIP also know they are a problem so they have announced a new X-Duty C-Drive Kit for the truck. The MIP units are heavy duty and made from steel, making them much stronger than the stock units. MIP’s spline drive technology also allows for them to operate freely even over the roughest of terrain.

The part number for the MIPs is #14260 and they are priced at $80. Get more details by hitting up This Link over on the official MIP website.

Looking for more MIP information? You can find it right Here on BigSquidRC.

Futaba Drone Radio Transmitter
The crew over at Futaba have been very busy lately. News came out earlier in the week about their flagship 4PX surface transmitter, now they are teasing a new Drone Transmitter. Our friends over at Hobby Media have posted pictures of a possible new drone transmitter that was on display at the Shizuoka show. The drone version has huge rubber covered sticks on it, as well as a vast array of switches, sliders, and buttons. We don’t have any information on when, or even if, it will become available, but should we get an inside scoop we will certainly share it with our readers.

JConcepts Silencer Serpent RM
JConcepts has announced a Silencer series body for the Serpent SRX-2 RM buggy. Designed with high speed tracks in mind, the Silencer for the SRX-2 RM is a cab forward body sculpted to produce extra down force which can help your buggy stick to the track. A shark fin is used on top of the cab for stability and it uses two channels to let the air escape off the back of the body.

The part number is #0275, it is priced at $26, and all it takes to get more information is Clicking This Link.

Check out more Serpent news by hitting up This Link on BigSquidRC.

Team Orion LED Voltage Control
Team Orion has come up with a nifty way of answering the age old question, “Is that pack charged?”. With Orion’s new LED Voltage Control System all you have to do is press a button on the end of the pack to see if the pack is fully charged, empty, or partially charged. The Orion LED voltage system is fast, easy to use, and can’t get lost in your pit box like other voltage meters can.

Check out the video below to learn more and you can hit up This Link to visit the official Team Orion website.

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What's new: Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

RDRP Kyosho RB6 Suspension Mounts
On the quest to completely uber-out the Kyosho RB6, the folks over at RDRP have just announced some trick aluminum rear suspension mounts. German designed and made from 7075-T6 aluminum, these mounts make it easy to alter the rear toe of your buggy via Delrin inserts. On the bling side of things, they come murdered out in black anodizing which is all the rage right now.

The RDRP set has a part number of #RDRP0212 and you can get more details by hitting up the RDRP website at This Link.

Check This Out for more RDRP news on BigSquidRC.

Rogue Element Alloy Wheels
Rogue Element Components has been making very trick aluminum parts for years. Sadly, that is about to come to an end as they are phasing out rc production and moving on to other things. However, they are still doing a limited number of releases, included their new Alloy Wheels & Nuts for the Tamiya Sand Scorcher, Rough Rider, and other SRBs. The latest edition of these wheels are sleeker, more scale in appearance, and have the high-end look that everyone wants.

Pricing is $120 per set and they are designed to use the stock Tamiya tires. To get more information on how to get your hands on a set, hit up This Link to head over to the official Rogue Elements website.

Check out This Link to see other posts about Rogue Element Components on BigSquidRC.

Axial Big Squid RC
I knew we were in trouble when we pulled up in front of the Axial Racing offices. You see Brian and I were dressed more for a boardroom than we were for walking around in the desert, and by the looks of the myriad of hardcore off-road vehicles in the parking lot, I doubted we’d be spending much time indoors. I was right, we spent most of our time at Axial pulling trigger, something that we both prefer (but were not dressed for, LOL).

After some introductions and a quick tour of their facility, the Axial crew loaded up some trucks, batteries, and tools, and we hit one of their local uber bash spots. They told us they had a killer spot to bash just around the corner, which we hear all the time and it rarely turns out to be true, but the Axial guys were not kidding. Just a few blocks away was an area with a variety of terrain, but more importantly to us, it had HUGE jumps, and LOTS of them.

Much like us, the Axial crew proved in person that they love bashing hard, very hard. They kept going bigger and higher, and before we left one of their guys said “Finish them off!”. If you are a basher, you know what that phrase means, if not, it means to keep going bigger until everything is broke to finish off the day. It’s a pretty common phrase when we go bashing, and we were kinda blown away that the Axial crew have the exact same mentality as us.

Needless to say we had a great time bashing with the Axial crew and pushing their products to the limit. We would like to publicly thank Rodney, Jeff, Brandon, Jamie, Andrew, and Matt for all their hospitality and the opportunity to find out what they are all about – having insane amounts of fun with rc trucks. :)