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Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win a brand new ARRMA Granite BLX!
Special thanks to ARRMA and Hobbico for making this happen! They were so excited about making the Finals in the March Bash-ness, they hooked us up! Click This Link to go enter! Only 2 days left, so make sure you get your entries in.

What's new: Friday, November 15th, 2013

JConcepts TLR 8ight-E 3.0 Body
JConcepts has announced a new Silencer series body for the TLR/Losi 8IGHT-E 3.0 electric buggy. This is a cab forward body designed for high speed tracks. Some of its features include-

* Cockpit shark fin for better stability
* Dual channeling rear escape
* Clipped side-pods with extended runners
* Made from clear polycarbonate
* Comes with protective film, window mask and decal sheet

The part number for the Silencer is #0245 and it is priced at $31. Hit up This Link for more information.

Happy TGIF to you. Click Here for a TGIF mystery link.

What's new: Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Dynamite Prophet Sport Charger
For all you guys looking for an affordable battery charger, Dynamite has just announced three new units for their product line-up.

The Dynamite Prophet Sport Plus is an AC/DC charger that can charge up to 5 amps. Rated for up to 6S Lipo it has a part number of #DYNC2010 and a street price of $49.

The Prophet Sport Lipo is an AC charger made just for Lipo. It can charge up to 3 amps and up to a 3S Lipo cell count. It has a part number of #DYNC2005 and a street price of $29.

The third charger Dynamite has just announced is the Prophet Sport NiMH. The Sport NiMH can charge up to an 8 cell NiMH pack and has a maximum charge rate of 4 amps. The part number of the Sport NiMH is #DYNC2000 and it has a street price of $29.

Click Here for more Dynamite news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Hey Cubby,

I just picked up a 2013 Savage x 4.6! What would be the best upgrade you recommend for a routine basher? Most bang per buck vs. Best Bang if money were no object?

Thanks in advance!
Jose C. Jr.

p.s. I’m also bumming it for a free decal :-)”

Cubby- Yo yo yo Jose, BigSquidRC Raps! Actually we don’t, we just dig phrases from the early ’90s.

Word up on the stickers, shoot Brian your snail mail and we’ll not only hook ya up with stickers, but Brian just might stick a “surpise” in there too.

Now to your question. What is the best hop-up for a Savage 4.6? IMO that would be a hammer to smash it to bits, then go out and buy the Flux version. Ya, you probably already know I am not a fan of nitro, so there is my “money is no object” upgrade.

Ok, but what if smashing it into a pile of rubble was not an option? I consider there to be two key hop-ups to any vehicle, regardless of scale or what powerplant it uses.

1. Gearing
2. Tires

In the case of your Savage it comes properly geared right out of the box, so you can scratch that one. So now you’ll be looking at some new kicks. The type you buy depends strictly on you and your driving habits. If you drive on pavement stay away from small pins, if you only drive in loam look for the biggest lugs you can find, if you do a little bit of everything buy Pro-Line Trenchers because they work well on just about any surface shy of snot covered ice (sorry for the ugly mental image… actually, no I’m not).

Have fun with your BSRC stickers and shoot us pics if you pick up some new tires for your truck.


“Greetings,

I saw that you did a review on the DXR8-E last year sometime, and you gave it pretty good marks. Did you run this machine any more after your test? I see some kind of crazy low bids on ebay these units and I am wondering if somebody knows something that I don’t know. . . . or is it that Duratrax just has a not great rep but this one is really a good ride?

My big concern is the composite motor mount, and secondly the plastic chassis. I have found one guy on the web that says he has had trouble with the motor mount, but everybody else says they do OK.

My driving is more of the bashing style, but not really a “fly it 25 feet in the air” bashing style.

Think I would be better served to save up for an 835E??

Thanks

Patrick C.”

Cubby- And greetings to you too Pat C, thanks for your questions.

Ok, so… is the Duratrax DXR8-E any good, or should you save up some cash and buy the 835E?

Brian, Wrench, and Adam put our review DXR8-E through a legit beating and didn’t have many issues with it. They were doing all the stupid stuff you shouldn’t do and it proved to be a very capable bash machine for us. I also need to mention that most of the testing was done in cold weather for that buggy, making it even more difficult for it to survive. If you are on the fence for getting one, get off it and cut the check.

However… the DXR8-E comes as a roller with no electronics. Electronics to get it up and cranking will run at least a couple hundred bucks (and a lot more than that for the “good” stuff). The 835E comes RTR completely ready to jam. If you don’t have a bunch of 8th scale electronics sitting around, the 835E might actually prove to be cheaper.

Also… I’m a big fan of the 835E. It handles well, takes a legit beating, and basically does everything you want a good bash machine to do. In years past DTX would use OEMs that maybe weren’t quite up to par, but the OEM they have build the 835E is who I’d use if it was my job to whip out an 8th scaler. The 835E has quality plastic, quality metal parts, and is put together by people who know what they are doing with 8th scalers.

Btw… we’ve been seriously tossing around an “affordable buggy shootout” for quite some time now. DTX vs ECX vs RedCat vs Ofna, we really should get off our butts and knock that one out.


That’s it for now ya bunch of lunatics, shoot me your questions, epic meltdowns, verbose rants, and anything else to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the bigtime you get a sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month” you’ll win a BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

STRC Axial SCX10 Upgrades
The crew over at ST Racing Concepts keep coming up with cool new products for the Axial SCX10, here are their latest upgrade parts-

CNC machined aluminum shock upgrade kit. This kit comes with a pair of threaded bodies, a pair of aluminum shock collars, and one pair of aluminum lower shock caps. The upgrade kit uses the stock internals from the SCX10 shocks to help save some cash. These are available in four different colors, have a part number of #STA30130BK/GM/G/S, and have a street price of $16 per pair.

To go even more uber, you can add a set of CNC machined aluminum faux shock reservoirs. These have a part number of STA30131BK/GM/G/S and a street price of $12 for a set of four.

Also now available is the new STRC aluminum rear upper link mount. The mount is CNC machined, available in four different colors, and is generally a lot more beefy than the stocker. The part number is #STA80043BK/GM/G/S and it has a street price of $21.

Hit up This Link to head over to the STRC website, or Click Here for more STRC news on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Gladiator Traxxas 2.8The good folks over at Pro-Line have just released a picture of their upcoming Gladiator tires for Traxxas 2.8 wheels. For anyone that hasn’t run Gladiators before, they are an epic bash tire known for getting great traction on loamy dirt and grass.

We expect more information on these later in the week, until then hit up This Link to head over to the official Pro-Line website.

Click Here for more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Duratrax Li-24 2S-4S Balancing Charger
So you’ve just jumped into Lipo batteries but don’t want to break the bank on a dedicated charger. Duratrax has you covered with their new Li-24 2S-4S Balancing Charger. Like the name states you can charge 2, 3, or 4S packs with the Li-24 and it has a maximum charge rate of 3 amps. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Built in power supply for AC use
* CC/CV charging
* Comes with Deans Ultra Plug connector
* Charge status LED
* Balancing status for each cell
* LiPo/LiFe switch
* Balance Current: 200mA
* Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.7 x 1.6 inch

The Duratrax Li-24 has a part number of #DTXP4620, a street price of only $25, and you should expect to start seeing them hit hobby shops in late November.

Click Here for more Duratrax news on BigSquidRC.

Revell Dromida 18th Scale Unboxing Pictures
We recently received the entire line-up of the new Dromida vehicles from Revell. The new Dromida line consists of three 4wd 18th scale electric machines- the MT4.18 Monster Truck, SC4.18 Short Course Truck, and the BX4.18 Buggy. These are aimed right at the basher market, are based off the same platform, and come with an affordable price point. Take a look at all the galleries to see what it looks like to crack the boxes open, and what each of the vehicles look like from nose to tail.

Our reviews for the Dromida line-up are coming soon, until then hit up This Link for more information over on the Dromida website.

Click Here to view more unboxings on BigSquidRC.

Click the “Read More” button to see six more unboxing galleries of the new Dromida line-up.

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Graupner/SJ POLARON Pro Touch Screen Battery Charger
Yesterday we posted the new Graupner touch screen transmitter, today we are posting their new Polaron series touch screen battery chargers.

There are four different chargers in the Polaron series and they are offered in several different colors. They stand up on your pit table, making them easy to see while taking up a minimal amount of space. The chargers in the Polaron series include-

* Polaron PRO (#S2003, $319) – Boasts 3″ color touch screen, charge rates up to 20 amps, can charge up to 14S Lipo, and has 20 x 2 memory.

* Polaron EX (#S2011, $279) – 3″ color touch screen, charge rates up to 20 amps, charges up to 7S Lipo, and has 20 x 2 battery memory.

* Polaron AC/DC (#S2002, $299) – 3″ color touch screen and has internal power supply for use off AC power or can be used with DC power supply (11-15 volts). Maximum charge rate is 7 amps and the maximum Lipo cell count is 7S.

* Polaron Sports (#S2004, $259) – 128 x 64 graphic touch display, maximum charge rate 7 amps on up to 7S Lipo packs.

We haven’t heard if these will hit our shores, but you can hit up the Graupner Website to see what other products they offer.

Click Here for news on other touch screen rc products right here on BigSquidRC.

Team Grid RC Drop Down Futaba 4PLS
The Futaba 4PL/4PLS is an extremely popular radio among the basher crowd. With Team Grid RD’s new mount you can now have a drop down wheel set-up on yours.

The Grid RC drop down mount is CNC machined and uses a unique mounting system so you don’t have to tear your radio apart to install it, which in turn keeps your factory warranty intact. There is no word on pricing, but Grid RC has said a final production version should be available in a few weeks.

Click Here for more Grid RC news on BigSquidRC.

ST Racing Concepts option parts for Axial SCX10 Jeep
The friendly folks over at ST Racing Concepts have announced new aluminum hop-up parts for the Axial SCX10.

First up are new heavy duty front & rear bumper mounts. These are CNC machined from aluminum and features a longer side bracket which offers better clearance for the steering servo during suspension compression. Available colors are black, gun metal, green and silver. The part number for the front mount is #STA80125FBK/GM/G/S, the part number for the rear is #STA80125RBK/GM/G/S, and they both have an MSRP of $22.

STRC also has uber new heavy duty side rail mounts for the SCX10. These are also CNC machined out of aluminum and are also available in black, gun metal, green and silver. The part number for the side rail mounts is #STA80041BK/GM/G/S and they have a MSRP of $13.

Click Here for more STRC news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

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Need more proof that quadcopters are taking over the world? Check out this new Lexus commercial that is 99% quadcopters, 1% Lexus car headlights. It’s a great little commercial showing some cool swarming stuff. Sure some of it is CGI but it’s still awesome to see.

Ohh. and make sure you check out the behind the scenes making of for some information on how they made the quads.

Need to see more RC On TV finds? Click the link.

THE Racers Edge Pro4 Enduro 4wd RTR SCT Review

Racers Edge Pro4 Enduro 4wd RTR SCT Review

Racers Edge has typically been known for their accessories, but they’ve got a line-up of value priced off road machines too. Today we’ll be taking an in depth look at their Pro4 Enduro 4wd brushless short course truck. It is just a race machine? Can you bash hard with it? Does its included brushless system have enough power to be fun? Click the “Read More” to find out…

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Graupner X-8E Touch Screen TransmitterIt seems that everything is going to touch screens, now they’ve even made their way to transmitters. The new Graupner X-8E not only has a 320 x 240 touch sensitive LCD screen, but has 4 channel output and telemetry. You can even use a micro-SD memory card to store the telemetry data. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Touch screen
* Voice output via headphone
* Bluetooth external module
* Wheel can be mounted on left or right
* 2.4GHz operation
* Various timers
* Modes for crawling, track, or boats with 2 motors
* Anti-lock braking

The Graupner X-8E is priced at $350, although we could get no information on when, or even if, it will hit American shores.

Click Here for more transmitter news on BigSquidRC.