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Back To School Bash Reminder

BigSquidRC 2013 HobbyTown Bash_00015 Don’t forget, THIS SATURDAY we are teaming up again with our friends at HobbyTown Orland Park for Back to School Bash!

Join us on Saturday, August 30th as we celebrate the last days of summer in one action packed event! Sign ups will start at 9:30am with events starting at 10:30am.

For more details Click Here for the official post!

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

Mugen MBX7T-ECOThere are a pair of new truggies from Mugen Seiki coming out this spring, the nitro powered MBX7T and the electric MBX7T ECO. As per the usual with Mugen, you can expect both versions to be high end race oriented machines, with specific upgrades and price points to be announced soon.

You never know what you are going to get with a BSRC TGIF Mystery Link.

Pro-Line 1981 Ford Bronco Clear Body
The Pro-Line 1981 Ford Bronco clear Lexan body made some waves when it was teased a few weeks ago, today they have released more pictures and pricing. The PL Bronco has a street price of $37 and makes a good fit on the Traxxas Slash, Associated SC10, and Pro-Line PRO-2 trucks when used with extended rear body mounts.

The old school off-road styling of the 1981 Bronco is a welcome change of pace for people who are tired of a traditional SCT look, and it will certainly make your truck stand out in a crowd. The part number is #3423-00 and you get more pictures and information at This Link over on Pro-Line’s official website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, take a chance on a BSRC Mystery Link.

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

TBR Traxxas Basher Bumper
Want to toughen up that Traxxas Telluride of yours? The crew over at T-Bone Racing have a new Basher Series Front Bumper that is made to take the worst of abuse. Made from sturdy nylon, the bumper comes with a lifetime warranty and provides more protection than the stock unit.

The part number for the TBR Telluride bumper is #62153, it has a street price of $18, and you can find complete information at This Link on T-Bone’s official website.

Want more TBR news? It is easy to find at This Link on BigSquidRC.

THE Carisma Porsche 959 Rally Car Review

Carisma Porsche 959 Rally Review

The bash world has been abuzz since news broke that Carisma was hitting the states, and at the front of that buzz was one car in particular, the Porsche 959 Rally. We got our hands on one and have been driving it like we stole for a few weeks now. To boil it down- is the Carisma Porsche a solid bash machine that is worth your hard earned cash? Click the “Read More” to find out…


Fantom LiPo Battery
The guys over at Fantom Racing have announced their latest go-fast LiPo pack, a 2S 6000mAh hardcase. This pack comes in 3 different styles- with Traxxas connector, with Deans, or with bullets, with each sporting a street price of $94. These new Pro Series packs are said to have the lowest internal resistance and highest voltage available in rc. Some of their other features and specifications include-

* Capacity- 6000mAh
* Voltage- 2S, 7.4V
* C-Rate- 80C continuous & 160C burst
* Dimensions- 138.6mm x 47mm x 25mm
* Weight- 300 grams (10.58 ounces) 4mm bullet style
* Balance Connector- JST / XH

To get more information on the new LiPo packs check out This Link over on the official Fantom Racing website.

Click Here for more LiPo battery news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Regarding the Carisma 959-

What’s the ideal battery for this car? Lipo 2S 70C? This is my first car RC (but have a few multirotors) so I don’t know much about the hobby yet.

Erik D.”

Cubby- Yo yo to the yo Erik, you have officially made the front page of BigSquidRC, hit Brian up for a killer sticker pack.

What is the ideal battery for the Carisma Porsche 959? On the low end of the spectrum I would say its a pack that meets your runtime requirements and has enough current that the brushless system doesn’t cog. On the upper end of the spectrum, it would be a pack like we used in our review, a TrakPower 2S 70C 6800. While not cheap, the TrakPower gave the Porsche nearly 30 minutes of runtime, tons of power, and never come close to getting hot. We can definitely recommend that pack first hand for the Carisma. Oh btw, the Porsche is set-up for a 2S pack, its battery tray doesn’t leave extra room for a “normal sized” 3S.

As far as other packs go, people tend to pay wayyyy too much attention to those mysterious “C” ratings. We’ve seen time and time again lower “C” packs outperform higher “C” packs, but that isn’t something you will know for sure unless you buy both and test them. The best rule of thumb I can give you is to only buy packs that you’ve seen tested by a reputable source. That is really the only way of knowing what you are plunking your hard earned cash down on.

“you know its strange ive been in this hobby for close to 30 years my first truck was a mauri big bear with a 6 volt NiCad. seeing these “new” losi universals kinda makes me sigh a little. these were all the rage until mip came out with the cvd which at the time were leaps and bounds beyond the universal, so is the cvd obsolete? its strange to see this hobby come full circle. ive seen the aluminum chassis get upgraded to carbon fiber, then to composite and it appears were back to aluminum. every 4×4 1/10 scale still shares the same layout as the xx4 which is almost 20 years old. well theres my rant of the day.

Jeremie H.”

Cubby- So Jeremie, are CVDs dead? LOL, no, they are not dead. But ya, I totally get your point on how everything goes out of fashion, then years later is promoted as the latest hot thing. You mention driveshafts and chassis materials, but it’s true for a million of other things.

I will make a comment about driveshafts in the rc world though. In one of our G+ live shows several months ago someone asked the question “What makes CVDs so much better than dogbones?”. So what is the biggest upside? CVDs don’t go flying out of your car at 40 mph to never be found again like dogbones do, LOL. Seriously, if you are a super uber competitor that runs on the same track week after week you can notice a difference in driveshafts. If you are a Joe Blow like you and me, you really only need two things- 1. long wear, and 2. CVD or universals that don’t get lost when a camber link comes off.

So there ya have it for this week folks, shoot me your snotty answers, unreadable gibberish, and moronic manifestos to Cubby at If your letter hits the big time you’ll get something free, no kidding!

YOUR Cub Reporter

Exotek Carbon Fiber B5M Battery Strap
So you just built a new Associated B5M but don’t know where to start to uber it out. Carbon fiber is always a good choice and Exotek has just announced a pretty trick battery “Flite” strap for the B5M. The Exotek piece is lighter and stiffer than the stock piece, and looks infinitely cooler. The part number for the B5M Flite strap is #1413, it has a street price of $17, and you can get more information over on Exotek’s Website.

Click Right Here for more Exotek news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Tomato Sauce Flying Nano CPxAs we move forward in the journey to be a pilot, I cannot help but reminisce when I first started stepping up my piloting game by buying a collective pitch (or 3D Stunt) helicopter, the Blade Nano CPx. I was so excited, until I took it out of the box and got it ready for flight. That one ounce micro helicopter couldn’t have scared me more even if it was spined like a cactus! Why was I scared, you ask? I was freaked because I was about to fly $150!! With my penny pinching habits, I couldn’t help but tighten up, or pucker, when I started flying.

What I wanted to focus on this week is stuff breaks. I know that being an avid reader of BigSquid usually comes with an understanding of this fundamental concept, but take it from me, it still is no easy task. Helicopters and planes break, wear, and tear and there is nothing that can stop that. With that being said, this is where your local hobby shop can be of assistance. When you are looking for your RC helicopter (or plane), ask for advice! Tell them what you’re looking to do and what environment you want to do it in, and they will give you a heap of advice. In my time flying, I have seen customers (now friends) grow from a coaxial (double bladed) indoor helicopter to flying stunt helicopters at events like eFest in Champaign. Don’t forget to ask about breakable parts on the aircraft you end up choosing; most the time the person you talk to can easily hand you a few parts he/she knows will help you save a trip back later (at least the first time).

Personally, I offer a few suggestions for your first RC aircraft. For you RC Helicopter enthusiasts, if you want a docile scale looking indoor flyer you’re looking at something like a Blade MCx/MCx2 or an Ares MD500 D 100CX. Both of these offer stable flight in zero wind conditions and also have the look of full size helicopters. If a scale look does not matter and you would like to be able to fly indoors and out, I definitely would suggest a micro quadcopter, specifically a Blade Nano QX or a Heli-Max 1Si. Not only are they stable and agile enough to fly indoors or out, they both offer prop guards so blades (and walls) can last a little longer on impacts. Granted they will still break, but these guys are real sturdy!

For the RC Airplane enthusiasts,  I would suggest anything larger to tackle the tougher wind situations. For those worried about burying their plane into the ground, then pick up a Hobbyzone Firebird Delta. Armed with the new SAFE gyro system featuring an auto level panic switch, the nose of the plane contains no electronics, keeping your plane airworthy after a nosedive (if that happens). For the more classic top-wing style RC plane, I always suggest the Ares Gamma 370. Offered in a basic and brushless package, one can choose their learning curve and start slow, or with a fully capable (but still manageable) airplane.

So, like all things, stuff breaks!  Take it from me, I have was afraid to break anything I was flying, and now there are a lot of aircraft that definitely show that I can have a ‘No Guts, No Glory’ piloting style. Previewing next Raging Rotors, Part 3 is entitled: Right into the Danger Zone! Tune in next week: Same Bat-time, Same Bat-channel…and until then, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Pro-Line Vaterra Halix Trencher
Changing to better tires is commonly known as the best “Bang for the Buck” upgrade that you can do to any rc car. While the Vaterra Halix comes with decent tires, we are shooting for top-of-the-line with our project truck so better units were a must.

We consider Pro-Line Trenchers the best all around bashing tires that money can buy, so that’s exactly what we installed on our project truck. To be specific we went with part number #1170-12, Trenchers that came pre-mounted on Desperado 2.8″ wheels. Those particular units are the perfect size for the Halix, come in a long wearing M2 compound, have the proper size hex, and are only .1 oz heavier (6.1 oz stock, 6.2 oz for each Trencher/Desperado) than the stock units.

If you are noob to the hobby, changing out wheels & tires is the easiest mod you can perform. On the Halix all it takes is removing the four wheels nuts with the 4 way wrench that was included with the truck, mounting up the new kicks, and putting the four nuts back on, a process that takes under 5 minutes. A couple of tips for the noobs – make sure the hex on the axle is properly inserted into the wheel, and make sure the wheels nuts are re-installed very tightly to prevent them from working loose.

After installing the Trenchers our Halix had much more traction on dirt and grass surfaces. The big lugs on the Trenchers just love to chew up and spit out loamy dirt, and the Trenchers are equally good at finding traction on grass. The difference was night and day, and we highly recommend this upgrade for your Halix.

Our next hop-up article will show you what it takes to install a new body on your Halix, until then check out This Link to read more how-to articles on BigSquidRC.

Dromida Aluminum Drivetrain Kit
Looking to beef up the drivetrain on your Dromida 18th scaler? Well you are in luck with Dromida’s Aluminum Drivetrain Kit. The kit comes with everything you need to bulletproof your drivetrain, and it does so in style with blue anodizing. The kit includes-

* Spur gear with o-rings & springs
* Center drive shaft
* Four dog bones
* Four axles

The part number is #DIDC1160, the kit has a street price of $25, and you can find more information on the Official Dromida Website.

Want more Dromida news? Find more at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Big Joe II 2.2
Our friends over at Pro-Line have released a few “sneak peak” pictures of their new Big Joe II 2.2″ tires. The Big Joe II 2.2s are made to fit trucks like the HPI Savage XS Flux and the 16th scale Traxxas Summit. These should make a nice option for all you mini monster truck drivers looking for more traction. More information will be released soon, until then hit up This Link to check out the official Pro-Line website.

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What's new: Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Model Aero Drifter Air Boat
While at E-Fest a few weeks ago we walked by the Model Aero booth and their Drifter caught out attention. The Drifter is certainly something different than what we normally drive, so we picked one up.

The Model Aero Drifter is made mostly from 6 mm Depron foam and takes a couple of evenings to glue together. It is just a chassis, so you will need to supply all electronics to get it going. We ended up using a Hitec HS-81MG for steering, a Castle Talon 90 ESC, a SuperTigre 1250kV outrunner brushless motor, a Traxxas 3S 1400mAh LiPo, and a APC 7×7 prop. The Drifter went together well for us even though we are used to putting together cars not foam aircrafts/boats.

Driving the Drifter was a completely new experience for us. The first big surprise was how fast it was. We were expecting it to barely get around, but it was actually about as fast as a normal short course truck. The second big surprise was – no brakes. This took some getting used to, but once you remember the only “brakes” you have is the friction on the bottom of the boat, you start to plan accordingly. Oh, there was one more big surprise, the Drifter turned really well. We expected it to push like a freight train, but it could literally turn on a dime. However, there was one caveat to turning, you had to be on the gas producing a lot of air for it to turn.

We had an absolute blast driving the Drifter. It was fast and loads of fun to drive on grass and water. On pavement the added friction took out some of the fun, as did bumpy areas that would sometimes let air get under the boat and cause it to flip over. We did break the boat a couple of time after roll overs, but we were always able to repair it with some foam safe CA glue.

The Model Aero Drifter chassis comes in at a very affordable $44 and we highly recommend it if you are looking for something fast and different. To get more information on the Drifter, simply Click This Link.

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You are reading the end of that title correctly. Pro-Line has snuck us a exclusive peak at their upcoming Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon Body that’s Monster Truck size! Were talking T-Maxx, Revo, Savage size trucks. Awesome right?

The part number for the Jeep body is #3405-00, and while we don’t have an official street price, it’s safe to guess the $33 range.

I know a few scale guys that will be more than excited to get their hands on a larger body like this. Excuse me while I go throw away some trashed bodies to make room for this one!

It’s not on the Pro-Line Website yet, but there is the link if you want to go check out some of their other products.

Check out This Link for more Pro-Line news on BigSquidRC.