Sure, Kyosho is well known for their high-end racing gear and multiple IFMAR championships, but as of late they have been putting out loads of bashing style products. Their new Psycho Kruiser monster truck and fully RTR Dirt Hog buggy are prime examples of that.
Lucky for us, the crew at Kyosho America were nice enough to let us take a tour of their Southern California facility. We were not disappointed with what we found inside – plenty of bashing oriented products.
Perhaps the coolest thing we found at Kyosho America was their new iReceiver products. We had never had a chance to play with them before, so we just had to give them a spin. The iReceiver gear is an FPV set-up that lets you control any vehicle via your Apple or Android device, all the while being able to see on the on-board camera feed on your device. Yes, we had a lot of fun driving an iReceiver equipped car and look for a full BSRC review in the near future.
We also got a chance to look at the Route 241 Raceway in the rear of the Kyosho America facility. This is a very nicely done racetrack made just for Mini-Zs. If you live in the Southern California area, grab a Mini-Z and check it out, the track looks like a blast.
Kyosho America is the exclusive distributor for Kyosho products in North America, if you are a dealer feel free to give them a call for more information on getting Kyosho products in your store. Also of note for you consumers out there, select Kyosho products are now in stock at Tower Hobbies.
We would like to thank Efrain and the rest of the Kyosho crew for letting us visit their facility. We had a great time and look forward to getting to know them better. Do you want to see all the bashing goodies that they offer? Check out This Link to visit the official Kyosho America website.
California Dreamin - Kyosho America
The folks over at Dromida would like to let the world know they want to be friends. They have added a new Facebook page as well as a newsletter sign-up so you never miss an ounce of Dromida news.
You can hit their main site by Clicking Here for the newsletter, or head Over Here for their new Facebook page.
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RPM RC Continues the love for all things ECX! Their latest Oversized Rear Axle Carriers will fit the ECX Boost, Ruckus, Circuit, and Torment 2wd vehicles. The new carriers fix several issues such as bearing life due to RPM allowing 5x11mm bearings instead of the stock 5x10mm. They are also much more durable over stock, as to be expected from an RPM product.
The RPM Rear Axle Carriers have part number #73572, and are priced at $11, and they should start hitting hobby shops pegs later this month. Get full details at This Link over on RPM’s website.
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Hey guys, during my time at the IRCHA Jamboree, I got a neat little scratch card that ushered me quickly to the Spartan RC booth. I won myself a new helicopter gyro system for flybarless 3D helicopters called the Vortex VX1e. Newly released for purchase first at the Jamboree, I got to see what makes it a great system.
Here are the details from SpartanRC:
Tail - Based on Spartan’s market leading gyro technology the Vortex is capable of delivering exceptional tail hold and consistent yaw rates even at eye-blurring speeds of over three full turns per second.
Rotor - The cyclic and collective controls are smooth and precise with a very solid feel and impressive response time. Factory calibrated sensors and Spartan’s proprietary piroette compensation technology enable your helicopter to remain locked in through piroette moves.
Receiver - The Vortex is compatible with all radio systems using individual channel connections to the receiver. Additionally it supports single wire connection for most popular protocols and direct connection to 1 or 2 Satellites. Three channels of the radio system can be routed to the Vortex’s AUX port to control accessories like lights and glow igniters.
Below you can find my unboxing of the flybarless unit, which will go into my new Goblin 570.
SpartanRC Vortex VX1e Flybarless Unit Unboxing
The VX1e is currently priced to sell at $150, with that price is only for a limited time. More details about the VX1e and where to order it can be found on SpartanRC’s website Right Here.
If you have been reading BigSquidRC for any length of time, you know we are big fans of Pro-Line Racing. Their products are top notch, just like the people behind them. Yesterday we were once again lucky enough to visit the PL crew and learn more about what it takes to get all their uber products to market. During our Pro-Line visit we were also able to get a closer look at the new PROTOform F1 bodies, as well as their new Interco TSL SX Super Swamper XLs mounted up on an Axial Yeti. Both looked incredible and should be hitting the market in the very near future.
We would like to say an extra special “Thank You!” to Todd, Jessica, Gerardo, Matt, Tim, and all the good folks over at Pro-Line for once again letting us invade their home office. If you haven’t visited the Pro-Line Website lately, click Right Here to check out all their fine products.
California Dreamin - Pro-Line Racing
I’ve had my Pro-Line Faultline 1.9 wheels on my main Axial SCX10 comp/trail truck for close to five months now and in that time have beaten the tar outta them. Click the “Read More” below to see how they fared!
If you didn’t see it already, I took a lot of pictures over last weekend when I was at the IRCHA Jamboree 2014. I even walked out of there a winner! In a lot of cases, pictures do the Jamboree justice, but there still is a lot one can talk about that the pictures can’t start to describe. I thought I’d make a few points of what I saw whether it was pilots, products, experiences, or just things I wanted to point out in general. See what I have to say about it all after the jump!
Similar to Mythbusters here in the states, we can always count on Top Gear UK (yea yea, the good one, we know) to include some sort of RC madness every few episodes. Hey their intro used to show them holding rc controllers!
This episode had Jeremy Clarkson pretending to be a police officer, and he was showing off all the new hi-tec gadgets they could use to fight crime. Though I don’t believe they actually strap explosives to RC vehicles and drive them under criminals cars. I’m also pretty sure Jeremy wasn’t flying that ‘Drone’ so easily from a briefcase on his own.
Either way though, we are always happy to see RC being shown to the general public, and hopefully someone gets off their couch and says ‘heck yea, I want to do that too!’
LV Home Insurance Gallery
You can watch some of the police chase parts here.
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This past weekend I had the privilege to join my fellow helicopter and multirotor pilots in Muncie, IN near the headquarters of the AMA for the IRCHA (International Radio Control Helicopter Association) Jamboree 2014. This almost week long festival is a combination of RC helicopter competitions, product showcase, and shopping for all things RC Helicopter. There were speed competitions, product demonstrations, partying, fireworks, and all kinds of fun. Don’t just read about it: check out the gallery below and a ton more after the jump!
IRCHA Event Gallery 1
This week the BigSquidRC Bash Crew is back in Southern California and yesterday we got a chance to hang out with the folks at Axial Racing. As seen in the picture above, we got a chance to bash with the Axial crew and I can assure you they bash as hard, if not harder, than we do.
The more time we spend with the Axial crew, the more we find out how hardcore they are for not only their products, but also about the people that buy them. They absolutely want everyone who buys an Axial product to have the best (and most fun!) experience possible. We would like to personally thank Rodney, Jeff, Brandon, Jamie, Andrew, and Matt for bashing with us, we had a fantastic time and really appreciated their hospitality during our visit.
Want to learn more about Axial? Check out their official website Right Here.
California Dreamin - Axial
Last weekend I loaded up the SUV and huffed it over the Mississippi River to the small town of Jerseyville, IL for a big r/c truck pull. The Central Illinois R/C Pullers (check em out on Facebook) were nice enough to invite me out, and it just so happened I had two trucks prepped and rarin’ to go (my RPM Mock Intake installation article last week featured one of them).
For those that don’t know how pulling works, it’s a cousin to drag racing. Whereas the object of dragging is to see how fast you can go, in pulling it’s how far you can go. Drivers pull a sled that transfers weight from a rolling to dragging load via a weight box that bears down on a skid pan the further a vehicle travels. Every class pulls the same amount of weight with distance measured from where the chain attaches to the sled pan.
The Central Illinois guys run the standard 30 foot track and give drivers two pulls; distance is combined to get a final total. 60” is max. If multiple drivers make 60” (i.e. full pulls) then there is a final pulloff where more weight is added to the box. Drivers then get one final yank for a tiebreaker.
CIRCP runs 3 main classes. Pro stock trucks are basically tweaked scalers with added front weight boxes (Axial SCX10′s are a popular platform and make quite capable pullers), and then the purpose built mod 2wd and 4×4 trucks pack big power and mega wheel speed. I had a great time pulling in 2wd and 4×4 (Modified and Smokin’ Mule trucks, respectively) and I’m already looking forward to my next trip up to Jerseyville. Big thanks to the CIRCP folk for running a great program and showing me lots of hospitality!
Central Illinois RC Pullers Gallery 1
Central Illinois RC Pullers Gallery 2
For full event results and more pics click the “Read More” below! READ MORE
Hot off the press at IRCHA 2014 Jamboree: SAB Heli Division adds one more collective pitch stunt helicopter to their line: a 380 Size (380mm approx blade size)! Called the Goblin 380, this helicopter only has 38 parts outside of bolts/bearings, which is the lowest part count for a helicopter of that size, EVER! Built to handle a 6S LiPo power system, this helicopter will definitely give the Align 450L Dominator package a run for its money! No pricing, but more details to come from SAB later this month or beginning of next…for now just enjoy the flyer above.
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In the latest LV Home Insurance Commercial from our friends across the pond, a young boy has set up quite the RC drift track in hit house. Around furniture, the family dog, and even up onto the dinning room table. (I still can’t get away with that!)
We love any time a company uses an RC vehicle in their commercials as it just helps spread the word about our wonderful hobby.
LV Home Insurance Gallery
You can watch the full eposide below.
Hard to tell what vehicle is under that body, but if we had to guess, we’d probably go with a HPI Racing Sprint 2. Thanks to fan Justin for sending in the tip.
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