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What's new: Friday, July 11th, 2014

Killer Body RC HobbyTown USA
The crew from Killerbody RC was located in the main show area and had a bunch of new bodies on display.

Perhaps the most impressive new product in the Killerbody line-up was their new Alfa Romeo body for the Traxxas XO-1 (the first two pictures in the gallery below). Body choices are pretty slim for the XO-1, so the big Alfa body should make a lot of XO-1 owners happy by giving them another choice.

Killerbody also had multiple new on-road/rally bodies. All of these were very highly detailed and many were set-up for use with light kits to add even more scale realism. The Lancia Delta and Alpha mounted on cars in the pictures below are some examples of these.

Pictured above is one of the new monster truck bodies from Killerbody. These were designed to fit larger MTs like the E-Maxx, Savage, and MT4 G3, and they are available pre-painted with several different graphics. Multiple scale detailing options are available to make them look as real as you want them to.

Killerbody was also showing off some of the new graphics available on their pre-painted short course truck bodies. You can see them being held by Killerbody marketing person Julie in one of the pictures below.

For the scale off-road crowd, they also had several of their new “Horri-Bull” bodies on hand (first picture, lower row in gallery 2). These are made specifically to fit on the Axial trucks, and there are loads of add-on scale parts that can be bolted on to blow the scale realism factor through the roof.

All in all, Killerbody had an impressive display of what they’ve been working on to bring the highest levels of scale realism to the rc body world. To get more information on all of their products, simply click This Link to head over to their website.

Click Right Here to read more coverage from the HobbyTown USA 2014 National Convention.

Pro-Line Racing Convention
The folks over at Pro-Line Racing are huge supporters of the rc hobby and were out in full force at the HobbyTown USA Convention. Inside the PL room were able to take a look at some of their latest products including their new car/truck stands and the new kit version of the PRO-2 Buggy. As always, the Pro-Line crew was super affable and we had a great time bench racing with them about the hobby. To get a closer look at all of their products, just hit up This Link to head over to their official website.

Click Here for more HobbyTown show coverage on BigSquidRC.

Ares HobbyTown USA
Firelands Group, which is primarily sold at HobbyTown USA stores, brought their “A game” this year showing a bunch of new products at the convention.

Helion RC is Fireland’s surface line-up and they unveiled two new products at the show. The Impakt 12B is a new 1/12 scale buggy designed to be bash worthy, affordable, and fun. While being listed as a 12th scale, it looked to be about the same size as most 10th scale buggies (wheelbase on the 12B is 11.8″, width is 8.39″), but it should sport a remarkably low price point of just $139 RTR. It comes with scale detailing like a roll cage and driver’s head, all-weather electronics, and a 1500mAh LiPo battery. It looks like a great way for someone to get started in the off-road side of our hobby.

Helion also had their new Rivos boat on display. The Rivos is a RTR that is fairly good size at 28″ in total length, making it big enough to handle some choppy water on the local lake. Its electronics are water cooled, it comes with a brushed 550 motor, and it has a very affordable street price of just $149.

Ares RC is the brand name for the air products from Firelands and they had plenty of new products on display too. The most exciting new product they had on display we can not post pictures of, or even really talk about at all, but it is something like we’ve never seen before, and something that even us car/truck lovers really wanted to get our hands on. Expect more information on this product to start leaking out of Ares compound in the next few weeks.

Of the items we can talk about, it’s hard to decide what was more exciting, their new Ethos FPV quadcopter/drone/multi-rotor, their new Ethos PQ nano quad, or their new Nanos FP75 helicopter.

The Ethos FPV quad comes RTF out of the box with everything needed to fly first person view. We saw the quad demonstrated and it seemed to work flawlessly. The camera provides a good quality picture (1080 HD at 30 or 720 HD at 60 FPS) and is mounted on an anti-vibration mount to help keep the picture steady. The transmitter comes with a large screen (4.5″) and a sun shade to make it easier to see while out flying. The quad used on the FPV model is fairly large at 18.75″ in length, and we were blown away that the street price was only $299 RTF.

The nano quad scene has blown up since the Proto-X entered the market and Ares unveiled their entry into the class, the Ethos PQ. The PQ is truly tiny with a length of only 63mm and comes with an auto flip mode. Price? $49.

The last new product in the Firelands room was the Nanos FP75 helicopter. With a length of 6.75″ this is a small helicopter, but features 3 or 6 axis stability control modes. The FP75 will be priced at $69.

Overall, it was easy to see from walking the room that Firelands Group is working hard to put out a lot of new, innovative products, look for them soon at your local HobbyTown USA store.

Click Here to visit the official Helion RC website, and Right Here for Ares RC.

Click Right Here to view more HobbyTown USA show coverage.

What's new: Thursday, July 10th, 2014

RC4WD HobbyTown USA
If you are hardcore into the crawling/scaling scene, you known exactly who RC4WD is, and we got the pleasure of hanging out with them yesterday. RC4WD wasn’t showing off any unannounced products at the show, but they did have a wide variety of trucks, wheels, and axles on display. After spending some face time with the RC4WD crew, we were impressed with how easy they were to talk to, and how hardcore they are about getting even the smallest details right on their products.

Want more information on RC4WD products? Click Here to visit their official website.

Click Here to view more 2014 HobbyTown show coverage.

HPI Hot Bodies Booth HobbyTown USA Convention
While it may seem that HPI/Hot Bodies has been a bit quiet the last couple of years, their room at the HobbyTown USA convention had multiple new vehicles on display.

The newest model in the HPI/HB room was the spank’n new Ty Tessmann edition D8T Truggy. This new nitro truggy kit features new suspension geometry and various lightweight and aluminum upgrade parts. After looking at it in person, we really wanted to stuff it our backpack and take it home.

For the scaler crowd, HPI was showing off the ’73 Ford Bronco Crawler King that they first announced at Nuremburg. The body looks sweet, and it comes with high-end crawling tires right out of the box.

HPI was also showing off their latest Micro RS4, this one being a Discount Tire version. Like many of the other Micro RS4s, this version comes as a ready to run and features an impressively detailed body.

Another vehicle that HPI first teased at Nuremburg, a 1/10 BMW M3 Flux was also on display. The pictures below, taken in a dimly lit room, do not do justice to how good looking the BMW was.

We also asked about the upcoming HPI Cue, a 1/32 scale buggy that was not on display in Lincoln, and were told that it is indeed coming along nicely. We were also told to expect a very affordable price point on the Cue when it does hit the market (like around the $50-$60 price point!).

Want more information on HPI products? Hit up This Link to visit the official HPI website.

Click Here for more HobbyTown convention coverage.

RPM ECX
Beef up your 2wd ECX with some new Front Spindles from RPM. The RPM spindles are molded from RPM’s uber plastic blend and were designed to be long lasting and trouble free. The RPM spindles also utilize larger bearings, a necessity for hardcore bashing.

The RPM spindles have a part number of #73292, they are priced at $11, and they should start hitting hobby shops later in the month. Get full details at This Link over on RPM’s website.

Read up on more RPM News on BigSquidRC.

2014 Hobbytown USA National Convention
The HobbyTown USA National Convention is going on right now in Lincoln Nebraska so we are firing up our show coverage. Later today and tomorrow we’ll be doing a series of posts to give you a taste of what it is like to attend their big show.

The HobbyTown National Convention is where dealers from across the country gather once a year to have fun, talk shop, and look at the latest hobby products from various manufacturers. The show is held inside of a hotel with some manufacturers putting up displays in a spacious exhibition area, while others rent out rooms to show their products in a more intimate setting.

The BigSquidRC crew would like to give special thanks to HobbyTown USA for generously allowing us to cover their show, and to all the vendors and manufacturers for taking the time out of their busy show schedule to show us around their booths.

Want to see what the HobbyTown show was like last year? Simply Click Here.

ASK Cubby

“Going Fast

Hey Cubby I hope this ends up on Big Squid. I have saved up about 40 bucks to spend on go fast parts for my Rustler. Tell me, is 40 enough to even make a difference?

Charlie T.”

Cubby- Yo what’s up Charlie. Yes, your question has made the big-time, shoot us your snail mail for a free sticker pack.

Is $40 enough to make your Rustler go faster? While some people might snicker at you, I will not. No, 40 clams, won’t make a huge difference, but it is more than enough to gain some speed.

Btw, I am going to assume you have the electric version here, if you happen to have the nitro please just beat it with a hammer until dead.

Pinion gears are a really cheap way of gaining speed on your electric Rustler. A Robinson Racing pinion for your truck only costs about $4 and can definitely gain you some rip. I would recommend picking up a couple of new pinions, one with about 2 more teeth than you currently have, and another with 4 more. The larger sized pinions will give you more top speed, but keep an eye on your motor temp to make sure you don’t get it too hot. A motor temp under 160 F is a good place to be, if you get it too hot you will ruin the magnet inside. Don’t have the cash for a temp gun? Find a cheap one. The old school spit test only lets you know after your magnet has been baked.

Oh and… while a larger pinion will gain you some top speed, you will end up losing runtime. If you were to pop on a smaller pinion, you would gain runtime but lose top end speed.

One more thing, if your truck has a brushed motor, giving it a good water dipping will also give it more power/speed.


That’s it for this week, you know the drill shoot me your questions to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make the big-time get free stuff.

YOUR Cub Reporter

TLR 22SCT 2.0 2WD Short Course Truck Race Kit
For all you short course truck fans, TLR has announced their new 22SCT 2.0. Of course the 2.0 version comes with a bunch of upgrades and changes to help make it faster, and easier to drive, than ever.

* Bell crank steering rack
* Generation II shocks
* Improved body
* Improved suspension geometry
* Ball diff
* Aluminum rear camber block, rear hexes, & ball stud spacers

The part number is #TLR03003, it has a street price of $339, and you can Click Right Here to head over to the official TLR website.

Get more Losi news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

FlyTrex Live

Hot off the presses via their blog, the guys over at FlyTrex have updated their GPS MultiRotor telemetry system to also provide live data feed straight to their website, making it the first ‘Black Box’ for quadcopters. FlyTrex Live uses a GSM (cell phone data) connection to transmit Speed, Location, Altitude, and Battery Voltage live directly to their website.

What makes this such a big deal? Thanks to that GSM connection, one can provide real time tracking data to help search and rescue operations for fly-aways, crashes, etc.

Other features/statistics as shown on their page:

  • GSM Powered - Flytrex Live uses standalone GSM data connection that transmits your flight telemetry automatically to your personal Flytrex Profile whenever you takeoff and for the duration of your flight.
  • Auto Flight Logger - Similar to the Core, Flytrex Live brings powerful flight logging capabilities. All of your flight details are logged and stored in your personal Flytrex Profile. With Flytrex Live, logging is done automatically and you no longer need to copy mission files after flying. All of your flight missions are automatically transmitted to your Flytrex Profile and will show almost instantly after landing.In addition to GPS location, speed, altitude and temperature, Flytrex Live adds voltage logging that helps you analyze battery performance during your flights.
  • Live Tracker, Last Seen - Unlike other trackers that rely on challenge-response operation, Flytrex Live maintains a live data connection that guarantees you’ll always know where your multirotor was last seen, making sure you’ll never lose your multirotor again. Should your aircraft go MIA, visit the new Last Seen tool in your Flytrex Profile to see where your multirotor was last spotted.
  • Live Flight Channel - Share your flight in real time with your personal Live Flight Channel. Your Live Flight Channel let’s you broadcast your flight telemetry, stats, and Google Maps flight path as-you-fly. Link to your channel, share your Flight Channel with other Flytrex pilots, or allow Flytrex to automatically post to your Facebook timeline as soon as you takeoff!
  • Lightweight & Robust - Flytrex Live was designed to be the smallest, most lightweight and robust black box solution for multirotors. Flytrex Live weighs only 34 grams and measures 4.5 x 4.8 cm.

On top of that, there will be an iOS app for the FlyTrex system that will have some fun features, but no specifics given.

The FlyTrex Live sells for $190 and also requires a $9 cable for the GPS quad of your choice (Supports DJI NAZA-M, Phantom, Blade 350QX, and Ardupilot 2.5/2.6). You can order now and see more details regarding the Flytrex Live on the Flytrex webpage Right Here.

Click Here for more Flytrex News on BigSquidRC.

proline-pro-2-dirt-modified-4Note – You can read Part 1 of this article right here.

In part 1 of this series I took a brand new Pro-Line Pro-2 short course truck and converted it from the intended purpose of SCT to a dirt oval modified car. Since then the car has been completely finished and put through it’s paces on two race nights. Click the “Read More” below to see how it performed and see a lot of pictures!

READ MORE

Thetoyz proto x blade sets
While the Estes Proto X has been a massive seller, there just haven’t been many aftermarket parts for it. The crew over at TheToyz is out to change that, first off by offering three new Colored Rotor Blade Sets for the Estes. With color options that include red, yellow, and green, the new rotor sets are sure to help your Proto X stand out in a crowd.

Each set of four is priced at $3.99 and they are available right now. To get more information all you have to do is Click Here to head over to TheToyz’s website.

Get even more TheToyz news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

savox_contest

Did you enter our SAVOX giveaway? We were giving away a new SAVOX SC-1258TG Servo as well as their 12-in-1 Multi-Tool. You can read all about it at This Link.

But if you didn’t enter, it’s too late. It’s over. Sorry. Here are the 5 winners that will be contacted for their shipping info:

Cory Benway – Michigan
Sander Benders – Netherlands
Mijun Kim – New York
Chris Tryon – California
Derek King – North Carolina

Congratulations guys! Look for an email from us requesting your info.

Didn’t win this time around? That’s ok, we have another contest coming up really soon!