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What's new: Thursday, November 13th, 2014

 Hitec Lynx 4SHitec surprised the rc world back in May with the announcement of a new surface transmitter. Later in July we were able to lay out diff grease stained fingers on their new Lynx 4S at the HobbyTown USA National Convention. Within the next few weeks you should be seeing them hit your local hobby shop.

The Lynx 4S is a high-end radio loaded with features. Most notably, it comes with a super fast 4ms response time and bi-directional telemetry. Also of note is its 4096 resolution, 30 model memory, backlit graphic LCD screen, and its headphone jack for listening to music and warning sounds.

The Lynx 4S is available three different ways. You can get the transmitter plus an Axion 4 channel receiver (#16201) for a street price of $279, or the transmitter plus an Axion 2 channel HHR receiver (#16200) for $284, or the transmitter with a Proton 4 channel receiver (#16202) for $329. You can hit up This Link to get more details over on Hitec’s website.

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FPV Racing

As winter rears its ugly head in the Midwest, I must find myself something to do while wishing for the return of warm weather. I couldn’t help but see the perfect winter project dance across my Facebook, Google+, and a number of websites I hang around at: FPV Racing. Blowing up with hobby lovers in Europe, a few of my fellow RC Pilots are going to set up (safely and following current FCC guidelines) some racing multirotors and fly a bit indoors and start finding locations for outdoor flight.

What is involved in FPV Multirotor Racing? There are a few basic requirements/rules, but they will change from group to group. Here are the rules that my little group will be following:

Size: Any frame (motor count up to you) that has a motor-to-motor diagonal size of 250mm or less.

Motor Size/kV: What ever limits you can push your frame and mainboard

Battery: 3S LiPo Maximum

Very few rules = Tons of Fun and ingenuity!! I already have a trick or two up my sleeve, and of course you all will get to see all the work and steps, as well as tips and tricks to setting up a racer of your own! Below you can find a YouTube video that I think captures the fun and carnage of this kind of racing perfectly!

I cannot wait for this project to get rolling, and you can get into it quite easily too in your local area when the Blade Nano QX FPV hits store shelves at the end of the month.

In other news, the Ethos HD/FPV and Optim 80 reviews are almost ready to go, and you will find out beyond a doubt what will be on your Christmas list this year. Have any questions about FPV, multirotor, or helicopter anything? Drop me a line through kevin (at) bigsquidrc (dot) com and I will definitely respond, or maybe you’ll get your own article or be featured in the future (still trying to get enough questions to start running Ask Hot Sauce). In either case, until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

ASK Cubby

“Advice On 1/18 Scale RC Models
Thank you for your posts/reviews on all of your RC equipment.
I’m thinking of getting into the hobby and am looking at some 1/18 scale vehicles to start with:
-Latrax Rally
-ECX 1/18 Torment
Reviews on your site show both RC’s at a B- which should be fair for the price. However, I wanted to know which you think has the better value for the equipment you get RTR out of the box.
Thanks again,
Colton V.”

Cubby- Oh yes Colton, you must know I’m such a sucker for a good “Which is better” email, especially one that involves Traxxas.

There are some really great Traxxas products on the market. I’m a big fan of the Mini Revo, big fan of the “big” E-Revo, and even though it does have its issues, I’m a big fan of the Slash as well. However, I am not a fan of the LaTrax minis from Traxxas. I don’t know the story behind them, but whatever it might be, they certainly aren’t the best work from the Texas Titans. The wretched one I drove oversteered like a JD combine and broke when I just thought about hitting a curb. Before one pack was over I wanted to burn its busted remains with fire to ensure it could never again anger another hobbyist.

I am however a big fan of the ECX 1/18th Ruckus (we never got to review the 1/18 Torment). It handles well, is big enough to be driven outdoors, yet it is small enough to be fun in tight spaces. It does have some downsides, but at $99 its a great value for general bashing.


“From FB-

Stupid nub question. Can the Associated ProRally use the DuraTrax Onyx LiPo 3S 11.1V 5000maH battery in stock configuration. I am new to the RC world and don’t want to have thermal melt down on a battery that’s to big for the RC. I bought the Duratrax Battery because it was in the suggested accessories page.

Luke Pee-rat”

Cubby- Ya know how I knew your letter was gonna be good? When you misspelled “noob” or “newb” with the word “nub”. Most times I would just roll my eyes and pour another glass of Dom while quickly hitting delete on your question, but after having spent so much time with Iron Mike recently (who I am sure would spell noob as “glewb”, or “knewgle”, or worse), I’ve learned to appreciate pretty much every type of person in the world.

Anywhos…

Will your Associated ProRally turn into a critical fission reactor if you should use a 3S 5000mAh LiPO in it? Yes, probably so, and seeing as how I’m pretty tired of the way the world is right now, I say fire that sucker up.

Ok… but seriously. If your ProRally is bone stock it comes with an Associated 3500kV BL motor and a Associated XP SC900-BL ESC. Starting with the motor, if its rotor shatters at just a 3S level of input it deserved to die anyways. And… the ESC is clearly rated to “handle” 3S as long as the motor is less than 4000kV.

The 5000mAh capacity of the battery has nothing to do with whether or not your electronics will be harmed. A 5000 will give you longer runtime than a 2000, or less than a 8000, but it will certainly not burn up any electronics.

There is one recommendation that you should follow for me, change the gearing. While I have never driven the ProRally, chances are it was geared for the stock 7 cell NiMH and not for 3S LiPO, so you’ll probably want to drop a few teeth on the pinion to keep your motor/speedo/battery from overheating.


That’s it ya freaks. Shoot me email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy ya want. Hit the big time and get a free sticker pack, have yours declared “Letter of the Month” and we’ll even hook ya up with a free t-shirt. Carry on…

YOUR Cub Reporter

SWorkz S350 Evo II ProWhat do you do to put out the best car possible? To start, you hire an ultra talented driver (like Atsushi Hara). Then you test, and test, and test some more.

The result of all the testing SWORKz and Hara have been doing is their new S350 Evo II Pro. This is a high-zoot nitro powered 8th buggy kit that is slated to hit stores in 2015. They’ve refined the shocks and optimized the geometry on the suspension, and SWORKz is claiming it will include higher quality parts than the previous model. More details will be released soon, in the meantime you can hit up This Link to check out the official SWORKz website.

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What's new: Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

DJI Inspire Header

Revealed this evening with the minds behind Mythbusters, DJI  Innovations has announced the next step in Aerial Photography: the Inspire 1. Featuring a full 4K camera, moving arms for unobstructed shots, and a full 3D Gimbal, this multirotor has many photography and videography uses. It was cool to see Jamie and Adam talk about drones and aerial photography, and I cannot wait to see the camera in action! See the reveal conference stream, a features video, and some images after the jump!

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RC4WD Mud Basher 2.2 tiresAre you into serious mudding? Like, top-of-the-tire deep mud? Like, mud that goes over the top of the cab?

For you serious mud-a-holics RC4WD has announced that their Mud Basher tires are now available in a 2.2″ size. These feature a tractor like chevron tread that is great for sling’n serious goop.

* Fits 2.2″ wheels
* Outer diameter is 5.7″
* Width is 2.11″
* Weight is 5.5oz per tire
* Molded in X2SS compound

These have a part number of #Z-T0129, a street price of $29 per pair, and these are shipping right now. For more details Give This Link a try over on the RC4WD website.

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Nano QX FPV Banner

Looking for that indoor quadcopter with FPV, or your first FPV Racer? Look no further than the Blade Nano QX FPV! Equipped with a micro 5.8Ghz Camera and Horizon Exclusive Teleporter V4 FatShark goggles, you can take to the air and fly from the cockpit of your mini quadcopter! This bright colored quad touts the following features:

  • SAFE® technology makes RC flight easy
  • Spektrum™ ultra micro FPV camera installed
  • Fat Shark Teleporter V4 5.8GHz headset with digital head tracking
  • SpiroNET circular polarized antenna system
  • Small enough to fly in any room or office
  • Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
  • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift
  • Ultra micro 4-in-1 DSMX® receiver/ESCs/mixer/SAFE sensor unit
  • Replacement rotor blades, included
  • E-flite® 1S 3.7V 150mAh 45C Li-Po flight battery, included
  • Compact USB 1S Li-Po flight battery charger, included
  • 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter with Spektrum™ DSMX technology
  • Rechargeable 760mAh 2S 7.4V Li-Po headset battery and AC charger
  • Zippered headset bag and lens cleaning cloth

The Nano QX FPV will be available as an all inclusive RTF (Part #: BLH7200) and will sell for $420, as well as a no goggles, no controller BNF option (BLH7280) for $150. These quads are expected on hobby store shelves right after Thanksgiving, so keep an eye out for those on your favorite person’s Christmas list!

Want more Blade Helicopter news from BigSquidRC? See what we have to offer Right Here!

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Tactic TTX610Ready to move up to a 6 channel radio? If so, Tactic has an affordable new unit getting ready to hit the market. The TTX610 is one of the latest radios from Tactic and comes with all the basic features you need to utilize 6 channels on your aircraft. You can flip a single switch to change dual rates while a two & three position switch make it easy to activate auxiliary functions. A 2.4GHz SLT protocol is used for glitch free performance, while bearings are used on the gimbals for ultra smooth movement.

The 610 has a part number of #TACJ2610, a street price of $99, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in December. Here Is A Link to more information over on the official Tactic website.

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dji news

Checking my email this morning, and DJI Innovations sends me the above message. They just secretly announced and released a Phantom 2 Vision+ V3 with better motors, ESCs, props, and compass without much pomp and circumstance, so what could be so groundbreaking that they are having a webcast this afternoon?

Personally, I’m hoping FPV Racer, but we will have to see. I will of course post information as I get it.

Want more DJI news on BigSquidRC? Look no further than Here!

Graupner Ultra Duo Plus 80 ChargerFor all you high power charging enthusiasts, Graupner has a 1000 watt Ultra Duo Plus 80 battery charger. You can charge at up to 20 amps per channel with this beast, and it charges a maximum cell count of 7S LiPO. A high contrast 128 x 64 LCD display with backlighting makes it easy to read, while 20 memory pre-sets make it easy to use.

The part number is #6480, they are street priced at $189, and they are available right now. For more details hit up This Link.

Looking for more information on Graupner? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

rage rc battery chargerEvery hobbyist needs a good battery charger, but there are so many on the market it is hard to chose which one. Since we received one of the new Rage RC 80 Watt Multi Chargers we’ve been using and abusing it to see how it stacks up. Here is what we found out-

* The unit is AC/DC. This makes it easy to go from wall power to charging from the 12 volt battery of your car when out bashing.

* We used the Rage RC charger on a bunch of different battery packs. We used it to charge RTR type low capacity NiMH packs all the way up to 8th scale buggy 4S LiPO packs. The Rage did a solid job regardless of the type of battery we were charging.

* The end tone is loud enough to be heard, but not so loud as to tick off the guy pitting next to you.

* How easy was it to use? It was fairly average. It wasn’t the easiest charger on the market to use, but it was far from being the hardest.

* The manual was well written and easy to understand.

* The Rage came with a wide variety of connectors. From alligator clips, to Deans, to even a glow plug igniter tip, you won’t be needing to solder up a bunch of adapters to charge your packs.

We found the Rage RC Multi Charger to be a solid unit and we can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a versatile, yet affordable, battery charger. The Rage charger has a paltry street price of $52, has a part number of #RGRC80W-ACDC, and Here Is The Link to its official page over on the Hobby & Recreation Products website.

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ambulancedrone

Ever have that moment when you let your buddy use your RC and it hits that parked car, tree, or mailbox? Granted my family’s abilities have made my heart skip a beat, but what if I have a heart attack and drop? Statistically, those who call 911 or any emergency number have to wait 10 minutes for first responders, and that results in an 8% survival rate. Not good odds for me, but a student in the Netherlands has developed a solution: an ambulance drone. By being able to reach a location in a few minutes, local Samaritans or family can use the equipped defibrillator on the drone to help the person in need. The drone is also equipped with video and audio so medical professionals can walk someone through a situation and greatly increase survival chances for the patient. You can see details about the drone in the YouTube video below, as well as a mini-demo.

It’s nice to see some good in the news in regards to drones, and seeing the possibilities I look forward to the fleet of ‘Medi-drones’ that will save Brian next time I miss a deadline ;-) Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

STRC Axial Yeti PartsAfter a few weeks of teasing, the crew over at ST Racing Concepts have a bunch of Axial Yeti Aluminum Upgrade Parts ready for your bashing pleasure. Hit up This Link to see all the parts they have ready to go right now, and we are told there are a bunch more parts coming soon. These STRC aluminum upgrades come in a variety of colors and should do a great job of beefing up your Yeti while making it look trick at the same time.

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