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It’s a great truck! ARRMA and Hobbico have been kind enough to let us give one away!
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What's new: Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Rhinoforce S2 Self Righting System
Everyone hates making “the walk of shame”. You know what I mean, after a crash that shameful walk to flip your truck over while your “friends” poke fun at you.

To permanently put an end to the walk of shame, the Torsional Concepts crew came up with the RhinoForce S2 Self-Righting System. The RhinoForce is designed to flip your truck back onto its wheels by the flip of a switch on your transmitter, instead of you having to walk over and manually right the vehicle. We received one of their units for review and decided to do an unboxing post so you can see what comes in the package. As you can see from the pictures above and below, the RhinoForce comes with everything needed for installation in a short course truck (with a roll cage already installed) and some clearly written instructions.

Our full review will go live in a few weeks, until then you can hit up the Official RhinoForce Website for more details.

Click Here to see what else we’ve been unboxing at BigSquidRC.

Estes Control Blade Guard Proto-X
Tired of looking for a rotor blade after crashing your Estes Proto-X? If you own one you know what I’m talking about, those things are tiny and can be hard to find sometimes.

Estes has announced a new rotor guard that not only protects the blades on the Proto-X, but can also keep them from getting knocked off. The rotor guard is easy to install and made from a durable lightweight plastic. The part number is #ESTE4720, it has a street price of $4.49, and they should start hitting hobby shops in October.

To get more information on the Proto-X simply hit up This Link over on the official Estes website, and you can read more Proto-X news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Killerbody RC Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa
With the new Alfa Romeo TZ3 Corsa body from Killerbody RC, you can make that old beater car of yours go from ho-hum to heck-yes! Officially licensed by Alfa, the Killerbody TZ3 Corza captures all the detailing and elegance of the full scale car and comes in several different trim levels. You can get the Alfa as just a clear body ready for your own paint scheme, up to a completely painted and trimmed out version with light buckets. To get full details simply hit up This Link over on the official Killerbody RC website.

Can’t get enough Killerbody news? Find more Right Here on BigSquidRC.

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We decided not to break any NDA’s and wait for the official announcement of the new Axial SCX10 Ram Power Wagon truck. The SCX10 platform is a proven winner, and the new scale Ram Power Wagon looks great on top of it! We are huge fans of the two piece body setup so you can change it up and add on the roll cage with flat bed.

Some highlight features are:
• WB8 HD Wildboar™ driveshafts
• Dual slipper clutch
• Single-coil, adjustable shocks
• Heavy duty differential lockers
• Officially licensed Walker Evans Racing wheels
• 1.9 Ripsaw tires (R35 compound)
• AE-5 waterproof ESC
• Tactic TSX45 water resistant metal gear servo

The part number is #AX90037, and it is priced at $359. You can get complete details by heading over to This Link on the Axial website.

Don’t forget to check out the video below!

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Yep, it’s September 2014! If only there was some way to keep track of days so I would know what day to post the Calendars on! (I know right?)

As always, thank you all for supporting and downloading the monthly calendar! It’s great to see 1000′s of downloads across all platforms including phones!

The Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy looked like a good fit for this month. We also thought we’d mix it up a little, no mud, no water, no giant roost.

We have several different resolutions available. Just right click these links below, and do a ‘SAVE AS’ for the one matching your PC’s desktop ratio. Basically we have a wide screen version, and a standard 4:3. Your computer should resize as needed. Then all you need to do is right click on your desktop, and change wallpaper to the picture for your calendar!

Grab one below:

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We are using the most popular resolutions, but if you are having trouble scaling it, or if there is a different resolution you need, leave us a comment below and we will try to add a few more links.

If you are looking for a previous month, or just want to collect them all, you can HIT THIS LINK.

Yeah Racing TRON LED Light Kit
Do you want your car to really stand out at the next big bash? The people over at Yeah Racing have something perfect for you, their TRON LED Wire Light Kit. This light kit comes with a flexible LED strip to follow the contours of your car (or truck) and you can mix different colors. Speaking of colors, there are 8 different ones to pick from. The light kit easily works with most receivers and the LED lights are rated for a 3000 hour lifespan. Want more information? Click Here for full details over on the official Yeah Racing website.

Get More Yeah Racing news on BigSquidRC.

Tamiya Raybrig NSX
Recently announced from Tamiya is their Raybrig Honda NSX Concept-GT car. This 1/10th scale features a highly detailed NSX Concept-GT body like the one used in the full scale ’14 Japanese Super GT Series. Under the hood is a shaft driven 4wd TB-04 chassis. The TB-04 comes with sealed gear differentials, double wishbone suspension, and horizontally mounted inboard front shocks. This NSX is a real looker and you can hit up This Link to check out the official Tamiya USA website.

Click Right Here for more Tamiya news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Monday, September 1st, 2014

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We always love pointing out seeing RC vehicles on television. It’s like free advertising for the hobby! This latest sighting was in the new Capital One BuyPower card. It allows you to earn points towards getting a full size Chevy, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac.

The commercial follows a few different people, but one of them is a guy who starts off in a Hobby shop, buys a rc plane, and then later it shows him flying. The interesting part I thought was that not only does he appear to take off flying towards himself, but then once the plane does get in the air, he aims it to fly directly over his head. LOL. Pretty sure nobody flying a plane would consider doing that, but hey it’s a commercial, and I’m sure the director told whoever is actually flying to keep it close to the guy so it stays in the shot.

Check out the video below:

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Wantto see more RC On TV click the link.

Street Jam has released a new OTA-R31 variant for RC drifters, the OTA-R31RS! This is the version to get if you’re new to RC drift or looking for a high CS (countersteer) capable chassis. Full disclosure, I’ve run a highly modified OTA-R31 for the last 3 years. I love this chassis for it’s easily tuned CS, front mid-motor design, capable steering system and overall fair pricing on upgrades from Kazama and especially Eagle Racing. This version, on Integy.com for $119.99 +shipping, undercuts the previous “entry level” version by $40.

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CubbyHello one and all, I certainly hope you are all having a most enjoyable time for Labor Day. I have been putting in a lot of trigger time lately, so while you are reading this I’ll be at my favorite riding spot yanking some 1:1 throttle and hopefully catching some big air with buddies.

On the subject of trigger time…

You may have caught our un-boxing of the Kyosho AXXE. While it is a rather unassuming buggy (a base model with friction shocks), it has become an object of fascination around the BSRC offices. And why might that be? Because it will be the first FPV vehicle we’ve ever reviewed.

Much of the surface rc world has ignored FPV. The hardcore racers types want nothing to do with it, while some of the older school manufacturers don’t even understand why anyone would want to buy it. I guess I can’t blame them, you can’t begin to understand the allure of FPV until you’ve experienced it yourself.

Kyosho is leading the way in the surface FPV world, I mean they are the first “big” manufacturer to embrace and sell FPV “ready” machines (their iReadyset series). The big question is, will FPV take off in surface like it has in the air rc world? Are the Kyosho machines just the tip of the iceberg, or the last of a niche that never took off?

Our hobby will evolve, it’s just the nature of things, will its evolution include FPV? As I’ve said many times before, that will depend on marketing. If consumers are told FPV is the next big thing, it will become so, but will the people/companies that mold our industry point them that direction? If there is money to be made, of course so, they have to keep their lights on and food on their tables just like everyone else. So that begs to question, is there enough money to be made off surface FPV products for manufacturers to start the marketing surge???? Not yet, but IMO it’s just a matter of time, the hobby has to go somewhere, and FPV is just too dern much fun to not take off.

While testing the AXXE, our Bash Crew spent a lot of time talking about the future of our hobby, as in, what are some of the possibilities that next gen tech can bring to the plate. For example, if there was an FPV class at the local track, there would be no need for a drivers stand, or even a need to see the track at all, you could race from your pit table. But… what if you took technology one step further. What if you could sit at home and have someone at your local track put your car down and marshal it, while you controlled it FPV from the comfort of your home (I am particularly lazy, so that sounds awesome to me)? So… what if I were able to sit in the comfort of my easy chair in Champaign IL, while I was driving an FPV truck in Axialfest in Cisco Grove CA? Or race at RC Madness in CT AND OC_RC in Huntington Beach CA, on the same day, via FPV from vacation in Italy?

No doubt the future holds all sorts of interesting possibilities, for those of us that embrace new technology, we can’t wait to see what’s in store for us…

Couple of BSRC notes before I go…

We are having a HUGE Mega-Bash October 19th at Leisure Hours in Joliet Illinois to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of BigSquidRC. Ya, mark your calenders now, it’s gonna be off the hook.

I think we are finally done with our 8th scale Gasoline Monster Truck shootout! Hooray! When will the results be posted? My guess is in a couple of weeks.

Yo seriously, make it to iHobby in the Chi-Town metro this year, I can personally promise that out booth will be worth your while.

We need some painters, both in the Chi-Town and STL metro areas. If you can paint your ass off and want to get some serious attention, shoot us an email.

Huge props to all those people that attended our bash at HobbyTown USA in Orland Park IL over the weekend. I hear a Great Time was had by all.

Hey, I’m picking a “Letter of the Month” this week in ASK Cubby, get those letters/questions/rants in for a chance to win one of our way-super-dope t-shirts.

That’s it, go eat some BBQ and bash the living daylight out of your truck. Oh ya, don’t forget to support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can!

YOUR Cub Reporter

What's new: Friday, August 29th, 2014

iron-mountain-depot-recon-g6-25Drag brake is one of the most important and subjective things you’ll deal with when getting into scale crawling. Some guys like a ton, some none at all. So what is it?

Simply put, drag brake is the amount of stopping power applied when there is no throttle input on the transmitter. It’s measured in percentage. 20% DB means that when you aren’t on the gas the vehicle is getting 20% of the standard full brake input. For a basher or racer you can use a mild DB to help a truck that wants to flip over backwards when jumping stay more neutral in the air without having to manual apply the brake yourself. It’s important in crawling because when you are climbing over an obstacle at slow speed you won’t just roll off if you let go of the throttle. (Bare in mind the motor factors into the equation as well, as mills with stronger magnets will hold better than weaker ones…but that’s for another piece.)

Competition crawling vehicles famously utilized crazy amounts of DB when that scene was hot. It would take a tow truck to move one of these rigs when there was no throttle applied. This works great when trying to adjust your line on some gnarly rock, but as crawling vehicles are being asked to do more nowadays the philosophies are starting to change. If you are rocking down the trail with 3S power and a front weight bias, ya know what happens when you let off the go-stick with a ton of DB enabled? You are gonna go a$$-over-tea kettle. Even if you don’t have bookoo power, descending a hill can be a chore when the truck jerks to a stop every time you let off the gas.

All decent ESC’s allow customization to control the amount of DB (dedicated crawling ones generally have the higher available settings) by either using push button programming or manually hooking it up to a computer (Castle Link, for example). I strongly recommend playing around with different settings and see what you like best.

When I started out with my first Axial truck a few years ago I was using a system with 90% DB (mated to a high torque 55t brushed motor) and it drove me mad. I kept with it because I thought “well, that’s what crawlers are supposed to be like”. That’s hogwash! I generally now roll with around with 40-50% DB and love the way it feels.

I like having a “looser” ESC setting so my truck doesn’t completely lockup when coming off throttle. Being the big fan of hill climbing that I am, I like how the truck will gradually descend a hill by itself with a lower DB versus having to burp the throttle manually (and therefore jerk back to a stop) with a heavy setting.

Is mine the “right way”? Absolutely not! There is no right way, only YOUR way. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your drag brake setting. It can wildly change the way your rig handles the trail. You may want ludicrous stopping power, you may just want a smidge. Grab your manual (or download a PDF, all reputable manufacturers have product manuals online) and start tweaking! You can always go back to the default setting later, after all.

So your backwater ESC doesn’t allow customization you say? Well you’re in luck. With the holiday season fast approaching I’m in the preliminary stages of putting together a big piece on popular brushed AND brushless crawling/trailing setups for you folk looking to make an upgrade. It’s going to have stuff for both penny pinchers and Scrooge McDuck types. Look for that to drop later this fall.

Until next time, have a great holiday weekend. And remember, if you are in the Chicago area you should come on out to our Back to School Bash taking place!

For more RC Rock Crawling news on BigSquidRC you can click here. For news of the scale variety why don’t you check this link out.

AsiaTees Hobbies
The folks over at AsiaTees Hobbies wanted us to give you a heads up that they are running a Labor Day Sale. The sale includes 10% Off any order (excluding some kits) and runs through September 5th. AsiaTees is known for stocking loads of aluminum hop-up goodies, you can see everything they stock, plus get more details on the sale, by hitting up This Link.

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone, why not check out a booth babe filled Mystery Link?

Muchmore Lipo battery
Does your local track have a stock class that requires a spec battery? If so, the crew over at Muchmore Racing has a new LiPo Battery for you. Their new Stock Spec LiPo is a 2S 7.4 volt pack that features 5400mAh of capacity. High quality cells are used to provide plenty of voltage, while a hard case gives it maximum protection when you are bouncing off the boards.

The part number is #MLI-IH5400SM and you can get complete details over on the official Muchmore Website.

Kick your weekend off right with a BSRC TGIF Mystery Link!