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What's new: Friday, October 10th, 2014

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While the gang was at iHobby last weekend, I was busy getting in wheel time with arguably the biggest “traditional” scaling platform release this year; the Vaterra Ascender. Big thanks to my trailing buddy Matt Worthington for letting me have at his new truck for an afternoon of trailing and neighborhood crawling. Given that this isn’t my own truck and parts of it have been changed from stock (like the tires/wheels) this won’t be a super detailed synopsis, but I still wanted to share a few thoughts.

The truck used in this piece was outfitted with big power – a Tekin Roc 412 (the crème de la crème of scaling motors) mated to a Castle Mamba Max Pro with drag brake dialed in. He opted to forgo the stock wheels and tires for Pitbull Growlers and RC4WD Mickey Thompson wheels. The servo is a waterproof Hitec 5646WP with a Spektrum radio system running the show. Click the “Read More” to see what I thought.


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Boom Racing Asiatees Gmade R1 UpgradesCan’t get enough bling for that Gmade R1 of yours? The folks over at Boom Racing have 5 new aluminum upgrades to set your Gmade apart. The upgrades include aluminum front & rear link mounts, servo mount, rear axle lock-out, steering blocks, and a center skid plate. All of these are available in three different colors and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official AsiaTees website.

TGIF, the work week is nearly over! Have a go at a BSRC Mystery Link.

Heli-Max 200FP V-CamThere seems to be camera equipped quads everywhere you turn, where are the helicopters? Well here is one, the new Heli-Max 200FP V-Cam. The 200FP was designed to be easy to fly for beginners and comes with a 720P HD video/still camera. More highlights of the 200FP include-

* Electric fixed-pitch helicopter
* Stable enough to be flown indoors or out
* Comes with LEDs on rotor blades for low-light flight
* 7.4V 1000mAh LiPo battery and balancing charger
* Includes 2.4GHz radio gear w/ dual rates
* Includes 2GB memory card
* Includes everything you need except AA batteries for transmitter
* Weight- 8.63 oz
* Length- 16.53″
* Blade length- 6.9″

The part number is #HMXE0857, it is street priced at $199, and these are expected to start hitting hobby shops in November. Get full details at This Link over on the Heli-Max website.

Happy Friday! Click Right Here for a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

Pro-Line Pro-MT Monster TruckAs we were finishing up the Pro-Line Pro-MT review that goes up on Tuesday, we started talking among ourselves about our first experience with the truck. You see, the first time we got to pull trigger on the Pro-MT was nearly 2 months ago during our California Dreamin Road Trip. Our first drive included a big parking lot, a dirt area, and the Pro-Line crew even let us jump it off the top of their tractor trailer (a few times for good measure of course). The Pro-MT proved tough as nails during our initial test drive, just like it has during our further testing back home in the Midwest.

To find out how tough the Pro-MT is check out our full review that goes live this coming Tuesday. To get full details and to get one on pre-order, hit up This Link over on Pro-Line’s website.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday, how about a BSRC Mystery Link?

What's new: Thursday, October 9th, 2014

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It’s time for another edition of SquidInk! Not that we see a lot of porta potty destruction, we have run into a few of them. (Wrench, I’m looking at you!) It’s also amazing the amount of people we see texting while trying to drive their RC. Seriously, put the phone down!

Don’t forget to click the pic above for the full size if you can’t see the text that well.

Enjoy!

Looking for previous comics? Click Here to see all of them to date.

MIP C-Drive Vaterra K5 Blazer
Trail driving is a lot of fun, right up to the point when you get in a tight spot, then tag the gas and pop a driveshaft. To help eliminate that lowly walk of shame back to your truck for a replacement shaft, MIP has some new heavy duty driveshafts for the Vaterra K5 Blazer.

The X-Duty C-Drive Kit from MIP is made from heat treated high grade alloy steel. This makes them extra tough and able to withstand some serious torque. They use spline drive technology to allow for long travel and are 100% made here in the USA.

The part number is #14295, they have a retail price of $85, and you can get full details at This Link over on the MIP website.

Find more MIP News on BigSquidRC.

TheToyz Nano Quadcopter Storage CaseIn the beginning there was the Estes Proto-X. It blew away consumers and was the big sales hit of X-mas 2013. Since then a dozen different companies have put out nano sized quads. To help protect and keep all your nano quadcopter gear organized, the fine folks over at TheToyz have announced a new storage case.

The storage case features heavy duty construction and a Velcro strap for easy attachment to your belt or backpack. With plenty of room for extra blades, batteries, and the controller, it makes short work of holding all your gear.

The part number is #TOYZ 99, it is street priced at $13, and these are available right now. For the full scoop hit up the official TheToyz Website.

What else has TheToyz been up to? Find out HERE on BigSquidRC.

Duratrax Camaro ZL1 Nitro UnboxingElectric might be the dominant force in rc right now, but there are still plenty of bashers that enjoy the smell of nitro in the morning. There is something about the sound and smell of nitro that some hobbyists can’t live without.

The Duratrax Camaro ZL1 has been out for a while now, but we recently got one to review. It features a .18 nitro engine and one of the most scale authentic bodies ever produced by Duratrax. With the big nitro power and an affordable $299 price point, the Camaro ZL1 has the makings of a great bash machine.

Our full review is still a few weeks out, until then check out the unboxing pictures below. To get more information on the Duratrax Camaro simply hit up their Official Website.

Get More Duratrax news right here on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Would love to know why

Afternoon,
Great to see you guys getting some exclusives on new product. Proline is a great company with amazing support. This however is such a let down. A 2wd monster truck kit for $400!??!!? I don’t see how or why anybody would ever buy it ? Would love to hear from you guys why you think this is so great and why you think it will sell. I see this truck being a complete flop.
Jamie”

Cubby Hey now Jamie, and heck yes, we are extremely grateful to get the exclusives that we do. We must have done something right somewhere to have locked down several of the biggest releases of the year.

About the new Pro-Line Pro-MT… our full review goes up on Tuesday. It is hard for me to not reveal too much, but I feel like I have to to answer your question.

Why would anyone ever buy it? It’s not for everyone. It’s not for noobs, it’s not for people who want a complete RTR, and it’s not for people on a tight budget. So who is it for? It’s for those with some cash who want the best. I am one of those people, and while I rarely actually spend money on rc products, I can’t wait to throw cash at my LHS to have this one.

To know why we think it is so great you’ll have to wait for Tuesday, but I will say this- our guy “Wrench” Bill is a total basher. He isn’t into all the drama and politics of being in the industry, he’s a normal everyday guy. He fixes all the stuff we tear up, but doesn’t really care what’s kick’n on the industry side of things. I rarely, VERY rarely see him get excited about an rc product. We got several of the Pro-MTs to demo at iHobby this year. Bill had never driven one so I handed one over to him. During the first demo he pulled off some crazy sick maneuvers, it handled really well, and even after numerous crazy-hard landings (crashes) to concrete, the Pro-MT was not broken. As Bill walked off the drivers stand he looked up and said “I am taking this thing home and NOBODY is stopping me!”. He rarely likes anything we test. For Bill, a normal basher to have become so smitten with a truck, it spoke volumes to me.

Anyways… thanks for the email and keep your eyes pinned on Tues for the full scoop.


“I would like to get into the hobby of RC cars

Hi,
I would really appreciate it if you put more competitions on your website, I would love to get into the hobby of RC cars? trucks etc.. But we cant buy one as we are to poor, we have heaps of bill because this one guy went and came back from Sri Lanka twice with our money and bought loads of computers with our money, and we had absolutely no idea. So please can you put more competitions, on your website.

Best regards, Joshua A.”

Cubby- Yo hey Josh, thanks for the email.

So… some guy went to Sri Lanka and burned all your cash. I say you should be much more careful with your hard earned rupee.

About us featuring more “competitions” on our website. If you are meaning more race coverage, that is never, ever, going to happen. The IFMAR 8th scale worlds just got over, arguably the most prestigious race in all of rc, and the vast majority of bashers have no idea (or even care) who won.

If you are meaning “competitions” to be contests where we give away cars, HECK YES we have more on the way. In fact we have one going on right now over on our FB group. That’s right, you can win a new ARRMA Raider just by posting over on the BSRC FB group, so head over that way, you never know who might win! Check out our Big Squid RC Group Here.

Peace and love my friend…


Congrats, you made it all the way to the end. Shoot me your non-sense, Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com is the addy you want. Make the big time and get some free stickers!

YOUR Cub Reporter

ARRMA Typhon VideoWith the new Typhon 6S Buggy starting to hit hobby shops, ARRMA has released a video to show off what it can do. Check out the video below to see the Typhon go HUGE off jumps and other gnarly bashing action. The Typhon has big brushless power to get over just about anything, while its big bore shocks were designed to soak up plenty of nasty landings.

The Typhon has a street price of $429 and you can hiit up This Link for full details over on ARRMA’s website.

Did the video convince you that you need one? Hit This Link to go order now!

Click Right Here for more ARRMA news on BigSquidRC.

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Right on the heels of the PicoQX, Blade Helicopters from Horizon Hobby adds a new member to their team: Castle Creations! Featuring a specially designed Talon ESC, Blade has taken the design of the 300 CFX and the size of the 130X to create the all new collective pitch (3D stunt) 180 CFX helicopter. I got to see a prototype fly in September, and I cannot wait for Horizon to get mine here so I can give her a spin! Check out the details as well as very special, previously undisclosed pictures and video from my trip to Horizon after the jump!

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What's new: Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Dromida in Flight (3)

The quadcopter market, as I mentioned earlier, is continuing to grow. I can’t help but note my surprise when Dromida announced they were expanding from 1/18  scale RC cars to joining the multirotor world. Enter the Ominus, a brushed 238mm sized quadcopter with full stabilization and flip capabilities. Is it as tough as the box says? Will it survive the Tomato Treatment? See the full review after the jump…

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Hot-Sauce2-iHobby-2014 Hello all! First of all, iHobby was surely entertaining, and I had a great time bashing with the crew as one of two pilots representing BSRC. Those Dromida Ominus (or is it Omini?) sure took a beating, especially with Cubby behind the controls. Side note: apparently I shall hereby be called Kevin Hot Sauce. Please forward all questions to Tim, as I have absolutely no idea where that came from.

Okay, I am now on point, and I can’t help but get really confused by the decisions on some of the major quadcopter manufacturers. I have two major names developing multiple quadcopters around the same price, same size, and with about the same features. I now count not 1, not 2, but three different nano-micro quads (i.e. ProtoX) on the shelf of my LHS with more on the way (another 3 so far, totalling 6).

Yes, this may sound partially redundant compared to my ‘rant’ a while back, but this situation is insane in my opinion. Yes, the Estes ProtoX has proven that nano-micro quadcopters are fun and can be enjoyed by all, but what good is it to start throwing them in the ‘overseas photocopier’ when there original has solidified itself in the market share? A clone or two I can understand between all the major brands and/or companies, but this has gotten out of control. I appreciate trying to continue to perfect  this style of multirotor, but I cannot help but think that this endeavor by so many companies is just (from a business perspective) throwing good money after bad.

In other news, there will be some unboxings and reviews coming down the pipe from Ares RC via Firelands, as I got my hands on some new quadcopters and a helicopter. I hope to find a way to review how effective SAFE is on RC aircraft and how it helps train beginner pilots (read: me). Feel free to contact me with any questions (kevin [at] website) , and maybe I can do some Ask Hot Sauce for everyone.

Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!