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What's new: Friday, August 1st, 2014

Axial Yeti Screw Kit Team KNK
So you’ve got a new Axial Yeti on the way and are looking for options to make it even tougher than it is stock. A good place to start is by installing an upgrade screw kit. The crew over at Team KNK have just announced their upgrade hardware kit for the Yeti. It comes with 2, 2.5, 3, and 4mm stainless steel hardware, a whopping 338 pieces in total.

The Team KNK Yeti screw kits are available right now and are priced at just $22. Hit up This Link to visit the official Team KNK website for more information.

You never know what you are going to get behind a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link!

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Welcome to August 2014! We can’t thank you enough for supporting and downloading the monthly calendar! It’s always cool to see 1000′s of downloads across all platforms including phones!

The HPI Octane seemed deserving of this months attention. We have been beating on and testing this truck, and if you need an attention grabber, the sound of this truck starting and rolling around will bring people from miles!

As always, 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:

Wide Screen: 1920×1080
Standard Screen: 1280×1024

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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.

HPI Racing 1/8 Ken Block WR8 3.0 Ford Fiesta
First teased back in February, the wait is nearly over for the nitro powered HPI 1/8 Ken Block WR8 3.0. The latest HPI to sport Ken Block livery comes with a Nitro Star G3.0 nitro engine (with pull start) and 4wd to put all that power to the ground. The chassis, based off the Bullet MT, is tough and ready for some serious bashing action.

The WR8 3.0 should start shipping soon with a part number of #HPID2868 and a street price of $549. Be the first on your “Block” to own one by pre-ordering it at This Link on the Tower Hobbies’ website.

I wonder what is behind this TGIF Mystery Link???

Futaba 4PX
The Futaba crew has been teasing their high-end 4PX, but it is nearly here. It has an August release date and should be shipping out to dealers in the very near future.

The 4PX is the most advanced radio system ever developed by Futaba and is 30% faster, and a half ounce lighter, than the previous model. It also has the ability to do telemetry, something that is important for hardcore hobbyists. A 3.5″ QVGA TFT color LCD screen makes it easy to see, while the ability to use a variety of Futaba receivers can help save you cash in the long run.

Futaba has posted every intimate detail along with many more pictures at This Link over on their official website. It has a part number of #FUTK4905, a street price of $549.

You can get one on pre-order at This Link over on Tower Hobbies’ website.

Click Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

What's new: Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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We got our first look at the Ethos PQ Quadcopter at the Hobbytown Convention a few weeks ago, but now we have the official info. This micro (or pico) quadcopter will feature two types of flying offering a very stable flight, or super agile flight. It has a built in automatic flip by using a button on the controller, comes RTF with everything you need including the AA batteries.

Product Specifications
Overall Length: 63.48mm
Height: 1” (26.5mm)
Main Rotor Diameter: 29mm
Weight with Battery: 12 Grams
Motors: Coreless
Battery: 1s 3.7v 100mAh LiPo
Charger: 5v DC 120mA USB
Transmitter: 4 Channel 2.4GHz
On-Board Electronics: 3-in-1 control board
Available in both Blue and Red color options

The part number for the Ethos PQ is #AZSH1500, it has a street price of $49, and it should start hitting your local HobbyTown USA very soon. Hit up This Link for more information.

Check out the video of it in action below!

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tamiya-lunchbox2For 20 years I’ve been meaning to build a Tamiya Lunch Box (street priced around $114, part #58347) but alas, procrastination is a terrible mistress. When I was younger I never had the cash. As I got older I never had the time. Well ok, that’s not entirely true. I’ve always just decided to throw my duckets at more pressing…dare I say “modern” projects. I’ve put it off no more. A local monster truck club is about to run a class of retro monsters so that was all the excuse I needed. Before talking about how it turned out, let’s set the mood with this old school (circa 1987-ish) promotional video for the Lunchie:

Ah yes, the beach footage, smooth guitar solos and hilariously localized voice over set the mood nicely. Yes, now I too can “enjoy the feeling of those car crushing events and mud bog races so popular in America”. Click the “Read More” below to see if the ‘Box truly rocks.

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Invertix CanopyLike a kid in a candy store, I quickly got to work building the Invertix 400 from Encore RC and Bobby Watts. It took a couple of hours (I’m very careful with all my builds, so actual time may vary), but she came out looking great!

Check out more galleries after the jump!

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Matrixline RC Renault Body
There are times when you just want to be different, to really stand out in the crowd. If you pick up a Renault Sport Mégane Trophy body from Matrixline RC, you are sure to do just that.

The Matrxiline Mégane Trophy body is formed from .9mm polycarbonate and was designed to fit most 1/10 touring cars. Along with the body it comes with light buckets, a decal sheet, over-spray film, and vacuum formed front/rear fascias.

The part number for the Mégane is #PC201405 and you can get a few more details by hitting up This Link over on the official Matrixline website.

Want to see more new bodies? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

RB Energy LiPo Battery
The crew over at RB Products have added 2 new LiPos to their battery line-up. The new RB Energy packs are both rated at 6400mAh with 100C discharge rates. Both come with protective hard cases, while the 2S pack uses 4mm bullet connectors and the 4S pack comes with a Deans style T-plug.

The part number for the 4S model is #0240020, the 2S model has a part number of #0240019, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official RB website.

Click Right Here for more RB news on BigSquidRC.

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We always love to see RC on TV, and nobody delivers more often then our friends at Mythbusters!
On a recent episode called ‘Fire in the Hole‘, they were testing the myth if a grenade could be shot out of the air and diffused if it was coming right at you. Good info for sure, but they needed to come up with a way to retrieve the grenades in case they were not sure if it was diffused or not. Or if it went rolling away. Nobody wants to just go hunt down and pick one of those things up.

They created this retrieval robot thingy, added some arms, and a baby head to go hunt down and pick them up. It looks like they started with a HPI Savage, and check out those tires! Talk about serious traction getters. Where do I find a set of those?

You can watch the full eposide below.

Need to see more RC On TV click the link.

ASK Cubby

“Vaterra Halix Build

What’s the deal with the Vaterra Halix build? You left me hanging. I was following that build step by step (although I installed the Vaterra CVDs instead of the MIPs.) I figured you guys had gotten busy with the trade show and had put the build on hold, but that’s well in the past. Is the Halix build going to be finished? In addition to the shocks, tires, and CVDs, I installed Robinson Racing’s new Halix Slipper unit. There was a DRAMATIC difference! I’ve ordered another one to install on my Vaterra Raptor. The last piece to complete my Halix is a crazy ESC/Motor. I’d really like your guys’ input on that and any gearing changes if need be.

Thanks.

Dave F.”

Cubby- Yo hey Dave, shoot us your snail mail so we can get ya a BSRC sticker pack for that Halix of yours.

What’s the dealio with our Vaterra Halix build? Yes, more is still in the works. And yes, we’ve just been crazy slammed around the office. I’ll crack some whips around here and see if I can get someone to bust out some more articles on the Halix.

We have been driving it hard (read- abusing it) and have had very few issues with it after some simple mods. We ran it last weekend at a big bash in the freestyle contest and once again it came home in one piece. We have slicked off a few of the stock 48 pitch spur gears though, the Robinson slipper you installed converts over to 32 pitch to take more of a beating.


“big fan of your site. quick question for you sir.
Here is a pic of someones HPI XL octane.

HPI Savage Octane Any chance you can tell me the company that makes those exact rims and also the tires for this car??? Love the way it looks and wish to purchase.

Thanks for your time :)

Johnathan G.”

Cubby- Hey now Johnny G, thanks for the email.

That pic you attached was from one of the first consumers on the planet to get the HPI Savage Octane, David F. And yes, both you and David have good taste in wheels/tires. The ones in the picture are from the good guys over at Pro-Line. The tires are Big Joe IIs mounted up on F-11 3.8″ wheels (find more info Right Here). Expect a set of four pre-mounts to set ya back around 90 clams. We’ve run that wheel/tire combo a lot on various monster trucks and it’s a primo set-up for when you run on multiple surfaces like grass, then asphalt, then dirt.

You’re welcome and all my answer costs you is an Excalibur collection Roger Dubuis. What a small price to pay for such an excellent answer. Feel free to mail the watch to my home address at your convenience. :)


You have made it to the end of yet another ASK Cubby. Why not submit your own question/rant/meltdown/resume? The email addy you want is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. I will be picking a “letter of the month” winner next week, so get to peck’n at that keyboard of yours.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Losi Micro Parts Bundle
Do you have a Losi Micro in need of some repair? Just want to save some cash on spare parts? Losi has announced a new 1/24 Micro Brushless SCT Parts Bundle to give you the hook up. The bundle contains a suspension arm set, pinion & spur set, dogbone set, spindles, carriers, hubs, and bumpers, all for one low price. Most of the parts fit the Losi Micro SCT, Rally, and Truggy, while the bumpers are specific to just the SCT.

The part number for the bundle is #LOSB0242PRTS, they are street priced at $29, and you can get complete details at This Link over on the Losi website.

Can’t get enough Losi news? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

T-Bone Racing Bumper Losi 22-4
Want more protection for the front end of your Losi 22-4 buggy? If so the folks over at T-Bone Racing can hook you up. They have a nifty Skid Plate/Front Bumper made to take the worst you can throw at it. The TBR bumper is made from tough nylon, comes with their lifetime warranty, and is sure to save front end parts on your 22-4.

The part number for the bumper is #37042, it is priced at $15, and they are available right now. For full details check out This Link over on the official TBR website.

Click right HERE to read more T-Bone news on BigSquidRC.