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What's new: Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Welcome to ‘Ask Cubby’. Here we go…

“Tried to email yall and it wouldn’t go through so I am trying here. (This is from our FB page- Cubby) I just bought a 1/5th scale Red Cat Rampage. I have NO experience with this hobby, but wanted to buy something to play with my grandson. I have concerns with certain things that is not listed in the owners manual. Such as safety shut off switch, changing the battery and servos to a better setup. How to hook up the fail safe and set it? I found your article on the Rampage on your web site and bookmarked it.

Any help on this truck would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your help

Robert A.”

Cubby- So you got to thinking a 5th scale gas truck would be a good way to get into the hobby with your grandson. I suppose you think a good way of getting into car audio is to buy Mark Fukuda’s old Blazer? I do have to give ya props for going big or not going at all though…

Yes, a fail safe/remote kill switch/throttle return spring should be at the top of your list for your big truck. A fail safe kicks in when radio signal is lost, helping to prevent an uncontrolled runaway. A remote kill switch works off your third channel and kills the ignition to the engine, and a good throttle return spring can help when all electrical power has been lost. Nothing is 100% certain to totally prevent a runaway, but if I had a Rampage I would have the remote kill and a stiff throttle return spring on it before it was ever fired up. 5th scales have both, a lot of speed and a lot of mass, making them especially dangerous should one ever get out of control.

And how do you set those things up? Plus upgrading the battery and servos? Wow, that is more than I can cover here in ASK Cubby, but we certainly need to get that information out there. I will kick some chairs around the office and see if I can get one of the Bash Crew to do a series of articles on safety and upgrades for 5th scalers.

“Sir, I have been trying to find a roll cage that would cover my T-Maxx from front to back including protecting the engine head. I saw one on a website that said it was at Big Squid RC and I have searched for it and no luck. Can you kelp me. I’m looking for something in blue that will protect the head and truck itself.

Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration, William C.”

Cubby- Yo hey Bill, thanks for the email.

The T-Maxx is a legendary bash machine for sure, props to ya for owning one. Some would even say that the T-Maxx saved the hobby when it hit the market.

About a rollcage for that beast… I would only go with an RC Solutions cage. Those guys are cool and have been supporting the hobby for a long time now. You’ll be looking at about $80-$90 for a good cage, but as you already know it will save you money in the long run. Give This Link a click and check out the RC Solutions cage for the T-Maxx 3.3 and the extended T-Maxx cage as well. Oh and, shoot Brian your snail mail so we can hook ya up with a sticker pack.

That’s it for this week, shoot your questions to Cubby at Shoot me pretty much anything your warped head can come up with, the worst I can do is forward it to the rest of the staff to laugh at. If your email hits the big-time you’ll win a free sticker pack, and the first week of the month I pick a “Letter of the Month” where the author gets a free t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Spektrum DX4R Pro 4-Channel Radio
The crew over at Spektrum have just announced their new DX4R Pro transmitter. Its 4 channels can come in mighty handy in a scaler or crawler install, and it has the same response speed as the DX3R Pro. Also, thanks to the DX4R Pro’s frequency-agile DSMR technology, you can expect better range and more signal security. Some of the primary features of the DX4R Pro include-

* 5.5ms frame rate
* Adjustable trigger shape and tension
* Backlit LCD Screen
* 50-Model memory with ModelMatch™ technology
* 4 User-defined, programmable mixes with naming
* Pre-set mixes, including dual throttle, dual brake, MOA, 4WS, and dual steering
* Switch-activated mix rates
* On-the-fly mix rate control
* Traction Control and ABS
* RaceWare software updates via SD Card Reader
* Telemetry Compatible
* Includes SR2000 and SR410 4-channel DSMR receivers

The part number for the Spektrum DX4R Pro is #SPM4100, it has a street price of $329, and you can expect a release date of early November. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Spektrum website.

Click Here for more Spektrum news on BigSquidRC.

Team Losi Racing TLR 22-4 4wd Kit
It has been a long time since Losi/TLR has announce a new 10th scale 4wd buggy, but the wait is over, the 22-4 is on the way. Along with 10th scale 2wd buggy, 4wd buggy has also been enjoying a bit of a renaissance, with the new 22-4 Team Losi Racing should be right at the front of the pack this winter. Some of its key features include-

* Hard anodized, 2.5mm thick 7075 aluminum chassis
* Sealed 3-belt drivetrain
* Forward motor mount
* Generation II hard-anodized, big bore 12mm oil shocks
* HDS Slipper Clutch
* Ball Differentials w/ Tungsten Carbide Balls
* Universal driveshafts
* Comes with two sets of wheels
* Mid-cab body and wing
* Front One-way clicker or full-time 4WD
* Aluminum Camber Blocks Front & Rear
* Full ball bearings
* Titanium Carbon Nitride hinge pins
* Aluminum Rear Toe Plates and Aluminum Spindle Carriers

The part number for the new 22-4 is #TLR03005 and it has a street price of $469. Hit up This Link for more information on the Horizon Hobby website.

Click Here for more Losi news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, September 25th, 2013


We were recently sent a tip that there is a chance that Gmade may have a scale looking Jeep type vehicle in the near future. We have sent out the dogs to see if they can sniff out some info. Hopefully we hear back with some details soon. We will say this.. whatever is in this picture.. we want! If any of our G-made buddies are reading this… give us a call!

You can find more Gmade products on their Website Here, or you can check out more Gmade news right Here on Big Squid RC.

Dromida 18th Scale Revell
If you are anything like us, you grew up building Revell models. Now, Hobbico has announced that the famed Revell brand has a new line-up of entry level 1/18th scale vehicles called Dromida.

Dromida is a hobby grade entry level line that makes it easy and affordable for new hobbyists to get their feet wet in rc. They are affordable because they are all priced at $99, and they make it easy to get going because they came RTR with everything you need right in the box. Some of their other features include-

* 2.4 GHz radio systems with dual rate
* Waterproof
* 370 sized brushed motors
* Speeds up to 20+ mph
* Easy to drive 4wd
* Option parts will be available
* Ball bearings
* Gear diffs
* Aluminum motor mount
* Big bore oil shocks
* 6 cell 1300mAh NiMH included

The part numbers are- #DIDC0041 for the SC4.18 short course truck, #DIDC0042 for the MT4.18 mini-monster and #DIDC0043 for the BX4.18 buggy. All are priced at just $99 and should be hitting hobby shops in late October. Hit up This Link to tour the new Dromida website for lots more information.

Click Here for more Revell news on BigSquidRC.

Atomic RC AMZ 4WD Kit
For all you small scale enthusiasts, Atomic has been teasing their new AMZ 4WD car over on their Facebook page. The AMZ is said to compatible with the Mini-Z A.S.C series and is 20% lighter than the MA-015. We don’t have a part number or pricing information yet, until we do, check out the official Atomic RC Website.

Click Here for more Atomic news on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line Rock Rage 3.8 Pre-Mounts
We love pre-mounts around the BigSquidRC offices. To us, time used gluing up tires is time wasted, we would rather be out in the parking lot playing demolition derby.

Thankfully Pro-Line makes a bunch of pre-mounted wheels and tires. Their latest pre-mounts are their new Rock Rage 3.8″ on black F-11 wheels. These come with 17mm hexes and a half inch offset making them a perfect fit for Traxxas Revo/T-Maxx/Summit, as well as other monster trucks like the Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 and eMTA.

The part number for the Pro-Line Rock Rage pre-mounts is #1199-13 and they have a street price of $45. Hit up This Link for complete information over on the official Pro-Line website.

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This is it! The Final Round in our DURATRAX 400 Tire Giveaway!

Thank you, to all the readers who have entered, clicked, liked, and jumped through all of our hoops for a chance to win! This is your final chance to take home a set of tires. We have 100 tires left to give away. (25 sets).

Remember all those hints about a GRAND PRIZE? Many of you have been guessing, and a few of you are right! We are giving away a new ARRMA GRANITE complete with a set of new DURATRAX Monster Tires!

The winner of the Granite will be chosen from all of the Previous WINNERS of the tires! So if you have won a set of tires in any of the 4 rounds, you are entered to win the truck! Your odds of winning that grand prize are 1 out of 100. How awesome is that? If you were a winner in the first 3 round already, you are all set! If you have not won a set already, guess what.. you better get entered!! The only way to enter to win the Grand Prize is to be a winner in the regular tire giveaway.

Remember, you can only win once! So if you are already a winner, please give the others a chance. We know you who are. :)

Ready to enter? Click here to head over to the OFFICIAL DURATRAX 400 GIVEAWAY PAGE.

DE Racing New Color Wheels
Over on the DE Racing Facebook Page they’ve been showing off new colors for their wheels. Traditionally white and yellow have been used for dish wheels, it will be cool to see some new colors options for our buggies and trucks. Shown for both 8th and 10th scales, we should have part numbers and pricing on these in the very near future, until then, hit This Link to view other products over on the official DE Racing website.

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What's new: Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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For those of you that didn’t catch the video we embedded in the ARRMA Granite BLX Review, it seemed like we should post it up for those that still like to watch the videos, but not do all that reading stuff.

Check out the beating we gave this vehicle during our testing! Make sure to watch it on Youtube in HD!

Pro-Line F-11 2.8" Wheels
We are big fans of Pro-Line’s F-11 wheels. They look trick and take a licking and keep on ticking. Now Pro-Line has announced they are making F-11s in the popular 2.8″ Traxxas Style Bead. Now you can bolt up some trick F-11s to your Stampede, Rustler or Jato.

There are two part numbers, #2743-03 for Jato/Pede/Rusty Nitro rears, Pede/Rustler electric front, and Stampede 4×4 front and rear. Part number #2744-03 fits Stampede/Rustler electric rears. Both have a street price of $11 per pair. Hit This Link for more information over on the official Pro-Line website.

Click Here for more Pro-Line news right here on BigSquidRC.

THE ARRMA Granite BLX RTR Monster Truck Review

ARRMA Granite Brushless Review

The brushed version of the ARRMA Granite was a big hit among the bashing crowd, it was tough as nails, it drove well, and it was affordable. ARRMA has upped the ante with the new Granite BLX. The BLX comes with big brushless power and is fully waterproof. Does the Granite BLX live up to the rep of the former brushed version? Click the “Read More” button to find out…



Nate was one of the first round winners in the DURATRAX 400 GIVEAWAY, and he was kind enough to send us a picture of his vehicle with the new Duratrax Pistol tires he won! Thanks Nate, and congratulations!

Want to see your ride on the front page? Send us a picture with your new Duratrax tires, and we will try and get it posted.