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What's new: Monday, October 7th, 2013

HRP ihobby

HRP Distributing was out in force at iHobby with lots of new product on display.

HRP distributes Gmade and the new Sawback scaler Jeep was featured in the booth. From looking over the Sawback it looks like it will be a lot of fun out on the trail.

For short course fans the Racers Edge Pro 4 Enduro was on hand, and Viper RC had all their motors and speed controllers out on display.

HRP has recently started to distribute Team C gear here in the states and they had numerous models on display. The Team C vehicles looked like high end race machines for flying around a high bite track.

Spaz Stix paints and JQ Products were also in the HRP booth. The Spaz Stix paints have really taken off this year, and the JQ vehicles keep getting more popular. A bunch of Savox servos were also in the booth, look for our review of one of their waterproof models very soon.

To get more information on everything from HRP simply click This Link. To read more HRP news here on BigSquidRC THIS is the link you want.

Thunder Tiger Winner iHobby
Pictured above and below are some very stoked winners of product we gave out during our daily rc demos at the iHobby Expo. The fine folks over at Duratrax, Viper, ARRMA, Thunder Tiger, and Parma donated some of their latest goodies to hook up some of the fans in the crowd. Our Bash Crew would hit the track and go huge, then at the end our Cub Reporter would pick a winner out of the screaming crowd. Congrats to the winners and another big Thank You to the companies that supported our fans!

Couldn’t make it to iHobby to win some free gear? Don’t worry, more contests are on the way! To check out some of our previous contests check out This Link.

What's new: Saturday, October 5th, 2013

Killer Body RC ihobby
Killer Body RC is based out of the Chicago metro and are an O.E.M. of polycarbonate bodies, accessories, and both rc and die cast cars. The biggest news in their booth this year was the Warrior line-up of small Mini-Z sized off-road and on-road vehicles. The RTR Warriors are not shipping yet but should be a hit among the small scale crowd when they land in hobby shops.

Also featured in their booth was a variety of scale looking bodies for both on-road and off-road. Whether you be a consumer looking for a trick new lid for your SCT, or a company looking to source some polycarbonate bodies, you can get more information on Killer Body RC at This Link.

Click Here for more Killer Body news on BigSquidRC.

hobbytown usa ihobby 2013
Our favorite chain of hobby shops is HobbyTown USA and they have a nice booth at iHobby this year. Their booth showcases some of their exclusive Helion and Ares products. One of the newest machines they have on display is the Ares Chronos FP 110 ultra micro helicopter. The single rotor FP 110 has an attractive price point of only $99 and they are available at your local HobbyTown USA right now.

On the surface side of things, we got a chance to talk with Gil Losi JR about the Helion line-up of off-road machines. Helion is aimed right at bashers and their new Criterion buggy is really fast right out of the box, look for our full review in the near future.

To get more information on everything at HobbyTown USA hit up This Link.

Click Here for more HobbyTown USA news on BigSquidRC.

Hitec RCD iHobby 2013
The friendly crew at Hitec are out in force at the iHobby Expo. Some of their latest products on display are the X1-200 Touch battery charger, their giant scale servos for vehicles like the Losi 5ive-T, and their latest aircraft transmitters. Their HS-1000SGT servo is capable of over 1500 oz/in of torque, ensuring the wheels on your 5th scale are pointed exactly where you want them to be. To get more information on all of Hitec’s fine products simply click This Link.

Click Here for more Hitec news here on BigSquidRC. Special thanks to BigSquidRC spokesmodel Anna Kogut for shooting all the pictures of the Hitec booth for us.

What's new: Friday, October 4th, 2013

Castle iHobby 2013
Of course we are huge fans of brushless power here at BigSquidRC, and they don’t get more powerful than Castle Creations. At iHobby 2013 Castle had a booth full of brushless goodness, including their new Waterproof Sidewinder SCT speed controller. The new SideWinder SCT keeps all its previous features, but the addition of waterproofing means you can dive right into deep water without worry.

To get more information on all the fine products that Castle offers, simply hit This Link.

Click Here for more Castle news on BigSquidRC.

People digging the pictures we have posted of the Vaterra Halix should enjoy this video Vatarra posted of the new truck.. check it out below

What do you guys think?

parma ihobby 2013
The friendly folks over at Parma have a cool booth here at the iHobby Expo 2013. They are also showing a brand new body, the Speed Shop Hauler. The Speed Shop Hauler looks like a chopped mid-50′s pick-up truck, offering an unique alternative to pop on your short course truck. You can see Cubby holding one below in the first gallery, but look for more pictures of the Speed Shop Hauler later in the weekend with a custom BigSquidRC paint job on it.

Also in the Parma booth is their recently released Rally Xtreme body. The Rally Xtreme is intended to bolt on the Traxxas Rally car, but also fits right on most short course trucks.

With Pactra pulling out of the aerosol paint business, we asked the Parma crew if there was any chance they would step in. Their answer? They wouldn’t get specific, but it sounded like they were working on it.

If you would like to learn more about Parma products hit up This Link.

Click Here for more Parma news on BigSquidRC.

horizon ihobby 2013

Our friends at Horizon Hobby are making a strong showing at the 2013 iHobby Expo.

Most interesting for the basher crowd is the introduction of the Vaterra Halix monster truck. The Halix comes with full time 4wd, a powerful brushless system, and a 2.4GHz radio system. The chassis of the Halix is thick, well braced, and looks ready for a heavy duty beating. The same can be said of other key components like the shock towers and a-arms.

We are big fans of the Losi Ten series vehicles here at BigSquid. They take a good thrashing and rarely break. Losi introduced their latest vehicle based on the Ten platform, the Ten Rally X. Like the SCTE and other Ten series vehicles, it comes with sturdy metal chassis, 3 gear diffs, and is RTR. A sleek looking rally body, brushless power, and Spektrum 2.4GHz radio are some of its features.

Arguably the biggest news of the entire show is the new AVC Active Vehicle Control system included on the new 4 channel Spektrum SRS4200 receiver. The AVC stabilization system is used to make rc cars and trucks easier to drive. Sensors are used to adjust both the steering and throttle. When we got a chance to witness the system working in person, you could easily see how it works much like a gyro on the steering. If the rear end of the truck would kick out to the side, the steering would automatically correct itself without the need of input from the driver. The AVC system also appeared to work quite well on the throttle side of things. When the rear of the truck would step out to the side, the AVC system would kick in and reduce power to the wheels. Overall, if you’ve driven a high powered rc vehicle lately, you know how hard they can be to drive, the AVC system can go a long ways towards helping you control your beast. Also of note, all you need to put the AVC system into your personal vehicle is the SRS4200 receiver and a Spektrum transmitter.

The AVC system comes standard on both the Vaterra Halix and Losi Ten Rally X.

For more information on everything that Horizon Hobby carries hit up This Link.

Click Here for more Horizon news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

ASK Cubby“I just wanted to shoot you an email to see if you guys could help with my problem. I live in Panama City Beach, Fl, I am very big into the rc hobby, however down here I feel like I am the only one who is. My wife and I want to see if there is some way to organize some sort of yearly event to build an interest in our hobby. There is only one hobby shop here and everything I need or want I have to order online. This shop could care less about anything. I would love it if you could get involved and maybe we could make big things happen here. I asked if there was somewhere to fly my plane and I was told I had to join a club just to bash my plane around. I take my cars out and I am treated like a little kid. I am 34 years old for petes sake. I really want to figure a way to get our hobby out and show people that it is not for children. We spend big money on these things. If you could help me in any way I would forever be in your debt. Thank you soo much
for your time. And keep up the great work. I love you guys.

Thank you,
Michael B.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Mikeee B, congrats, I proclaim yours as letter of the month, shoot Brian your snail mail and shirt size so he can give ya the hook up on a new BSRC t-shirt.

Before you attempt to put on a big formal bash, you need to get in touch with some of your local bashers to support it.

Ever notice how it’s easy to find track directories, but next to impossible to find out where people are bashing? Ya, me too. We are working on a solution for that here at BigSquidRC, until we get the kinks worked out I would recommend you try these things to find other bashers in your area.

1. Facebook Groups are quickly replacing tradition message boards on the internet. I know the search function on Facebook frelling sucks, but give their search a try with common key words to potentially find other bashers in your area. You might be surprised.

2. Do a post in the “sale/wanted toys & games” section of your local Craigslist about meeting up for an informal bash. It’s not uncommon for bashers to go through their local CL listings looking for deals, you might get lucky and have some of them contact you. If you can get some of them to meet up with ya, you can start planning a bigger and more organized event.

3. Put up fliers in your local grocery stores and gas stations. Something simple about an informal bash at a local park will do.

Once you’ve found some locals to bash with, I’d recommend planning a bigger bash, perhaps one to raise money for charity. When you’ve got a solid plan on what you are wanting to do and have some other bashers to help put it on, shoot us another email and we’ll see what we can do to help spread the word.


“How do I get my lipo ready for storage when my charger doesn’t have a storage mode and when is your next lipo shootout?

Gale C.”

Cubby- Hey now Gale C, thanks for the email.

Yes, we are wayyy overdue for another Lipo shootout. At this time we don’t have another one planned, mainly because we are insanely slammed/overbooked for reviews the way it is. However, we really need to crowbar another one in sometime soon.

How do you prep a Lipo for long term storage without the use of a storage mode function on a charger? This is super easy. For long term storage (in theory, I’ve never tested it first hand) you want to store Lipo batteries at roughly 3.8 resting volts per cell (7.6 volts for a 2S pack). Get out a voltage meter and see what voltage your pack has. If the voltage is too high simply pop the battery in your truck and do some driving to drain some energy out of it. If the voltage is too low, hook it up to your charger and put some juice in. Use your volt meter to make sure its in the ballpark. You don’t have to be exact, so don’t stress if you are a tenth too high or low.


That’s it for this week, shoot your questions to me at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Your questions, answers, and epic meltdowns are what I’m looking for. 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 (like I did this week with Mike’s email).

YOUR Cub Reporter

vaterra_halix_monster_truck

Here is a quick first look at the new Vaterra Halix 1/10th scale Monster Truck! We will have a ton of pictures to post shortly, but wanted to post the first look picture to wet your appetite. :)

Some info on the truck:
Shaft Driven 4WD!
Dynamite 3300Kv brushless motor Pre-Installed
Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz Transmitter
Digital Waterproof Servo Pre-Installed

Can’t wait to get a chance to start bashing with this one!

Want more Vaterra news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Go here for more exclusive iHobby Expo 2013 News on BigSquidRC.

losi_ten_rally_x

Here is the first look at the new Losi TEN Rally-X 1/10th scale 4WRD RTR! We will post a TON of pictures soon, wanted to get the breaking news up this evening.

Quick Specs:
Comes with the new AVC Active Vehicle Control (More on this later)
Spektrum 2.4ghz radio. Waterproof Dynamite 130A Brushless ESC.
Dynamite Fuze 540 – 3900kv Brushless Motor.
Completely waterproof electronics.
Based on the TEN platform.

Initial impression, looks pretty cool, Adam ‘The Intern’ was drooling when we were checking it out.

Click here for more LOSI NEWS on BigSquidRC.

Go here for more exclusive iHobby Expo 2013 News on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

XRay T4 2014 Touring Car
When you think of high-end touring cars, the name XRay has to be at the top of the list. Their latest offering, the T4 2014 Edition, has just been announced and it features a slew of upgrades for more traction and improved steering.

* All-new suspension holders
* All-new suspension bushings
* All-new chassis design
* All-new top deck design
* All-new arm design
* All-new smart Suspension Flex Adjustment
* All-new layshaft bulkheads
* All-new motor mount
* All-new aluminum steering plate
* All-new shock spring harnesses

The part number for the XRay T4 2014 is #300020 and you can get more information by hitting This Link.

Click Here for more XRay news on BigSquidRC.