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What's new: Friday, December 13th, 2013

THE Vaterra Halix 4wd Monster Truck Review

Vaterra Halix Review

Vaterra has made quite a name for itself in a short amount of time. The relatively new name from Horizon has been putting out solid performing vehicles that offer stellar scale appearance. Today we’ll be giving you the scoop on the Vaterra Halix (officially Hälix for those looking for the official name). The Halix has already made waves being one of the first two vehicles to roll out from under the Horizon banner sporting AVC/Active Vehicle Control, a system that uses electronics to help make the truck easier to drive. Is the Halix in the same league as a Traxxas Stampede 4×4? Is the AVC a help or a hindrance? Hit that “Read More” button to find out…


Axial SCX10 Dually

My club held our annual pre-Thanksgiving trail run a few weeks ago and despite the temperature being in the low 20s we still had over 30 people show up. Doing three miles of frozen mountain terrain was tough on both driver and vehicle but it was a freakin’ blast! As you check out the pics of our latest adventure below, let me explain to the non-indoctrinated what exactly a scale trail run is and why scalers across the world enjoy them so much.

Trailing is the lifeblood of almost any 4×4 club. While in our case its 1:10 scale, it’s still the same old adage of man and his machine taking on the elements. The premise is simple; pick a location (mountain bike trails work great), meet up with your buddies and set off. Depending on how long you intend to wheel, you will want to bring a backpack with spare parts, batteries and food/water. A run can be anything from a jaunt in the backyard creek to an all-day affair encompassing many miles.

We normally run the designated path until someone finds a cool spot to hit. It can be anything; a mud hole, rocky cliff, steep hill, etc. It’s all about seeing what your rig can handle and one-upping your buddies. Someone will see something that looks very difficult or impossible and everyone has a go. Broken parts and nuked electronics are worn like badges of honor.

I would recommend any r/c’er to give scale trailing a go at least once, regardless of whether you are a hardcore racer or are picking up a transmitter for the first time. It can be a relaxing way to explore your local parks and make friends, or an intense experience as you tackle terrain so extreme that the penalty for failure is most likely the destruction of your vehicle. That’s the beauty of scaling; it’s whatever you want it to be.

Before we go, quick shout out to the RC Car Cast podcast. They had me on as a guest this past week (episode 6) discussing scale r/c, how I hooked up with Big Squid RC and the time I got behind the wheel of a monster truck. Look the show up on YouTube or iTunes.


Kyosho Mini-z Citroen Sebastien Loeb
For all you rally car fans out there Kyosho has announced a very trick looking WRC 2011 Citroen AWD Mini-Z done up in Sebastien Loeb livery. The Citroen Loeb Mini-Z comes on the Kyosho A-020 platform and utilizes MR-03 variable camber suspension up front. This model is not a readyset, requiring you to come up with a transmitter and batteries before you can hit the track.

The part number is #32152SL-B, the street price is $269 and you can get more information at This Link.

Welcome to the weekend, you never know who you’ll find at the other end of a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

Pitbull Rock Beast Short Course Truck Tires
The crew over at Pit Bull have announced Rock Beast Basher Edition tires for your short course truck. These feature a scale appearance and ZipTrak technology to help keep them from becoming pizza cutters when you smash the gas on 3S.

* ZipTrak- inner ribbing to reduce ballooning
* Available in 3 different compounds
* White sidewall lettering
* Stepped lugs for increased lateral traction

The part number is #PB9004ZKSC and they have a street price of $30 per pair. Hit up This Link for more information.

Kick off your weekend with a BigSquidRC Mystery Link.

Mip Race Duty CVD Traxxas
If you are looking to shave some weight and rotating mass MIP has announced Race Duty CVDs for a bunch of Traxxxas vehicles. The lighter weight of the Race Duty CVDs can help your truck accelerate faster. The Race Duty series CVDs are recommended for no higher than 2S use and are not recommended for bashing.

* #13265 for Traxxas electric Rustler VXL, Stampede VXL
* #13255 for Traxxas Slash, Nitro-Rustler, Nitro-Stampede
* #13270 rear for Traxxas Slash 4×4, Stampede 4×4, Rally
* #13260 front for Traxxas Slash 4×4, Stampede 4×4, Rally

To get more information on MIP products HERE is the link to their website.

Happy Friday everyone, why not kick off your day with a TGIF Mystery Link?

What's new: Thursday, December 12th, 2013

TORC Series 2014
The rc world certainly has a bunch of short course truck fans and today the TORC Off-Road Series announced their 2014 Schedule. The TORC series has certainly gone through changes this off-season, losing Traxxas as the title sponsor, and adding The Armory as new owners, but hopefully the 2014 series will be just as exciting as ever. Check out below to see the schedule that includes brand new venues at Gateway Motorsports Park in St Louis Missouri and at the Buffalo Chip in Sturgis South Dakota. If you can’t make it to one of the rounds TORC has a television package with NBC to air all the races.

* Primm, Las Vegas, NV: April 5-6
* Charlotte, NC: April 25-26
* Gateway Motorsports Park, St Louis, MO: May 17-18
* Crandon, WI: June 28-29
* Bark River, MI: July 19-20
* Buffalo Chip, Sturgis, SD: Aug 5-6
* Crandon, WI: Aug 30-31

To get more details on the 2014 TORC schedule simply hit up This Link. For more TORC news on BigSquidRC This is the link you want.

RC4WD Warn Winch
The crew over at RC4WD is bumping up the scale realism factor once again with their new Warn Industries collaboration. Now you can have an uber fully licensed Warn Winch for your 10th scale truck from RC4WD.

There are 3 items in the new Warn Winch line-up- a winch, a wired controller, and a Warn style wireless controller. That it gonna be pretty cool to roll your truck back over, Recon G6 style, via a scale looking Warn remote control.

The new 9.5cti Warn Winch from RC4WD features-

* Steel components
* A cast aluminum case
* Synthetic rope
* Spring loaded Warn hook
* Works on up to 3S Lipo
* Part #Z-S1079
* Street price $35

The Warn wired controller features-

* Works on up to 3S Lipo
* Requires 3 position third channel
* Compact size
* Part #Z-S1089
* Street price $29

The Warn wireless controller features-

* 2.4GHz remote w/ 10 foot range
* Works on up to 3S Lipo
* Compact size
* Part #Z-S1092
* Street price $45

All three units should be available in late December and you can get more information by hitting up This Link over on the official RC4WD website.

Click Here for more RC4WD news on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Mini-Z
During these cold months people like to stay inside to get their rc fix, the Kyosho Mini-Z series is a good way to get some trigger time in even the smallest of areas. One of the latest Mini-Zs from Kyosho is their Limited Edition MR-03S 50th Anniversary ReadySet. Some of the goodness of the 50th Anniversary model includes-

* Comes as a ReadySet, assembled, ready to drive
* LCG design
* Compatible with all Mini-Z racer bodies
* Comes with newly designed FHS 2.4GHz Perfex KT-19 transmitter
* Adjustable width
* VCS variable front camber angle
* Highly detailed body approved by Toyota Motor Corporation

The part number is #32201JKB-B and it has a street price of $169, hit up This Link for more information.

Want more Kyosho news? Check out This Link.

ASK Cubby

“Animus 18TR

I was recently reading a thread on your website that reviewed the Animus 18 TR. I believe it was posted by Tim Mohr in Nov. of 2011. Near the bottom he talks about mods over $5 being a good quality charger, which would be around $50. I was wondering what the brand of charger (model # too) was and how long it would take to charge those batteries on that newer charger.



Cubby- Yo hey Pete, thanks for taking the time to shoot in an email.

If there is one thing I truly hate it is using a wall charger that takes 5, 6, 7, or 8 hours to charge up a pack. I am just not wired to sit around that long waiting on a pack to be ready to jam.

There are a plethora of good chargers at the $50 price point to quick charge the Helion Animus 18TR’s 1100mAh Ni-MH pack. But sometimes those pesky Ni-MH packs can like to false peak, so I am going to recommend this one to you- the Duratrax Onyx 210 (#DTXP4210). It sits right at the $50 mark, is AC/DC, has more than enough power to charge the stock 18TR pack in under an hour, and I’ve used one extensively around the office with minimal false peaking. Oh ya, I really like its big LCD display as well.

How long would it take to charge the 1100mAh Ni-MH on the Onyx? You could set the 210 for a .8 amp charge rate, resulting in a charge that would take just under an hour and a half, or the stock Helion pack might be able to take a 1.5 amp rate, if so, you would be looking at charge times under an hour.

If you want to stick with a Firelands product, I would recommend the Radient Primal. The Primal is an AC only charger, but I’ve used it extensively and it has worked well for me. Oh ya, it also has plenty of power for small packs, plus it can charge Lipo, which if you haven’t switched over to yet, you really need to pull the trigger on. The price point is awesome too, just $40.

Hey Pete, when ya pick up a new charger shoot us an email on what ya ended up buying. Later homie, go fast, spin tires.



So some people are getting wound up because of the quadcopters appearing everywhere. Never mind, now how about an update on the first quad shootout. I’d love to know what’s the best one to get now, especially with Christmas on the way.

The reviews and shootouts are great. Keep them coming.

Gary F.”

Cubby- Hey, good to hear from ya Gary.

I hate quads, or maybe I should say, I used to hate quads. I am truly a surface kind of guy, it is just how my brain is/was wired, but I have actually been using the Estes Proto X quite a bit around the office. It flies for a while, it is super fast to charge, and it takes some skill to put it where ya want it. If you are looking to pick one up for X-mas, I highly recommend it.

So… ya, you can put me on the list of people wanting to see an updated quad shootout. We’ve been toying with ideas for a bunch of different shootouts for a while now, but we get relentless emails about the quads. I need to crack the whip on Brian and make that one happen. There are bucket loads of new quads on the market, heck even I want to see how they stack up.

That’s it for this week ya freaks, shoot me your letters/questions/rants/manifestos to Cubby at If your letter makes the front page shoot us an email with your snail mail so we can hook ya up with a sticker pack!

YOUR Rub-a-dub-Cub Reporter

Hitec X4 Charger
Hitec has an affordable new charger for all you micro enthusiasts. The Hitec X4 can charge four packs at once and is made to charge the packs found in your micro quad or heli. Some of its specifications and features include-

* AC/DC input power
* Four charge ports
* Each port has four popular battery connectors
* Audible alarm
* Multiple safety features
* Dimensions: 5.2″ x 3.9″ x 2.0″
* Charge current: .1 to 1.0 amp

The part number is #44212 and it has a street price of $49, hit up This Link for more information.

Check out This Link for more Hitec news right here on BigSquidRC.

JConcepts Associated B4 Shock Tower
One way to uber-out your Associated B4.2 is to put new shock towers on it and JConcepts has just announced what might be the coolest looking B4 front tower out there. The JConcepts front shock tower is made from 4mm thick carbon fiber and uses reinforcement ribs to add more strength. The part number is #2193 and it has a retail price of $28. Hit up This Link for more information.

Click Here for more JConcepts news on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Serpent SRX2 MM Buggy
About 3 months ago Serpent introduced their rear motored SRX2 RM 2wd uber buggy, now they have released some teaser pictures of its mid-motored brother, the SRX2 MM. The SRX2 MM is made to have maximum performance on high grip surfaces like damp indoor clay or sugar coated outdoor tracks. The Serpent SRX2 MM is scheduled for a January release date and full information will be released in the coming days.

Click Here for more Serpent news on BigSquidRC.

ARRMA Vorteks BLX Speed Tips Video
The crew over at Hobbico have released a new video that shows exactly what it takes to bust out 65+ mph with the ARRMA Vorteks BLX stadium truck. Watch below to see Scott Cramer walk you through the modification process, then watch see the Vorteks go 66 mph on the famous “Speed Run Road” in Champaign Illinois.

To get more information on the ARRMA Vorteks BLX simply click This Link, for more ARRMA news on BigSquidRC just Click Here.