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What's new: Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

THE Pro-Line PRO-2 Short Course Truck Kit Review

Pro-Line PRO-2 Short Course Truck Kit Review

After 30 long years the crew over at Pro-Line decided to try their hand at the full on kit game. The PRO-2 Kit is the culmination of a series of hop-up parts that ended up turning into an entire 2wd short course truck. Is the PRO-2 a racer or a basher? Is it just a bunch of parts thrown together or does it stand alone as a separate truck? Was it worth the 30 year wait? We’ve been driving the tar out of the PRO-2 attempting to learn every upside and downside it possesses, how does it stack up? Click the “Read More” and find out, and check out the video!

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What's new: Monday, August 26th, 2013

Hangar 9 Inverza 33 ARF
The new Inverza 33 from Hangar 9 is said to be one of the best balanced aerobatic airplanes you can buy. Designed by Quique Somenzini, the Impreza 33 is made for precise aerobatic maneuvers and aggressive 3D flying. You can power the Impreza by either a 30cc gas engine or by a 180 sized brushless electric motor. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Over-sized control surfaces
* Engineered to fly inverted, upright and knife-edge without mixing
* Mirco Pecorari color scheme
* Genuine UltraCote covering
* Durable aluminum landing gear
* Two-piece plug-in wings
* Lightweight balsa/balsa-plywood construction
* Pre-hinged control surfaces
* Set up for Evolution 33GX gas engine
* Electric conversion kit sold separately
* Wingspan: 75.0″
* Overall Length: 72.0″
* Wing Area: 1120 sq. in.
* Flying Weight: 12.3-13.0 lb

The part number for the Inverza 33 is #HAN4925, it has a street price of $520, and you can expect it to start hitting hobby shops in late September. Hit THIS LINK for more information on the official Hangar 9 website.

Are you thinking about getting into flying? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

ABC Hobby SUBARU BRZ clear body
For all you Subaru (and Toyota/Scion) fans out there ABC Hobby has a very nice looking Subaru BRZ clear lexan body. The ABC Subaru body has a lot of detailing and looks just like its full size counterpart. Put this body on the touring car of your choice and you’ll surely turn some heads at your local bash spot or drift event.

The ABC Hobby BRZ body is 195mm wide and is made for cars with a wheelbase of 260mm. It comes with light buckets, a rear wing, decal sheet and window masking. The BRZ has a part number of #66139, and is priced at right around $40.

Want to find more products that have great scale realism? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

Pro-Line PRO-2 KitHey now everyone, thanks for tuning in to THE Cub Report, a column about your favorite hobby, rc.

Both F1 and AMA Motocross were in action over the weekend, but it turned out quite boring. SebVet creamed the F1 guys yet again, while RV2 and ET did the same to their respective classes at Lake Elsinore. Oofah, what I would do to watch a race where I wasn’t 98% sure of the winner before the gate dropped…

So lets dive right into rc news…

The biggest news of the week, and perhaps the entire year, was the announcement of the Pro-Line PRO-2 Kit. For 3 decades Pro-Line has put out some of the trickest and best performing parts in the entire rc industry, for them to bring their big name into the kit business is a huge deal. If Pro-Line can do to the car/truck industry what they’ve done for bodies and tires, they will quickly be the creme of the crop.

Our review for the PRO-2 kit goes up on Tuesday morning, find out what we busted, how well the kit went together, and if it is indeed worth the $389 price tag. Looking over consumer comments the price seemed to be their main concern, but I don’t see the issue with it. I see the PRO-2 as being an uber full-on factory works bike that you can buy, and performance is never cheap. If it were some cheap ole’ sourced-off-the-shelf-of-Hi-Moto product, yea, $389 is way too much, but when it is a truck made up of parts specifically engineered here in the U.S. of A by the Pro-Line staff to be the best of the best, I consider it amazingly affordable.

The PRO-2 is kind of a special case of course, it started out as hop-up parts for the Traxxas Slash, then eventually became all the parts to make up a truck, but you have to give Pro-Line props. They could have flow to Asia, toured some factories, then picked a pre-made truck off some OEM’s shelf and said “Looks good, we’ll take 10,000 of them!”. Too many companies source crappy off-the-shelf trucks and have their stickers put on. Pro-Line went about it the Pro-Line way, the right way, and engineered the parts to meet their standards- which is top of the line.

And…

I’m used to poking fun at the rc news, not actually being a part of it. That wasn’t the case last week as the BigSquidRC crew made some waves inside the industry by being the media source chosen to introduce the new Pro-Line Pro-2 Kit to the world. Industry insiders pondered the whys, media types melted down, and you guys tried to blow up our servers with huge numbers. So just how did BigSquidRC land arguably the biggest scoop of the year? Well that’s a big secret, and I’m not telling. LOL. Actually, we didn’t do anything. We didn’t lobby for it, didn’t beg for it, we didn’t give away any free advertising for it, they just put it in our lap and told us to run with it.

And why would PL have us intro their first truck in 30 years? I certainly can’t speak for Pro-Line, but if I had to wildly speculate I would say they wanted to make a bold statement. A statement to bashers that Pro-Line cares about them and they want their business. Now… the truth may have been that Pro-Line put a bunch of media names in a hat and ours was the one that got drawn, LOL, but any which way, the PRO-2 unboxing/unveiling we did last week shot us to record numbers, and hopefully we helped PL get a whole lot of exposure for their new truck.

To wrap it up…

So… our PRO-2 review goes up on Tuesday and Wednesday night we’ll be doing another live G+ show at 9pm CST (with perhaps a special guest or two). I hear Brian has a couple other reviews ready for this week, and we’ll also be posting the second installment in our series of Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 hop-up articles.

Lastly, we are needing help around the offices. I think our biggest need is a sales rep, if you have sales and customer service experience we could really (read- really reallyyyyy) use you and you could make some nice bank. We also need a video editing guy, an airplane guy, a scale guy, a behind the scenes web guru, and lastly a painter/hydro dipper for our Chi-Town guys. I am amazed at how many people go on and on about how badly they want in the industry, but when the opportunity arises they are too lazy to actually put their foot in the door. If you aren’t lazy and you seriously kick ass, email us at the “Contact Us” button at the top of our site. If you can’t find it, then no, we don’t want you.

Hey that’s it for this week. From the entire crew here at BigSquidRC- Thank You for reading our website, and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Gun Metal Anodizing STRC Axial SCX10 Aluminum Parts
The fine folks over at ST Racing Concepts (STRC) have announced they are re-releasing their Axial AX10 option parts in Gun Metal anodizing. The parts fit right on the SCX10 line-up and the Gun Metal anodizing helps maintain a scale looking appearance. While the Gun Metal is new, they are still available in Silver, Black and Green. These STRC parts include-

* STA80004BK/G/GM/S Aluminum Steering Knuckles $25.99
* STA80012BK/G/GM/S Aluminum C-Hubs $24.99
* STA30494BK/G/S Aluminum Rear Lock-outs w/straight axles $45.99
* STA30485BK/G/GM/S Aluminum 4 link plate $6.99
* STA30881BK/G/GM/S Aluminum Steering linkages $6.50
* STA30483 Light Weight Graphite Battery Tray $19.99
* STA80015-1BK/G/GM/S Aluminum Front upper “Y” link $6.99

Looking for more ST Racing Concepts news? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

What's new: Saturday, August 24th, 2013

mountain_dew_commercial

So I have seen the Living Portrait of Dale Earnhardt Jr. Mountain Dew commercial a ton of times, but just caught towards the end that he’s driving an RC NASCAR Monster Truck around! Got to love more RC on TV!

Check out the video below:

Need to see more RC On TV finds? Click the link.

What's new: Friday, August 23rd, 2013

help_wanted

While I’m working on an actual position openings page, I thought I’d post something here while I’m thinking up ‘official job descriptions’. Some of these are going to be intern style where you are mostly doing it for fame, but a few will be actual paying gigs in some form or another. Ask Wrench.. we pay him in Candy and Nitro Fuel!

Some of the positions will require experience and excellence, while others just need a passion for RC and Big Squid.

*remember these aren’t the official job descriptions.. but you get the idea.

Web/Internet/Wordpress Guru – We have a LOT going on behind the scenes and need someone with some 1337 web skillz to keep things running smoothly as well as future changes. (Photoshop talent a plus)

Video Editor/Producer – There is an insane catalog of footage piling up on our floors. We need someone to not only create and edit new vids, but start going through our older stuff as well. (Adobe Premiere please) If you are local and want to shoot video as well, we could use that also.

Social Media Activist – Big Squid RC has so many other pages like Google+, Tumblr, Facebook, YouTube, (and a few others I have lost track of) along with our post comments, we just can’t keep track of them all! If you LIVE on social media, and have the skills and knowledge to keep us on top of things, hit us up. (No TROLLS, we need troll slayers)

Editor/Writer – Are you heavy into a particular RC scene? Know what’s hot? Do you attend a lot of events? Scale? Flying? Maybe boats are your thing? Are you all about large scale, or drifting? We do it all, but we are looking for dedicated guys to help cover areas a little more in depth and hit some events we can’t get to. (Racing scene need not apply LOL) This is open to anyone in the world. Good English a must. :)

Air-Brush/Painter/Hydro-dip artist – Chicago (burbs) Area. We need someone we can hand off a body to, and either give them a description, or say ‘Wow Me’ and leave it at that. Must be TOP Shelf stuff.

There are a few more openings, but this is a good start. I’m sure Cubby will send me an email as soon as this goes up reminding me of ones I have missed. Maybe you know of one we missed? Have a desire to wear a Big Squid Shirt and a talent you think we need? Drop me a line…

If your local to the Chicago area (western burbs) for most of these, that’s also a big plus. I’ll leave it up to you on how to contact us.. that will be your first test. Good luck, and we look forward to hearing from you!

PS: If you are going to drop us a line, give us some details, descriptions, examples..

Oh yea.. it’s Friday, that means Mystery Link old school.

vaterra_police_camaro

If the images and info didn’t have you drooling over the new Vaterra RC Police Camaro, maybe the video of it in action will get you going!

Looking for more Vaterra news? Check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

Have you clicked all the previous Friday Mystery Links?

matt_wallace_proline

Our surprise Unboxing of the Pro-Line Pro-2 Truck was received extremely well, and had tons of email and comments pouring in, asking questions as well as giving praise for Pro-Line’s first jump into the full on vehicle kit world.

The overwhelming enthusiasm towards the release seemed to warrant a follow up, so we contacted our friend Matt Wallace at Pro-Line for a short interview where we could ask some questions that we had, as well as get some answers for questions our readers were asking. Check it out…

Update: Looks like we missed a few questions during editing.. they have now all been added back in.

Big Squid RC: The PRO-2 kit is obviously a labor of love on your part, give us an idea how many hours you have in the project.

MW: I have truly loved working on this project and expanding Pro-Line’s product lineup into new categories. But the foundation for this project was really laid by Tim Clark (Head of Product Development) many years ago with the development of the ProTrac Kit. This truly innovative suspension kit converted the short arm SC trucks with big offset wheels to long arms and race-inspired suspension geometry that has become the standard for all the new SC trucks that have hit the market since. My first contribution to this project came a little over 3 years ago with the Performance Steering Kit (my first project at Pro-Line) and I have been working on developing all the parts needed to make a full kit ever since; well, in-between all the other projects we work on here at Pro-Line like Tires, Wheels, Bodies, etc… So, let’s just say a TON of hours!

Big Squid RC: What single part on the PRO-2 are you particularly proud of?

MW: My first thought was to say the PRO-2 Chassis because I love all the details in the aluminum chassis and how the side bumpers look like Jet Fighter wings, but in reality it has to be the Transmission. The Transmission is always the heart of any vehicle and it was a huge leap forward for us as a company to design and develop something like a full Transmission. Before that, the most complicated thing we made was Shocks.

Big Squid RC: When was the last time you went bashing out in a parking lot?
MW: Just this last week! We had to “test” our new Rock Rage tires (along with some secret future goodness) for “work” with a smile on our face the whole time.

Big Squid RC: Does this mean we can expect more vehicles from Pro-Line in the future?
MW: I am sure this release will educate us further about our possible opportunities in the kit market. But just like the Pro-2, we would not start another kit project unless we see the opportunity to offer the customer a unique experience.

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Pro Boat Volere 22 EP 2.4 RTR
New from the crew over at Pro Boat is their Volere 22 V2. This Volere runabout is a visual stunner with its real wood trim layered over an ABS plastic hull. Cubby has already made a spot for one of these on his desk.

If you plan on actually running the Volere, Pro Boat made it extra easy to hit the water as it’s completely ready to run. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Water cooled 550 motor
* 2.4 Ghz radio system
* Highly detailed interior
* Includes Ni-MH battery
* Length: 22″
* Beam: 7.5″

The Volere V2 should start hitting your local hobby shop in early October and it has a part number of #PRB3050B with a street price of $249. Hit up THIS LINK for more information over on the Pro Boat website.

Friday means fun-day around the BigSquidRC offices, why not take a chance on a TGIF mystery link?

STRC Traxxas Nitro Slash Hop-ups
ST Racing Concepts (STRC) makes some of our favorite aluminum hop-up parts. If you look over the Bash Crew’s personal rigs, you’ll find STRC parts in all the critical areas.

The STRC crew has just announced some new aluminum upgrade parts for the Traxxas Nitro Slash 2wd, electric Slash 2wd, and LCG Slash 4×4.

The CNC machined #ST4434 aluminum rear chassis brace for Nitro Slash helps reduce flex and is priced at $22.

Also new are aluminum engine mounts for the Nitro Slash. These are also CNC machined from aluminum with a part number of #ST4460 and a price of $29.

STRC also has new aluminum rear a-arms that fit both the electric Slash 2wd and the Nitro Slash. The rear arms come with delrin inserts and hinge pins with a part number of #ST2555G and are priced at $34.

New for the LCG Slash 4×4 is a heavy duty CNC machine aluminum motor mount. The mount is much beefier than stock and is available in a range of different colors. The part number is #ST7460 and it has a street price of $39.

Finally, the popular STRC shock shaft pliers are now available all murdered out in stealth black anodizing. The part number is #ST22353BK and they are priced at $20

The weekend is nearly here, click on THIS BigSquidRC mystery link to kick your weekend off right.

Parma FIFTY SIX FASTLANE SC Body
Not everyone likes the same old look for their short course truck. With that in mind, the guys over at Parma have a new body called the Fifty Six Fastlane SC Baja. The Fifty Six Fastlane fits all popular tenth scale short course trucks like the Slash, SC10 and SCTE with just minor body post modifications.

Along with the clear Parma body you get window masks, decal sheet, and over spray protection. The part number is #1240 and it has a street price of $39.

Happy Friday, get your weekend started with a BigSquidRC TGIF Mystery Link.

What's new: Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

THE Team Durango 1/8th DEX408T 4WD Truggy Kit Review

Team Durango DEX408T Truggy Review

8th scale truggies are known for their prowess as bash machines. They have big tires, big power, and can typically take quite a beating. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the Team Durango DEX408T Truggy to find out if it makes a good bash machine, or if it is better left to the track. Click the “Read More” and lets find out…

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