First seen at the Shizuoka Hobby Show a couple of weeks ago, Hitec has now released more information on their upcoming Lynx 4S radio system. The 4S looks to easily be the most technologically advanced transmitter that Hitec has ever produced. Some of its features include-
* Includes bi-directional telemetry for speed, rpm, temp, and voltage
* 4096 resolution
* Easy-to-Change Control Mode for left handed drivers
* Utilizes Hitec’s AFHSS 2.4GHz system
* Has ultra-fast 4ms Hitec High Response System (HHR)
* Includes steering wheel extension and built in antenna
* Can use a Micro SD card for model memory, music, & warning sound storage
* Has ear phone jack for listening to music & warning sounds
* 30 model memory standard, up to 60 with Micro SD
* Has variable mixing for 4WS/Crawling
* Has vibration mode and PC link support for firmware updates
* Backlit graphic LCD screen
* 6-Color LED indicates transmitter status (Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/Magenta/Cyan)
* Adjustable spring tension on steering & throttle, wheel and trigger position also adjustable
The part number and pricing information has not been released, but you can hit up This Link over on Hitec’s website for a few more details.
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Hitec Lynx 4S Gallery
After a bit of teasing, the Futaba crew has released full information on their new flagship transmitter, the 4PX. At the top of the list for features is a 3.5″ color LCD screen, it is 30% faster than the previous model, and it has the ability to handle up to 31 telemetry sensors. Some of its other features include-
* Works with T-FHSS, S-FHSS and FASST receivers
* Sports an internal aluminum frame
* Can be set up left or right handed
* Drop down wheel option and comes with 32° & 34° wheel adapters
* 15 grams lighter than the 4PKS-R
* Comes with two different grip thicknesses
* Two trigger options will be available
* Synthesized voice for telemetry data
* 40-model memory
* Includes crawler functions like 4WS and dual ESC mixing
* Software can be updated by consumer
* Large assignable switch located on bottom edge that can be activated by drivers body
* Grip has built-in vibration
* Built-in S.Bus servo/Futaba ESC/telemetry sensor programmer
* Adjustable, built-in antenna
The 4PX has a part number of #FUTK4905, a street price of $550, and they are expect to hit hobby shops in late August. Get more details at This Link over on Futaba’s official website.
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The folks over at Traxxas have a new version of the TQi that connects your car to your Apple device via Bluetooth. The radio, the TQi with Traxxas Link Module, comes stand alone so you can add it to any car you please, and it also now comes standard with several popular Traxxas cars and trucks.
So what’s the big deal here? After you download the Traxxas Link App to your Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod, the new TQi can connect wirelessly to your device, allowing you to do several things. You can change radio settings wirelessly from your phone, you can manage your custom settings for up to 30 different models, and you can also view real-time telemetry on your phone. Combined with the Traxxas GPS Speed Telemetry Module, you can even view real time speeds on your phone. Right now the Traxxas app is only available for Apple products, but the app for Android is said to be coming soon.
* 6507X: TQi 2.4GHz (4-Channel) with Traxxas Link Wireless Module & 5-channel Receiver, street price $175
* 6509X: TQi 2.4GHz (2-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter with 5-channel Receiver, street price $119
* 6530: TQi 2.4GHz (4-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter
* 6528: TQi 2.4GHz (2-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter
* 6511: Traxxas Link Wireless Module
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TQi Traxxas Link Equipped Models
It has been a while since Hitec has released a new surface controller, but it looks like the dry spell is over. Hitec is teasing their new Lynx 4S car controller. While full specifications have not been released, we do know it features telemetry, it has 4 channel capability, and it can even read out the speed of your car on its screen. Expect more details soon on this one, until then you can hit up This Link to visit the official Hitec website.
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Hitec Lynx 4S Display
The folks over at KO Propo have announced their latest radio system, the EX-5FH. The EX-5FH features their DDS Direct Digital System which helps make it one of the fastest radios on the market. The new radio is also set up to be used with KO receivers that have an internal gyro (like the KR-212FHG). The EX-5FH allows gyro adjustments from the transmitter while driving and makes it one of the latest radio systems to incorporate electronic stability control.
The EX-5FH is shipping now and the unit that includes the transmitter, gyro receiver, and a servo has a part number of #10602. Expect a street price of under $200 and for more details hit up This Link on the official KO Propo website.
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For all you nitro fans, or just people looking to add some realistic sound to your short course truck bashing, Ofna has announced their new 1/8 Hyper 8SC Nitro 4×4. The 8SC comes on a big 8th scale platform and uses a Force .32 pull-start engine for massive propulsion. For electronics, a pair of Savox servos are mated to a 2.4GHz radio system. Some of its other features include-
* Realistic wheels and tires
* 17mm Pro shocks
* Front & rear disc brakes
* Width- 12″
* Wheelbase- 14.5″
The part number for the Ofna is #OFN14318, it is street priced at $369, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on the Ofna website.
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Ofna Hyper 8SC Nitro Gallery
While most of us here in the states drive with a “pistol” type radio, that isn’t the case around the world. In fact, stick radios are still quite popular across the globe.
Our friends over at Hobby Media ran across the latest surface stick radio from Futaba while cruising the Shizuoka show. The radio is designated the T4GRS and transmits in 2.4GHz T-FHSS. You might notice it shares the screen, jog dial, and telemetry from the pistol type 4PLS. There is no word on when the T4GRS might drop here in the states, but we’ll post more information as it becomes available.
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Futaba T4GRS Close Up
What is the latest off-road release from Vaterra? It is their Rockstar Energy Ford Fiesta RallyCross car. The Rockstar is a tenth scale, brushless powered, 4wd, sitting on the platform you might recognize from the Halix and Vaterra’s Ford Raptor. It comes dialed with AVC, active vehicle control, and like most other Vaterra products, has a trick looking body for showing off at the local bash spot.
* Metal gear, viscous torque vectoring differentials
* Dynamite 3300Kv 4-pole brushless motor
* Fully licensed body
* Includes Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz transmitter
The part number for the Vaterra is #VTR03010, it is priced at $469, and you can get more details after clicking This Link to head over to its official page on the Vaterra website.
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Vaterra Rockstar Ford Fiesta Gallery
The time has come for a new flagship transmitter over at Futaba, take a look at the 4PX. The 4PX takes over for the 4PK series of transmitters and is designed to be at the very top end of radio technology. Some of the highlights include-
* 3.5″ TFT color screen
* Voice telemetry
* Improved weight balance
* Aluminum frame
* Lighter weight
* Low wheel position with drop down option
* Wheel can be switched for left handed drivers
* Can use T-FHSS, S-FHSS, and FASST receivers
* 30% faster response than previous model
The 4PX is slated for an August release date and we will post more information when available. Hit This Link for more Futaba news on BigSquidRC.
Futaba 4PX Gallery
The 1/14th scale Losi Mini 8IGHT buggy has been a favorite of bashers since its release. It handled well, went fast, and was good at taking a beating. To one-up themselves, Losi has just announced the Mini 8IGHT-T Truggy. Part buggy, part truck, the new truggy should make for quite a bash machine.
Like the buggy, the truggy comes overpowered with a 4500KV brushless system. To better help put all that power to the ground Losi includes their AVC technology on the truck. Some of its other highlights include-
* Comes completely RTR
* LiPo compatible ESC
* Aluminum shock towers
* 12mm wheel hexes
* Aluminum shock bodies
* Metal diffs
* Comes with 2.4GHz DX2E transmitter
The part number is #LOS01000 and it is street priced at $279. To get complete details simply hit up This Link over on the Losi website.
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Losi Mini 8IGHT-T Gallery
THE Spektrum DX4S 4-Channel DSMR AVC Radio System Review
What’s the real scoop on Spektrum’s new AVC (Active Vehicle Control) system? Does it work? Can it truly make your car easier to drive? Is it just another marketing gimmick? Has range improved with the newer Spektrum products? We’ve been driving, testing, and beating on a Spektrum DX4S for weeks now and we learned a lot about it. To find out exactly what we learned, and to get the answers to all the questions above, hit the “Read More” button to get this party started…
THE Helion Dominus 10SCv2 4×4 Short Course Truck Review
The original Helion Dominus was an affordable and solid bash machine. Recently the Helion crew announced its successor, the Dominus 10SCv2. The version 2 comes with a much more powerful Reaktor brushless system, along with many other changes. Is the 10SCv2 that much better than the original? How does it stack up against the very stiff competition in its class? And more importantly, is it worth your hard earned cash? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…
The new Futaba 10J is packed with features for you flying enthusiasts. It is the first “J” series radio to come with telemetry and it lets you download new software to keep it up to date. The 10J also has voice synthesis that lets you hear the telemetry as you fly, plus special programming for multi-rotor aircraft.
The part number for the airplane version is FUTK9200, the part number for the helicopter version is FUTK9201, and they both have a street price of $349. Both versions are expected to ship later this month and you can get more information at This Link on Futaba’s website.
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