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Sanwa M12 40th AnniversaryAll you hardcore Sanwa guys should be interested to know there is Limited Edition 40th Anniversary M12 transmitter headed to the market. The 40th Anniversary M12 comes with a special black piano lacquer finish to give it a unique high-end look and each unit has its serial number engraved into a special plate. It also comes with an aluminum steering wheel and drop down plate, and is shipped with 3 receivers. Some of its other highlights include-

* Data logger
* Can connect to PC to store or load model data
* Comes with three different handle inserts
* 128×256 LCD screen
* Ability to update software via USB

To check out the official Sanwa website simply Click Here, or you can hit up This Link to read more transmitter news on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“Hello Guys, okay?
I am a lover of your site, mostly I read your review. One suggestion: How about doing a review of the Airtronics radio m12? I’m from Brazil
thank you,
V. Hugo”

Cubby- Hey now Hugo, thanks for the mad love and be sure to hit up Brian for a free sticker pack. You can plaster your car/truck/buggy with BSRC stickers and then shoot us some pics so we can see what Brazil basher style looks like.

Why no Airtronics reviews? This one is pretty easy, they don’t/won’t talk to us. Maybe they hate us, I have no idea, but I do know that after multiple attempts to talk to them, they have never replied. So while you might like to see an Airtronics review, and while we might like to actually see how their products stack up now days, it just isn’t gonna happen. I must also add, if a company won’t even talk to one of your favorite rc websites, you might want to take your cash and spend it elsewhere, but that is just me.


“Hey BSRC, just wanted to let you guys know that I really appreciated your (long ago) SCTE review. You bashed the living hell out of it, drove it off roofs and such, and you even put an insane motor/ESC combo because why not? So I figured that since the roller was $192, i should probably buy it. It’s the SCTE 1.0, but for what it is, it’s great.

So here I am, writing to you from the pile of parts that is the vehicles that were in front of me. WERE.

-Zach P.”

Cubby- Hey nowwwww Zach P, thanks for email, and thanks for reading the site.

The Losi SCTE 1.0 still lives on in RTR version here in the states. It was a rock solid and affordable platform then, and still is. The 2.0 has a host of improvements, but for bashing, the original version can still take a beating and keep on ticking. We still have 3 of them around the office that are called into service from time to time for some bashing action.

About your last sentence… sounds like you are either doing some serious wrenching, or you went bashing with Craig “The Uber Ramp Builder”, either way, have fun transforming all those parts back into rc cars/trucks.


That’s it for this weeks ASK Cubby. Read your letter here by shooting me an email, Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Letters that hit the big time win you a free sticker pack, our “Letter of the Month” wins a free BSRC t-shirt. Catch ya next week freaks.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Team Grid Drop Down
The crew over at Team GRID have sent out a press release regarding their 2014 drop down wheel lineup. This year Team GRID will be producing drop down wheels for the Spektrum DX3R/Pro, the Sanwa MT4/MT4 S, and the popular Futaba 4PL/4PLS. The drop down units are CNC machined out of aluminum and install in just minutes.

To check out the official Team GRID website Click Here, for more Team GRID news on BigSquidRC check out This Link.

JConcepts Radio Bag
It’s always a good idea to use a padded bag when transporting your high-buck transmitter. JConcepts has just announced several new radio bags. These bags are specifically cut out for popular radios from companies like Futaba, Spektrum, and Airtronics. Each radio bag uses a zipper for quick access and has a pocket inside for extra storage. Expect a street price of right around $40 for one of the JConcepts radio bags.

Have you read our last transmitter shootout? If not, you can check it out HERE.

Cubby

i have to say, the scale winch by integy looks freakin awesome! i really want one but i dont have a crawler, so, my question is, do you think it will fit on the my stampede? maybe with a little modding? i really want one but i dont want to drop the cash and it not fit.
Mason

Cubby- Hey what’s up Mason, thanks for the email and be sure to shoot Brian your address for a free sticker pack.

I soooo don’t know anything about scalers or winches. So… I’ll just make up an answer.

Having worked around Brian, Bill, and Adam now for such a long time now, I would have to say it would be no problem to mount that winch on your Stampede. I say this for two reasons- 1. I’ve seen Bill do things with JB Weld that would shock Stephen
Hawking, and 2. the Integy comes with a relatively “universal” mounting plate. So ya, buy one, bolt it to something solid on the front of your Pede then shoot us some pics, we wanna see how trick it looks when it’s done.


Question about the 1/12 scale HPI Mini Trophy Truck
I just want to say I enjoy reading all your articles on your website.

Do you know if hop-up parts going to be available for this kit?
I did a major overkill in this truck, I put a mamba max pro esc and a reedy sonic 4t running on 3s lipo. Im pretty amazed that for being so skinny it handles pretty well. With my setup its kind of loud, it reminds me of the Ofna Hyper 10 I had running it with an 1/8 scale motor but loud is good. This thing hauls
Thanks
Mike

Cubby- Yes Mike, I do believe you are a BSRC kind of guy, where “major overkill” is pretty much the norm.

And yes, I can only imagine what a beat the HPI Mini-Trophy Truck is on 3S brushless power.

One of the BSRC Bash Crew (Jim S) has gotten in a lot of time with the MTT. Straight out of the box it doesn’t handle that well so Jim put in the time and got it to handle/jump much better. If I remember correctly he spent most of his time on the
rear suspension. Personally I felt like HPI just missed the mark with the MTT, it didn’t handle well out of the box and it was a pain to work on. Oh and it was about an inch too narrow, which made it barrel roll like mad when crashing.

So… are there after-market parts for it? There are some out there. For example, GH Racing has a few aluminum parts for the MTT. Other than that, there aren’t many out there.

Not having a ton of aftermarket support can make the MTT fun in another way- finding parts from other vehicles that will work. If you are dialed with a kick ass local hobby shop you can take your truck in and find other shock towers, shocks, hubs, a-arms, etc that will either bolt up or you can modify to work. Yes, that is a bit more time intensive than just clicking “buy” off the GH Racing website, but once you are done you’ll truly have an uber one-of-a-kind machine that will astonish the guys at your local bash spot.


you guys did a radio shoot out a while back i was wondering why you did not include airtronics? or is any not worth considering, how would the best airtronics compare to futaba 4pks
thank you roger

Cubby- Yo hey Roger, thanks for taking the time to shoot us an email.

Why was Airtronics not in our last transmitter shootout? Pretty simple answer to that one- they don’t talk to us. We’ve tried contacting them multiple times, but they don’t/won’t work with us on any level.

Have we torqued them off at some time in the past? Maybe (read probably) so, I’ve definitely offended just about everyone there is to offend in the hobby industry, but the fact remains, “Cubby” is a very small part of BSRC, and I certainly don’t
speak for anyone else here. And more importantly, regardless of what kind of garbage I spew, BSRC could be considered to be one of the, if not the, leader in rc bashing websites. If Airtronics really cared about promoting their products to the bashing crowd they would work with us to some extent.

I can say first hand that Futaba actively wants bashers using their products, as does Tactic, Spektrum, and HobbyKing. These companies know that bashers are what make this hobby go-around, and have no problem catering to them. IMO, if you want to
support companies that support bashing I would spend my hard earned cash with them instead of other companies that might think they are “above” the bashing crowd.


That’s it for this week gang, shoot me your questions, answers, rants, raves, and manifesto’s to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your email hits the front page you’ll get a free sticker pack, if I proclaim yours as “letter of the month” we’ll totally hook ya up with one of our new t-shirts.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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Airtronics newest entry level radio that is great for any basher, the MX-V.  These value 2.4ghz radios always catch my attention because at times, you get some serious bang for the buck without the cost of the higher end units.  Compatibility is always important within a line (receivers that work with all the FHSS surface radios within the family) so sometimes you get the core of a really high end radio system at a great price.

 

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It’s not a patented Big Squid RC giveaway (another one coming soon, keep your eye on the front page), but it’s still an awesome giveaway.  Traditional and online retailer Hobby People is giving away 25 radios over the next couple months.  All you have to do is subscribe to their newsletter and, as along as you’re a resident of the US, US territories, or Canada you just might win your choice of an Airtronics SD-10G competition aircraft radio or, more pertinent to us, a super high-end Airtronics M11X.

So to get your name in the hat get on over to the Hobby People website and sign up.

Airtronics has been spending some time cooking up something new.  The MT-4 is their new mid-range radio with all kinds of high-end features.  It starts with a new, light weight pistol grip design that features adjustable steering movement, trigger, and a selection of grips.  But more important is what’s packed inside.  The onboard computer features a fast navigation system to get to the settings you need quickly and easily.  Many of the external switches are assignable to different channels and tasks.  Some of the programming options include 4WS steering mixing, anti-lock brakes, multiple types of EPA, and more.  The telemetry features work in real time and sensors for monitoring receiver battery voltage, temps, and RPMs are included.

The MT-4 should be hitting shelves some time in February at a cost of around $250.  Tell Airtronics to update their site so I can tell you to go there for more info.

Looks like RCCA got an exclusive first look at the new XTM Racing 1/8 scale Rail.  From the pictures they’re sharing on the interwebs the Rail looks a lot like a scaled down 5B (NTTAWWT).  It’s going to be available as a brushless electric and nitro version, is 4WD with three differentials, and comes RTR with a 2.4 GHz radio from Airtronics.

Hopefully we’ll get some more info from XTM about this new take on the 1/8 scale buggy, but until then check out the press release at the Radio Control Zone forums.

From: Airtronics

The Airtronics MX-3 is a 3 channel computer radio system. This means that instead of having a few little nobs to adjust your throttle and steering trim, you get complete control of all sorts of settings.  It can store settings for up to 5 different vehicles, this allows you to just carry one radio and not have to re-adjust the settings for each one. Other features are Battery Voltage Display, Servo Reverse, Sub-Trim, ARC Settings, End Point Adjustment, and Steering Dual Rate.

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