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Ares Spectre X QuadcopterFor all you cross-bashers that get your kicks not only with surface products, but also in the air, Ares RC has announced a new micro sized quadcopter called the Spectre X. Like many Ares products, it comes RTF (ready to fly) with everything you need right in the box. The Spectre X also comes with a high quality 680×480 video camera that allows you to shoot video as well as stills.

* 6-axis control for steady flight
* Optional FPV package for watching and recording video via a smartphone
* Comes in two bright fluorescent trim schemes for great visibility
* Flight software designed specifically for videography & photography to eliminate sudden movements
* Includes 2GB SD card
* Length w/ rotor blades: 5.5″
* Rotor diameter: 2.2″
* Weight: 2.2 oz
* Battery: 1S 3.7v 700mAh LiPO
* 4-channel 2.4GHz transmitter

The Spectre X is street priced at $89 and you can Click Right Here to learn more over on the official Ares website.

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Hot-Sauce2-iHobby-2014 Hello all! First of all, iHobby was surely entertaining, and I had a great time bashing with the crew as one of two pilots representing BSRC. Those Dromida Ominus (or is it Omini?) sure took a beating, especially with Cubby behind the controls. Side note: apparently I shall hereby be called Kevin Hot Sauce. Please forward all questions to Tim, as I have absolutely no idea where that came from.

Okay, I am now on point, and I can’t help but get really confused by the decisions on some of the major quadcopter manufacturers. I have two major names developing multiple quadcopters around the same price, same size, and with about the same features. I now count not 1, not 2, but three different nano-micro quads (i.e. ProtoX) on the shelf of my LHS with more on the way (another 3 so far, totalling 6).

Yes, this may sound partially redundant compared to my ‘rant’ a while back, but this situation is insane in my opinion. Yes, the Estes ProtoX has proven that nano-micro quadcopters are fun and can be enjoyed by all, but what good is it to start throwing them in the ‘overseas photocopier’ when there original has solidified itself in the market share? A clone or two I can understand between all the major brands and/or companies, but this has gotten out of control. I appreciate trying to continue to perfect  this style of multirotor, but I cannot help but think that this endeavor by so many companies is just (from a business perspective) throwing good money after bad.

In other news, there will be some unboxings and reviews coming down the pipe from Ares RC via Firelands, as I got my hands on some new quadcopters and a helicopter. I hope to find a way to review how effective SAFE is on RC aircraft and how it helps train beginner pilots (read: me). Feel free to contact me with any questions (kevin [at] website) , and maybe I can do some Ask Hot Sauce for everyone.

Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Ares HobbyTown USA
Firelands Group, which is primarily sold at HobbyTown USA stores, brought their “A game” this year showing a bunch of new products at the convention.

Helion RC is Fireland’s surface line-up and they unveiled two new products at the show. The Impakt 12B is a new 1/12 scale buggy designed to be bash worthy, affordable, and fun. While being listed as a 12th scale, it looked to be about the same size as most 10th scale buggies (wheelbase on the 12B is 11.8″, width is 8.39″), but it should sport a remarkably low price point of just $139 RTR. It comes with scale detailing like a roll cage and driver’s head, all-weather electronics, and a 1500mAh LiPo battery. It looks like a great way for someone to get started in the off-road side of our hobby.

Helion also had their new Rivos boat on display. The Rivos is a RTR that is fairly good size at 28″ in total length, making it big enough to handle some choppy water on the local lake. Its electronics are water cooled, it comes with a brushed 550 motor, and it has a very affordable street price of just $149.

Ares RC is the brand name for the air products from Firelands and they had plenty of new products on display too. The most exciting new product they had on display we can not post pictures of, or even really talk about at all, but it is something like we’ve never seen before, and something that even us car/truck lovers really wanted to get our hands on. Expect more information on this product to start leaking out of Ares compound in the next few weeks.

Of the items we can talk about, it’s hard to decide what was more exciting, their new Ethos FPV quadcopter/drone/multi-rotor, their new Ethos PQ nano quad, or their new Nanos FP75 helicopter.

The Ethos FPV quad comes RTF out of the box with everything needed to fly first person view. We saw the quad demonstrated and it seemed to work flawlessly. The camera provides a good quality picture (1080 HD at 30 or 720 HD at 60 FPS) and is mounted on an anti-vibration mount to help keep the picture steady. The transmitter comes with a large screen (4.5″) and a sun shade to make it easier to see while out flying. The quad used on the FPV model is fairly large at 18.75″ in length, and we were blown away that the street price was only $299 RTF.

The nano quad scene has blown up since the Proto-X entered the market and Ares unveiled their entry into the class, the Ethos PQ. The PQ is truly tiny with a length of only 63mm and comes with an auto flip mode. Price? $49.

The last new product in the Firelands room was the Nanos FP75 helicopter. With a length of 6.75″ this is a small helicopter, but features 3 or 6 axis stability control modes. The FP75 will be priced at $69.

Overall, it was easy to see from walking the room that Firelands Group is working hard to put out a lot of new, innovative products, look for them soon at your local HobbyTown USA store.

Click Here to visit the official Helion RC website, and Right Here for Ares RC.

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2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships
The 2014 BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships are officially in the books. Hosted by HobbyTown USA Orland Park Illinois last Saturday, it marked one of the first organized quadcopter competitions ever held. The event was made possible by its major sponsors- Ares RC, Blade, and Heli-Max.

Several events were used to determine winners in three different size classes. A tricky obstacle course was set-up to test the precise control a pilot had over his quad, drag racing tested speed and how quickly a pilot could land, and 5 lap pylon races were held to really let the pilots open up the throttle on their quads.

The pylon racing seemed to be everyone’s favorite event as it was a good mix of speed, skill, and competition. Drag racing, which consisted of taking off from the ground and landing on a pedestal about 40 feet away, sounded easy enough, but under the pressure of racing proved to harder than anyone imagined. Many pilots would quickly get to the landing pedestal, only to miss the landing, giving up a bunch of time. The obstacle course was quite challenging with the more skilled pilots navigating the course in about 50 seconds, while it took up to 4 minutes for others.

In true BigSquidRC fashion, the word “Championship” may have been in the title, but the event was extremely laid back and focused more on fun than anything else. A friendly helping hand could always be found and there were smiles all around. The 2014 Quadcopter Championships will not only be remembered for being one of the first of its kind, but also for being an incredibly fun day of flying with some great people.

BigSquidRC would like to thank everyone that participated, as well as Kevin and 3D Bill for all their hard work making the event happen, and Steve from HobbyTown USA for providing the facility. We consider the event a success and are looking at doing another one this summer, as well as a 2015 Quadcopter Championships again next year.


Nano 2″ Class-

1. Brian Smolik – Estes Proto-X
2. Jared Bachman – Estes Proto-X
3. Bill Smith – Estes Proto-X

Micro 6″ Class-

1. Jared Bachman – Blade Nano QX
2. Brian Smolik – Heli-Max 1Si
3. Kevin Ragauskis – Blade Nano QX

Mini 8″ Class-

1. Bill Smith – Blade MQX
2. Kevin Ragauskis – Blade 180 QX
3. Tim Mohr – LaTrax Alias

Overall Champion – Jared Bachman

To read more about the 2014 Quadcopter Championships, check out This Link right here on BigSquidRC.

Cubby BigSquidHappiest of Mondays to you rc fans, I know the weather is less than optimal in some parts of the country, but the rc industry keeps on roll’n regardless.

I am deeply saddened and in a perpetual state of numbness because there still has been no “official” word on how Michael Schumacher is doing. To some people, people who have never been through such a thing, no news is probably good news. Sadly, having been down that road before, I know that being in a medically induced coma for this long is never a good thing. Miracles can happen and I sincerely hope the Schumacher family gets one. Regardless of the outcome, I will always remember fondly the sunny days that Schu piloted a blazing red Ferrari to victory, his epic drives in the rain behind the wheel of a Benetton, and his euphoric antics on the podium when the German national anthem was done playing.

Anyways… on to rc…

Ok, so the BigSquidRC Quadcopter Championships are coming up on March 1st right here in Chicago Illinois. I wrote last week about the classes and such, this week I get the pleasure of announcing the first big sponsor- Ares. Maybe you are a surface guy and aren’t into the air scene, but Ares is the air division of Firelands Group, and are available exclusively at HobbyTown USA stores. Their air products have been proven to be top notch, they have won both of our quadcopter shootouts, and a number of “serious” quad fliers won’t use anything else. It’s cool that Ares is on board for the big show and we’ll be announcing more sponsors next week. If your company wants in on a great way of showcasing quad products, hit the “Contact Us” link and shoot Brian an email.

Personally, I can’t wait to see which machines win at the BQC. I know the Heli-Max stuff is good, I know that Blade also makes solid product, and it will be interesting to see how other companies like Ares and Traxxas (Hubsan) stack up. It will also be cool to see how the Quadcopter Championships affects the quad industry. Will a win help separate one brand from the pack? Will the aftermarket start making hop-up parts for the winning quads? That whole part of the industry is so new I can’t wait to see how it evolves and to see how our Quad Championships (and our future) events help shape it.

On the participant side of things, there are no big “established” names to compete against, who will be the first? Will guys that normally fly planes or helis dominate the event, or will it be a new name that just specializes in quads? I will say that whoever wins will get a pretty cool trophy, a brand new quad, and we’ll be doing a feature article on them and their flying machine for the front page of BigSquidRC (read- instant rockstar).

On the surface side of things everyone is kind of waiting for Nuremburg. A number of companies have some cool new products that they are holding off till the show, and we can’t wait to get them posted up. The show starts in just 2 days and of course we’ll be hooking ya up with some killer coverage. Ya, there is a ton of cool stuff on the market right now, but like always, there is a whole bunch more on the way.

Lastly… our review of the 2014 Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 truggy goes up later this week. It is one of those vehicles that is a “King of the Hill” type bash machine. If you are looking for something at the top end of the bashing spectrum, it is a review you will be interested in. Plus, we’ll be bringing you all the daily news, Spaghetti Sauce’s Quad column, Doug’s scale column, and of course ASK Cubby on Thursday.

That’s it ya freaks, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Ares Winter Video Challenge
If you own an Ethos QX130 quadcopter or a Chronos CX100 helicopter, the folks over at Ares have a contest for you. They want to see videos of your Ares in action, and the top three will win HobbyTown USA gift cards. The gift cards range from $50 to $200, and the winning videos will be posted up on the Ares Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages. If you win your video might even make the front page here on BigSquidRC. :)

Submissions are due by February 10th and you can get more information at This Link.

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Hey guys, Ragu here to make your Wednesday a bit brighter with this week’s Raging Rotors. This week I’ll give my impressions on what I found are great quadcopters for you beginning pilots.

As a basher, I always want my new RC to be durable as well as forgiving when I make mistakes.  When it came to quadcopters, I tried all of the micro-sized available from Traxxas to Ares to Blade, looking for the best to fly in my room when I had free time.

The best quad for small spaces that I personally have ever flown is the Blade Nano QX. Available in a Ready to Fly and Bind N’ Fly  version, this quad features Horizon Hobby’s new gyroscopic system SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope). The SAFE system makes the quad so stable it will level the quadcopter even when tossed into the air before throttle is applied. The other advantage to the Nano QX is the built in rotor guards on the main frame. With these guards, one can fly into the ceiling, off walls, and more without hitting the rotor blades. Available now in most local hobby shops, one can check out Blade’s website to see more.

If micro is not your cup of tea, there is a larger quadcopter that works as a great trainer. The Firelands Group flight brand Ares RC has recently released the Ethos QX 130. Available in a Ready-to-Fly format, the QX 130 handles smoothly and features an Auto-Flip mode built into the transmitter for that extra “WOW” factor. As for the durability, my personal Ethos QX 130 has bounced of ceiling tiles, store racks, counters, and even the boss once with only scuffing the blades or popping the canopy. Even after mastering the quad you can still have fun: you can buy a digital camera, missile launcher, squirt gun, bubble maker, or winch to torture impress the family with. Available now at HobbyTowns nationwide, you can pick this great trainer for $100, with the optional accessories ranging from $13 for all but the camera which retails at $30. (SPOILER ALERT) Those who read the Quadcopter Shootout 2 on Monday will find that my Seal of Approval is not off the mark, though I’ll admit I have yet to take a shovel to anything I’ve flown…yet!

Heading for a close, I’ll wrap up with a product release that snuck onto the market the last few days. Blade announced a brushless motor upgrade for the Nano CPx, a 14800kv motor that is plug-and-play with the helicopters main board. I’m excited to try this out since the Nano CPx tends to eat main motors. Its part number is BLH3325 and retails for $50, and already has started shipping, so hurry to your local hobby shop to get hooked up!

With that, it’s time that I retire this post before I start rambling. Next week I’ll be commenting on my experiences with the Blade 350QX, likely sharing a few stories along those lines, as well as possibly answering questions if you have any! Shoot me an email (kevin at and I’ll either answer you personally or feature your question right here! Enjoy the rest of your week, and until next time Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

BigSquidRC Quadcopter Shootout 2 Looks 1

The wait is over, and our second Quadcopter Shootout has gone live RIGHT HERE. This time around we tested the Ares RC Ethos QX 130, the Blade 180 QX, the Align M242, and the LaTrax Alias.

All of these quads were bigger than the last shootout, and have more features, and plenty more power. RC Quadcopters the world by storm lately due to their ease of flying, and people’s new obsession of aerial photography. Video coming soon!
Ok, enough chit chat, head on over and start reading our Quadcopter Shootout 2

Ares P-51D Mustang 350
Scale looks are all the rage and the new Ares P-51D Mustang 350 is a sweet looking flying machine. This classic warbird has all the scale details you want, plus it packs a punch under the hood with its included brushless powerplant. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* EPO foam airframe
* 350 sized brushless motor and 15 amp ESC
* Includes 2 and 4 blade props
* 4 channel control
* Unique airfoil design
* Length: 25.6″
* Wingspan: 29.5″
* RTF Battery: 3S 600mAh Lipo
* RTF Transmitter: 2.4GHz 6 channel
* Weight: 12.2-12.8 oz

The RTF version comes with everything you need to get up in the air and has a part number of #AZS1400 with a street price of $189. The Ready For Receiver version has a part number of #AZS1402 and the street price comes in at only $119. Both styles should start hitting your local HobbyTown USA in early December, or you can order one on the official Ares Website.

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Ares Ethos QX 130
There are quadcopters, then there are quads with loads of options. The Ares Ethos QX 130 just might be kind of the hill for cool add on accessories.

The QX 130 is a bit larger than the micro quads you are used to seeing. It has a length (including rotor blades) of 12.2″. The QX 130 comes completely RTF, ready to fly right out of the box. It also comes with an LED light package and automatic flip mode. Where the QX 130 really gets fun are the add on accessories (available separately)-

* On-board digital camera
* Water blaster
* Bubble machine
* Rocket launcher
* Winch unit

Brian is biting at the bit to get his hands on the bubble machine and fly around the office, while Adam “The Intern” is more of a winch type of guy. Personally, I want the rocket launcher, I have a score to settle with Cubby. :)

The part number for the Ethos QX 130 is #AZSH1300, it has a street price of $99, and it should start hitting your local HobbyTown USA later this month. Hit up This Link for more information.

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ares chronos cx 100
Our friends over at Ares have just announced their new Chronos CX 100 RTF helicopter. The counter-rotating blades, fully proportional controls, and computerized gyro make it easy to fly, even for noobs, while its ultra-micro size allows it to be flown in small areas like indoors.

The CX 100 comes with a digital on-board camera that can be used to shoot video or stills. A 2GB MicroSD card comes standard, large enough to hold up to 90 minutes of video. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* 2.4 GHz radio system
* 1S 250mAh Lipo w/ charger
* 2 coreless main motors
* 4-in-1 receiver/esc/mixer/gyro
* Two color choices- red or blue
* Length: 10″
* Height: 4.5″
* Main Rotor Diameter: 8.9″
* Weight with Battery: 1.9 oz

The CX 100 has a part number of #AZSH1350, an affordable street price of $69, and should start hitting your local Hobbytown USA early next month. Hit up This Link for more information.

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Ares Taylorcraft 130
The latest flying machine from the fine folks over at Ares is their Taylorcraft 130 RTF airplane. The ultra-micro sized Taylorcraft 130 is quite stable, making it easy for first timers to fly, yet has enough performance to make it fun for experienced pilots. Its small size also makes it easy to fly in smaller areas like a park or backyard. The airframe is 100% assembled and is ready to hit the air right out of the box. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Weight w/ Battery: 1.9 oz
* Length: 16.0″
* Wingspan: 22.2″
* Battery: 3.7v 200mAh LiPo
* On-Board Electronics: 3-in-1 receiver/2 servos/ESC
* Battery charger included in box
* Transmitter: 4-channel 2.4GHz
* Designed to be easily upgraded to brushless
* Also available in WOT form (Without Transmitter)

The part number is #AZS1350 for the RTF version and #AZS1351 for the WOT. Prices start at $89 and they will be available by the end of the month. Hit up This Link for more information.

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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.

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