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HPI E Firestorm FluxHPI Racing has a new 2014 edition of their popular E-Firestorm Flux. This 2wd tenth scale stadium truck has been a favorite of bashers for years, now it is better than ever. Some of its upgrades include-

* New Flux EMH-3S speed controller
* New Flux MMH-4000kV brushless motor
* Comes with a “speed pack” that includes smaller 77 tooth pinion and huge 35 tooth pinion
* Longer battery strap for 3S LiPo packs
* Comes with a wheelie bar
* Now comes with the slipper clutch from the Blitz
* Speeds up to 124km/h or 77 mph

The 2014 edition has a part number of #112878, expect a street price of right around $300, and you can get full details at This Link over on HPI’s website.

Read up on HPI news Right Here on BigSquidRC.

VRX Racing XR4 Rally Car
VRX Racing is an affordable line-up of cars and trucks that our next door neighbor at iHobby, IMEX RC, had just picked up. The guys at IMEX set us up with a review car so we could give it a good thrashing and see how it held up. We haven’t started testing on the VRX XR4 Rally Car yet, but we did take a bunch of pictures when we unboxed it. Take a look at the two galleries below to see what it looks like to crack open the box on the XR4 and expect our full review in about 3 weeks.

Head on over to the official IMEX RC website to view other VRX vehicles, or you can hit up This Link to visit the official VRX USA website.

Click Here for more unboxings on BigSquidRC.

ARRMA Kraton Review
Ever since it was seen at the Nuremburg Toy Fair in January, the ARRMA Kraton BLX Monster Truck has been creating a lot of buzz. The Kraton is not only ARRMA RC’s first 4wd, but also their first 1/8th scale machine, hence the reason bashers are biting at the bit to hear how it performs.

Since receiving our review Kraton we’ve been bashing and thrashing it like the true bashers we are. What did we find out?

* Handling – The Kraton comes with soft sprung but heavily damped suspension, making it handle like a champ. It attacks a track like a race truck, yet it’s big monster truck tires love chewing up loam and grass. We also found it soaks up big hits (via multiple roof jumps) like a beast.

* Power – Oh ya, it’s got plenty on tap. We normally ran the Kraton on a pair of Reed Wolfpack 3S LiPo batteries wired in series for 6S, and it does not fail to impress with power. On 6S it is a beast right off the bottom, tears through the mid-range, and has tire exploding top end. When compared to the E-Revo, MT4 G3, and Savage Flux, it is right in the mix for power output. When run on 4S it is noticeably softer off the bottom and on top, but still has plenty of rip.

* Durability – We have yet to break a plastic part on the Kraton, but did manage to explode one of the rear tires with all its power (we ended up running Pro-Line Big Joe IIs). The pinion on our test unit came loose, but it was simple enough to pop it back on. We also noticed that the included Deans connectors looked to have been overheated when they were installed at the factory, making them a loose fit on our battery packs.

* The cage used to keep the body from crushing in worked like a charm. Even after lots of abuse the stock body has yet to be destroyed.

* The Kraton comes with perhaps the most powerful RTR steering servo we’ve ever seen, it truly has no problem throwing those big front tires around. To make sure all that power makes it to the wheels, an aluminum servo arm comes standard, a very nice touch for a RTR.

* We measured the top speed on the Kraton to be 38 mph (on 4S LiPo) and it got there in a hurry.

* Typical bashing moves like pulling wheelies and backflips are easy with the Kraton. Big power and big tires help it pull off those moves even with a center diff.

* While the Kraton might be called a monster truck, it comes with a center diff and a massive rear wing, items typically found on truggies. Speaking of the rear wing, all our reviewers liked how it was molded to match the body lines.

We found the ARRMA Kraton to be a gnarly bashing machine, easily capable of running with all the big hitters in its class. It should be hitting hobby shops in the next couple of weeks with a street price of $499, much lower than most of its competitors. To get complete details, check out the Kraton Page over on the official ARRMA website.

Want to read more reviews? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT
Tower Hobbies has a new RTR short course truck called the Cutback. The Cutback is aimed right at the bashing market with waterproof electronics, an affordable price point, and durable construction. Some of the highlights of the Cutback include-

* 1/10 scale 4-wheel drive
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* Waterproof electronics
* High torque digital metal gear servo
* 80 amp brushless ESC
* 4 pole 3600kV brushless motor
* 2.4GHz radio system w/ fail-safe
* Big-bore shocks with threaded bodies
* Uses 3 sealed diffs
* Comes equipped with bearings
* Uses 12mm wheel hexes
* Pre-painted and trimmed body
* Height- 7.7″
* Width- 11.2″
* Length- 20.9″

The part number is #TOWC0500, it has a street price of just $299, and they should start shipping mid October. For more details or to place an order hit up This Link over on the official Tower Hobbies website.

Want more Tower news? Find it Right Here on BigSquidRC.

THE Kyosho Mad Bug ReadySet Review

Kyosho Mad Bug Review

You might know Kyosho for their world championship winning buggies or perhaps from one of their classics back in the day. Today Kyosho still has high end race machines, but they also offer a plethora of bash mobiles. We’ve been bashing on their Mad Bug ReadySet for a few weeks now to find out what kind of bash machine it is. Does it have good power? Can you slam it hard without breakage? Is the Mad Bug a solid bash machine? Click the “Read More” to find out…

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ASK Cubby

“Best Lipo Charger
I have been asking around on the forums and they all seem to say the iCharger is the best thing out right now. Whats do you think?
Thad T.”

Cubby- Yo yo yo Thad, you’ve officially made “The Big Time”, shoot us your snail mail for the hook-up on a BSRC sticker pack.

So all the Einsteins and Hawkings out in forum land say the Junsi iCharger is the best you can buy? That’s news to me, and here’s why.

I have been using an iCharger 308 for months now. I even busted the cash out of my own pocket to check it out. I mean how could I resist, the hype was pretty huge when they hit the market. There is no doubt the iCharger 308 (or 4010) are beasts, if charging a 6S pack at 30 amps is your thing, they are a good choice. However, just like everything else, they do have their downsides.

The biggest downside is its rotary dial. It is far too sensitive, making even mundane changes a huge PITA, especially if you are in a hurry. The second biggest downfall is its menu, it sucks. Many every day operations require hitting multiple different buttons, this takes extra time to learn, and to use. Lastly, I have not done a whole lot of bench testing with it, but when we compared its quality of charge against the new Hitec X1 Pro, it did not fare well. The iCharger took less time to charge a pack, but the quality of discharge on the pack suffered because of it.

What’s the best LiPo charger on the market? I do not know, I have tested very few of all the units available on the market, but I can say first hand the iCharger definitely is not it.


“Hi Cub,
With my Stampede vxl I am getting ready to run a 3s for the first time, any tips you can give me, I don’t wanna burn it up. Will the the stock pinion work?
Great Nate”

Cubby- Hola there amigo, thanks for the email and congrats on entering the world of serious power. Indeed 3S LiPo is a whole different world compared to 2S or 6 cell NiMH, a world that is incredibly addicting (and destructive).

What tips can I give you? Here ya go (and these go for every car/truck when going to a higher cell count)…

1. Start with the smallest pinion that fits your truck. I have no idea what it is on a Stampede, but look it up and install it. And no, do not use the stock pinion for your first drive on 3S, chances are great you’ll be geared too tall and overheat your motor.

2. Hit up your LHS and pick up a temp gun. Now days, trucks are geared by temperature. Oh and, jot these numbers down- you never want to see temps over 140 F on the LiPo, or over 160 degrees on the motor. Anything hotter means trouble.

3. Pop in your 3S LiPo, bolt on your small pinion, then take your truck for a spin. No, not a long spin, a short one. Drive it for about a minute then pull in and use your new temp gun on the battery and motor. Now drive for another minute and re-check. If the temps are under those listed above for an entire pack you are good to go.

4. If your measured temps were in check, you can then try bolting on taller gearing, meaning a larger pinion. Don’t forget to check temps every minute for the first pack. You can keep going up in gearing until the Lipo and motor get close, but not over the temps listed above.

5. Don’t forget, a lot of other factors will affect motor temps. Muddy conditions, driving in grass, taller and/or heavier tires, and higher ambient temps can all make your temps shoot through the roof, so keep that temp gauge handy.

Now go out and have some fun with that Pede of yours, I think you’ll find that your truck was plenty fast on 2S, but will “feel” twice as fast on 3S.


And that is all for this week (I swear). Next week I’ll be picking a “Letter of the Month” so get those questions submitted to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com.

Your Cub Reporter

Associated Apex Scion Drift
The Associated Apex GReddy Scion has been out for a while now, but yesterday Associated announced that it will also be available in a Drift Version. This is part of their Apex Series, an affordable line of RTR vehicles.

The Drift GReddy Scion comes with all the same features of the older car but includes hard drift tires so you can get your sideways action on.

* Scion Racing FR-2 Rocket Bunny body
* Detailed brake components
* Reedy 3300kV brushless motor
* XP 2.4GHz radio system w/ metal gear servo
* Includes Reedy 6 cell NiMH battery and wall charger
* All metal gear transmission

The part number is #30113D, they are street priced at $289, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in late October. THIS is the link you want for more details over on the Associated website.

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As a reminder that the ARRMA Typhon is going to be making it’s way to shops soon, we got a sweet looking picture of this 6S beast that seemed worthy of sharing. It would probably make a nice desktop photo.

You can get more info on the official ARRMA webpage.

The part number for the ARRMA Typhon is #AR106001 and they have a street price of $429. To be the first person on your block to get one simply hit up This Link to get one on pre-order.

Click Right Here to read more ARRMA news right here on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho Mad Bug Unboxing
We recently received a Kyosho Mad Bug Readyset for one of our famous “smash’em up” reviews. Take a look at the pictures below to see exactly what it looks like to crack open the box and to see what comes inside.

Being a Readyset (Kyosho’s term for RTR), the Mad Bug comes with everything you need to get up and going except for AA batteries for the transmitter. An Orion NiMh pack comes standard, as does a wall type battery charger. As you can see from the pictures, an Orion brushless system is used to power the Mad Bug, while a 2.4GHz radio system eliminates any possible frequency conflicts.

Our full review is still a couple of weeks away, until then please enjoy our unboxing pictures. The Mad Bug is priced at $299 and you can find complete details at This Link over on the official Kyosho America website.

Read more Kyosho News on BigSquidRC.

Thunder Tiger EB4 G3 Buggy
We are big fans of the Thunder Tiger G3 platform. G3s are typically rugged, drive well, and they don’t break the bank. The latest vehicle in Thunder Tiger’s G3 line-up is the EB4 G3 Brushless Buggy. The EB4 uses the G3 chassis and comes ready to run right out of the box. Some of the highlights of the EB4 G3 include-

* 2000kV 1350 watt brushless motor
* Suspension based on ROAR Championship winning EB4 S3
* High torque metal gear servo
* Comes with ACE race spec ESC
* Heavy duty steel diffs
* Front and center CVDs
* Comes with Deans connector

The part number is #6400, these are available right now, and you can get complete details by hitting up This Link over on the official Thunder Tiger website.

Read up on more Thunder Tiger News right here on BigSquidRC.

Kyosho FAZER VE Porsche 918 Weissach Package
It’s all about looking as good as it performs these days. The latest car from Kyosho is a good example of this. The Kyosho Fazer series VE Porsche 918 Weissach comes with a highly detailed body on the outside, with Orion brushless power on the inside.

The Porsche hybrid supercar is known for smashing the lap record on the Nürburgring, now it is available to you for breaking the lap record around your cul-de-sac. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Syncro 2.4GHz radio gear
* Completely built and ready to drive
* Pre-painted body with stickers applied
* Sealed diffs and tranny
* Comes with NiMH battery and charger
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Waterproof

The Fazer has a part number of #30917T2-B, it is priced at $309, and you can get full details over on the Kyosho America website.

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Castle Talon 120HV ESC
For all you air fanatics, Castle Creations has a new ESC coming to their Talon line-up. The Talon 120HV can handle up to 6000 watts of continuous power and features a built-in 20 amp peak BEC.

* Voltage range- 3 to 12S LiPo
* Width- 2.01″
* Length- 3.81″
* Height- .8″
* Weight- 6.56 oz
* Maximum continuous current- 120 amps
* Aluminum case, optional 40mm fan
* Extensive programming with Castle Link software

The part number is #010-0131-00, it has a street price of $199, and they are expected to shipping later this month. Hit up This Link to check out more Castle Creations products.

Read more Castle News on BigSquidRC.

ARRMA Kraton Monster truck
Big gnarly monster trucks are the kings of the bashing hill. They have big tires, big tires, and generally smash over anything (car/truck/buggy) that gets in their path.

The ARRMA Kraton was announced months ago at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. Since then they’ve been finishing the truck up and now it is about ready to drop on US shores. What makes the Kraton a big, mean, bashing machine?

* Waterproof
* Fully assembled RTR
* Integrated roll cage
* 2050kV brushless motor
* 180 amp ESC
* 208oz/inch steering servo
* Truck Weight- 177oz
* Width- 18.5″
* Length- 24″
* Height- 7.5″
* 3 gear diffs
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* dBoots tires
* 16mm big bore shocks
* Adjustable battery tray with hook and loop fasteners
* 2 year warranty

The part number for green is #AR106005, they are street priced at $499, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in October.

Update: You can now PRE-ORDER the Kraton at This Link!

To get even more details, hit up This Link over on the official ARRMA website.

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