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Carisma GT10DT SaleThe guys over at Carisma wanted us to let you know they are having a sale on their GT10DT. We reviewed the GT10DT about a year ago and it proved that it could take some serious bashing. It comes with brushless power, 4 wheel drive, and is waterproof for bashing on those rainy (or snowy!!) days. If you are looking for a smaller scale bash machine at a good price, hit up This Link over on the official Carisma Facebook Page to find out more details.

Click Right Here to read our review of the Carisma GT10DT.

falcon hobby supplyThe fine folks over at Falcon Hobby Supply have a special running right now. By using the code “BigSquid12″ over on their website, you can save an instant 12% off your order. Why should you use Falcon Hobby Supply? For a few reasons actually, they are a supporter of your favorite website (hint, hint, BigSquidRC), they stock loads of surface and air products, plus they are centrally located in good old Springfield Illinois. Another good reason to use Falcon is the fact that they carry the Carisma line of rc products, one of our favorites for bashing. You can get a hold of them the old school way by calling toll free 855-603-2526, or go new school by hitting up THIS LINK to visit their official website.

Carisma The Jeric Group iHobby
One of the many new exhibitors at iHobby was The Jeric Group. While Bill Jeric has been a force in the hobby for many years, this was the first time he had a booth to help promote the Carisma, Tuning Haus, and Prime R/C products that he distributes. Of special interest to us was the Carisma M10SC and Subaru rally car that The Jeric Group will soon start importing to the states (picture #1 in the gallery below). If they are like the other vehicles in the Carisma line-up they should make great bashers.

If you are a hobby shop wanting more information on The Jeric Group, hit up their Official Website. For you consumers, please check out the official Carisma Website.

Want to see more booths from the show? Click Here for full iHobby coverage on BigSquidRC.

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Saw our friends over at Carisma threw a little video together of their RC vehicles taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s a great way to show off their water proofing at the very least! Enjoy the video.

Click Here to visit the official Carisma website, or Click Here to visit the Falcon Hobby website where you can order one of the new Carismas.

To read even more Carisma news check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

THE Carisma M40S Volkswagen Golf 24 Review

Carisma M40S Volkswagen Golf 24 Review

Now days it just isn’t enough to put out a solid car, it has to perform well and look exactly like its full scale equivalent. Today we’ll be taking a close look at the Carisma M40S Volkswagen Golf 24, an affordable ready-to-run that promises the precise scale looks everyone is after, as well a fun driving experience. Does it meet expectations? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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We got our hands on the new M40S Volkswagen Golf 24 from Cariama. It is a 1/10th scale 4wd RTR, and with a street price of $169, we are really looking forward to see how it does!

Click Right Here to visit the official Carisma website, or Click Here to visit the Falcon Hobby website where you can order one of the new Carismas.

Click the READ MORE below to see the rest of the pictures under the hood.
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Carisma M40S Golf 24
All you Carisma fans will be happy to hear that 3 new models are now available here in the states.

The first new model is the M40S Volkswagen Golf 24. This is a 1/10th scale 4wd RTR that comes on the durable M40S platform. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Street price $169
* Wheelbase- 10″
* Length- 14.7″
* Track width- 7.2″
* 540 brushed motor and 2.4GHz radio system
* Shaft 4wd with 3 differentials
* Comes with battery and charger

The second new model is the GTMK3 Touring Car. This is a 4wd 1/14th scale roller designed for big fun in small spaces. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Street price $99
* Wheelbase- 185mm
* Length- 310mm
* Track width- 135mm
* Threaded aluminum shocks
* Full bearing set
* FRP chassis, top deck, and towers
* Slipper and 2 ball differentials
* Belt driven
* Clean body and wing

The third new model here in the states is the GTB 4WD Race Buggy. The GTB has been quite dominant overseas in small scale racing and finally we get a chance to wheel them here. The GTB is 1/16th scale 4wd roller that comes without electronics. Some of its features and specs include-

* Street price- $139
* Wheelbase- 190mm
* Length- 275mm
* Track Width- 205mm
* Threaded aluminum shocks
* Clear cab forward body and wing
* FPR chassis and towers
* Belt driven with slipper clutch
* Front and rear ball diffs

Click Right Here to visit the official Carisma website, or Click Here to visit the Falcon Hobby website where you can order one of the new Carismas.

To read even more Carisma news check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“carisma rc

Hi Cubby. First sorry for the english im live in Brazil. Lets see if you can help me again, i follow your advice and have many rcs and there are two that you help me choose when i was in doubt and im happy that i follow your advice when buy the scte and the vorza. But now i love the minis and after some months of hard work i have 600$ for rcs and was thinking of buying the carisma gt10dt and the gt16mt. But i was a little afraid, my summit 1/16 give me many problems and the losi mini 8ight of my brother when we do light bashing always break something. My summit now is just an onroad car.

So the question is this, are the two carisma minis really durable cars? I dont do 20% there you make in your videos but don’t have luck and always something breaks. Really worth buy these two minis?

Jonas T.”

Cubby- Yo hey Jonas, shoot us your snail mail address so we can get ya hooked up with a BigSquidRC sticker kit. They will instantly keep all your rc cars from breaking. (insert sarcasm tags here)

So… you are on the fence about cutting the check for a Carisma GT10DT and GT16MT. I was there for the review of both of those vehicles, and yes, they are quite durable. In fact, the GT16MT was the only test vehicle we’ve ever had here that I grew tired of trying to break. We slammed it full speed into every hard object we could find, jumped it off every roof in the neighborhood, and it was still able to drive away. For durability, I can very highly recommend it.

The GT10DT buggy was also fairly durable. It took quite a bit of slamming to get it to break. But… with you being in Brazil (where soccer madness is about to explode) you need to make sure you have easy access to parts. No matter how tough any vehicle may be, it will break at some point.


“Recomendations

I have been into RC’ing for quite some time:
(1) I have a 1994 Vintage Traxxas Nitro-Hawk and it is frustrating as H&*%L. (the small Image-12 engine is quite finicky)

(2) I wanna get into Electric – I love the stadium truck platform, I am (for some reason or another) steering toward the HPI E-Firestorm Flux

do you think this particular truck has an advantage or disadvantage over the Rustler
— or is there another RTR Stadium you would recommend over one of them..
I live in a great neighborhood for street running (city provided nice speed bumps for my pleasure) I also have decent access to Golf Course roads.
So speed (quick enough to confront a varmint or two) and light bashing (speed bumps and sand traps are calling my name) would be great,
Any input would be great,
–Thanks –

Carl D.”

Cubby- Yo hey Carl, somehow your email got forwarded to me from my ever increasing staff of interns, so it must be worth answering. Give me a second to read it…

Ok, so I didn’t actually read your email, but I did give it a light skimming. If I skimmed correctly you want to know what truck would I recommend, the HPI E-Firestorm Flux or a Traxxas Rustler VXL.

Btw, before I answer your question, I think I read something about a Nitro Hawk in your email? Hopefully you don’t own one, those things were a PITA to keep running properly.

So on to your question. To be perfectly blunt, I would recommend the HPI. Why? While it isn’t the latest in uber tech, it is a much more modern design than the Rustler. Because of that, it simply handles better, a lot better. Also, it’s a fairly tough truck. Yes, of course you can get it to break, but under “normal” use it can take some good hits without exploding like it just ran over an IED.

But…. and there is always a “but”, the Traxxas does have one outstanding feature- parts support. If you break something on the Rustler most decent hobby shops will have the parts in stock to get you going again.


That’s it for yet another week of ASK Cubby. You can attempt in vain to shoot me your questions at Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make it on our front page and we’ll shoot you a free sticker pack, get named as “Letter of the Week” and you’ll get a free BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Carisma M40DT LED Light Kit
Since we reviewed the Carisma M40DT it has become one of our “go to” bash machines. Recently we were out driving the Carisma but ended up running out of daylight, needless to say that was an absolute bummer. Why should the fun stop at sundown?

The good folks over at Carisma make a nifty LED Light Kit made specifically for the M40DT that helps keep the fun going when the sun goes down. We installed the kit on our M40DT and took some notes & pictures to show how easy it is to put on your truck.

How To Install an LED Light Kit on the M40DT-

1. Get everything you’ll need together. You will need the Carisma M40DT Light Kit (#15154, $25), some CA glue, and a body reamer (or drill) to make a hole in the body. A couple of zip-ties can also come in handy to tidy things up.

2. Make a hole in the top of the body so you can run the lights to the roof mounted light buckets that came on the body.

3.. Slide the LEDs into the light buckets on the roof. Add a tiny dab of CA glue to keep them from ever popping out.

4. Mount the control box for the LED light kit. There is a spot perfect for this just above the servo and the box even comes with double sided tape on its bottom to make this step extra easy.

5. Plug the wires that are coming out of the control box into the receiver. The M40DT also makes this step easy because it has a pigtail coming out of its receiver specifically for this purpose.

6. Grab a zip tie and tidy up the wire bundle coming out of the receiver. This helps keep the wires out of harm’s way during hard bash sessions.

7. Slide the LEDs into the light buckets provided on the M40DT’s front bumper. Once again use a tiny dab of CA to keep them from coming loose.

8. Plug the wire harness from the LED lights into the LED control box.

9. Hit the “on” switch on the LED control box and take a look at your job well done. It took us less than 10 minutes to do the install, and that included the time spent taking notes and pictures. The kit uses 6 amber lights for the roof, 4 for the front bumper, and we found they did a decent job of lighting up the night for some after hours bashing.

You’ve just read what it takes to mount an LED light kit on the Carisma M40DT, check out This Link for more “how-to” articles right here on BigSquidRC.

carisma-shop
We talk about it every day around the office, parts support. Bashers are notoriously hard on trucks, breaking parts isn’t the exception to the rule, it is expected.

Today Carisma has announced their new on-line store. Carisma’s new on-line store is intended to supplement local hobby shops by offering another source of parts support for all you Carisma owners. If your local hobby shop hasn’t picked up Carisma yet, or if they don’t have the part you need in stock, the Carisma on-line store can come in handy to get your car or truck back up and running as quickly as possible.

You can check out the new store at Carisma-Shop.com.

Get more Carisma news at This Link on BigSquidRC.com.

THE Carisma M40DT Desert Truck Brushless RTR Review

Carisma M40DT Desert Truck Review

Is there a hotter class than 4wd Short Course Truck right now? It seems that when we go bashing they are everywhere, and for good reason, they look good and can typically take a pretty hard beating. One of the newest trucks to enter the category is the Carisma M40DT Desert Truck. The M40DT comes with the brushless power and scale detailing that everyone is looking for now days, and it does it at a very affordable price point. After driving the truck for weeks (like escaped mental patients) what did we learn? Click the “Read More” to find out…

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THE Carisma Porsche 959 Rally Car Review

Carisma Porsche 959 Rally Review

The bash world has been abuzz since news broke that Carisma was hitting the states, and at the front of that buzz was one car in particular, the Porsche 959 Rally. We got our hands on one and have been driving it like we stole for a few weeks now. To boil it down- is the Carisma Porsche a solid bash machine that is worth your hard earned cash? Click the “Read More” to find out…

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ASK Cubby

“Regarding the Carisma 959-

What’s the ideal battery for this car? Lipo 2S 70C? This is my first car RC (but have a few multirotors) so I don’t know much about the hobby yet.

Erik D.”

Cubby- Yo yo to the yo Erik, you have officially made the front page of BigSquidRC, hit Brian up for a killer sticker pack.

What is the ideal battery for the Carisma Porsche 959? On the low end of the spectrum I would say its a pack that meets your runtime requirements and has enough current that the brushless system doesn’t cog. On the upper end of the spectrum, it would be a pack like we used in our review, a TrakPower 2S 70C 6800. While not cheap, the TrakPower gave the Porsche nearly 30 minutes of runtime, tons of power, and never come close to getting hot. We can definitely recommend that pack first hand for the Carisma. Oh btw, the Porsche is set-up for a 2S pack, its battery tray doesn’t leave extra room for a “normal sized” 3S.

As far as other packs go, people tend to pay wayyyy too much attention to those mysterious “C” ratings. We’ve seen time and time again lower “C” packs outperform higher “C” packs, but that isn’t something you will know for sure unless you buy both and test them. The best rule of thumb I can give you is to only buy packs that you’ve seen tested by a reputable source. That is really the only way of knowing what you are plunking your hard earned cash down on.


“you know its strange ive been in this hobby for close to 30 years my first truck was a mauri big bear with a 6 volt NiCad. seeing these “new” losi universals kinda makes me sigh a little. these were all the rage until mip came out with the cvd which at the time were leaps and bounds beyond the universal, so is the cvd obsolete? its strange to see this hobby come full circle. ive seen the aluminum chassis get upgraded to carbon fiber, then to composite and it appears were back to aluminum. every 4×4 1/10 scale still shares the same layout as the xx4 which is almost 20 years old. well theres my rant of the day.

Jeremie H.”

Cubby- So Jeremie, are CVDs dead? LOL, no, they are not dead. But ya, I totally get your point on how everything goes out of fashion, then years later is promoted as the latest hot thing. You mention driveshafts and chassis materials, but it’s true for a million of other things.

I will make a comment about driveshafts in the rc world though. In one of our G+ live shows several months ago someone asked the question “What makes CVDs so much better than dogbones?”. So what is the biggest upside? CVDs don’t go flying out of your car at 40 mph to never be found again like dogbones do, LOL. Seriously, if you are a super uber competitor that runs on the same track week after week you can notice a difference in driveshafts. If you are a Joe Blow like you and me, you really only need two things- 1. long wear, and 2. CVD or universals that don’t get lost when a camber link comes off.


So there ya have it for this week folks, shoot me your snotty answers, unreadable gibberish, and moronic manifestos to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. If your letter hits the big time you’ll get something free, no kidding!

YOUR Cub Reporter