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cubby chairA decade of bashing down, BSRC is officially 10 years old, even we can’t believe it. Nor can we believe that a lil’ ole website like ours could help change the face of rc, but it has.

So where do we go from here? Ya, for sure it’s hard to top what we’ve done, but being who we are we are going to keep pushing the limits like we always have. I can’t say for sure where the next ten years will take us, all I can say is that we are more dedicated than ever to trying new things and promoting the rc hobby as much as we can. As long as we continue to put out lots of quality original content offering a look at the hobby like nobody else can, we’ll do fine.

More than anything during our look back at the first ten years we are grateful. A website like BSRC doesn’t exist without a TON of help. Help from dozens/hundreds of fellow bashers for helping with the site, on reviews, attending our bashes, and reading every day. It also doesn’t exist without the industry. BigSquidRC isn’t made up of a half dozen bashers/writers, it truly is a culmination of a whole lot of people on the basher side of the hobby that still like to have fun. To everyone that reads and supports BSRC we give you a Huge Thank You. You are the ones that made it possible for BSRC to make the 10 year mark and we salute you.

So… what’s going on this week at BSRC? We have a lot on our plate (as usual). With any luck you’ll read full coverage of our 10 Year Anniversary Bash tomorrow. We are also going to try and have an EPIC week for reviews – the Futaba 4PX transmitter, the Tower Hobbies Cutback SCT, and the Vaterra K-5 Blazer.

So that’s all for this edition of THE Cub Report, I’m back to work on reviews for now. Have a great week and I hope all of you get in some serious trigger time. Oh ya, support your local hobby shops when you can, our hobby can not exist without them.

YOUR Cub Reporter

photoAnother week, another fun installment of Raging Rotors! Granted I’m not bringing atomic batteries to power, but I have a project that I have been working on since IRCHA this past August. As I mentioned, I did acquire a SAB Heli Division Goblin 570 helicopter kit and have been diligently working on it in my free time. I have to say, it has been one heck of an experience so far.

Here are a couple of things I’ve learned as well as some advice for all you new kit builders or aspiring heli-builders:

  • Goblin seems to be doing it right. I have only built this one kit, but from observing other brands of helicopter kits and repairing a few helicopters at work, SAB Helidivision really has the right idea in the design department. The motor mount and primary transmission system for the main and tail rotor system is on a single aluminum mount. In event of major crash, replacing a frame piece is just a matter of a dozen or so screws, thats it. That earns major engineering points in my book.
  • Do your research. Picking a helicopter kit is like picking a car, every model has its pros and cons. Some brands may have brittle main gears, where others may not have as readily found parts at your local hobby shop, and others may not have manuals with part numbers or listings. When you find the right kit, you will know it. For those of you looking for a kit helicopter, here are a few brands to take a look at: SAB Heli Division, Align, Mikado, Blade, Gaui, and Futaba. NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list, and my list does NOT mean that those brands are the best; it is just a list.
  • Know your resources. Always have something else besides the internet and your manual to bounce questions at when deciding on a kit, electronics, and building questions. So check your local hobby shop, ask if they know anyone, and feel free to stop by the local flying field and ask, too! I consider myself pretty lucky to have such a great knowledge base here in the midwest. Not only did I have a representative from Team SAB to throw questions at, but a coworker, and my fellow flying club members to talk through a lot of things. A HUGE THANKS to my fellow SAC (Suburban Aeroclub of Chicago) members Ed Henschel and Mike Zubik, my coworker Tony, and Team SAB’s Mike Linko for putting up with me during this whole process (I think I asked hundreds of questions between them all, and they’re still going…).

I will be doing a full ‘summary post’ about the Goblin 570 build as well as expenses, components, etc in the near future, so stay tuned for that. Brian gave me a pile of stuff to unbox and review, and I’m hoping that will get me a shiny and new 180CFX since I got all excited with last week’s reveal. The guys around the office were close to killing me because I have been acting like a kid who pinky-swore not to tell Mom about the broken vase, because I have been holding on to some of those pictures and video for weeks with explicit instructions to say nothing.

I am still accepting emails for this month’s Ask Hot Sauce! The post will go up later in the month, and the best entry will get an ESTES ProtoX for their question, as well as 15 minutes of internet fame! Send all your questions to kevin (at) bigsquidrc (dot) com with your questions and you may just make the cut!

Don’t forget the 10th Anniversary Bash this Sunday!!! Details can be found Right Here, and I cannot wait! I will be in attendance and will be driving my heart out (-gasp- Yes I do own a surface vehicle!). Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Unboxing Futaba 4PX
By now you’ve certainly heard about the new 4PX flagship radio from Futaba. With high-end performance and endless features, it truly is top-of-the-line.

We recently unboxed our review unit and took a bunch of pictures while doing so. To see exactly what comes inside the box check out the two galleries below. While doing the unboxing we have already noticed a few things. The box is shorter than previous versions, the 4PX doesn’t come with any batteries like previous high-end Futabas, and it has the ability to make sound.

Our full review is still a couple of weeks away, until then you can hit up This Link to get full details on the 4PX over on the official Futaba website.

Click Here for more unboxings on BSRC.

Futaba S.Bus2 Car Servo
The S.Bus line of servos from Futaba have a reputation for being some of the smoothest, fastest, and most durable servos that money can buy. Now Futaba has announced three new S.Bus2 HV Programmable servos for your bashing pleasure. These are brushless servos that are fully programmable to suit your specific needs. Some of their highlights include-

* All are water sealed, have metal gears and bearings
* Can be programmed through Futaba’s new 4PX transmitter
* Handles up to 2S LiPo input voltage
* BLS371SV S.Bus2 HV Nitro Car Servo, 264/0.10 (at 7.4v) – $159
* BLS471SV S.Bus2 HV Car Servo, 192/0.07 – $139
* BLS571SV S.Bus2 HV Low Profile, 153/0.08 – $159

Hit up This Link to check out the official Futaba website.

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

Futaba 4PX
The Futaba crew has been teasing their high-end 4PX, but it is nearly here. It has an August release date and should be shipping out to dealers in the very near future.

The 4PX is the most advanced radio system ever developed by Futaba and is 30% faster, and a half ounce lighter, than the previous model. It also has the ability to do telemetry, something that is important for hardcore hobbyists. A 3.5″ QVGA TFT color LCD screen makes it easy to see, while the ability to use a variety of Futaba receivers can help save you cash in the long run.

Futaba has posted every intimate detail along with many more pictures at This Link over on their official website. It has a part number of #FUTK4905, a street price of $549.

You can get one on pre-order at This Link over on Tower Hobbies’ website.

Click Here for the first TGIF Mystery Link of the day.

Hands-on Futaba 4PX
The BigSquidRC Bash Crew finally got a chance to wrap our hands around the new flagship transmitter from Futaba, the 4PX.

The first thing we noticed on the 4PX was its new display. The new screen on the 4PX is amazingly clear, much closer to one found on a high-def tv screen than one found on an rc transmitter. The uber screen made the new menus look all that much better, and we found them easier to navigate than those on the 4PK series.

Other things we noticed on the 4PX-

The new aluminum frame on the 4PX gave it a high-end feel- it had some weight to it without being too heavy.

We also noticed a very nice trigger/wheel/grip relationship.

The new “belly button” on the rear of the base was also neat, it was easily triggered by a simple tap to the stomach.

The voice feature was neat and very easy to hear.

We could go on and on as the 4PX is loaded with cool features, but we’ll hold off on more for our review. Our full review is still several weeks away, until then you can hit up This Link for more details over on the official Futaba website, or you can be one of the first people on your block to get a 4PX by pre-ordering at This Link over on Tower Hobbies’ website.

Get more Futaba news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Futaba 4PX
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.

You can get one on pre-order at This Link over on Tower Hobbies’ website.

Click Right Here for more Futaba news on BigSquidRC.

 Futaba T4GRS
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.

Thank Goodness It’s Friday! Get the first Mystery Link of the day Right Here.

Futaba Drone Radio Transmitter
The crew over at Futaba have been very busy lately. News came out earlier in the week about their flagship 4PX surface transmitter, now they are teasing a new Drone Transmitter. Our friends over at Hobby Media have posted pictures of a possible new drone transmitter that was on display at the Shizuoka show. The drone version has huge rubber covered sticks on it, as well as a vast array of switches, sliders, and buttons. We don’t have any information on when, or even if, it will become available, but should we get an inside scoop we will certainly share it with our readers.

Futaba 4PX Radio Telemetry
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.

You can get one on pre-order at This Link over on Tower Hobbies’ website.

Freqeskinz radio skins futaba spektrum
Want to make your transmitter stand out in a crowd? That is easy to do with a skin/wrap from the crew over at Freqeskinz. For all you Futaba 4PL-PLS/4PK-S and Spektrum DX4S/DX4R Pro/DX3R Pro owners, Freqeskinz has some cool new designs so you can have the trickest radio at the local bash spot. The skins are made out of genuine 3M air-release vinyl and are covered with a protective laminate for long life and pristine looks. The skins are easy to apply and can be re-positioned for a perfect install.

The radio skins are priced at $35 and you can check out all the different styles at This Link over on Freqeskinz official website.

Have you read our latest Spektrum radio review? If not, check it out Right Here.

Blade Nano QX dodging hangar queenAs I enjoy this heat wave in the Midwest (50 degrees, anyone?), I realized something. Never in my short time writing Raging Rotors have I discussed really what kind of ‘path’ one can take to become a competent RC Pilot. Well, better late than never! Over the next couple of articles, we will discuss steps to take to improve your skills and your tech to increase your pilot ‘street cred’. For you experienced RC Pilots, feel free to comment if you have any suggestions. RC is first and foremost a learning experience, so share your knowledge!

Hot Sauce's DX7sI’m a big fan of dedication. Many of you are likely looking into RC helicopters after putzing around with something already, whether a basic coaxial helicopter or one of the almost dozen basic quadcopters that have found their way to market in the last 18 months. If you are dead serious about getting into flying RC helicopters and multirotors, I would start by investing in a computerized radio. A computerized radio is more than your regular transmitter with trim buttons and gimbals, but one that not only (usually) has multiple model memory and a means of finite manipulation of specific flight channels (throttle, aileron, etc). For you Blade and E-Flite fans I’m talking minimally a Spektrum DX6 and JR Radios or for the Heli-max and Flyzone fans there are Futaba and Tactic radio systems. I flew my Blade Nano CPx on the stock non-computerized radio and also on a few different computerized radios, and there is a world of difference between the two. The primary difference is in the response to input: a computerized radio input provides almost instantaneous response in the aircraft. I was actually selling this concept to a coworker who flies one of the quads I own in an RTF format, and I had him fly mine on my Spektrum DX7s. Granted a baseline Spektrum DX6i is $140 and a Tactic TTX650 is $150, but I would not recommend this without the investment being worth it.

Next time on Raging Rotors: …Actually, I’m just going to spoil the title and leave the rest up to your imagination. Part 2 is ‘Pucker up, Buttercup!’

As always, feel free to leave comments about your experiences or ask me anything via kevin (at) bigsquidrc.com, but until next week, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

 

Futaba S.Bus 2 Servos
The Futaba crew has added 6 new S.Bus and S.Bus2 servos to their line-up. The new servos can give you an increase in power, they are made to take advantage of the power provided by 2S LiPo packs, and some of the models are water protected.

* S.Bus servos are highly programmable to optimize your install
* High voltage versions (HV) take full advantage of 2S LiPo power
* FUTM0131 – 133 oz-in & .12 speed at 7.4v
* FUTM0144 – 211 oz-in & .07 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0719 – 54 oz-in & .16 speed at 7.4v
* FUTM0722 – 233 oz-in & .11 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0724 – 111 oz-in & .08 speed at 7.4v, water protected
* FUTM0725 – 76 oz-in & .09 speed at 7.4v

These are available right now and you can get more information on Futaba S.Bus serovs at This Link.

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