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Futaba T4GRS T-FHSS TransmitterThe latest high-end surface stick radio from Futaba, the T4GRS, has been teased since May but looks to finally be on its way to the market. Some of the highlights of the T4GRS include telemetry, ball bearings on the sticks, and a backlit 128×64 LCD screen is used to make it easy to read. The 4 channel Futaba T4GRS has 40 model memories, it can transmit in FHSS, S-FHSS and T-FHSS, and has an ultra fast 2.9ms response time.

We do not have a street price or shipping date at this time but will post that information as it becomes available. Until then you can Click Right Here to read more Futaba news on BigSquidRC.

Futaba 4PX VideoOn Christmas morning some people might dream of finding a puppy, or a football, or in the case of Cubby, a new Ferrari under their tree. However, for the hardcore rc hobbyist, they dream of high-end rc gear, and it doesn’t get much more high-end than the Futaba 4PX transmitter. Watch the video below to see some highlights and features of the 4PX. With a 3.5″ display, 40 model memory, and telemetry, who wouldn’t want one under their tree on Christmas morning? To get full details on the 4PX simply hit up This Link over on the Futaba website.

Happy Friday everyone, click Right Here for a very Bubba TGIF Mystery Link.

Futaba BLS571SV Servo ReviewIt has been a decade since brushless motors took over our rc cars and trucks. Now, brushless is taking over even further, they are being used in servos. When used in a servo they are said to be smoother, more efficient, and more powerful than other styles of motors.

Futaba sent us one of their brushless powered BLS571SV servos for review a couple of months ago. Since then we’ve been driving it like we stole it. What have we found out?

* The BLS571SV is a “low-profile” size servo. That particular form factor comes in handy for tight installs like touring car, 12th scale pan cars, and in 10th scale buggies. We installed out test unit in a Durango DEX210V2. It was a perfect fit, very easy to install, and left our chassis with plenty of spare room for other electronics.

* The 571 is loaded with features. It has Futaba’s S.Bus2 programming capability (which we did not play with), it can handle high voltage (up to 8.4 volts), and of course is powered by a brushless motor. Its specifications at 6 volts are- .10 sec/60° for speed and 130.6 oz/in for torque. The 571 uses a 25 tooth horn and is street priced at $159.

* We had a half dozen seasoned hobbyists get in some wheel time with the Futaba then asked them their thoughts. To a man, every tester felt that the 571 was one of the smoothest servos they had ever driven. There simply was no lurching, no shaking, and no skipping around, just buttery smooth movement. And it didn’t matter if it was a small degree of input, or a full sweep, each and every movement with the Futaba was among the smoothest we’ve ever tested.

* In an age where a “digital” servo can be louder than the running gear on a car, the Futaba was refreshingly quiet.

* The 571 had more than ample torque for our Durango buggy. Regardless of speed or conditions, the Futaba held the front wheels exactly where we had them pointed.

* We didn’t use a servo saver on our test buggy and the Futaba lived without issue. No, we didn’t endlessly plow into the pipes in an attempt to blow it out, but we had more than our fair share of hard pipe slaps with no ill effects to the servo.

The Futaba BLS571SV is a high-end servo that definitely gave top shelf performance, everyone that drove the 571 immediately fell in love with how smooth and accurate it was. We can very highly recommend it to you, for more information on other brushless servos in the Futaba line-up simply Click Here.

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ARRMA Kraton Electronics UpgradeHi, my name is Iron Mike and I like long walks on the beach and destroying rc cars. You might know me as a part of the BSRC Bash Crew or perhaps from the Prop Wash boat column that I’ve been slacking on (for months now). A few weeks ago Cubby comes over to my house and drops a brand spank’n new ARRMA Kraton in my lap. Holy smokes, it was my lucky day! The Kraton is easily one of the biggest, baddest bash trucks on the market. Then I realized that if he was dropping it in my lap, it was only because there was work to do. Luckily for me I was told my only job was hop it up, using any type of gear I wanted to. A few minutes later I had Cubby’s company credit card in hand and was on the phone with Tower Hobbies ordering up some seriously kick ass electronics.

Please click on the “Read More” button to find out exactly what I installed, along with step-by-step instructions on how to switch out the electronics in your Kraton.

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Nic Case Castle 200 mphAll across the world people grab their rc car and make speed runs on the weekend. Some do it in their driveway, while others meet up with friends in parking lots to see who can go the fastest. It looks like all those people now have a new record to shoot for. A video has been released showing Nic Case and his RC Bullet going 202 mph. Nic has been the king of the high speed hill for years and now he has put his car past the 200 mph barrier. Click on the video below to watch Nic pilot his Castle Creations, NeuMotors,, and Dinogy LiPo powered car up to 202 mph.

Looking for more information on speed runs? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

Futaba 4PX Review

Futaba has long been known to make some of the best transmitters that money can buy. Their latest top-of-the-line transmitter, the 4PX, comes with copious amounts of features, faster speed, a high-zoot screen and telemetry. Is the Futaba 4PX the best radio on the market? Click the “Read more” to find out…

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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. You can get one on pre-order at This Link

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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.

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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.

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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.