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Flyzone Aircore P-51 Mustang Cathy II Airframe 22"
Sooner or later everyone burns out. You can only huck a Revo off your roof so many times before you need a change of pace. Enter the rc airplane scene, a completely different way of getting your rc fix.

Flyzone has a new AirCore airplane called the P-51 Mustang Cathy II. First off, what is AirCore? AirCore is a modular system that allows you to install an entire power plant/receiver/servo set-up into any AirCore airplane. Basically it is a power module that just pops right in to any AirCore airframe, it doesn’t even require tools to install.

The P-51 is loaded with scale details, is set-up for the AirCore system, and is easy to fly, making it a good plane for beginners. Some of its other features and specifications include-

* Foam construction for easy repair
* Wingspan: 22″
* Length: 19″
* Weight: 4.1oz
* Requires AirCore FLZA6400 ($59), 4 channel transmitter, 2S Lipo and charger

The part number for the Flyzone AirCore P-51 is #FLZA3904, it has a street price of $45, and they are expected to hit shelves any time now. Hit up This Link for more information.

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Dromida 18th Scale Revell
If you are anything like us, you grew up building Revell models. Now, Hobbico has announced that the famed Revell brand has a new line-up of entry level 1/18th scale vehicles called Dromida.

Dromida is a hobby grade entry level line that makes it easy and affordable for new hobbyists to get their feet wet in rc. They are affordable because they are all priced at $99, and they make it easy to get going because they came RTR with everything you need right in the box. Some of their other features include-

* 2.4 GHz radio systems with dual rate
* Waterproof
* 370 sized brushed motors
* Speeds up to 20+ mph
* Easy to drive 4wd
* Option parts will be available
* Ball bearings
* Gear diffs
* Aluminum motor mount
* Big bore oil shocks
* 6 cell 1300mAh NiMH included

The part numbers are- #DIDC0041 for the SC4.18 short course truck, #DIDC0042 for the MT4.18 mini-monster and #DIDC0043 for the BX4.18 buggy. All are priced at just $99 and should be hitting hobby shops in late October. Hit up This Link to tour the new Dromida website for lots more information.

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BigSquidRC HobbyTown Bash and Swap Meet 2013
On Saturday, HobbyTown USA in Orland Park Illinois was the host for our 2013 BigSquidRC Bash and Swap Meet. In the big open parking lot on one side of the HobbyTown we put on bashing events and held an open bash session, while on the other side of the building people set up tables to sell old gear in an rc swap meet. Blessed by good weather and a very organized HobbyTown USA staff, the event went off without a hitch.

Four events were held at our bash this year- Obstacle Course, RC Sumo, Shopping Cart Slam, and Demo Derby. The events turned out to be quite challenging for the drivers, and tough on the vehicles, but everyone was having a great time. The drivers got even happier when it was door prize time. Pro-Line sent in a ton of their uber gear to give away to all the bashers, Futaba supplied some cool shirts, and the big prizes were a new HPI Blitz short course truck and Helion Invictus monster truck. We had a great time meeting and bashing with everyone, we can’t wait to do it again next year.

Results-

Demo Derby- Dylan Stevens (HPI Blitz)
Shopping Cart Slam- Xerxes (ARRMA Raider)
Obstacle Course- Tim Mohr (Castle/MIP/STRC Losi SCTE)
RC Sumo- Bill Stevens (Thunder Tiger ST4 G3)

To see other event coverage, click THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

Hit the “Read More” button to see four more galleries of pictures from the big event.

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Traxxas RCHello there everyone out in rc land, yup, you found it, THE Cub Report.

There was no F1 over the weekend. Sigh. There was “sorta” moto (if you count X-Games, Brayton won and JLaw was there!). Sigh. At least I’ve got the last season of Breaking Bad to look forward to this Sunday.

In case you missed it (read- you have been blind and deaf the last month) our big Summer Bash & Swap Meet went off on Saturday in the parking lot of the HobbyTown USA in Orland Park Illinois. The people there were lucky because I decided to grace their presence (but that really goes without saying). HobbyTown and BigSquidRC had the parking lot filled with people, rc cars, and general mayhem, all the ingredients of a good time. We have to give huge props to all the people that turned out to support the bash, to Steve the owner of the HobbyTown – Orland Park, and to Pro-Line, HPI, Duratrax, and Hobbico for all the cool swag. Expect a post full of pics and results later today.

I use events like a bash for research, it’s just how I’m wired. What did I learn? Here are a few things.

Adam “The Intern” is incredibly hard to beat at RC Sumo. I wish that kid could write as well as he wheels a car on an 8′ diameter circle.

Demo derby is much more fun to play with 30 people than 5 (and more brutal).

Xerxes is the Kinwald of putting an rc car into a shopping cart at distance.

There was a surprising amount of Thunder Tigers at the bash, that G3 platform has really taken off.

HPI Blitzs can take some insane punishment. We already knew this, but to see it again in person, watching multiple people drive/crash/huck the living daylights out of them all day is still awe inspiring.

Average users are going bigger/faster than ever. I saw more trucks 20+ feet in the air than ever before.

Those users going uber-huge are often times driving away from the big hucks to pavement, thus meaning they’ve put some serious time and mods into their trucks.

There was a kid out there wheeling better than me and he was only 5. F I V E.

High cell counts are all the rage. In the past 3S was considered “insane”, at the bash 4-6S was quite common. You might be thinking, “There is no way they can use all that power!”, you sure can when you are pulling crazy g’s up a jump face.

On to a couple of more quick notes…

We had some record numbers on the site last week, huge props to all you guys for supporting and reading BigSquidRC. Seriously, a lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into the site, nice to know more than 3 people are reading it.

We are trying trying to wrap details on a St Louis Bash as we speak. Hopefully solid info on this one later in the week.

Join the BigSquidRC Bash Crew in Tolono Illinois this coming Saturday for RC Fest 2013. We’ll be there covering the show and going big. Show up, break some parts and help make some cash for blood donation.

The Bash Crew will be covering the “Make it or Break it RC” scaler comp in Fults Illinois on Sunday August 18th.

Everyone and their dog seems to want to know what I think about the whole Vaterra/Traxxas thing, but strangely I don’t really care on this one. I have the phone numbers to find out the real “scoop” behind it, but I haven’t used them, I’m not so sure I even want to know. Which really is quite odd as I normally stick my nose into anything and everything. Go figure.

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

YOUR Cub Reporter

Tactic Digital Servo
The crew at Tactic have announced an affordable new line-up of servos. With eleven different models to chose from they should have a servo for nearly any application. Each Tactic servo comes complete with mounting hardware and a 1 year warranty.

Specs at 6 volts-

TSX5 Micro Servo HS – 14 oz-in & 0.09 sec/60, $9
TSX10 Micro Servo Digital HT MG – 23 oz-in & .10 sec, $14
TSX20 Mini Servo HS 2BB – 55 oz-in & .13 sec, $17
TSX25 Mini Servo Digital HS 2BB – 91 oz-in & .12 sec, $20
TSX35 Standard Servo Sport – 73 oz-in & .16 sec, $10
TSX40 Standard Servo HS MG 2BB – 99 oz-in & .13 sec, $22
TSX45 Standard Servo HT MG 2BB – 151 oz-in & .17 sec, $22
TSX47 Standard Servo Digital HT MG 2BB – 132 oz-in & .16 sec, $25
TSX55 Standard Servo UT MG 2BB – 203 oz-in & .21 sec, $23
TSX57 Standard Servo Digital UT MG 2BB – 188 oz-in & .20 sec, $30
TSX65 Standard Servo Digital HV MG 2BB – 323 oz-in & .15 sec, $59

Some of the Tactic servos are already available while others should be out in the next few weeks.

To get more information on their entire line-up simply click THIS LINK.

Thank goodness it’s Friday, how about a TGIF Mystery Link?

Hobbico at HobbyTown USA Convention
Industry leader Hobbico had a large suite showcasing their product lines at the 2013 HobbyTown USA convention. Among their featured lines were Duratrax, Futaba, and Axial, among many others.

One of the highlights of the Hobbico booth was their AirCore technology for airplanes. AirCore is basically a power cartridge that can quickly be popped in and out of various planes. The power cartridge contains a brushless motor, esc, receiver, and 3 digital servos and takes about 2 seconds to pop into an AirCore airplane.

We would like to thank the good folks at Hobbico for allowing us to use some of their gear during our demo at the HobbyTown USA show. I was driving a demonstration, jumping/bashing a Thunder Tiger MT-4 monster truck and Duratrax 835E buggy, while Brian was using an HPI Blitz to hold a “pit stop” contest for the HobbyTown USA dealers. Our gear from Hobbico put on a great show and helped add to the fun for all the dealers.

For more information on everything that Hobbico offers simply hit THIS LINK. To see more Hobbico news here on BigSquidRC THIS is the link you want.

America's Best RC Sale 2013
The crew over at Hobbico have announced their annual BestRC Sale. This is a sale where a bunch of products from the vast Hobbico family are discounted until June 30th, perfect timing as the weather warms up. Also of note, the discounts are available from local hobby shops, click HERE to find the one nearest you.

There are sale items from Team Durango, TrakPower, Axial, Duratrax, Futaba, and a whole bunch of more manufactures, hit THIS LINK to view some of the specials or view the video below for more information.

Want to read our last Axial review? If so, hit THIS LINK.

Hobbico Booth Weak Signals Toledo 2013
One of the highlights of the 2013 Weak Signals Toledo RC Expo was the huge booth from Hobbico. Inside were all of Hobbico’s product lines like Futaba, O.S. Engines, Aquacraft, Heli-Max, Flyzone and Tactic.

Perhaps the biggest news in the booth was the announcement of the new Heli-Max 1SQ mini-quad with on-board camera. There are several neat features about the camera- you can adjust its angle, and even cooler, you can snap stills and turn the video on/off from your transmitter. Once done flying you simply load the video on to your computer and relive the action. Price? Around $25 more than the standard 1SQ. We can’t wait to get our hands on one (or two, or five!) of these.

Hobbico was also showing off a number of their latest planes and boats. The Mini-Switch, the ERaze, the P-38 Lightning, and the Rifle 1M were some of the new planes pulling in the crowds. For boats the latest from Aquacraft were on display, including the new Rescue 17 Fireboat that has been creating so much buzz.

For more information on everything Hobbico, HERE is the link to their website.

Check out THIS link for more Weak Signals 2013 show coverage right here on BigSquidRC.

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So a certain squid was hanging out in Champaign Il. this week with the Hobbico gang while they were working on some photo shoots for some upcoming press stuff. Looks like he had a good time! He’s been in the Axial before, but this may be the first time he’s been in a nitro Duratrax Nissan or a Aquacraft Boat! I know he’s been dying to get his hands on that Thunder Tiger eMTA!

Thanks to the awesome people at Hobbico for letting Squiddy hang out during the shoots!

Hobbico/Great Planes Exclusive Distributor for HPI Racing

We were the first to break the news a few weeks ago on our Google Plus show, Cubby then talked a little about all the details we had. Then again when all the other websites were claiming HPI was bought, we assured people that it wasn’t the case. HPI has now confirmed what we have been saying all along since we broke the news.

Here is the official announcement from HPI Racing about their exclusive distribution deal with Hobbico/Great Planes.

“In light of recent media speculation, HPI would like to confirm that it has appointed Hobbico/Great Planes Model Distributors as their exclusive distributor for HPI RC Cars in North America. This distribution partnership is a further extension of the HPI’s exclusive distribution network that is operating very successfully throughout the rest of the world.

We would like to be clear that Hobbico has not purchased HPI, HPI’s assets or the rights to any HPI products. Hobbico/Great Planes Model Distributors have simply purchased the necessary product inventory to enable them to provide the service levels required from an exclusive distributor in such a large market area. Their comprehensive distribution facilities will ensure fast and effective supply of the entire HPI product line.

As the exclusive North American distributor, Hobbico will also be providing first-class customer services utilizing their extensive facilities and knowledgeable staff at their headquarters in Champaign, Illinois. The customer service facility will be operational for the HPI product range beginning March 1st, 2013.

HPI USA will retain its headquarters in California, where we will continue to develop market-leading products and maintain relationships with our high-profile corporate partners. HPI Europe will handle centralized purchasing and logistics operations, resulting in more efficient accessibility of global product demand. These combined efforts will enable North American shops and customers better and faster access to HPI’s kits, spares and support.

This exciting partnership will enhance HPI’s presence within North America by giving both companies the opportunity to concentrate their efforts on their own specialized areas of the business.

HPI’s dedication to product development, marketing collaborations and our distribution partners will ensure HPI will remain the front runner in the worldwide RC market.”

So there you have it folks, expect big from HPI and Great Planes in the years to come. For more information on all of HPI’s fine products HERE is the link to their official website.

Another week has flown by and is in the books, why not give your luck a try on a TGIF Mystery Link?

Hobbico just posted a great video covering highlights from the eFest 2013 show. If you watch closely, you will even see a small cameo by yours truly.

Click this link for all of the Big Squid RC eFest News.

THE Cub Report QuadcopterHey guys, welcome to THE Cub Report, your weekly dose of rc bench racing and shoot’n the rc bull.

25 days, 1 hour and 42 minutes until the cars roll off in Melbourne, “sigh”. It seems like it takes forever for the F1 season to get started.

The “big” story from Dallas last night (Saturday) was why rookie Honda/Geico rider Zach Bell was allowed to race after literally crashing his brain out in his qualifier. Bell’s crash in his qual was one of the worst crashes I’ve ever seen (massive face plant after a triple), and from my big-screen it looked like he was knocked unconscious. Yes, racing is important, but not as important as actually breathing, remembering your name, etc. Seeing crashes like that (and Bell’s other big crash in the main) makes me feel good that I’m only climbing drivers stands now days, not swing’n a leg over a 450.

And on to rc…

WireGate 2013 rages on, last week Jeff from Fantom sent out another response to the ROAR banning of Trinity D3.5 based 17.5 motors. It seems Fantom sent out a wire sample to an independent lab who used a Smart Scope MVP OGP and it was determined the diameter of the wire was .031556″ (.8015 mm). ROAR posted a now infamous pic showing they measured .84173 mm. One of the two doesn’t know how to measure the diameter of a piece of wire, and at this point it doesn’t really matter who, Trinity is the big winner here regardless of how thick the wire might or might not be. Congrats ROAR, the exposure you’ve given Trinity on this one is priceless.

In more rc news…

It seems a lot of consumers believe that the Champaign based behemoth Hobbico has “bought” HPI USA. We first “broke” the news a few weeks ago during one of our Google+ LIVE shows, but the news is that Hobbico/Great Planes is the exclusive distributor for HPI in North America, not that they own the entire HPI USA company. We’ve spoken to multiple Hobbico people at length (in person) on the subject and they assure us they did NOT buy HPI USA, they simply bought up their inventory and got exclusive distribution rights. It sounded like HPI USA was having some financial ills so Hobbico stepped in and bought their inventory to shore them back up. That is the official word right now folks, but we can expect to learn more on March 1st when the “official” PR goes out.

Also…

Last week we posted our BigSquidRC Transmitter Shootout #2. If you haven’t checked it out HERE is the link. We certainly dig shootouts as we feel they are the best way of truly finding out how a product stacks up. Who won? The Futaba? One of the Turnigy’s? The Spektrum? Hit the link!

We’ve been working on a Quadcopter Shootout for some time now. We grabbed the Traxxas, HeliMax and Ares quads and have been bashing them like escaped mental patients (all in the name of science of course, LOL). We finished up our testing at Slot and Wing Hobbies in Champaign Illinois on Saturday. Our categories were- 1. Price, 2. Looks, 3. Durability, 4. Payload, 5. Ease of Flying, 6. Run-time, and 7. Features. The quadcopter shootout goes up Tuesday February 26th, even if you are a surface guy you’ll have a blast reading this one.

Lastly…

Another big week here on BigSquidRC, we’ll be posting our review of the Vaterra Kalahari and TrakPower DPS power supply (plus another surprise review), we’ll be posting all sorts of cool rc news during the week, and of course we’ll be talk’n the rc smack on our BigSquidRC LIVE Google+ show at 9 pm CST on Wednesday night.

That’s it for this week guys, have a fantastic week and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when you can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Airplanes of eFest 2013
Of course the main attraction at eFest was the airplanes. We have gathered up some of the pictures we took last weekend to give our readers a glimpse at some of the planes that were on display. They came in all shapes and sizes, some very basic, some very complex, some very slow, some insanely fast. Click the “read more” button to see all 6 galleries.

Looking for more airplane news? Check out THIS link right here on BigSquidRC.

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