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THE Hitec Lynx 4S Transmitter Review

Hitec Lynx 4S Transmitter Review

It’s been a long time since Hitec put out a high-end surface radio, that is why a whole lot of people in the rc world were stoked at the announcement of the new Lynx 4S. The Lynx 4S was touted to be the best surface radio Hitec has ever produced and comes with features like telemetry, a drop down wheel, and the ability to be set-up left or right handed. Is the Lynx 4S truly a high-end radio or does it fall short? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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THE Losi 8IGHT-E RTR with AVC Review

Losi 8IGHT-E RTR Review

8th scale buggies are prime bash machines, they are fast, corner well, and can make the biggest of the big jumps. We’ve been bash testing the new 8th scale Losi 8IGHT-E RTR for weeks now. Is it a burly bash machine? Can you go huge with it? Does it come with big power? How easily does it break? Hit the “Read More” to find out…

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Xpert WR-6601 Servo ReviewThis time of year in the Midwest can be a mess, if it’s not raining every other day, it is snowing. As you already know as a hobbyist, water can be bad news for electronics.

Recently the BigSquidRC Bash Crew got the opportunity to test one of the latest waterproof servos on the market, the Xpert WR-6601 HV. While its waterproofing is a huge factor for us in the Midwest, it also comes with other important features like a brushless motor to make it smoother and more efficient, metal gears to make it tough, and an aluminum case to help dissipate heat. After a few weeks of use what did we learn about the WR-6601 in the real world?

* The first vehicle we installed it in was a Thunder Tiger MT-4 G3 monster truck. The 6601 is a high torque servo (257 oz/in at 6 volts), so we thought the big Thunder Tiger would make a good test for its power. After a bunch of driving we found the 6601 had plenty of torque, even for the big 8th scale MT-4 G3. At a dead stop it could easily swing the tires, while in high speed corners it could keep the tires pointed exactly where we wanted them to be.

* We found the Xpert to not be as noisy as other digital servos on the market. Some servos sound like they are constantly fighting themselves and can make quite the buzzing noise, but the Xpert was not that way. It did make some noise, but not to any extreme.

* The 6601 was exceptionally smooth like a good high-end servo should be. As we would slowly sweep the front wheels there was no lurching or hesitation, just buttery smooth movement.

* We didn’t experience any “brown out” problems while using the Xpert. Some servos on the market are extremely power hungry, causing the BEC on some ECSs to get overly hot and stop working. We did not experience that problem from the Xpert.

* During our testing period our area received a lot of rain and some snow. Our 6601 was exposed to a lot of water and works fine today.

* The second vehicle we installed the 6601 in was an ARRMA Kraton. The 6601 is rated at a transit speed of .15 at 6 volts, which isn’t blazing fast but felt plenty of fast while driving. Our mid-level and novice drivers never felt its speed held them back. Our pro level drivers wished for a bit quicker speed, but once they got used to the feel they didn’t have any complaints.

* Both of our test vehicles had built in servo savers, thus saving the servo from a lot of abuse. Nonetheless, we bashed and smashed the Xpert as much as we could and didn’t blow any gears out of it.

Overall – we were very impressed with both the performance and durability of the WR-6601 and can highly recommend it to you. It hits the streets at a $99 price point and has a part number of #WR-6601-HV. To get more details simply hit up This Link over on Xpert’s official website.

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Castle Creations Connectors ReviewHi, this is Iron Mike again, the ultimate lover of long walks on the beach and a connoisseur of the destruction of rc cars.

So Cubby called me up a few weeks ago and said, “Get over to my house right now, time for you to earn your keep!”. I have gotten to know Cubby pretty well over the years, whenever he calls it is never a good thing, and when he actually asks to see me in person, it is bound to be even worse. So I jump in my Iron-Mike-Mobile and broke a few (dozen) traffic laws getting to his house ASAP. On my way there I was guessing Cubby wanted to chew me out for looking at him funny one time like 5 years ago, or he wanted to verbally harass me for endorsing Ferrari hiring Sebastian Vettel. But alas, it wasn’t anything bad at all, he just had something for me test. Once inside the Cubby compound, he hands me a bunch of Castle Creations Connectors and told me to have fun, so that’s what I did. A bunch of soldering and dozens of battery packs later, what did the BSRC Bash Crew find out?

1. From first look you quickly realize that the Castle Connectors mean serious business. The 6.5mm connectors ($6 a pair) are huge and burly, while the 4.0mm units ($5 a pair) aren’t so intimidating.

2. The Castle connectors aren’t as easy to install as other units on the market. No, they aren’t that difficult, but they do take some getting used to. Per the included instructions, I drilled some holes in a piece of wood to help make the soldering process easier. Also, pushing the bullets into their plastic housing can be quite hard, we ended up using a short piece of dowel rod with pliers to get them popped into place.

3. The Castle connectors are no joke for power handling. The 6.5mm connector is stated to handle 200 amps, while the smaller 4.0mm bullets are stated to handle 75. We ended up using the 6.5s in a Thunder Tiger MT4 G3, a Durango DEX408 V2 buggy, and an ARRMA Kraton, while we used the 4.0s in a Pro-Line PRO-MT and a Vaterra Halix. We felt that all those trucks would put some heavy loads on the connectors so that is why we chose them. After running pack after pack through the trucks, on cells counts ranging from 2S to 6S, the Castle connectors did a great job. They didn’t get hot, heck they didn’t even get warm, and they didn’t come apart, even on bone crushing landings. There are other connectors on the market that would pop apart when landing a roof jump, but the Castles never came apart unintentionally.

4. The Castle connectors are relatively new to the scene so not many people use them yet. This can come in quite handy. Do you have a “friend” at the track that wanders by your pit to ask if he can borrow a battery pack? Guess what? The chance “that guy” has a Castle connector on his ESC is pretty low, keeping him from wanting to borrow (read- ruin) one of your race packs.

5. Some connectors can’t quite handle the high current demands of 8th scale applications, while others can, but wear out too quickly. We found the Castle 6.5mm connectors easily handled the current demands of 8th scale monster trucks while showing very little wear after a couple months of use.

Overall- we are big fans of the Castle connectors as they worked well for us in high power applications.

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THE Losi XXX-SCB Brushless RTR Review from Horizon Hobby

Losi XXX-SCB Brushless Review

Back in 2011 Losi introduced the first RTR XXX-SCB. It looked like nothing else on the market and was a solid RTR. Now Losi has added brushless power and their AVC Stabilty Control. Is the new XXX-SCB a good basher? Does it have enough power to keep your interest? Is it worth your hard earned cash? Hit the “Read More” to see what we found out during our testing of the brushless XXX-SCB…

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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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Xpert WR-4401 Servo ReviewPeople still want fast servos with a a lot of torque, however, now days waterproofing is nearly a “must have” feature as well. Some of the latest high-end waterproof servos to hit the market come from Xpert RC. We been beating on one of the WR-4401 (.08 speed and 255 oz-in at 6v) waterproof servos for over a month. What did we find out?

* We found the brushless motor used in the Xpert to give exceptionally smooth performance. Whether quickly rotating from side to side, or slowly sweeping, the Xpert was one of the smoothest servos that we’ve tested.

* No, we didn’t drop the Xpert to the bottom of a swimming pool to check its waterproofing, but we did hit numerous mud-holes and subjected it to a lot of snow. So far we have seen no ill effects to the servo.

* We installed the Xpert in our review Pro-Line PRO-MT 2wd monster truck. The WR-4401 was super fast and had torque to spare in that application.

* The Xpert uses a 25 tooth servo horn and a 2.0mm bolt to secure it on. Both of these are very easy to find in a pinch.

* Metal gears are standard and we found the Xpert could take a good hard beating without stripping out its gears. We purposely tightened up the servo saver on our PRO-MT and started slapping pipes with no ill effect to the Xpert.

Overall, we are big fans of the Xpert WR-4401. The Xpert gave us top notch performance and is easily one of the top 5 best servos we’ve ever tested. If you are looking for a high performance waterproof servo we can highly recommend the WR-4401 to you. The Xpert is street priced at $99 and Here Is The Link to its product page over on the Xpert website.

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Rage RC 5000mAh Battery ReviewSometimes you just need an inexpensive NiMH Battery to get the job done. Sometimes you may not have a LiPO battery charger, or maybe you just want to keep things simple. Such is the need for a battery like the Rage RC 7.2V 5000mAh NiMH.

We received a pack for testing a couple of months ago and have been putting it through the BigSquidRC ringer ever since. What have we found out?

* The Rage comes with a simple “Tamiya” style connector that works on numerous entry level products.

* With a standard 6 cell NiMH form factor, the Rage easily fit in every application that we tried. We used it in several vehicles, from an ECX Torment, to a Pro-Line PRO-MT, to a Traxxas Slash, the Rage was always a perfect fit.

* We also used the Rage in the roto-start of our nitro powered Duratrax Camaro. In this application it had plenty of power and turned over the nitro engine easily.

* While the Rage didn’t have the energy density (read- runtime and voltage output) of a LiPo, it had excellent power and runtimes compared to a pair of different low mAh RTR packs that we had laying around. For example, in our brushed Torment the truck was noticeably faster when using the Rage than when driven on a 1500mAh RTR NiMH.

* We conducted a 1C (5 amp) discharge on the Rage using a Hyperion 720iNet3 to get a capacity reading. The Rage NiMH was stated to be 5000mAh, while the Hyperion showed it put out 4732mAh on its first cycle.

We had no issues with the Rage RC 5000 NiMH and can highly recommend it to you. It has a low street price of $29 and its part number is #RGRNM5000-6. Click Right Here for more details over on the Hobby & Recreation Products website.

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rage rc battery chargerEvery hobbyist needs a good battery charger, but there are so many on the market it is hard to chose which one. Since we received one of the new Rage RC 80 Watt Multi Chargers we’ve been using and abusing it to see how it stacks up. Here is what we found out-

* The unit is AC/DC. This makes it easy to go from wall power to charging from the 12 volt battery of your car when out bashing.

* We used the Rage RC charger on a bunch of different battery packs. We used it to charge RTR type low capacity NiMH packs all the way up to 8th scale buggy 4S LiPO packs. The Rage did a solid job regardless of the type of battery we were charging.

* The end tone is loud enough to be heard, but not so loud as to tick off the guy pitting next to you.

* How easy was it to use? It was fairly average. It wasn’t the easiest charger on the market to use, but it was far from being the hardest.

* The manual was well written and easy to understand.

* The Rage came with a wide variety of connectors. From alligator clips, to Deans, to even a glow plug igniter tip, you won’t be needing to solder up a bunch of adapters to charge your packs.

We found the Rage RC Multi Charger to be a solid unit and we can highly recommend it to anyone looking for a versatile, yet affordable, battery charger. The Rage charger has a paltry street price of $52, has a part number of #RGRC80W-ACDC, and Here Is The Link to its official page over on the Hobby & Recreation Products website.

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Vaterra Blazer Review 3

Vaterra now makes a scale truck? We put it through its paces to see if it has what it takes to keep up with the competition! The new kit comes with all sorts of new ideas that really add to the realism of the truck. With options like a quick and easy way to change the wheel base, or loads of steering and a transmission that is easily converted to 2 speed, this may be the next big thing! Click READ MORE to get our thoughts…

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Rage RC servo reviewRage RC from Hobby & Recreation Products has made some waves with their new servo line-up. How is that? Well, their most expensive servo comes in at a measly $12. How do the Rage RC servos perform? Do they blow their guts out if you tap a curb? Are they worth the cash? Here is what we’ve learned from using the Rage servos for the last two months.

* We received 3 test samples, one of each servo in the line-up. We tested all three in a wide variety of 1/10th scale vehicles. They were installed in vehicles ranging from a Durango DEX210 buggy to the Tower Hobbies Cutback to a Pro-Line PRO-MT.

* Out of the 3 servos, two worked flawlessly. The unit we had an issue with, the RGRS142-16-6VM (142 oz, .16, $12), worked ok, but would tend to glitch when continually turned to the left.

* We put the most testing time in with the RGRS104-16-6VM ($12). This was a metal gear 104 oz at .16 servo. When installed in our PRO-MT it had more than enough power and speed to get the job done. We’ve bashed the 104 relentlessly and it still works as well as the day we received it. Also of note, after replacing several RTR servos with the Rage, all our testers felt the it was faster and stronger than the servos it replaced.

* The cheapest of the bunch is the plastic geared RGRS084-16-6VP. It is priced at $7 and is rated for 83 oz at .16 speed. In tested it worked fine for us, but we did end up blowing out the gears after a couple of hard bashing sessions.

Overall- the Rage servos were not the fastest, or smoothest, or most powerful servos we’ve ever tested, but they did an solid job for their price point. We are definitely going to keep a few in our pit box as back up servos. If you are looking for an affordable RTR replacement servo, or just want to get a few spares on the cheap, we can recommend the Rage RC servos to you.

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VP FuelsWhile it might seem like electric rules right now, every time we go bashing we see people running nitro and gasoline powered cars. No, fuel burning rc cars aren’t as dominant as they once were, but there are still plenty of hardcore bashers that will not bash without the smell and sound of nitro/gas.

Over the last couple of months we’ve been running a lot of VP Racing Fuels in our cars. You may very well already know VP, they are front runners in full size motocross, atv, and drag car racing. We ran a variety of their fuels in vehicles ranging from 10th scale .18 touring cars to 5th scale off-road. What did we learn during our testing?

VP Master Basher Nitro Fuel* We ran the VP Master Basher 20% nitro in several of our test cars. We liked how it performed and how the engines ran with it in the tank. Power seemed great and we didn’t have any issues.

* On the gasoline side of things, VP sells a pre-mix that is great for 5th scalers called Powermix. If you are unsure how much oil to put in your gas, or just want the added convenience of buying a pre-mixed gas/oil blend, this should be right down your alley. We had good luck running Powermix in our HPI 5th scale gas burners.

Overall- we can highly recommend the VP fuels to you. We experienced no problems and all our engines seemed to really like the fuel. Look for VP at your local hobby shop or you can hit up their Official Website for more information.

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Duratrax camaro nitro reviewOne of the most important people around the BigSquidRC offices is our guy “Wrench Bill”. He fixes all the cars we bust up (he is VERY busy) and generally keeps everyone sane. Bill is also our resident nitro lover. No matter where we go Bill always brings a nitro (or 3) to bash with. There are a lot of people out there like Bill, a big part of their enjoyment of the hobby is tuning and driving nitro power.

We hadn’t tested a nitro vehicle for a while then the good folks over at Duratrax sent us their Camaro ZL1. The Camaro is a tenth scale 4wd that comes with a .18 sized nitro engine. We’ve been bashing it for several weeks now, what did we learn?

* The included .18 engine has a LOT of power. It ripped hard from a dead stop all the way up to top speed. If you are looking for a car to impress the neighbors with power, the Camaro will do that. Also of note, we never had a problem getting the engine to start, and it stayed running better than 90% of the engines we’ve been around.

* We liked the included 2 speed tranny. Ours shifted well out of the box and made for nuclear takes offs and good top speed.

* The included tires gave good traction. Unfortunately all the power on tap really shortened their lifespan.

* The Camaro comes with a plastic pipe and we ended up melting the outlet on ours. This plugged up the exhaust and kept the engine from running. We also had one of the gears on the two speed come loose and fall off.

* With a spool in the front and a diff in the rear the Camaro handles well if you can keep from constantly pinning the engine. When driven with a smart trigger finger the car can really haul on pavement.

* We were big fans of the included electric starter. It makes life soooo much easier than a pull start.

* The Camaro is one of the best looking cars ever produced by Duratrax. It is officially licensed by Chevrolet and looks really sharp in person.

The Duratrax Camaro ZL1 has a part number of #DTXD53** and are street priced at $299. To get more details you can hit up the Official Duratrax Website.

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