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THE Kyosho AXXE Wireless LAN iReceiver Sand Buggy Review

Kyosho AXXE Review

FPV, some say it’s the future, some won’t drive any other way, but most have little to no experience with it. Today we are taking a closer look at the Kyosho AXXE. The version of the AXXE we received is part of Kyosho’s iReadyset series, it comes with their iReceiver and can be driven by a wide variety of Android and Apple devices. With the addition of an optional Kyosho camera, it is as close to a full out of the box FPV set-up that you can buy. Does the Kyosho deliver a good FPV experience? Is driving with your cell phone any fun? Hit the “Read More” button to find out…

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HPI Discount Tire Micro RS4 Drift
Coming soon from HPI Racing is a Micro RS4 Drift featuring Discount Tire livery. This version will come as a RTR and features hard tires and locked diffs, making it easy to drift your way around your local bash spot. Yoshihara Designs Champion wheels and a highly detailed body make it look just like its full scale equivalent, while a 180 sized motor and 4wd put the power to the ground.

The part number is #112856 and you can Click Right Here to get more information over on the official HPI website.

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Thunder Tiger EB4 G3 Buggy
We are big fans of the Thunder Tiger G3 platform. G3s are typically rugged, drive well, and they don’t break the bank. The latest vehicle in Thunder Tiger’s G3 line-up is the EB4 G3 Brushless Buggy. The EB4 uses the G3 chassis and comes ready to run right out of the box. Some of the highlights of the EB4 G3 include-

* 2000kV 1350 watt brushless motor
* Suspension based on ROAR Championship winning EB4 S3
* High torque metal gear servo
* Comes with ACE race spec ESC
* Heavy duty steel diffs
* Front and center CVDs
* Comes with Deans connector

The part number is #6400, these are available right now, and you can get complete details by hitting up This Link over on the official Thunder Tiger website.

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ARRMA Raider Mega Series Unboxing
Today we are sharing some pictures we took while unboxing the new ARRMA Mega Series Raider. The Raider was the first vehicle ever shown by ARRMA, this is the Mega Series version, ARRMA’s most affordable line intended for new drivers or people on a budget.

The Raider is completely RTR, meaning it comes completely built and even includes a battery and charger. The Mega Series uses waterproof electronics, but also comes with cost savings items like Phillips head hardware and plastic instead of metal in certain areas. Our full review will go up next week, until then enjoy the unboxing pictures.

The Mega Series Raider is priced at only $159 and you can get full details over on the official ARRMA Website.

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ARRMA Kraton Monster truck
Big gnarly monster trucks are the kings of the bashing hill. They have big tires, big tires, and generally smash over anything (car/truck/buggy) that gets in their path.

The ARRMA Kraton was announced months ago at the Nuremburg Toy Fair. Since then they’ve been finishing the truck up and now it is about ready to drop on US shores. What makes the Kraton a big, mean, bashing machine?

* Waterproof
* Fully assembled RTR
* Integrated roll cage
* 2050kV brushless motor
* 180 amp ESC
* 208oz/inch steering servo
* Truck Weight- 177oz
* Width- 18.5″
* Length- 24″
* Height- 7.5″
* 3 gear diffs
* 3mm aluminum chassis
* dBoots tires
* 16mm big bore shocks
* Adjustable battery tray with hook and loop fasteners
* 2 year warranty

The part number for green is #AR106005, they are street priced at $499, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in October.

Update: You can now PRE-ORDER the Kraton at This Link!

To get even more details, hit up This Link over on the official ARRMA website.

Happy Friday and TGFBB, or Thank Goodness for Booth Babes!

Unboxing Kyosho AXXE iReceiver
The Kyosho AXXE iReceiver Sand Buggy will be a historic vehicle for BigSquidRC. Why? Because it will be the first review we’ve ever done on a fully FPV surface machine. While there is a version of the AXXE that does come with a normal 2.4GHz transmitter, we’ll be reviewing the Wireless LAN Version with the optional camera.

Our AXXE did not come with a transmitter, nor will it ever use one. To control the buggy we’ll be using a variety of smart phones and tablets. Once we download the proper apps from the Apple store and Google Play, both the steering and throttle controls will come up on our devices. Also, because we are going to review the optional iReceiver camera, we’ll have a live video feed from the on-board camera being displayed on our devices for a full FPV experience.

The AXXE is part of Kyosho’s EZ Series, a budget line intended to get new people into the hobby. You won’t find any fancy brushless power system or even oil shocks on the AXXE, but it does offer cool styling and of course the cutting edge wirless LAN set-up. The AXXE is available without any type of transmitter for just $99, while a version with a 2.4GHz radio costs $139, and the wireless LAN version (without camera) goes for $159.

Our full review will be going up in the next two weeks, if you want more information on the various versions of the Kyosho AXXE hit up This Link on the official Kyosho website.

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Cubby Associated B5One of the most interesting trends that I’ve been hearing more and more about behind the scenes is about kits. You remember them don’t ya? Where you buy a new car, open the box, and all you see is part trees? From what I’ve been hearing there are several manufacturers that would love for them to come back into fashion.

As I’ve said many times before, rc is like anything else, if you wait long enough everything comes back into fashion. Bell-bottoms were huge (no pun intended) in the 1970s, then made a short comeback in the 90′s, and I have no doubt they will once again be all the rage at some point down the road. Therefore I know for a fact that eventually kits will again rule the rc world, it isn’t a matter of “if”, it is a matter of “when”.

There are a whole bunch of upsides to kits ruling the world. In particular, the manufacturers would love for kits to make a comeback. On the business side of things profit margins on kits are greater and it totally eliminates the hundreds of headaches associated with having an RTR assembled. On the consumer side of things, kits create more of a bond with a car owner and ensure they know how to fix their car when it breaks. There is lots of win/win on the kit side of things no doubt.

However… RTRs rule the roost for good reason, especially in the basher world. Most people are either too busy to build a kit or too lazy, so it is simply much more convenient for a “casual” consumer to get into rc via a RTR. So what is it gonna take to flip the rc world upside down? Ya, you already know the answer… marketing. From the rumblings I’ve been hearing throughout the industry, don’t be surprised to start seeing marketing that emphasizes how fun kit building is instead of how convenient RTRs are.

In BSRC news…

While this might sound quite early, I need to start pumping up (read- spamming) the iHobby show. Why so early??? Because iHobby ’14 isn’t gonna be a traditional show for us, it is going to be ground breaking. Of course this is just a tease because I can’t say more, but 100% legit, everyone in the rc world is going to be shocked at what we have in our booth this year. Mark your calenders, put in for vacation time now, and be sure to join us October 2-5 in Schaumburg Illinois. I promise you our booth will not disappoint.

That’s it for this week, support your local hobby shops and bash spots when ya can.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Serpent Spyder SRX-2 RTR
Maybe you have been looking for a high-end 2wd buggy but just don’t have the time to build a kit. Enter Serpent with their new Spyder SRX-2 RTR. Their new RTR is based on their uber kit version but is ready to hit the track right out of the box. Some of its features include-

* Dragon 2.4GHz radio system
* Pre-painted and cut body
* Waterproof electronics
* Sensorless 9 turn brushless motor
* Big bore 12mm shocks

The part number is #500002 and you can get complete details at This Link over on the official Serpent website.

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Vaterra 2015 Ford Mustang 4WD RTR
While the radical new 2015 Ford Mustang is already making waves in the full size world, we are more stoked for the arrival of the new Vaterra rc version. The Vaterra 2015 Mustang is a meticulously detailed version of the real-deal, offering both incredible scale looks and solid on-road performance.

The Vaterra 2015 Mustang comes on their V100-S 4wd on-road platform that has proven to be both durable base and good handling. The stock power plant is a 15 turn brushed motor and the included electronics are waterproof. The Vaterra Mustang comes completely RTR with nothing else needed to hit the pavement.

* Low profile tires on 54mm wheels
* Officially licensed by Ford
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz radio system
* Realistic brake disc and calipers
* Includes Dynamite 1800mAh NiMH & charger

The part number is #VTR03024, it is street priced at $289, and you can be the first guy on your block to get one by pre-ordering at This Link over on the official Horizon Hobby website.

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Kyosho Mad Bug VE
All you Volkswagen fans will be stoked to hear about the new Mad Bug from Kyosho. The Mad Bug is officially licensed by VW and comes as a Readset, fully assembled and ready to bash right out of the box.

With 4wd and an Orion brushless system, the Mad Bug was designed to tackle tough off-road terrain. Other standard features include a 2.4GHz radio system, 1800mAh NiMH battery w/ charger, and heavy duty suspension.

* Waterproof electronics
* Aluminum big bore shocks
* 2400kV Orion brushless motor
* Inch up wheels and high grip tires
* Wheelbase- 272mm
* Width- 287mm

The part number for white is #30994T1B, blue is #30994T2B, they have a street price of $299, and they are expected to start shipping at the end of September. Hit up This Link for full details over on the official Kyosho America website.

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aquacraft miss seattle
Want to talk about wild? Unlimited hydroplane boats are some of the wildest and fastest boats on the water. For your bashing pleasure the crew over at AquaCraft have a new unlimited hydroplane on the way called the Miss Seattle.

The Miss Seattle is a RTR that comes fully assembled and ready to tackle the water. An unlimited hydroplane has to come with crazy power, so it comes with a 2200kV brushless motor that is recommended to be run off of a 3S LiPo battery. To put all that power to the water the Miss Seattle comes with a high performance ABS hull.

* 2 piece cowl
* 2.4GHz Tactic radio gear
* 30A ESC w/ stutter-bump warning system & rudder safety system
* Overall length- 18″
* Width- 4″
* Weight- 17.1 oz

Miss Seattle has a part number of #AQUB1822 and you can hit up This Link to visit the official AquaCraft website.

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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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Tamiya Fighting Buggy 2014
Those of you who remember the old Super Champ will instantly recognize the “new” Tamiya Fighting Buggy. The Super Champ was produced from ’79-’82 and was known for its scale realism and wild rear suspension (mono-shock with huge oil bottle). For those of you that missed it the first time around, Tamiya is re-issuing it in all its glory. The new version will sport some upgrades, but will also retain many of its original features like FRP frame, reinforced plastic body, and die-cast a-arms.

The Fighting Buggy has a part number of #84389 and is scheduled for an October release date. For more details check out This Link over on the Tamiya Japan website.

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