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ASK Cubby

“Spektrum dsmr

Will you be reviewing any of the new Spektrum radios coming out? I’m interested to see if the new dsmr modulation has better range than its predecessors.

Thanks, Jonathan”

Cubby- Heyyyyy now Jon, congrats on making our front page, be sure to hit Brian up for a free sticker pack. We’ve even got some new stickers, really tiny ones that work great on smaller scale vehicles and quads. Hopefully one day we’ll get’em posted in our BSRC shop.

First off- we have definitely noticed that the range on the RTR vehicles that we’ve tested with Spektrum is muchhhhhh longer than before. The Vaterra Halix is a good example, it has at least twice the range of earlier Spektrum systems. A few weeks ago one of our reviewers Hawaiian Chris had to make a couple walks of shame to get back in range of his older Spektrum radio, but he could basically drive as far away as he wanted to with the Halix and still had perfect control. Thankfully, after all this time, it appears Spektrum has their range issues figured out.

Secondly- yes, we’ve got a review for the DX4S with AVC coming up next week. And yes, we’ve noticed very good range on it as well. We’ll be actually measuring its range this weekend, look for the measurement in the review.


“Viper vx4

Hey my name is Jeff. I’m a basher from St.Louis. Was wondering if you have a store locally to me. I read on your review of vx4 that you bashed it in Collinsville was hoping you had a store, let me know if you do. Would like to get a good store to buy my parts for my customers. Repairs (been burnt bad by my local favorite) and want to find new favorite thanks for your time.

Stampede with viper vx4.

Jeff H.”

Cubby- Interesting email there Jeffery, I have no idea what you were getting at so I’ll just ramble for a while….

First off, there are a couple of good hobby shops in the STL. Checkered Flag Hobbies is located in the southern metro, while a shop called Mark Twain is a solid shop in the north just off I-70. Both carry decent inventories and have knowledgeable sales staffs. Both are also HRP dealers, meaning they have access to all the Viper goodies that you might want.

Btw, for all you local Chi-Town and STL bashers, we are working on a type of calender so you’ll know where we are on the weekends so you can meet up and bash with us, but like most other projects, there is so much to do, and so little time.


Congrats, you made it through another “ASK Cubby”, why not get even crazier and shoot me an email. Cubby at BigSquidRC.com is the addy you need, if your letter hits the big time you will get free stickers or maybe even a t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

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’!

 

Horizon Booth E-Fest 2014
Also in attendance at E-Fest 2014 were the folks from Horizon Hobby. Their large booth was well staffed and the BSRC Bash Crew had a great time picking their brains on some of their new air products. The newest item they had in the their booth was the Blade 200 QX. The 200 was just announced a couple of weeks ago and should be a real blast to fly because it is brushless powered. Horizon had a bunch of other products on display, take a look at the pictures below to get a feel for what it was like to be at their booth, and you can Click This Link to visit their official website.

Spektrum DX6

More and more news makes its way to our front page as we continue to post more from the flurry of announcements out of Horizon Hobby from Nuremberg! Spektrum has updated its aircraft radio with the new Airwave powered DX6. Taking a page out of the new DX9, the DX6 has almost unlimited model memory (I doubt anyone will fill the 250 model capacity), as well as now offering the option of monitoring telemetry. The radio has an impressive list of features:

  • Ergonomically designed case with comfortable rubber grips
  • Capable of storing 250 models on the transmitter, expandable further by saving on an SD card or PC
  • Direct System Menu Access mean there is no need to power off the transmitter to access all menus
  • Includes Voice Alerts and Wireless trainer out of the box
  • Supports Air/Heli/Sailplane model types
  • Easy to use AirWare software offers the same proven programming found in more expensive radios
  • Smooth, precise Four Bearing Gimbals
  • AR610 6 Channel full range receiver included
  • Programming capability for most sailplanes, can support 4 Sailplane wing types and 3 tail types
  • Supports the most popular Spektrum Telemetry sensors
  • Includes 4 AA Alkaline batteries, optional Lithium Ion battery with charger (available separately)
  • 5 programmable mixes – all mixes are selectable to be normal or 7 point curve multi-point mixes
  • Dual Aileron, Elevon, and V-Tail Differential
  • 7 aircraft wing types and 5 tail types
  • 7 Swashplate types
  • 7-point throttle (air and heli) and pitch curves (heli) Adjustable for smooth throttle and pitch curves
  • Intuitive SimpleScroll™ programming interface
  • Advanced DSMX® technology (DSM2® compatible)
  • SD card slot for updating firmware, expanding memory and sharing setups
  • Activate bind mode from the menu or a button without having to power off

The part number is SPM6700, and has a street price of $230, and will be on hobby store shelves in a few months. You can find more information about the radio from Spektrum’s website via This Link.

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Spektrum 1/5 Scale Digital Surface Servo
The Spektrum crew has been showing off a couple of new 5th scale servos at the Nurnberg Toy Fair. Both servos were designed to fix several problems that 5th scale drivers have like servo fade, low holding power, and crowbar effect. Using patent-pending Back EMF technology designed by Paul Beard, the new Spektrum 5th scale servos are designed not to fade, even during the toughest bash sessions.

* Designed to eliminate crowbar effect and reduced heat
* Waterproof
* Hardened steel gears
* Socket-head cap screws
* Can be used on 2S Li-Po
* Strong, removable, servo lead
* Low profile 1/5-scale size
* Weight- 5 oz
* Width- 1.2″
* Length- 3″
* Height- 1.8″

The part number for the S9010 is #SPMSS9010, it has a street price of $199 and you can get more information at This Link. The S9020 has a part number of #SPMSS9020, it also has a street price of $199, and you can Click Here to get more information on it.

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Spektrum DX4C Transmitter
Want an affordable way to check out Horizon’s AVC Active Vehicle Control technology in your car? Well here it is, Spektrum’s new DX4C with SRS4210 receiver. To experience AVC all you have to do is remove your stock transmitter and receiver, then install the new Spektrum gear, pretty simple. To read more about what AVC technology can do for your car or truck, just Click Here.

* Frequency-agile DSMR 2.4GHz
* Comes with waterproof SRS4210 AVC receiver
* Allows independent adjustment of AVC for steering and throttle
* LCD screen
* 4 channels
* 20-model transmitter memory

The part number for the transmitter and receiver combo is #SPM4210 and it has a street price of $139. Click Here for more information over on the official Spektrum website.

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Team Grid Drop Down
The crew over at Team GRID have sent out a press release regarding their 2014 drop down wheel lineup. This year Team GRID will be producing drop down wheels for the Spektrum DX3R/Pro, the Sanwa MT4/MT4 S, and the popular Futaba 4PL/4PLS. The drop down units are CNC machined out of aluminum and install in just minutes.

To check out the official Team GRID website Click Here, for more Team GRID news on BigSquidRC check out This Link.

THE Vaterra Halix 4wd Monster Truck Review

Vaterra Halix Review

Vaterra has made quite a name for itself in a short amount of time. The relatively new name from Horizon has been putting out solid performing vehicles that offer stellar scale appearance. Today we’ll be giving you the scoop on the Vaterra Halix (officially Hälix for those looking for the official name). The Halix has already made waves being one of the first two vehicles to roll out from under the Horizon banner sporting AVC/Active Vehicle Control, a system that uses electronics to help make the truck easier to drive. Is the Halix in the same league as a Traxxas Stampede 4×4? Is the AVC a help or a hindrance? Hit that “Read More” button to find out…

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ASK Cubby

“I am interested in getting one of the new avc systems and running it in my T4 this winter. Is the avc system legal for racing? thanks,
Jason K.”

Cubby- Yo to the yo Jason, I just want to let you know you were ohhh sooo close to being letter of the month. You came in second, hope you weren’t holding your breathe for a t-shirt, but you do get a free sticker pack.

Is the Spektrum AVC (Active Vehicle Control) system legal for racing? Yes and No! Gotta love answers that completely conflict each other.

Yes! AVC is completely legal at local tracks that proclaim it to be legal. Hopefully local track directors are smart enough to realize that AVC isn’t gonna cut 5 seconds a lap off anyones time, but it can make a vehicle easier to drive in slick conditions. But… knowing the racing crowd the way I do- 1. they are typically idiots, and 2. they are more resistant to change than a Baptist church congregation. So… finding a local track that doesn’t care if you run AVC or not will probably be next to impossible.

No! No sanctioning body that I’ve heard of has made electronic stability control legal. The drift guys are against it (even though their cars are freak’n impossible to drive without it), the drag guys are against it (even though it would make zero freakn difference in cars that only go straight), and the off-roaders are against it (because they would rather spend countless hours working on their tracks to make their trucks easier to drive instead of just popping in AVC).

But me being Cubby, I think the more important question is “Should AVC be legal for racing?”. On one hand- our tiny cars are ridiculously hard to drive, especially in the wayyyy overpowered brushless age, on the other- it should all be up to the driver no matter how hard their car is to drive. Of course I am very pro electronic stability control, our small over-powered cars are frustrating to drive as they are now, with some stability control they are simply more fun. If I was running a track, stability control would absolutely be legal, heck I might kick drivers that showed up without it just to help get the ball rolling.


“I have an Animus for my 9 year old daughter and she likes it. We upgraded it with most of the aluminum parts and a losi mini insane motor. We looked at this truck at our local Hobbytown and it seems better than the Animus because the esc and steering servo are seperate, and it seems a touch bigger. Would you consider the SC4.18 an upgrade from the Animus?

Jeff D.”

Cubby- Yo Jeff, you didn’t finish second, you have won the highly coveted and sought after “Letter of the Month” award as proclaimed by me. Shoot Brian your shirt size and your snail mail so we can hook ya up.

So… what’s better (I love these questions) a Helion Animus or a Dromida SC4.18? Ok, I could totally make up some crap answer, but I’ll make an exception here and give ya the real scoop. Yes, we’ve tested both, but we haven’t tested them back to back. Without doing so it is incredibly hard to say which one is the best. Both vehicles are similar in the way they are both 18th scale 4wd brushed SCTs, but they both differ on their high and low points. Without a true shootout, I simply can not hook you up with a real answer. However… I can say that we’ve had a bunch of fun with both, and they both are decent bash machines.

Peace and love, and enjoy your new BigSquidRC t-shirt.


Well that’s all there is for this edition of ASK Cubby. Submit your questions, rants, or obvious trolling to Cubby at BigSquidRC.com. Make the front page and get a free sticker pack, have your letter proclaimed as “Letter of the Month!” and get a free t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

Spektrum SR2000 DSMR Micro Race Receiver
Do you have an install that requires an extra small receiver? If so the people at Spektrum have just announced their smallest receiver yet, the SR2000. The SR2000 is extra small to squeeze in those tight spots and it boasts high performance. Some of its features and specifications include-

* Ultra fast 5.5ms frame rate
* Built in antenna tube holder
* DSMR frequency-agile surface protocol
* Comes with Reliakote coating that protects against water, motor spray and fuel.
* Width: 1.0″
* Length: 0.7″
* Height: 0.5″

The part number for the SR2000 is #SPMSR2000, it has a street price of $99, and they should start hitting hobby shops in November. Hit up This Link for more information.

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Spektrum DX4R Pro 4-Channel Radio
The crew over at Spektrum have just announced their new DX4R Pro transmitter. Its 4 channels can come in mighty handy in a scaler or crawler install, and it has the same response speed as the DX3R Pro. Also, thanks to the DX4R Pro’s frequency-agile DSMR technology, you can expect better range and more signal security. Some of the primary features of the DX4R Pro include-

* 5.5ms frame rate
* Adjustable trigger shape and tension
* Backlit LCD Screen
* 50-Model memory with ModelMatch™ technology
* 4 User-defined, programmable mixes with naming
* Pre-set mixes, including dual throttle, dual brake, MOA, 4WS, and dual steering
* Switch-activated mix rates
* On-the-fly mix rate control
* Traction Control and ABS
* RaceWare software updates via SD Card Reader
* Telemetry Compatible
* Includes SR2000 and SR410 4-channel DSMR receivers

The part number for the Spektrum DX4R Pro is #SPM4100, it has a street price of $329, and you can expect a release date of early November. Hit up This Link for more information over on the official Spektrum website.

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Spektrum DX9 9-Channel DSMX Transmitter
The crew over at Spektrum have a new transmitter for all your flying needs called the DX9. Just like its name implies, it has 9 channels and it comes with features such as voice alerts and a wireless trainer function. The DX9 also comes with a new feature from Spektrum called “forward programming”, this allows the owner to program through the transmitter using its LCD screen and interface.

The part number for the Spektrum DX9 is #SPMR9900, it has a street price of $399, and you should expect to start seeing them in hobby shops in September. For more information simply click THIS LINK.

The weekend is almost here, enjoy a TGIF Mystery Link while prepping to bash this weekend.

Horizon Drive-Thru Summer Sale
Horizon Hobby is having a big sale right now called their Drive-Thru Summer promotion. One way to save during the Horizon Drive-Thru event is to download coupons and take them into your participating Horizon dealer. For example, you can save $100 on a Losi 5ive-T or $50 off an ECX Revenge electric buggy this way. The coupons can also be used for on-line purchases.

Horizon also has other promotions- like getting a free receiver with the purchase of select Spektrum radios, and free paddle tires with the purchase of a new Vaterra Glamis Uno. To check out all the deals simply click THIS LINK.

Looking for more Horizon news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.