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T-Bone Racing Shock Tower GuardHere is a unique product from the crew at T-Bone Racing, a new front shock tower protector for the Thunder Tiger EB4-G3. Made from a tough nylon, this protector should come in handy for those hard upside down landings while bashing. It is affordable with a street price of just $6 and its part number is #58004. Click Right Here to get full details over on TBR’s official website.

Find more TBR products Right Here on BigSquidRC.

SAC Heli Fun Fly 2014 (6)

In this installment of Raging Rotors, I cannot help but take a look at the dilemma starting to plague hobby shop owners nationwide, including mine: market saturation.

The multirotor market has exploded, providing customers numerous options for aircraft at every size level. The other side of that explosion is that many shops have to pick and choose what goes on to their shelves to maximize space, profit, and provide the best experience to their customers due to the overwhelming amount of options for them to choose from.

Let’s get specific, starting with the nano-micro class of quadcopters. The hobby world started with just one: Estes ProtoX. There now also is the Ares Ethos PQ, the new HobbyZone Faze, and other ‘clones’ that can be ordered all over the internet.

In 350-450 size quadcopters, there’s the DJI Phantom, Blade 350QXWalkera has announced one, Align has stepped into the ringas well as Thunder Tiger, just to name the BIG names throwing their hats into the ring. That doesn’t include any of the dozens of kit frames available in that size class! Retailing minimally at $500 retail and (so far) reaching as high as $1400, it would be hard for any shop to carry ALL of those quadcopters, much less the back stock of batteries, props, and other consumable parts that each aircraft may require.

So how do hobby shops choose? In many cases, they will carry brands with good engineering pedigree (i.e. “I’ve had a great experience working with -insert company- products, so I will stick with them”), price per unit, margin of profit, besides listening to what customers have to say or what they are asking for.

The point I’d like to make in this is to trust your local hobby shop. They have the inventory they have because they are looking to give you the best bang for your buck while also providing a means of keeping the hobby world alive and kicking. I can say that there are around a dozen of just multirotors I have flown or owned just to make sure that they are the best the market has to offer at prices that won’t leave you feeling emptier than your wallet. Don’t see the item you were looking for? Do not hesitate to ask about it, as your LHS will likely be able to get what you are looking for or at least be able to talk to you about it better than a webpage can.

In other news, I’m stoked to be a part of iHobby this year. I will be popping in and out of the BigSquidRC booth as well as selling products at multiple vendor booths. If you run into me feel free to wave, high five, or say hello!

Until next time, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

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.

Read up on more Thunder Tiger News right here on BigSquidRC.

ttrobotix_ghost

Just got word direct from Thunder Tiger about their new TTRobotix GHOST Quadcopter! It looks like they are really going after the video/camera fans with this one because some of the features include an enlarged frame to accommodate other electrical systems/mounts, and make for easy mounting and retractable landing gear to keep them out of the view of the video or picture!

Specs:
* Diagonal Distance: 450mm (17 inches)
* Propeller Size: 12″ x 3.8″
* Battery: 22.2V – 6000 mAh (6s)
* Max Payload: 1.5kg (3 pounds!)
* Max Take-off Weight: 3kg
* Max Flight Time: 30minutes
* 2.4GHz Remote Control Distance(open area): 1000m

Check out the introduction video below:

You can hit This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger TTRobotix GHOST site.

Click Here to read more Thunder Tiger news on BigSquidRC.

Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2
Some have dubbed 2014 as “The year of the monster truck!” and it would be hard to argue otherwise. What is the latest monster truck to be announced? The Thunder Tiger e-MTA G2.

The e-MTA G2 uses elements from the first generation of e-MTA plus it has some new additions. The change that strikes out the most is its shocks. They are no longer a lay-down style like what was found on the original e-MTA, they are now a more traditional stand-up design. The G2 also comes with a 6S capable speed controller as well as 6 point wheel hexes with wheels designed to fit them perfectly. Also new is a more impact resistant body to stand up to all those big hits while out bashing.

* Low center of gravity
* 8 big bore shocks
* ACE 6S BLC-150C ESC & 2000kV motor
* Wheelbase- 370mm
* Width- 440mm
* Length- 620mm
* High grip road tires
* Waterproof, metal gear, digital 9.8 KG & 0.17 sec servo
* Cougar GP3 2.4GHz radio system

The part number for red is #6407-F111, the part number for blue is #6407-F112, but we have not heard if these will make their way stateside. Of course we will post more information when we get it, until then you can hit up This Link to check out the official Thunder Tiger America website.

Click Here to read more Thunder Tiger news on BigSquidRC.

T-Bone Racing Thunder Tiger
Tired of breaking front end parts on your Thunder Tiger eMTA? The crew over at T-Bone Racing have a new front bumper to soak up some of the abuse. Constructed from tough nylon, the TBR front bumper is made to take a beating and comes with a lifetime warranty.

The part number is #58002, it is street priced at $36, and they are available right now. Get complete details at This Link over on T-Bone’s website.

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Thunder Tiger Facebook page
In an effort to spread the word about their Facebook page, the folks over at Thunder Tiger Taiwan are doing a big giveaway. The winner gets a Desperado JR. OBL, a big (27″ long) brushless powered boat that has a street price around $250. Getting entered is super simple, just hit up This Link to head over the Thunder Tiger Facebook page.

Want to read more about Thunder Tiger? Check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

Aluminum Upgrades Thunder Tiger MT4 G3
One of the main vehicles that we use during BigSquidRC demonstrations is the Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 Monster Truck. The MT4 is a great demo vehicle- it goes huge on the jumps and is generally tough as nails.

Our friends over at AsiaTees Hobbies know how much we thrash our MT4 so they sent over a care package of GPM Racing Products Aluminum Upgrades. The GPM aluminum parts are available in a wide variety of colors and we found them very easy to install on our demo truck. If you are looking to up the bling factor of your MT4, hit up This Link to get more information on the GPM parts over on the AsiaTees website.

Click Right Here for more Thunder Tiger MT4-G3 hop-up articles on BigSquidRC.

Thunder Tiger Raptor E550 Flybarless ARF
If you are looking for a new helicopter loaded with premium features that doesn’t take a bunch of time to get up in the air, Thunder Tiger has a heli for you. Thunder Tiger’s new Raptor E550 ARF comes 95% assembled and was designed for performance. For power, the Raptor has a pre-programmed Castle Creations Talon 90A ESC mated to an Ace R/C Ripper 1150kV brushless motor. To keep it light and strong, the Raptor uses carbon fiber main blades and airframe.

* Weight- 5.84 lb
* Main rotor diameter- 49″
* Length- 45.27″
* Height- 15.35″
* Width- 5.51″

The part number is #TTRE0032, it has a street price of $649, and they are expected to start hitting hobby shops in late April. To get more information simply Click This Link.

Want more Thunder Tiger news? Find it at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Hobbico end of the month specials
The folks over at Hobbico are getting the word out that they’ve got some specials going on until the end of the month. Until February 28th you can save some bank on various surface and air products. Some of the more notable specials include-

* $100 off the Duratrax Nissan GTR Nitro 4wd RTR
* $40 off the 2013 ARRMA Fury SCT RTR
* $30 off the Axial Jeep Wrangler Wraith-Poison Spyder 4WD RTR and SCX10 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4WD Kit
* $30 off the Futaba 4PK Super R

There are many other items on sale, to view them all simply click This Link that takes you over to the sale page on the Best RC website.

Catch up on more Hobbico news right here on BigSquidRC by clicking This Link.

Thunder Tiger Voyager III Sailboat
With spring nearly here, Thunder Tiger has announced a new sailboat for your boating enjoyment. The Voyager III is a fairly large boat with an overall height of over 5 feet, and its large sails should catch plenty of wind. When not on the water, its scale looks are sure to attract a lot of attention in your rc room.

* Exceptional scale detailing
* Light and durable blow molded ABS hull
* Improved tear-resistant sails
* Low-drag hydrodynamic steel ballast on keel
* Overall Height- 67″
* Mast Height- 51.4″
* Length- 39″
* Beam- 6.75″
* Sail Area- 666 in²
* Weight- 7.7 lb

The big Thunder Tiger sailboat has a part number of #TTRB5551, a street price of $159, and it should start hitting hobby shops in late March.

Get more rc boat news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

ASK Cubby

“ESC Upgrade

Hey Guys,
Do you think i might face any technical issues in case i replace the ESC of my TT countryman BLC- 80C with the BLC-150C which is being used on the MT4 G3? i’m looking for more power but im afraid to face some problems with the differential system or gearing…etc…
Thanks
OD”

Cubby- Yo congrats OD, I have selected yours as “Letter of the Month” which entitles you to a free BigSquidRC t-shirt. Hit the “contact us” link to shoot Brian your snail mail and shirt size.

Ok, so you might be replacing the stock 80 amp esc in your Thunder Tiger Mini Cooper Countryman with a 150 amp model. So…. what are the implications? Absolutely none if you keep the gearing and cell count the same. After the switch your car should have the same speed and power.

Now lets say you go ahead and kick up your cell count to 5 or 6S on the bigger speedo. Then will your rally car run into reliability problems? Hey, every car running on 6S runs into problems sooner or later, so expect to break some parts. But… all that insane 6S power will at least have you wrenching with a huge smile on your face.


“Just out of curiosity why yall cover this guy’s eyes up every picture?

Michael V.”

Cubby- Ya know, I’ve actually thought for nearly a whole minute on how to answer this question. I could say it’s because I dug out both of my eyes with a hot soldering iron from reading dumb letters. I could say it’s because I’m actually an alien and my eyes have a deep, dark, green phosphate like glow that I’m trying to hide from the government. I could say I only do it to tick off Joe-Blow consumers that have never met me in person.

But then, I could just break down and be honest (which is pretty rare), so… here’s the dealio. In the early days of THE Cub Report many of the things I would say were against my employer in the rc industry. Instead of getting fired and losing some rather fat paychecks, I wore a motocross helmet in the CR picture. Later, when I was working more outside the rc industry, I had no reason to continue using the helmet pic so we shot a “normal” pic, but decided to put a BSRC watermark over my eyes to still leave a bit of mystery.

So there ya go, pretty simple really. :)


That is it for this week ya punks, my email is Cubby at BigSquidRC.com, feel free to shoot me whatever you want, at some point it just might get read. Every letter you write that hits the bigtime gets you a free sticker pack, if I pick yours as “Letter of the Month” we’ll totally hook you up with a sweet BSRC t-shirt.

YOUR Cub Reporter

THE Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Review

Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy Review

Just under a year ago we reviewed the Thunder Tiger ST4 G3 Truggy. We found it to be much like its monster truck cousin, the MT4, a big beastly bash machine. For 2014 Thunder Tiger has released a new version of the ST4, they didn’t change much, just the transmitter, but today we’ll be taking another look at the ST4. Is it still one of the Kings of the Hill at the bash spot? Does it live up to the G3 tradition of toughness? If you show up with one will you pwn your buddies? Click the “Read More” to check out our review…

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