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PPR Reptile Wheel GripsSome people like foam on the wheel of their transmitter, while others like soft rubber (and everyone just plain hates hard plastic). For you rubber fans, Reptile Wheel Grips is having a sale! For a limited time you can get one of their very cool looking grips for the low price of $8.99. Click Right Here to get more information and to see all the different styles that are available.

Click Here to read the BigSquidRC review of the Reptile wheel grips.

 Hitec Lynx 4SHitec surprised the rc world back in May with the announcement of a new surface transmitter. Later in July we were able to lay out diff grease stained fingers on their new Lynx 4S at the HobbyTown USA National Convention. Within the next few weeks you should be seeing them hit your local hobby shop.

The Lynx 4S is a high-end radio loaded with features. Most notably, it comes with a super fast 4ms response time and bi-directional telemetry. Also of note is its 4096 resolution, 30 model memory, backlit graphic LCD screen, and its headphone jack for listening to music and warning sounds.

The Lynx 4S is available three different ways. You can get the transmitter plus an Axion 4 channel receiver (#16201) for a street price of $279, or the transmitter plus an Axion 2 channel HHR receiver (#16200) for $284, or the transmitter with a Proton 4 channel receiver (#16202) for $329. You can hit up This Link to get more details over on Hitec’s website.

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Tactic TTX610Ready to move up to a 6 channel radio? If so, Tactic has an affordable new unit getting ready to hit the market. The TTX610 is one of the latest radios from Tactic and comes with all the basic features you need to utilize 6 channels on your aircraft. You can flip a single switch to change dual rates while a two & three position switch make it easy to activate auxiliary functions. A 2.4GHz SLT protocol is used for glitch free performance, while bearings are used on the gimbals for ultra smooth movement.

The 610 has a part number of #TACJ2610, a street price of $99, and they are expected to hit hobby shops in December. Here Is A Link to more information over on the official Tactic website.

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Sanwa M12 40th AnniversaryAll you hardcore Sanwa guys should be interested to know there is Limited Edition 40th Anniversary M12 transmitter headed to the market. The 40th Anniversary M12 comes with a special black piano lacquer finish to give it a unique high-end look and each unit has its serial number engraved into a special plate. It also comes with an aluminum steering wheel and drop down plate, and is shipped with 3 receivers. Some of its other highlights include-

* Data logger
* Can connect to PC to store or load model data
* Comes with three different handle inserts
* 128×256 LCD screen
* Ability to update software via USB

To check out the official Sanwa website simply Click Here, or you can hit up This Link to read more transmitter news on BigSquidRC.

Futaba 4PX Review

Futaba has long been known to make some of the best transmitters that money can buy. Their latest top-of-the-line transmitter, the 4PX, comes with copious amounts of features, faster speed, a high-zoot screen and telemetry. Is the Futaba 4PX the best radio on the market? Click the “Read more” to find out…

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Graupner X-8N
After signing a deal with Tower Hobbies, it is easier than ever to get Graupner products here in the States. One of the latest and greatest products from Graupner is the X-8N transmitter.

The X-8N is a 2.4GHz 4 channel surface transmitter for use in cars, trucks, and boats. The Graupner boasts a laundry list of features, some of the highlights include-

* 128 x 64 pixel TFT display
* Ultra fast 2.4GHz HoTT technology
* Steering wheel can be mounted right or left handed
* Telemetry
* Telemetry storage via micro SD card
* Bidirectional communication between transmitter and receiver
* Voice output via headphones

The part number is #S1018, it is street priced at $249, and This Is The Link you want for full details over on the official Graupner website.

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Futaba 4PX
The Futaba crew has been teasing their high-end 4PX, but it is nearly here. It has an August release date and should be shipping out to dealers in the very near future.

The 4PX is the most advanced radio system ever developed by Futaba and is 30% faster, and a half ounce lighter, than the previous model. It also has the ability to do telemetry, something that is important for hardcore hobbyists. A 3.5″ QVGA TFT color LCD screen makes it easy to see, while the ability to use a variety of Futaba receivers can help save you cash in the long run.

Futaba has posted every intimate detail along with many more pictures at This Link over on their official website. It has a part number of #FUTK4905, a street price of $549.

You can get one on pre-order at This Link over on Tower Hobbies’ website.

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As you may of seen in some recent reviews, more and more stock/included radio transmitters have had hard plastic wheels. Seems that many companies are trying to save that $0.07 cents of foam that we all have become accustomed to, and we are not fans. So we got a hold of the folks at PPR RC Products, the guys that make the Reptile Radio Wheel Grips so we could give their stuff a try.

The grips come in a normal or soft compound. Unless you knew there were two compounds, you probably wouldn’t notice, but once you know, you can feel that one is a little softer to squeeze. We used the grips on several different radios, from our Hydro Dipped Tactic and Futaba 4PLS to our new HPI Octane radio.

We had no problems installing the grips onto any of the radios we wanted to try them with. They are a pretty tight fit, and on some of the wheels that needed a little more effort to get them installed we chose to remove the wheel first, install the grip, and put the wheel back on. We did this because we just didn’t want to end up cracking the plastic wheel, or the connection that it screws into. It takes an extra minute to install, but better safe than sorry.

When installing them on radios that had a plastic wheel, it was a unanimous decision that we liked the feel of the Reptile Grip to just the stock plastic wheel. There was no slippage, from our fingers or from the grip to the wheel.

When replacing a radio foam, there were a few people that were fans of the new grip, but a few that still preferred the feel of the foam. This is going to be one of those personal preference things. But if you are like a few of us, and have destroyed your foam, the grips will make a good replacement.

Something that we REALLY like about the PPR Reptile Grips are all the different colors and styles they come in, and the fact that no two are alike. Every time you visit the website, there are new ones to check out. In a way they are almost a collectible. If you see a color or style you like, you better order it because the next batch might look completely different.

As you can see, we got a variety of styles to try and some even matched our radios!

If you are looking for a better grip for that stock plastic wheel, or if you are looking for something that will turn heads at the next bash, or up on the drivers stand, give the Reptile grips a try.

They cost about $12 each, and are worth every penny to not have to use that stock plastic wheel.

Hit the official PPR Grips website for more info, and to order.

KO Propo EX-1 KIY Options
The KO Propo EX-1 KIY is pretty trick right out of the box, but now KO has announced some new items to uber-it-out even more.

First up is a new 3D Drop Down Wheel Extension Unit. The new drop down is lighter than the previous version and helps reduce the distance between the trigger and the wheel. It has a part number of #10549.

A new Base Battery Stand is also available from KO Propo. The stylish new base makes it easy to mount a Lithium battery to the KIY for a change in weight balance and for longer runtimes. The part number is #10546.

To fit in the base is a new 2S 1550mAh Li-Fe battery. Using a Li-Fe pack in your transmitter is definitely the way to go, expect longer times between charging and a better weight distribution. To charge the pack KO has also announced a new battery charger. It is a fast charger with up to a 2 amp charge rate and features easy one button operation. The part number for the Li-Fe pack is #73018 and the part number for the charger is #51201.

Click Here for more KO news right here on BigSquidRC.

Hands-on Futaba 4PX
The BigSquidRC Bash Crew finally got a chance to wrap our hands around the new flagship transmitter from Futaba, the 4PX.

The first thing we noticed on the 4PX was its new display. The new screen on the 4PX is amazingly clear, much closer to one found on a high-def tv screen than one found on an rc transmitter. The uber screen made the new menus look all that much better, and we found them easier to navigate than those on the 4PK series.

Other things we noticed on the 4PX-

The new aluminum frame on the 4PX gave it a high-end feel- it had some weight to it without being too heavy.

We also noticed a very nice trigger/wheel/grip relationship.

The new “belly button” on the rear of the base was also neat, it was easily triggered by a simple tap to the stomach.

The voice feature was neat and very easy to hear.

We could go on and on as the 4PX is loaded with cool features, but we’ll hold off on more for our review. Our full review is still several weeks away, until then you can hit up This Link for more details over on the official Futaba website, or you can be one of the first people on your block to get a 4PX by pre-ordering at This Link over on Tower Hobbies’ website.

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Hitec Lynx 4S Radio Transmitter
First seen at the Shizuoka Hobby Show a couple of weeks ago, Hitec has now released more information on their upcoming Lynx 4S radio system. The 4S looks to easily be the most technologically advanced transmitter that Hitec has ever produced. Some of its features include-

* Includes bi-directional telemetry for speed, rpm, temp, and voltage
* 4096 resolution
* Easy-to-Change Control Mode for left handed drivers
* Utilizes Hitec’s AFHSS 2.4GHz system
* Has ultra-fast 4ms Hitec High Response System (HHR)
* Includes steering wheel extension and built in antenna
* Can use a Micro SD card for model memory, music, & warning sound storage
* Has ear phone jack for listening to music & warning sounds
* 30 model memory standard, up to 60 with Micro SD
* Has variable mixing for 4WS/Crawling
* Has vibration mode and PC link support for firmware updates
* Backlit graphic LCD screen
* 6-Color LED indicates transmitter status (Red/Green/Blue/Yellow/Magenta/Cyan)
* Adjustable spring tension on steering & throttle, wheel and trigger position also adjustable

The part number and pricing information has not been released, but you can hit up This Link over on Hitec’s website for a few more details.

Get more Hitec news at This Link on BigSquidRC.

Futaba 4PX
After a bit of teasing, the Futaba crew has released full information on their new flagship transmitter, the 4PX. At the top of the list for features is a 3.5″ color LCD screen, it is 30% faster than the previous model, and it has the ability to handle up to 31 telemetry sensors. Some of its other features include-

* Works with T-FHSS, S-FHSS and FASST receivers
* Sports an internal aluminum frame
* Can be set up left or right handed
* Drop down wheel option and comes with 32° & 34° wheel adapters
* 15 grams lighter than the 4PKS-R
* Comes with two different grip thicknesses
* Two trigger options will be available
* Synthesized voice for telemetry data
* 40-model memory
* Includes crawler functions like 4WS and dual ESC mixing
* Software can be updated by consumer
* Large assignable switch located on bottom edge that can be activated by drivers body
* Grip has built-in vibration
* Built-in S.Bus servo/Futaba ESC/telemetry sensor programmer
* Adjustable, built-in antenna

The 4PX has a part number of #FUTK4905, a street price of $550, and they are expect to hit hobby shops in late August. Get more details at This Link over on Futaba’s official website.

You can get one on pre-order at This Link over on Tower Hobbies’ website.

Click Right Here for more Futaba news on BigSquidRC.

Traxxas TQi Wireless Link Model Bluetooth GPS
The folks over at Traxxas have a new version of the TQi that connects your car to your Apple device via Bluetooth. The radio, the TQi with Traxxas Link Module, comes stand alone so you can add it to any car you please, and it also now comes standard with several popular Traxxas cars and trucks.

So what’s the big deal here? After you download the Traxxas Link App to your Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod, the new TQi can connect wirelessly to your device, allowing you to do several things. You can change radio settings wirelessly from your phone, you can manage your custom settings for up to 30 different models, and you can also view real-time telemetry on your phone. Combined with the Traxxas GPS Speed Telemetry Module, you can even view real time speeds on your phone. Right now the Traxxas app is only available for Apple products, but the app for Android is said to be coming soon.

* 6507X: TQi 2.4GHz (4-Channel) with Traxxas Link Wireless Module & 5-channel Receiver, street price $175
* 6509X: TQi 2.4GHz (2-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter with 5-channel Receiver, street price $119
* 6530: TQi 2.4GHz (4-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter
* 6528: TQi 2.4GHz (2-Channel) Traxxas Link Enabled Transmitter
* 6511: Traxxas Link Wireless Module

For complete details hit up This Link over on the official Traxxas website.

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