Axial’s AE-5 ESC is affordable and loaded with features for the crawling/scaler crowd. To make it easier to program while out on the trail, the AE-5 uses jumpers instead of a traditional programming button. These jumpers are used to change settings for battery type and drag brake. The AE-5 is also waterproof, something that is a must for all those long trail drives, or for general bashing.
* Laser etched logo on heat sink
* Comes with Tamiya style connector
* Max cell count is 3S LiPo
* 5 volt 2 amp BEC
* Motor limits are 12 turn on 2S and 18 turn on 3S
* 1.8 x 1.3 x 1.1″ in size
The AE-5 has a part number of #AX31144, they are street priced at $38, and it is expected to start shipping in August. Click Here for full details over on Axial’s official website.
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What is the latest off-road release from Vaterra? It is their Rockstar Energy Ford Fiesta RallyCross car. The Rockstar is a tenth scale, brushless powered, 4wd, sitting on the platform you might recognize from the Halix and Vaterra’s Ford Raptor. It comes dialed with AVC, active vehicle control, and like most other Vaterra products, has a trick looking body for showing off at the local bash spot.
* Metal gear, viscous torque vectoring differentials
* Dynamite 3300Kv 4-pole brushless motor
* Fully licensed body
* Includes Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz transmitter
The part number for the Vaterra is #VTR03010, it is priced at $469, and you can get more details after clicking This Link to head over to its official page on the Vaterra website.
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Vaterra Rockstar Ford Fiesta Gallery
Our full review of the ECX Torment 4wd SCT comes up later this week so it’s time for us to post the unboxing pictures. Take a look at the pictures below to see exactly what it looks like to crack the box open on a brand new Torment 4wd.
After we opened the box, we noticed that everything you need to get going is included. It comes with AAs for the transmitter, a charger, and the pack for the truck is already mounted in the battery tray. As you can see from the pictures, our test unit looked great right out of the box, but I can assure you it has been tested very hard since then. Look for our full review Thursday or Friday to find out if the Torment 4wd is a bash worthy machine.
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ECX Torment 4x4 Gallery 1
ECX Torment 4x4 Gallery 2
ECX Torment 4x4 Gallery 3
Kyosho has a neat looking Ferrari FXX Evoluzione aimed at the bashing crowd. It comes completely built and ready to run, and even comes with waterproof electronics for the bashing crowd. A plastic tub chassis and solid camber rods keep things simple and durable, while a 2400kV Orion brushless motor makes sure it isn’t boring when you tag the throttle.
The part number for the Kyosho Ferrari is #30915B, it is priced at $305, and you can get more information by clicking This Link over on the Kyosho America website.
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Kyosho Ferrari FXX
Waterproofing has become something to be expected when buying a bash vehicle. Now Traxxas has updated their Brushless E-Revo and Brushless E-Maxx with waterproof electronics. Traxxas has installed a new Traxxas/Castle MXL-6S speed controller in both trucks to make sure the fun doesn’t stop when the going gets wet.
The part number for the waterproof E-Revo is #56085 and it has a street price of $749. Click Here for full information over on the Traxxas website.
The part number for the waterproof E-Maxx is #39085 and it carries a street price of $699. To get more information hit up This Link.
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Waterproof Traxxas Gallery
Hello, I am Iron Mike and welcome to another installment of our weekly boat column, Prop Wash.
When you go to upgrade radio systems in your boat you either have to buy a waterproof receiver or seal one up yourself. For those receivers that need waterproofing I like to pot them in electronics grade silicone. This is a good low cost way to protect your expensive receivers. To do this I pull the receiver case apart then silicone the board. A thin layer is all that is needed and be careful to not cover the plug posts. Use the silicone to seal around the edges of the case then reassemble. After that sets, hook up your servos and seal the plugs to the case. Coat the plugs carefully to allow for easy removal later when needed. Your new receiver is now ready to hit the water.
Tune in again next week when I will go over how different props will affect the performance of your boat.
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Sealing a Boat Receiver Gallery
Hello, I am Iron Mike and welcome to a new weekly boat column on BigSquidRC, Prop Wash.
Most boat pilots have swamped out, turned into a submarine. Whatever term you use, water in a boat is not good. Most boat hulls have the capability of being taped shut. This will keep out most spray and splash, but what if you truly swamp a boat? Sealed or waterproof electronics are a must in my opinion. Almost all boat electronics are waterproof these days but that upgraded radio system needs to have a waterproof receiver or you will need to seal it somehow. I like to pot my receivers in electronics grade silicone. This is a good low cost way to protect your expensive receivers. In future editions of Prop Wash I will walk you through the waterproofing process as well as other tips to help new boaters have a good experience with their first boat.
The video shown below is from Aquacraft, watch it to get some waterproofing tips from Mike Zaborowski. Mike is known as the “GrimRacer” and has a wealth of knowledge on rc boating.
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In the not-so-distant past, it was a pain to get a quality waterproof servo. You had to either fork over a king’s ransom or try to do it yourself (usually with messy adhesive plastic). Thankfully, that isn’t the case anymore as manufacturers are finally starting to pump out affordable gear for those of us that want to play in the wet stuff.
Big Squid recently received a Savox Waterproof Digital Metal Gear HV Servo (Part #SW-0230MG), so I decided to throw it in my new Gmade Sawback and give it a thorough torture test. I spent a good amount of time crawling the local creek, submerging it multiple times attempting to short it out. Not only did it keep trucking without so much as a single glitch, it also had no problem turning the lead weighted (and now completely soaked) front tires with the suspension at full bind. For those not familiar with crawling, that scenario has smoked many a servo. The Savox never even got warm during these dunk & crawl sessions. I came away impressed. At a street price of $43.99, it’s a great choice for the budget-conscious basher looking to take the (literal) plunge.
Savox SW-0230MG Specifications:
- Dimensions (mm): 41.8×20.2×38.0
- Weight (g): 59
- @6.0V: .16 sec/60
- @7.4V: .13 sec/60
- @6.0V: 90.3 oz-in
- @7.4V: 111.1 oz-in
- Gear: Metal
- Bearing: 2BB
- Case: Plastic (Light Blue Color)
- Output Shaft: 25 Tooth Spline
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Savox SW-0230MG Waterproof Servo Gallery
If you are anything like us, you grew up building Revell models. Now, Hobbico has announced that the famed Revell brand has a new line-up of entry level 1/18th scale vehicles called Dromida.
Dromida is a hobby grade entry level line that makes it easy and affordable for new hobbyists to get their feet wet in rc. They are affordable because they are all priced at $99, and they make it easy to get going because they came RTR with everything you need right in the box. Some of their other features include-
* 2.4 GHz radio systems with dual rate
* 370 sized brushed motors
* Speeds up to 20+ mph
* Easy to drive 4wd
* Option parts will be available
* Ball bearings
* Gear diffs
* Aluminum motor mount
* Big bore oil shocks
* 6 cell 1300mAh NiMH included
The part numbers are- #DIDC0041 for the SC4.18 short course truck, #DIDC0042 for the MT4.18 mini-monster and #DIDC0043 for the BX4.18 buggy. All are priced at just $99 and should be hitting hobby shops in late October. Hit up This Link to tour the new Dromida website for lots more information.
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Dromida BX4.18 Buggy Gallery
Dromida MT4.18 Monster Gallery
Dromida SC4.18 Short Course Gallery
The Losi XXX platform just keeps on rolling with the latest version being the new Tough Country XXX-SCT Brushless truck. The legendary XXX platform is the backbone of the truck, while a Dynamite 2S 3000 mah Lipo battery and Dynamite 4 pole 3300kv brushless system provide the power. Some of its key features include-
* Waterproof speed controller and servo
* Spektrum radio gear
* Losi Eclipse Tires
* Gear Differential
The part number for the Tough Country XXX-SCT is #LOSB0115 and it has a street price of $329. Horizon is taking pre-orders for the Tough Country right now and you can get more information on everything Losi at THIS LINK.
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The crew over at HobbyTech have just announced their new Xtronic Series of waterproof servo’s. Now you can get a variety of high performance servo’s that aren’t afraid to get wet during a hardcore bashing session or trail drive.
The Xtronic Series includes the XT W03 (3kg torque, plastic gear), XT W06MG (6kg, metal gear, low profile), XT W09MG (9kg, metal gear), and the XT W13MG (13kg, metal gear). All the Xtronic servo’s come with beefy aluminum cases and are waterproof. For more information check out the official HobbyTech Website.
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Horizon has announced that their updated ECX line-up will be hitting hobby shops this summer. Some of the updates include-
* New bodies/colors
* Spektrum DX2E 2.4GHz transmitters
* Waterproof Spektrum SR201 receivers
* Waterproof Dynamite 15T Tazer ESC
* Heavy duty drive-shafts
* Dynamite 15 turn motors for the Ruckus and Torment
* Dynamite 20 turn motors for the Boost and Circuit
The ECX’s are some of the most popular bashers on the market, the new updates should make them even better. Hit up the official ECX Website for more information.
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Last fall the popular ECX Torment SCT received some updates and now it looks like those updates are being applied to the rest of the ECX line-up. As you can see in the pictures, the Ruckus, Boost, and Circuit are sporting hot new looks and upgrades under the hood. Spektrum transmitters make sure the signal doesn’t get lost, waterproofing keeps them going in the wet, and new tires keep them hooked up when the going gets tough. Hit up the ECX Website for more information on all their products.
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Updated ECX Line-up Gallery