ARTICULATION, WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION, AND CLIMB TESTING
The Barrage’s front-mounted battery puts more weight over the front tires, with a 57%-43% split for the truck’s 3-pound weight. That helps it tackle steep climbs easily, with a max angle of 51 degrees on my tilt-board rig before the truck rolled over backward. On the articulation ramp, the truck rolled up to the 10-inch mark to post a ramp travel index (RTI) score of 1010, which is pretty good. I enjoy comparing RTI numbers from rig to rig, but RTI is more of a fun fact—i’ve seen trucks with low RTI numbers get through some hairy stuff.
On easy trails, the Barrage just chugs along at a couple of clicks faster than walking pace, which is ideal. The speed control’s Crawl mode setting dumps to full brake whenever the trigger is returned to neutral, which was fine by me as my hike to the real challenging terrain doesn’t require me to let off. If you do want proportional brake, popping out the speed control’s brake jumper will set it for normal forward/brake/reverse operation, with full brake control via trigger travel. I tried it, it works just fine, and it’s definitely more pleasant for easy trail driving.
As a 1/12-scale truck hitting the trail on 1.55-inch tires, the Barrage shouldn’t be expected to match longer, wider 1/10-scale trucks on 1.9- and 2.2-inch tires. But it is a surprisingly capable little rig, and makes the most of its axle articulation and squishy tires to provide plenty of obstacle-clearing entertainment. Sidehilling stability is good, and the boost in motor size from 370 to 390 lets you do more with less trigger. Steering could use a boost, though. The Barrage’s servo is only rated for 54 oz.-in. of torque, which is sufficient on open trails and for bounce-around driving where precision isn’t a factor. But if you need the servo to scrub the tires into position against an obstacle, the torque deficit is apparent. Thankfully, the Barrage’s $180 asking price leaves plenty of room for a servo upgrade.
900mah NIMH battery Front & rear LED lighting Falken Wildpeak M/T replica 1.55-inch tires EC3 connector 60A speed control Steel ladder chassis 390 brushed motor Plastic oil-filled shocksSteel suspension links