I’ve had my eye on the ECX Barrage since it was announced late last year. For the price, it could be a great entry-level scale, trail rig for those looking to get into the great outdoors and enjoy the hobby. The Barrage is not only an entry-level rig for R/C enthusiasts, but it was the first foray into scale-type radio-controlled rigs for ECX as well.
Now, a second version of the Barrage has been unveiled, and it’s nothing like the original. The Barrage Doomsday shares the same scale as it’s cousin (1/12) but features a slightly larger motor (390 brushed vs 370 brushed). And the differences don’t stop there.
The body and wheels of the Barrage Doomsday make this trail truck look like a post-apocalyptic monster truck rather than a trail-ready off-road vehicle. That said, the styling of the body and the visual accents which have been applied to it (large, swooping exhaust pipes, front-mounted cow-catcher, exposed engine, and burly tires) make this machine stand out in a crowd.
From the brief action video which ECX has released, it’s still a classic scale, trail truck, although the look may not match. A four-link suspension and ladder-frame chassis, hallmarks of many mainstream R/C scalers, can be found under the body of the Barrage Doomsday.
ECX Barrage Doomsday Specs:
- Type: Rock Crawler
- Scale: 1/12
- Length: 16.4in (417mm)
- Width: 7.7in (196mm)
- Height: 8.5in (216mm)
- Ground Clearance: 2.25in (57mm)
- Wheelbase: 9.9in (252mm)
- Weight: 2.8lb (1.3kg)
- Chassis: Steel Ladder Frame
- Suspension: Solid Axle 4-Link
- Drivetrain: 4WD
- Tire Type: Soft, Falken AT3W All Terrain
- Motor or Engine: Brushed 390
- Speed Control: Included
- Radio: ECX 2.4GHz 2-Channel
- Servos: Included
- Batteries: Dynamite 900mAh 6-cell NiMH
- Charger: NiMH Wallwart
- Gear Pitch: 48
- Wheel Size: 1.9in (49mm)
- Diameter, 1.1in (27mm) Width
- Kit/RTR: RTR
- Shock Type: 3 in (75mm) plastic body
- Body: Painted
- Ball Bearings: Complete
- Experience Level: Beginner
- Recommended Environment: Indoor/Outdoor
- Assembly Time: Less than 1 Hour
Priced at $199.99, the Barrage Doomsday costs slightly more than the original ECX Barrage ($189.99). For that little bit extra, you’re getting a uniquely styled body, slightly larger motor, and wider, monster truck-style tires and wheels. Not a bad trade-off for an additional ten-spot.
Image credit: ECX