Model: SCX24 Jeep JT Gladiator
Company: Horizon Hobby
Released: January 27, 2022
Axial just added a brand new SCX24 to their growing lineup and it's....a Jeep. A Jeep Gladiator to be exact. I say it that way to stir up the people who get so easily irritated about all the Jeep RC releases, but I'm actually ok with it. To be more precise, I actually really like it. Jeeps appeal to the large non-RC crowd who own Jeep vehicles. It makes sense that companies choose them to put on shelves for potential buyers to see. With the Gladiator, Axial went with a scale Tuff Stuff Overland package to scale out the rear box and I think it was a good decision. Not everyone is trying to comp crawler their mini trucks. There are a lot of people who just scale them out and don't worry about performance and this overland setup will appeal to them.
Speaking of scaling them out, this is the first SCX24 to come with a scale driver. They opted for the cowboy hat version of the driver because so many people who drive jeeps wear cowboy hats? Someone at Axial has something for this particular driver and it's definitely an interesting choice to me.
As someone who has been working on comp crawling SCX24 builds, I'm excited about the extended 153.7mm wheelbase (22mm longer) and the new aftermarket links that are to follow the release. Currently I'm having to buy the Deadbolt and Jeep/C10 link sets to combine them into a long wheelbase crawler.
The radio and ESC have also been changed in the new releases and appear to have smoother control than the previous models - according to the Scale Builder's Guild unboxing.
Overall it looks like a decent release and I don't think these will have a problem flying off the shelves at a fast rate like many of the other SCX24s before it. I plan to order one to test out the new electronics and see what the "out of the box" experience is like with it. Looking forward to seeing how all of you trick yours out.
Now every auto enthusiast who admires the full-size 2020 North American Truck of the Year can own and drive their own officially licensed, 1/24 scale RC version — the Axial® SCX24™ Jeep® JT Gladiator 4WD RTR.
No previous radio control experience is needed because it's easy to drive, fully assembled and ready-to-run. The truck is built on the proven Axial® SCX24™ chassis, so even the most dedicated RC crawling fan will be proud to have it in their lineup. And serious scale modelers will be excited to find that the SCX24™ Jeep® JT Gladiator not only looks great but performs well, too.
The 1/24 scale Axial® SCX24™ Jeep® JT Gladiator 4WD makes any spot the perfect setting for RC adventures. If you're stuck at work, go crawling on your desk. A messy room becomes an ideal obstacle course. Test your skills on an indoor "crawl course table" or take your SCX24™ Jeep® JT Gladiator outdoors, where its water-resistant electronics are safe from the elements. You can set up an exciting trail in minutes with a few holes, twigs and rocks.
Whatever course you follow, the SCX24™ chassis meets every challenge with full-time 4-wheel drive, a trail-taming 3-link front/4-link rear suspension and much more. Realistic steel frame rails stand up to hard knocks. Worm gears on the axles increase ground clearance. The new, 22mm longer wheelbase increases stability while steel front and rear axles, front stub axles and steel dogbones let you crawl and climb with confidence. Power is supplied by a Dynamite® 88T motor and 2S LiPo battery. A 2-channel radio system is included for precise, dependable control.
The Axial® SCX24™ Jeep® JT Gladiator performs great and looks incredibly realistic. The authentic scale body includes a driver and detailed interior and is available in your choice of two colors based on the current Jeep® Gladiator factory colors. Scale Tuff Stuff Overland accessories are mounted on the bed rack. Officially licensed Nitto Grappler tires on KMC wheels add realism plus excellent grip on- and off-road. Two LEDs in the front bumper light up the trail for night-time crawling.
The Axial® SCX24™ Jeep® JT Gladiator 4WD lets anyone experience "Truck of the Year" driving adventure — with "no work, all play" ready-to-run ease!
Factory-assembled and ready-to-run, with 2-channel radio, 88T brushed motor, servo, ESC/receiver unit and AA transmitter batteries
Detailed Jeep® Gladiator body and interior complete with scale driver and Tuff Stuff Overland scale accessory pack mounted to the bed rack
Two LED lights in front bumper plus an extra LED light port on the ESC for adding optional LED lights
Officially licensed Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires mounted on officially licensed KMC XD Machete wheels
True full-time 4-wheel drive
22mm longer wheelbase for best body fit and ability to muscle over big challenges
Durable 3-link front/4-link rear suspension and coilover shocks for optimal handling and crawling performance
Worm drive gears in front and rear differentials increase ground clearance
Sturdy steel C-channel frame rails with bracing for added strength and proper alignment
Durable steel axles provide strength and durability to match tough climbs and rough trails
Hook-and-loop body hinge for easy, tilt-open battery access
2-Year limited warranty (see product manual for details)