Mini rock crawlers seem to be taking over this popular off-road segment with numerous manufacturers offering trucks in the 1/18- to 1/28-scale range. One of the best known of those manufacturers is Axial that produces all sizes of trucks right down to the super compact 1/24-scale that we are highlighting here. Axial’s action packed small scale crawlers offer great performance, are loaded with features, come ready-to-run and come with a price tag that is kind on the wallet. Let’s take a closer look at these mini rigs.
Currently, Axial offers a total of six 1/24-scale rock crawlers in a nice variety of realistic body options including the XC-1, 2021 Ford Bronco, 2019 Jeep Wrangler, 1967 Chevrolet C10, Deadbolt, and the Jeep JT Gladiator. Each of these trucks are based on the Axial SCX24 chassis except for the XC-1 which is spec’d with the brand new AX24 chassis. All of these crawlers come completely ready-to-run (RTR), requiring nothing extra to get them up and running. Additionally, Axial offers each of these vehicles in more than one color to give you even more options.
AX24 CHASSIS OVERVIEW
We are starting off with the AX24 XC-1 since it is the newest of Axial’s action packed small scale crawlers. It is available with either a green or orange body and is equipped with the new AX24 extreme crawler chassis. This new platform is designed to conquer bigger obstacles and tackle tougher lines out on the trails. Axial gave the AX24 plenty of stability, durability, high clearance and enough articulation to make this rig a blast to drive.
A very cool and the standout feature of the AX24 is its four-wheel steering (4WS) capability where you can select among three transmitter activated modes—no rear tire input, mirrored rear tire input and crab crawl. This opens the door to even better maneuverability so that you can get around even more obstacles.
The AX24 chassis uses a side plate system for better articulation of the 4-link front and rear suspension. At each corner are long travel coilover shocks that nicely work with the 4-link setup and help keep the wheels in contact with the ground. Speaking of wheels, Axial gave the XC-1 1.0-inch Rockstar wheels complete with a bright Axial green ring and they are wrapped with aggressive looking 2.44-inch Rock Lizards tires.
Axial gave the drivetrain worm screw and worm gear setup for the front and rear axles thus gaining more ground clearance under the crawler and reliable power delivery. Durable steel axles and dogbones also spin inside of the axles while splined drive shafts transmit the power coming from the center located transmission out to the axles.
A Dynamite 88T brushed motor propels the AX24 chassis while a complete set of ball bearings keep everything spinning smoothly and true with as little friction as possible. Controlling the rig is a Spektrum SLT3 2.4GHz transmitter mated to a Spektrum 2-in-1 ESC/receiver. Since this chassis is equipped with 4WS, you will find an Axial AS-1 servo mounted above each axle. The last of the electronics is actually something that is usually an option part for other RTRs and that is the LED rock lights that are mounted on the rock sliders to illuminate the path in low light.
AX24 XC-1 SPECS
Length: 7.8″ (198 mm)
Width: 4.5″ (114 mm)
Wheelbase: 5.3″ (135 mm)
Height: 3.7″ (94 mm)
SCX24 CHASSIS OVERVIEW
The SCX24 was Axial’s first 1/24 scale rock crawler and was modeled after their very successful 1/10-scale SCX10 platform. At the time of writing this article, Axial has a total of five 1/24 vehicles based on the SCX24. Each one has its own unique and realistic body yet utilizes the same chassis. Sturdy steel C-channel chassis frame rails with bracing provides the main structure of the SCX24 to everything stays intact and aligned. Mounted in the center of the frame rails is the transmission which is fully spec’d with ball bearings as well as the front and rear axles. Spinning the tranny is a Dynamite 88T brushed motor installed onto a steel motor mount and produces just the right amount of torque for steep climbs.
Molded plastic, two piece solid axles are used at the front and rear. They are equipped with long-lasting steel axles, front stub axles along with steel dogbones that are spun with tough and reliable worm gears. Mounted on top of the front axle is an Axial AS-1 servo to handle the steering duties. A 3-link front and 4-link rear supports the axles and damping is done by plastic coilover shocks complete with simulated shock reservoirs.
As mentioned earlier, all these 1/24-scale SCX24 trucks come ready-to-run and use a reliable 2.4GHz transmitter matched up with a speed control/receiver unit. Also included is a compact LiPo battery pack, USB charger and the “AA” batteries to power the transmitter. For some added realism, each of the SCX24 trucks have two bright LED lights mounted in the front bumper and if you want to add more LEDs to your truck, you can utilize the extra LED light port found on the speed control.
SCX24 1967 Chevrolet C10 — #AXI00001
Here is the 1967 Chevrolet C10 which you have your choice of either a green or silver body. The Lexan body is well-painted at the factory and has a nice realistic look to it that is further detailed with plastic grill and bumpers. The green version has chrome for the bumpers and grill while the silver body runs black colored ones. Likewise the Method MR307 Hole wheels are chrome for the green body and black for the silver body. Wrapped around the classic-looking wheels are BFGoodrich Krawler T/A KX tires which are scaled down versions of the comp winning full size ties.
SCX24 Deadbolt — #AXI90081
The Deadbolt is actually the first of the Axial 1/24-scale trucks and is available in either bright red or olive green colored Lexan bodies. Like its larger predecessor, the SCX24 Deadbolt comes with a cool molded roll cage that has a 5-bucket light bar mounted at the front of it. With the open roll cage, Axial gave the Deadbolt a realistic driver figure and interior panel that has molded sections that mimic a steering wheel, dashboard, fuel cell and seats. To complement the scale body is a complete set of licensed KMC XD229 Machete Crawl wheels that are wrapped with Nitto Trail Grappler tires.
Length: 7.8″ (198 mm)
Width: 3.9″ (99 mm)
Wheelbase: 5.25″ (133.5mm)
Height: 4.73″ (120 mm)
SCX24 2021 Ford Bronco — #AXI00006
The Axial SCX24 2021 Ford Bronco is offered in three colors including blue, gray and red and it is a standout from the rest because it comes with an ABS hard body instead of Lexan and is the first hard body crawler offered by Axial. Going with a hard body allows the realism to step up to another level. There is a molded plastic grill insert with clear lenses for the headlights and LEDs to light them up. Other plastic details comprise of side view mirrors with cowl, windshield wipers, door handles, roof rack with a bunch of scale accessories attached including a toolbox, rotopax and sand ramps that come off and can be used. At the rear is a full size spare tire and clear red tinted lenses for the brake lights. On the inside of the cab is a full Lexan interior complete with a driver figure donned with a cowboy had. You will notice that there are no unsightly body clips because the body is hinged at the rear and the front is held in place with strong Velcro.
Length: 8.75″ (222 mm)
Width: 3.875″ (98 mm)
Wheelbase: 5.19″ (132 mm)
Height: 4.625″ (117 mm)
SCX24 Jeep JT Gladiator — #AXI00005
Next up is the Axial SCX24 Jeep JT Gladiator which is a scaled down version of the full-size 2020 North America Truck of the Year. The nicely detailed Lexan body is available in either Beige or Blue with all the accent pieces in black. The body on this Jeep is longer and this makes the wheelbase stretch out 22mm more to make sure the truck has the correct proportions. Inside of the cab is an interior complete with cowboy hat wearing driver figure and molded details to mimic full-size parts. One of the very cool features is the bed rack that is equipped with Tuff Stuff Overland scale accessory pack that even includes removable ramps. To complement the sharp-looking JT body are officially licensed KMC XD229 Machete wheels wrapped with officially licensed Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires.
Length: 9.6″ (244 mm)
Width: 3.9″ (99 mm)
Wheelbase: 6.1″ (155 mm)
Height: 4.4″ (112 mm)
SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler — #AXI00002V2
The last but not least of Axial’s action packed small scale crawlers is the SCX24 2019 Jeep Wrangler JLU CRC rock crawler. You have your pick of getting the Wrangler with either a white or yellow Lexan body. The officially licensed body comes with some Rubicon logos as well as some of Axial’s licensed partners like Currie, CRC, KMC and Nitto. The windows are clear so that you can peer inside and Axial took the extra step and painted the inside of the body a dark gray that adds to the finish level of this RTR truck. In order to conquer off-road terrain, Axial gave the 2019 Jeep Wrangler JLU CRC massive, officially licensed Nitto Trail Grappler M/T tires that can tackle off- or on-road duties that are mounted on licensed KMC XD229 Machete crawl wheels.
Length: 7.8″ (198 mm)
Width: 3.9″ (99 mm)
Wheelbase: 5.2″ (132 mm)
Height: 4.2″ (107 mm)
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