5 questions to: Harley Designs

20 May 2015
20 May 2015 RC Nennox

We started to watch his videos on YouTube long before he made his orange-wall studio 😉 and were impressed by the way he fabricated parts he needed for his builds.

What is the most interesting on his channel is the knowledge he has about RC and the amount of projects you can find there. He most definitely knows what he’s doing.

With a great pleasure we present to you answers for “5 questions to:..” from someone, that is “in RC” for much longer than us and that we (and many others) can learn from. Here is the one and only Harley Desings! 🙂


  1. How has your RC adventure started and what was your first RC?

I didn’t look into hobby grade RC until 2004. I was unsure what I wanted but was leaning to the nitro monster trucks like many new people do. However through a lot of internet searching and reading I stumbled across the newly emerging niche of Rock Crawling. It was just barely starting to pop up but the ultraslow speed approach wasn’t exactly grabbing the masses just yet. However there was just something about it that intrigued me. The choices for solid axles were limited in those days, but the Tamiya TXT rose to the top of my list. So from day 1, I have been a hardcore rock crawling guy.

  1. Which RC (that you own or owned) is your favorite?

My favorite vehicle made by a manufacturer is the Axial Wraith, I have built a countless amount of vehicles based around that truck and they just always fun to run. Even though in the end, there is rarely much left of the stock truck, we just wouldn’t be where we are today in the market without this truck from Axial. However my favorite rig I’ve ever built, is probably the Scout 800 Woodsrunner truck that I worked on last year. The whole build was a lot of fun and based around one of my favorite full-size builds. I can’t imagine the number of hours in the truck, just staring at it, trying to figure out exactly how I was going to tackle the next task.

  1. What is your dream RC?

That’s an ever evolving dream and there isn’t just one answer. I think I would need two choices: one that is the ultimate scaled down version of an extreme rig, either Ultra4 or WERock style, and the other would be a nicely detailed, reasonable proportioned, high powered, extremely capable crawler/rock racer. No matter what they are though, if I didn’t build them then it wouldn’t be my dream rig.

  1. What do you like the most in this hobby?

Without a question, fabrication and design is what keeps me in this hobby. I have been involved with many manufacturers and stores over my tenure in the hobby and the ability to see the projects that I have had the opportunity collaborate on is always exciting. Trying to forever evolve my skills and techniques is what keeps me motivated.

  1. What are 4 things that you always take on your RC adventures?

Batteries, zip ties, a couple drinks and my cell phone. I don’t carry many tools as I am usually pretty confident that I won’t break my rigs. I drive like a crazy person a lot of times but I also try and build everything to a level where even the weak link is damn strong! I don’t always like to film when trail riding because that is the time I want as a break many times. I just want to have fun!

Check out his profiles on:

YouTube Harley Designs

Facebook Harley Designs

Instagram @harleydesingsinc

Twitter @Harley0706

google+ Harley Designs

website www.harleydesigns.com

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