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12-04-2005 01:11 AM  12 years agoPost 1
Soopers

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Littleton,Colorado,U SA

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Hi,I just bought a Blade CP last week,my first Heli.
So,I was hopping around in the parkinglot a little,and after 4 batteries I am able to keep it up,around 10sec.
After watching some photos of people flying,I realized,they are using Thumb and Indexfinger on the controll stick,and I just put my Thumb on Top of the stick.
Is there a right and wrong way?Dont want to start any bad habits right from the beginning.
Thx for any help !

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12-04-2005 03:36 AM  12 years agoPost 2
akerkhof

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Indianapolis, IN

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The "pinch" method (thumb and forefinger) works the best and gives the greatest amount of control. I'm from the x-box world, so I started off with the thumbs-only method, but abandoned it after a week when I noticed that no one else in my club flew that way.

I found it pretty easy to get used to. It seems when I use the thumbs, I make slightly diagonal inputs when I mean to move straight up/down or left/right. The pinch method eliminates that tendancy. Don't know why, but that's my experience.

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12-04-2005 03:48 AM  12 years agoPost 3
Jim Cimino

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NE Pennsylvania

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Hey, I can keep mine up for a lot more than 10 seconds! I also use the pinch method, but many of my friends use their thumbs. It is really preference and whatevery you are comfortable with. I think the pinch method does give more precise control, but I think the thumbs are a little faster.
Jim

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12-04-2005 03:55 AM  12 years agoPost 4
Balance

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Rapid City, SD, USA

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I'm a thumb flyer. The surface of the sticks on my Futaba are very rough, and provide great grip. I agree this is all a matter of personal preference, and you should do what works best for you.

One oberservation: If you are concerned with your thumb slipping off, aren't you equally concerned with dropping the TX with your right hand? Also, when you are using both thumb and index, what finger do you use to operate the right side switches, i.e. throttle-hold, rate, etc., or idle-up on the Blade?

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12-04-2005 03:55 AM  12 years agoPost 5
Balance

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12-04-2005 04:17 AM  12 years agoPost 6
Henna_Ojisan

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San Jose, CA

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Pinch method - I agree with the "greater precision" and I have less control errors due to my normal tendency to have all thumbs - pun intended.

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12-04-2005 05:41 AM  12 years agoPost 7
turboomni

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I know of Amazing Heli Pilots that fly Both. Computer Radios help this too but many thumb pilots started 20 to 30 years ago.
Just a Thumb?

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12-04-2005 04:14 PM  12 years agoPost 8
Jim Cimino

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NE Pennsylvania

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I have been flying R/C since 1978 and as I said I learned with the pinch method and that is what I use...with a neck strap. Sometimes I wiil find that to make a quick move I will just use my thumb. It is really what works for you. Holding a JR 10X transmitter can be a little heavy, but the neck strap works well, and I find the smaller radios like the 9303 are much easier to hold.
Jim

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12-04-2005 10:45 PM  12 years agoPost 9
Soopers

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Littleton,Colorado,U SA

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Well thanks for all your good advice.
I'll give the "Pinch"method a try,feels more accurate.I also strap it around my neck.Thx again.

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12-05-2005 12:34 AM  12 years agoPost 10
Blayde

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Fayetteville, North Carolina

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You should try using the pinch/thumb method. You pinch the left stick and thumb the right stick. Its pretty comfortable. Precision with the throttle and quick thinking the controls.

One Step Closer To A Pro :D

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12-05-2005 04:16 AM  12 years agoPost 11
ZeroKool

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Katy, Texas

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I use the Pinch Method


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12-05-2005 04:25 AM  12 years agoPost 12
Draxus

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Newbury Park, CA - USA

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All thumbs here...

The Pinch grip just doesn't feel right to me.

I blame Nintendo...

(It really is a matter of preference. Do whatever you're most comfortable with)

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12-05-2005 04:20 PM  12 years agoPost 13
Coolpowered

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Youngstown, ohio

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Thumbs here too.

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