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01-24-2007 01:28 AM  10 years agoPost 61
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Whats wrong with little pink flowers then? - Ann Droid
Nothing at all Ann, unless you put them in a lavender vaahz and set them on a two-tone mauve and lilac side table in the 'parlor', wot wot?

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01-24-2007 01:33 AM  10 years agoPost 62
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It's a good job everyones forgotten about the "Hot guys thread" whatever next.

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01-24-2007 01:35 AM  10 years agoPost 63
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Hobophobes!!

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01-24-2007 02:23 AM  10 years agoPost 64
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It's a good job everyones forgotten about the "Hot guys thread" whatever next.
Not that this thread could have been hijacked anymore so, But do you guys remember my "Old Dudes Thread"?

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01-24-2007 02:24 AM  10 years agoPost 65
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Oh no!

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01-24-2007 02:26 AM  10 years agoPost 66
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Old dudes thread.

View it here:
http://www.runryder.com/helicopter/t297876p1/

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01-24-2007 09:29 AM  10 years agoPost 67
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Back on topic...............

Just spoken to MacGregor to order a pair of Flowerpots.
The thread is M4 what a PITA
Suppose the easiest fix is to fill the hole with JB weld and retap to M3

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01-24-2007 09:38 AM  10 years agoPost 68
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You guys are missing out... I drilled holes 1/2 way into a couple of golf balls and slid them over the gimbals. That's how I roll.

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01-24-2007 09:41 AM  10 years agoPost 69
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Golf Balls! you must be neither a thumber nor a pincher ????????

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01-24-2007 09:56 AM  10 years agoPost 70
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Haha yeah I'm a "Palmer"

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01-26-2007 10:45 AM  10 years agoPost 71
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I just fitted a pair of Flower Sticks to my Tx. Hmmm probably OK if you're doing scale flying with small inputs, as the contact area is good with a solid feel so the thumbs get more sensational feedback. But they're definately not OK for 3D because when giving larger stick inputs, the size of the top gets in the way and kind of restricts the freedom of movement. I know the pictures look like the tops are grippy, they're NOT, because all the knurled bits are in fact bevelled. I would imagine that if one used a lot of stick tension, the thumbs would slip off quite easily. I prefer minimum possible stick tension and the reason I wanted to try these was to prevent the thumbs winding off the sticks when doing lots of agressive stirring, well they didn't wind off, but rather, didn't want to stay on because the rim of the top was rotating round the end of my thumb - most uncomfortable. I'm glad I tried them but it looks like it's back to sharpening the standard sticks

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01-26-2007 01:30 PM  10 years agoPost 72
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I told you already YUG...pencil sharpener to the ready

I suppose you could superglue the stick to your thumb too..Just walk round and round the Tx to escape after your done

Now heres a possible..remember the adverts..Polo Mint, the mint with the hole in the middle..OK OK I'm drifting here.....Think Corn' plaster on you thumb? The one with the hole in the middle

One for DROID..long and thin sticks right in..short and thick..Not so slick !!

I just came across my old Futabaa 'M' series TX in the junk drawer with the 'short sticks' on them..Bl%$dy H£ll there long compared to modern RC Tx's

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01-26-2007 06:17 PM  10 years agoPost 73
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they didn't wind off, but rather, didn't want to stay on because the rim of the top was rotating round the end of my thumb - most uncomfortable.
Thanks for the update, Guy. Now I don't feel so bad about 'em not being available in the States. Maybe they're unpopular for the reasons you mention.

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02-13-2007 12:12 AM  10 years agoPost 74
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GimbalFan - now you've had the flowersticks for a while, what's your opinion ?

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02-13-2007 12:43 AM  10 years agoPost 75
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what's your opinion ?
I'm surprised by how different they feel than I thought they would. I think I'm noticing the same things you did Guy, namely that they were a bit ponderous for hard stick banging. I think part of the reason is because they're so much heavier than standard sticks because of their size. Like you, I like my stick centering springs very loose, which compounds the weight problem.

I'm not done assessing them but at this point I think I'd like to try out a set just the same but in plastic to cut down on weight. Also I'd like more knurls near the center. I had to turn them down far enough for the threaded end of the tx stick to poke up a 1/16" so I'd have a reference for recentering my thumbs.

And thanks again for posting them across The Pond to me. Mighty generous.

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02-13-2007 12:48 AM  10 years agoPost 76
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I had to turn them down far enough for the threaded end of the tx stick to poke up a 1/16" so I'd have a reference for recentering my thumbs
Yes. Kind of brings me back to the idea that just a sharp pointy shaft is best, but not comfortable over extended periods.

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02-13-2007 12:58 AM  10 years agoPost 77
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An old friend is a senior design engineer for Maglite flashlights. He has 24 hr access to one of the finest machine shops on the planet, including tooling for shaping custom plastic parts. I may send one to him and see if he's willing to duplicate them in ABS plastic, with more and sharper knurls.

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02-13-2007 01:07 AM  10 years agoPost 78
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I suppose it comes down to individual taste. The thing I remember most about the flowertops was that when doing fast chaos, the rim of the thing was severely encoumbering my thumbs so the centering was lost. Perhaps it would have been better with increased ATVs so I could use less deflection. Certainly, the feeling of sensitivity around mid stick was increased.

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