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11-11-2005 11:33 AM  14 years ago
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blackie

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fingers or thumbs
Hi i hould the Tx and use my thumbs to fly, i was thinking of changing to finger and thumbs ,i am thinking it might help me push on in my 3D. What do you guys think
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11-11-2005 12:12 PM  14 years ago
dgshaffer

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Personally...

I think....

This topic...

Has been beaten to death......

But watch as you get two pages deep of replies.....

Again.....

I Pinch!
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11-11-2005 12:16 PM  14 years ago
cessna151

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Yep, but another thing though is if you already learned to fly one way, learning to do it another way is like learning to fly all over again.--Eagles may soar high, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines!--
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11-11-2005 12:36 PM  14 years ago
Rui_JC

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I agree,

personally i fly with thumbs and fingers and i cannot imagine trying to fly only with thumbs.

If you are confortable with only thumbs keep it that way.

cheers
Keep it up...literally
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11-11-2005 12:44 PM  14 years ago
tchavei

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Hi

I fly thumbs and no problems eventough I'm trying to change to pinch (without any success yet).
I do have a friend that is proficient at 3D that is trying the opposite: change to thumbs as all he cares for is speed and he thinks that the index finger his hindering him in ticktocks... don't know about that since Alan Sazbo flies with the pinch method and I'm not at 3D to give my opinion.

I agree with cessna151... its to learn to fly all over again... I can do it well on the Sim but after takeoff at the field I need to put my thumbs on the dam Tx...

my two eúro cents.

Tony

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11-11-2005 01:01 PM  14 years ago
Copter Doctor

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do what feels best for youdrive a rotary, fly a rotorcraft
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11-11-2005 01:20 PM  14 years ago
montarok

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It's true that switching from one way to another means learning to fly all over again, but it was well worth it for me. I use to fly thumbs, but I switched to pinch (learned to fly all over) and I couldn't be happier. I can't imagine flying thumbs again
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11-11-2005 11:24 PM  14 years ago
sed6

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I too fly thumbs but am learning to pinch. The better pilots I see are all pinchers, and you know what they say about emulating success.
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11-12-2005 12:32 AM  14 years ago
montarok

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I too fly thumbs but am learning to pinch. The better pilots I see are all pinchers, and you know what they say about emulating success.
You wont regret it
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11-12-2005 12:44 AM  14 years ago
Yug

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You should do whatever feels right for you. Personally I fly thumbs only and automatically did this from the start. The advantages are that you only have one digit to move so it is easier to do fast and accurate stick movements without the encomberance of another finger in toe. The main disadvantage I have found is that I use very light pressure and when I'm doing chaos and other 'stirring' manouvers, my thumb can fall off the stick. However, that is probably largely down to the fact that my sticks are worn out and rather rounded. I must get some new sticks
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11-12-2005 01:09 AM  14 years ago
Brian91

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I started with thumbs but after seeing all of the good 3d pilots pinching I am trying it now too. I mostly have been practicing on the simulator and now i am as good as I was when using just thumbs after only maybe a week of practice.
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11-12-2005 01:21 AM  14 years ago
tchavei

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Ok, now that we have a key veteran admiting using thumbs

I WANT TO SEE A VIDEO OF HIS FLYING ABILITY!!!

(so I can convince myself I don't need to change)

Regards
Tony

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11-12-2005 01:25 AM  14 years ago
sp1nm0nkey

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There are some amazing 3D pilots at my club (one an ex-minair pilot), and they all fly thumbs. I converted to pinch awhile ago since I thought it'd get better control, but nobody at my club has any problems. I guess it's all what you think will make you fly better.
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11-12-2005 01:52 AM  14 years ago
Yug

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tchavei
do what feels good to you. Sorry, I aint got any video.
I know that many are pinchers, but I find my 1st finger joints are just not the flexible and get in the way. Sure, my thumbs fall off the sticks from time to time but it happens increasingly less so. I've also experimented with small ties that go round my thumbs (a bit like toe clips on a bike) but they felt horrible and limited free movement, a bit like wearing gloves in winter, when you lose direct tactile contact.
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11-12-2005 02:09 AM  14 years ago
Crush

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I learned using the pinch method. Now i'm ready to learn autos and I'm having a tough time hitting the throttle hold. For those of you using pinch, are you using some sort of tray or just the strap?"Learning from mistakes gets expensive"
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11-12-2005 10:44 AM  14 years ago
tchavei

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crush:

re-assign your throttle hold switch on the tx to a lever you can reach.

Tony

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11-12-2005 02:03 PM  14 years ago
montarok

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I learned using the pinch method. Now i'm ready to learn autos and I'm having a tough time hitting the throttle hold. For those of you using pinch, are you using some sort of tray or just the strap?
I use the futaba 9CH. While flying thumbs, I did autos, but since I switched to pinch I did my first auto about a month ago after about a month of practice. I use a neck strap and I hold my radio so that my third finger is between the cut and hold switch, thats the finger I use to flip the switch. Sometimes I just remove my fingers from the stick and flip the switch.
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11-12-2005 02:17 PM  14 years ago
Pete Niotis

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I fly with thumbs only. I have tried the pinch method many times but never seems right for me beyond hovering maneuvers. Many of the Japanese F3C pilots fly thumbs only, Todd Bennett uses thumbs only also.

You can be precise with thumbs only but will most likely have to work at it a little more then you would with the pinch method for precision maneuvers. I think the best choice is whatever feels most comfortable to you.
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11-12-2005 02:39 PM  14 years ago
Detroit Steve

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I fly with Thumbs only as well, and I have no desire to change. There are many good pilots that fly thumbs only who fly 3D and FAI.

steve
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11-12-2005 02:47 PM  14 years ago
Heli88

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Thumbs only obviously work very well for Steve and Pete!

If you have seen them fly you won't need to bother thinking about changing to pinching.
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