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05-25-2006 10:11 PM  14 years ago
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JAGNZ

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Thumbers vs. Pinchers
Ok guys/gals, out of curiosity, how many of you pinch, thumb or a combination of the 2?

I run Mode 2 AND I use thumbs on both.

It would also be interesting to see %wise how the pro's do it. I think most of them pinch on the cyclic and thumb on the collective/rudder....from what I have seen anyway.

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05-25-2006 10:12 PM  14 years ago
colsy

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Thumbs, on both
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05-25-2006 10:18 PM  14 years ago
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Thumbswww.m0kwr.com
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05-25-2006 10:18 PM  14 years ago
cudaboy_71

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i was all thumbs when i only flew planks.

forced myself to learn heli on pinch. IMO it actually makes it a little more difficult to reach the switches. but, i *feel* like i've got more control over the sticks pinching....kinda like a pull-pull setup vs. a single arm....two fingers vs. one.

muscle memory won't let me fly for crap on just thumbs now....on helis. planes still won't fly with pinch. it's quite a strange feeling.
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05-25-2006 10:18 PM  14 years ago
bmcgrady

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Thumbs on both...
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05-25-2006 10:24 PM  14 years ago
Dblex

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pincher here...

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05-25-2006 10:30 PM  14 years ago
gkoutsis

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thumbsGeorge
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05-25-2006 10:40 PM  14 years ago
CXD

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Pincher here tooDumb Thumbing doesn't apply to pinchers!
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05-25-2006 10:42 PM  14 years ago
Big Edge

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Modified pinch, thumbs on top - fore finger just below thumb.
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05-25-2006 10:43 PM  14 years ago
BigChopper

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I find telepathy to be quite effective...

If you think you're gonna crash, you usually do.

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05-25-2006 10:47 PM  14 years ago
brooksnb

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This question has been asked a great many times before..."do a search" and you will find literaly hundreds of peoples answer to your question...I personally use thumbs because that's how I was shown...no other reason.

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05-25-2006 10:53 PM  14 years ago
heligoole

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yep many posts on this subject has been already,thumbpilot here,using what feels more controllable,some people have limp thumbs so need to pinch.or whatever your more comfortable with.Have fun
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05-25-2006 11:18 PM  14 years ago
Slowpoke

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Thumbs, with the forefinger right below it
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05-26-2006 12:04 AM  14 years ago
Billingsnutz

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Toes.
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05-26-2006 02:28 AM  14 years ago
359PETE

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<--- PINCHER
I've flown pincher since I was 9yrs old. My dad was a pattern flier and all but insisted that I learn that way.

For me its more precise because I have better connection to the muscles on my index finger.
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05-26-2006 03:43 AM  14 years ago
Jimmi

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I use the thumbs and leave the pinching to my girlfriend Jimmi


They say its mind over matter but if you don't have a mind it doesn't matter
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05-26-2006 03:49 AM  14 years ago
KCT

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thumbs up on both

Cheers

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05-26-2006 03:53 AM  14 years ago
bl8zn

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Pinching here..was a thumber but forced myself to learn pinching. I have better control pinching but was able to move the sticks quicker with thumbs..I'll also agree it makes reaching the switches a little more difficult.
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05-26-2006 04:22 AM  14 years ago
dustyattic

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Helis:

Right/Cyclic: Pad of thumb right on tip of stick, finger below on the front of the stick, not touching the thumb. Middle finger resting under hold switch. Other 2 fingers supporting the transmitter case.

Left/Collective: Thumb only on tip of stick. Index finger resting under Idle up switch. Other fingers supporting case.

Planes

Thumbs only on both sticks all fingers on backside of case, except right hand which rests index finger on the front of the case.

No strap or tray or anything like that. I guess it's odd that I hold different for planes/helis. Maybe I'll grow out of it one way or the other, but if I forget and do it wrong, it's immediatly uncomfortable. Feels like I'm about to lose control.
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05-26-2006 04:45 AM  14 years ago
359PETE

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Actually, after seeing some of the more detailed descriptions of techniques. I can update mine.

right stick - thumb on top and index finger on front of stick

left stick - more of a pinch... but thumb is still on top with index finger on front of stick.
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