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11-04-2006 06:17 PM  14 years ago
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ptuxbury

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Question on flying using thumb & finger method.
Hello all,

I've been reading through the debates on thumbs vs. thumb & finger for transmitter control. I've decided I should at least give thumb & finger a try to see how it feels.

I don't have too much issue grasping the control sticks with my thumb & finger, but I'm wondering where the rest of the fingers typcially go. It seems like my pinky still holds the back of the tx, my ring finger goes just behind all the switches on the top of the tx, my middle finger goes just in front of the switches on top of the tx, and finally index finger and thumb hold the sticks. It seems like I would flip the switches on top of the tx with either my middle or index finger.

Could someone please let me know if this sounds right?

Please, no debates on thumb vs. thumb & finger! I think that's been sufficiently beat to death in the past.

Thanks for your advice.

-ptuxbury
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11-04-2006 06:22 PM  14 years ago
MichaelP

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I use the thumb and finger way of control and my other fingers are placed more or less where yours are on the transmitter.
I used to fly with thumbs only when I first started but now I prefer the other way.
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11-04-2006 06:36 PM  14 years ago
flybarless

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I use a neck strap and fly "pinch", I rest my hands on the case and let the strap support the transmitter.Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would fall off.
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11-04-2006 06:58 PM  14 years ago
Micro-Maniac

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I use a strap and still cradle the tx like ptuxbury -

Pinkies under tx - Rings at top switches - Birdies at front switches.

Elbows bent 90° between shoulders and tx with wrists strait < Strap holds this

Depending on the switch layout I will either use my rings for the tops and birdies for the fronts - Or rings to flip the tops back and birdies to flip them forward and usually just birdies only for the fronts - Idl-up & hold are up top.
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11-04-2006 07:45 PM  14 years ago
cudaboy_71

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/me

pinch index and thumb
left middle behind normal/idleup switch
right middle behind T/H
ring/pinky behind the radio
no strap

i have big hands tho.
if it ain't broke, break it.
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11-04-2006 08:08 PM  14 years ago
leicester

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I have always flown pinch which for me feels comfortable. However, when on the sim and try flying thumb, I find I have to use a lot of expo on cyclic. And still less control.stay safe
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11-04-2006 08:10 PM  14 years ago
Micro-Maniac

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A little off the topic there leicester - A potential for turning this thread.

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Oh by the way - Pinch is Cinch! - Thumb is Dumb!
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11-04-2006 08:33 PM  14 years ago
leicester

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Sorry guys. Use neck strap,pinch grip with pinky and ring finger at the bottom. Other for flight mode and throttle hold.stay safe
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11-04-2006 08:39 PM  14 years ago
AlanR8

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I use thumb and fingers and also use a tranny tray! That takes the load of holding the tranny so it doesn't matter where the rest of the fingers go!
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11-04-2006 08:47 PM  14 years ago
ESWLFSE

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I couldn't pinch without a tray, and I think a tray is the way to go. Its the only way to be able to totally relax your hands/arms and only have to worry about the sticks.
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11-04-2006 08:52 PM  14 years ago
Micro-Maniac

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I thought I'd end up being a tray user - But I find a tray gets in the way of me comfortably operating the switches on Jap-style radios - Maybe I'd just need to find the right tray that doesn't crowd my fingers together and lets my pinkies dangle under out of the way - But I'm not bent on becoming a tray user now anyways - I seriously considered it when I had my heavy Stylus though.
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11-04-2006 09:43 PM  14 years ago
AlanR8

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Altimat

Has it right. I CAN fly without a tray but I have small hands so find holding the tranny and operating the sticks difficult.
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11-04-2006 10:11 PM  14 years ago
jimco

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Hey guys: Go to my gallery, look at the transmitter tray. Very comfortabel and cost less than $10.00. Really improved the handling of mine. Makes for precision control, and can't flip on you like a transmitter strap.Honey, where's the check book, it's Fedex again
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11-04-2006 10:15 PM  14 years ago
Micro-Maniac

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Um - All I see in your gallery is a tiny flying rat?

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And now we've turned this thread to trays - And possibly flying rats.
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11-04-2006 10:16 PM  14 years ago
jimco

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Sorry about that, I just checked, and it ain't there. Let me find it and will get right backHoney, where's the check book, it's Fedex again
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11-04-2006 10:23 PM  14 years ago
jimco

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Ok, found it, go to helifever.com, pics for jimco, page 5.Honey, where's the check book, it's Fedex again
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11-04-2006 10:26 PM  14 years ago
Micro-Maniac

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Only members can search the site.
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11-04-2006 10:29 PM  14 years ago
jimco

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Well, lets see if Im smart enough to get em into a post, Never posted pics on RR, other than gallery. Had it posted, but don't know where it went. Mark must have thought I was trying to sell it. Posted just for info. to your guys. Back in a min.Honey, where's the check book, it's Fedex again
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11-04-2006 10:32 PM  14 years ago
ESWLFSE

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I guess if you're a 3D expert already without a tray there is no point in trying one, but if you're still a novice I honestly believe it will help you if you want to pinch.
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11-04-2006 10:35 PM  14 years ago
Micro-Maniac

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Anything that will contribute to more precise control will benefit anyone willing and able to adapt to it.
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