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08-25-2007 02:22 PM  13 years ago
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MJHiscott92504

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Cant Pinch the controls!
For the life of me I cant fly my heli by pinching the sticks, must fly with my thumbs, I guess this comes from 32 years of fixed wing RC flying by thumb, is there any simple way to over come this or does it just take a hell of a lot of practice? Is there any big name 3D pilots out there that fly with thumbs?....Jim
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08-25-2007 02:24 PM  13 years ago
BJames111

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well, you would just have to keep practicing...though there are a lot of pilot who fly thumbs...it's really hard to change.
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08-25-2007 02:28 PM  13 years ago
Darren Lee

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I also had lots of stick time with planks, using thumbs, before I started helis. With helis, I ONLY feel comfortable pinching. I started that way and never have used thumbs. Just can't get the fine control needed without two fingers.
Is there any big name 3D pilots out there that fly with thumbs?
Yes, Matt Botos for one.
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08-25-2007 02:31 PM  13 years ago
Envision

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I use my thumb on top and finger on the front, It slows things down and I can still do quick stick movements by removing my finger.
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08-25-2007 02:32 PM  13 years ago
flybarless

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You don't say if you use a neck strap, usually how you hold the transmitter has an effect on how comfortable "pinch" will be.Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would fall off.
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08-25-2007 03:05 PM  13 years ago
bluesjunky57

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same here streetwize justa slave to the rhythm
long distance Texas Renegade Rotorz member
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08-25-2007 03:39 PM  13 years ago
Nitrohuffer

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Comming from the video game generations, thumbs are more natural for me. Years of first person shooters earned me accurate thumbs. Gotta get them head shotsLungs transformed to take in water.
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08-25-2007 04:22 PM  13 years ago
legoman67

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im the same as nitrohuffer on this one, my thumbs are very accurate now...
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08-25-2007 05:00 PM  13 years ago
jlb

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I've been flying for almost 50 years, both planks and helis, and
have always been a thumbs flyler. This March I lost my my left thumb
to an incredibly stupid (my fault) accident with a 40% plank and it
came out the winner. I can no longer hold a transmitter so I had
to resort to a tray and fly with index/middle finger on left stick
and pinch on right stick. Now that's real incentive to make the change but I don't recommend it. First few flights using the new
technique weren't real smooth but it's getting better little by
little. The good news is that I'm actually flying a little better than before as I have to concentrate more and it shows. The bad news
is that I wasn't a top notch pilot after all these years and I'm
still not and never will be but it's about having fun anyway and
I'm able to do that. Bottom line is that you can do anything you
put your mind to and are willing to put forth the effort. Best of
luck with the transition.
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08-25-2007 07:30 PM  13 years ago
midwestpilot

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stick with what is comfy
lots of great pilots fly thumbs.. so just do what works for you and not worry about what "advise" people give you.

Thumbing for 20+ years and lovin it
In life there is no spacebar!

Rich Erikson AMA 6175
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08-25-2007 09:14 PM  13 years ago
krashtagain

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Go to the 07 IRCHCA videos and watch szabo working the sticks w/ finger and thumb . I had to hold onto the chair with both hands and feet watching him work it . That dude is an display of thumb and finger stick stirrin !!!! Oh yeah i'm a thumber !!!If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !
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08-25-2007 11:30 PM  13 years ago
MJHiscott92504

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Thumbs
I will work on it, however pinching will be practiced on the Sim....Thanks for the advice men, PS. I really admire member jlB, jlB is a true inspiration for myself....Jim
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08-25-2007 11:48 PM  13 years ago
tchavei

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Believe it or not, Peter Niotis is also a thumber and his nickname is "smooth operator"... it all comes down to practice and "feel". Go grab some of his videos and be in shock.

I'm a thumber btw

Tony

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"Perfection and patience usually walk side by side..."
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08-26-2007 12:19 AM  13 years ago
montarok

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It cost me a whole flying season to switch from thumbs to pinch, but that was after flying thumbs for only 3 years though and it was well worth it.------------------------------------
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08-26-2007 12:40 AM  13 years ago
cookie monster

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I too try to pinch but it feels good to thumb it out Miniature Aircraft fury extreme 90 710 radix Y.S 91
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