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11-23-2007 01:06 PM  13 years ago
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DougsRC

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Thumbs or Pinch Grip
Hello All, Hope everyone had a Nice Thanksgiving, Just curious, do you use the pinch grip on the sticks or just use thumbs ???
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11-23-2007 01:30 PM  13 years ago
Gyronut

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Dumb Thumbs for me and I use a tray.Rick
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11-23-2007 01:30 PM  13 years ago
tryan02

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tried pinch grip once and found that Im all thumbs.No Really I am the club President!!!
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11-23-2007 02:24 PM  13 years ago
fenderstrat

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THUMBS......started playing video games at about 8 yrs old and cant break the habitCompass helis Support Team
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11-23-2007 02:29 PM  13 years ago
tutelar-rc

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Pinch - used thumbs for years on cars/boats/etc, but converted for heli use this year.
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11-23-2007 02:30 PM  13 years ago
DougsRC

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Seems like there is a 50/50 split either way!Blade 230s--V977--Trex 450 sport-- McpxBL---NaNo cps--Smart---T---pant
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11-23-2007 02:35 PM  13 years ago
tryan02

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Mine doesn't count when I start flying inverted practicing blade slaps maybe I will change to a pincher(doubtful for me though). But like fender with asteroids and pac-man I became a thumber use to even work for catching a ride.

I think it would be interesting to ask that question to a group of good 3D pilots.
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11-23-2007 02:44 PM  13 years ago
DougsRC

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I did noticed that Alan Szabo jr uses the pinch grip but it is probably mostly a case of whatever you start with, you will probably stay with but there are always exceptions.Blade 230s--V977--Trex 450 sport-- McpxBL---NaNo cps--Smart---T---pant
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11-23-2007 07:19 PM  13 years ago
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Wonder why no has answered Toes yet..??Rick
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11-23-2007 07:27 PM  13 years ago
Gregor99

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Doug,

Thanks for starting this thread, I've been wondering the same thing. I started just a little while ago with thumbs. Then I noticed the serious 3d pilots are using the pinch grip. I've tied out the pinch grip in the SIM can see how you can get a little better control. What I'm not sure about is if using thumbs will eventually become a limiting factor for skills progression.

For me, thumbs are a little more comfortable and allow more consistant control of the sticks throughout the entire range of motion. With the pinch grip, I'm having to stretch to get to extreems of the stick movement.

It'd be interesting to hear more from the pinch camp.
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11-23-2007 07:48 PM  13 years ago
tryan02

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For me, thumbs are a little more comfortable and allow more consistant control of the sticks throughout the entire range of motion. With the pinch grip, I'm having stretch to get to extreems of the stick movement.
Ditto I did it with my KING got into a hover and did not like it. It was an unnatural feel for me so being new I just gave up on the pinch. I found I like pinching on St Patricks Day thats it.
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11-23-2007 08:01 PM  13 years ago
copperclad

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hi Gregor99
when i learned to fly plane , i just grabbed the TX and used my thumbs , no strap , and no problems flying

when i learned to fly a heli , i learned sitting down and using pinch grip , i found out later i could not stand , hold the TX and use pinch grip , it was too much of a stretch for my hands , i tried a neck strap , but it didn't help , this will sound funny but i was stuck sitting down , and had to take a 5 gallon bucket to sit on at the feild , a couple of the guys still call me " bucket man " , after about a year it occured to me , the problem was , i was used to resting the edge of both hands , either side of the TX , when i was sitting this was on my legs , when trying to hold the TX either standing or with a neck strap , i had to hold the TX and this was a stretch for me , finally the light went off that a tray might work , as it can be set up with two shelves , either side of the TX to rest your hands on , so i got a TX tray together and sure enough , it was great and i could stand up and fly , like every body else , a couple of weeks ago , i made an extension for my TX , so the neck strap connects just over the switch , this has the TX at its balance point , and you don't need to grip it so hard to stabilize it , so now i don't need the TX tray to fly either

i think what i am trying to say is the pinch grip can be a bit of a stretch , if you are trying to hold the TX with your ring finger and pinkies , if you have a sim you might fly sitting and if the TX is on your lap you can see your hands have greater range with a pinch grip , if the ring fingers and pinkies are not holding the TX

just wanted to relate some of what i have been through with pinch gripping , dana
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11-24-2007 12:34 PM  13 years ago
DougsRC

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Copperclad, Love the 'bucketman"story, Maybe you should change your user name to Bucketman(superhero sounding--almost) I have been using the Pinch grip since the very beginning but as an experiment I went out this morning and tried just thumbs it didn't seem to be a problem at all, in fact it seemed I could go from one end of the stick movement to the other faster with just thumbs. I also fly outside thru the winter months and wear thin leather driving gloves and the pinch grip feels a little weird with gloves on but it might be better with just thumbs wearing the gloves.Blade 230s--V977--Trex 450 sport-- McpxBL---NaNo cps--Smart---T---pant
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11-24-2007 04:58 PM  13 years ago
copperclad

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hi Doug
i read in a heli mag about a guy with one hand , who flies a two stick TX with just his right hand , thumb and pinkie , i wouldn't recommend trying it with a real machine , but it is interesting to play with on a sim , i found , it was not as hard as i thought it would be , dana
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11-24-2007 05:05 PM  13 years ago
DougsRC

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Very interesting, A real test of brain - hand cordination.Blade 230s--V977--Trex 450 sport-- McpxBL---NaNo cps--Smart---T---pant
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