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04-02-2010 03:53 AM  10 years ago
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2tall

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Two Thumbs Up, One, or None?
Retired now and finally getting enough stick time to develop habits, both good and bad. Largely due to my early years of fixed wing modeling I have always favored flying with only my thumbs on the gimbals.

However, I'm beginning to realize that I have better collective control if I use the forefinger/thumb grip method on that stick. Cyclic still seems more agile using only the thumb.

It probably comes down to whatever works best for any one individual, but I'm curious if many of you are using both methods as I am. I suppose there is always the risk of confusing an aging brain, but when that becomes a reality it will be time to bronze the last AMA card and pin it to the wall in the man cave.
"Pay attention...lest the ground rise up and smite thee."
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04-02-2010 04:01 AM  10 years ago
puma1824

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I firmly believe there is no one method that fits all. It's all up to individual preference, style, and comfort. Just like you stated "It probably comes down to whatever works best for any one individual,..."

When you get a chance check out some of the stick cam video from this past IRCHA...there's a mix of people using thumbs and pinch.

Go to Stick Cam Videos
https://rc.runryder.com/rrTV-Photo/funflies/IRCHA2009/
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04-02-2010 11:38 AM  10 years ago
The Old Guy

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Hi 2tall
just looked at your profile and i see i am 4 days younger than you.
Not that that has any relavance???
I to found that fingers& thumbs gave me better control but find myself taking my fingers away from the sticks if i start being more agressive.
I try to teach people to learn with both fingers ,but it realy is whatever you are comfotable with.

Old heli pilots do not die thy just go out of track!!!
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04-02-2010 01:56 PM  10 years ago
ChrisMoore

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I pinch but my thumb favors the top a little bit. It can be uncomfortable to put your thumbs on the top of the sharp ends of the gimbals.Chris. AMA 497715 IRCHA 3351
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04-02-2010 02:03 PM  10 years ago
Mutt

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I thumb always have and always will. I do not fly 3d either just scale helis so that may be a bit different for others. It is a matter of what is confortable to each person flying.
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04-02-2010 02:26 PM  10 years ago
Themsah

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I used to fly IMAC planks, before heli's. The pinch method has always given me more precision control, but can be a bit slower for the stick banging involved with hard 3D heli flying.
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04-02-2010 03:51 PM  10 years ago
2tall

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just looked at your profile and i see i am 4 days younger than you. Not that that has any relevance???
Seems like a lot of nice folks were born in February. I'm the 18th and Mrs. 2tall is the 16th - but a couple of years later - so she claims.

I have found that the pinch method on the collective has really added finesse and precision to my collective management. With the thumb method I was usually over-responding and having to make corrections to corrections. Pinching the cyclic still feels clumsy. Go figure.
"Pay attention...lest the ground rise up and smite thee."
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04-04-2010 03:22 AM  10 years ago
theflyingman2

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I use a combination of thumb vs pinch. It all depends on what im doing at the moment. I say just fly how you feel conformable. there isn't a "correct" way to this.
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04-04-2010 03:39 AM  10 years ago
Wingman77

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04-04-2010 05:07 AM  10 years ago
dkshema

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Arrrrghhhh....

A "pinch" vs "thumbs" thread in disguise.....
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04-04-2010 06:54 AM  10 years ago
RAPTOR 4D

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I see others have been tricked into this post to.Raptor 50 Titan SE
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04-04-2010 07:40 AM  10 years ago
2tall

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"pinch" vs "thumbs"...
...is not the topic of this thread - read the initial post. I simply wanted to see if I was one of a few, or many, who used both methods, one on the collective and another on the cyclic. I'm a bit bothered by being unable to get comfortable using pinch on the cyclic gimbal. Just wanted to see if there were any others in the asylum with the same condition. Misery loves company.

As with many threads, discussions seem to migrate in unintended directions, but that's okay. This all about exchanging experiences, views, opinions, whatever. Even old topics can benefit from an occasional new thought.

As always, that's just my opinion, and I could be wrong.
"Pay attention...lest the ground rise up and smite thee."
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04-10-2010 09:33 PM  10 years ago
chopper_crazy

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to each his own I guess....me, I like using thumbs.It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!
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04-11-2010 01:10 AM  10 years ago
wheelman

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Thumbs only here. I can't sem to stay pinched no matter what!
Oh and my BDay is ALSO Feb 18th!
Just curious, is there a cure for this addiction?
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