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Old Oct 17, 2004, 02:11 PM
strathboy
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Thumbs vs. Fingers

I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks which
I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm now
considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which requires a
Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel comfortable. It seems
to be a more precise method of control but I'm not sure the old dog can
learn a new trick. Comments and opinions would be of interest.


Old Oct 17, 2004, 04:11 PM
C.O.Jones
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

I'd say go with what feels more comfortable for you. Unless you're into
competition, I don't see where one has a significant advantage over the
other. Except maybe comfort. I've tried both and although I can see where
the thumb and finger might provide more precise control, I'm more
comfortable with just a thumb. And few can land as smoothly as I can so I
figure I've found my method.


"strathboy" <strathboy89@execulink.com> wrote in message
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>I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks
>which
> I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm now
> considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which requires
> a
> Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel comfortable. It
> seems
> to be a more precise method of control but I'm not sure the old dog can
> learn a new trick. Comments and opinions would be of interest.
>
>



Old Oct 17, 2004, 04:11 PM
Marvin
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

I fly with thump and index finger and have never used a tray or a strap. I
hold the transmitter with the other three fingers of my hands.

--
Marvin & Sue


Old Oct 17, 2004, 06:11 PM
Paul McIntosh
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

Some will say that thumb and finger give better control but I have seen
champions flying using both techniques. Unless you have some overriding
reason to change, I wouldn't.

--
Paul McIntosh
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"strathboy" <strathboy89@execulink.com> wrote in message
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> I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks

which
> I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm now
> considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which requires

a
> Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel comfortable. It

seems
> to be a more precise method of control but I'm not sure the old dog can
> learn a new trick. Comments and opinions would be of interest.
>
>



Old Oct 17, 2004, 10:11 PM
Boat
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

"strathboy" <strathboy89@execulink.com> wrote in message
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> I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks

which
> I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm now
> considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which requires

a
> Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel comfortable. It

seems
> to be a more precise method of control but I'm not sure the old dog can
> learn a new trick. Comments and opinions would be of interest.


The old thumbs vs. pinch debate. Heli flyers ponder the same thing. The
pinch is better for small, precise movements such as while hovering. 3D
requires large, fast excursions, which works well for thumbs but are
whole-arm affairs while pinching. I skirt the issue by doing whichever feels
more comfortable at the moment. Hovering thumbs-only isn't much less precise
or comfortable, and it isn't difficult to thrash with the upper arms
involved. You don't need a tray, but a stabilizing cage makes it easier to
handle the transmitter on the strap. Planks aren't much different in this
regard, except the large control movements are for hovering, and versa vice.
Whichever and whatever works for you...

Old Oct 17, 2004, 10:11 PM
Elmshoot
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

I pinch on the right and thumb on the left! Anyone else? I fly all maners of
planes from 200+MPH race planes to indoor and helies. Although I think that 3
dee would be best done thunbs only from what i have seen.
Sparky
Old Oct 18, 2004, 04:11 AM
stuart knowles
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers


"strathboy" <strathboy89@execulink.com> wrote in message
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>I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks
>which
> I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm now
> considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which requires
> a
> Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel comfortable. It
> seems
> to be a more precise method of control but I'm not sure the old dog can
> learn a new trick. Comments and opinions would be of interest.
>
>


I changed over from 'thumbs' to 'pinch - with a TX tray' when learning to
fly helicopters. I later tried the tray with my fixed wing models and found
it awful. However, some time later when flying large and scale models that
required a nicely co-ordinated rudder input for turns, I went back to the
tray and tried harder, That was several years ago and now, although the
thumbs method is still easy, I rarely fly without a tray and hold BOTH
sticks between my thumb and first two fingers.
I find this a much better method for precise control, ssssssllllloooooowwww
rolls or hesitation rolls are so much better .

It is a matter of personal preference as so many others have said, I would
just add that, if you decide to try, expect it to feel completely cack
handed to begin with. Give it a fair trial before making a final decision.
Stu K


Old Oct 18, 2004, 08:11 AM
MJC
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

Your only problem is that you learned one way and now want to go another
way.
I also learned to fly by thumb because no one else ever told me
different. However, I started noticing that others used the thumb/index
finger style so I tried it myself, and boy, what a difference! Yes, it felt
a little strange for a while (only because it was different from what I was
used to), but I instantly saw how my flying smoothed out and I became more
precise in my manuevers. In short, it made me better.
I now fly with that way only, and it's very comfortable to do with a
neck strap because what I do is to hook the other three fingers of each hand
behind the TX to steady it and I have full control. In fact, when I teach
the more advanced students that don't need a buddy cord any more, I still
fly that way when we have to hand the TX back and forth and I continue to
feel that I have full control.
For anyone who flies with thumbs only, try using the two fingers on each
stick and you'll find that it makes you a better pilot.

MJC


"strathboy" <strathboy89@execulink.com> wrote in message
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> I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks

which
> I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm now
> considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which requires

a
> Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel comfortable. It

seems
> to be a more precise method of control but I'm not sure the old dog can
> learn a new trick. Comments and opinions would be of interest.
>
>



Old Oct 18, 2004, 08:11 AM
Robert Williams
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers


"strathboy" <strathboy89@execulink.com> wrote in message
news:J_idnbV8huEEJ-_cRVn-uw@golden.net...
>I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks
>which
> I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm now
> considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which requires
> a
> Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel comfortable. It
> seems
> to be a more precise method of control but I'm not sure the old dog can
> learn a new trick. Comments and opinions would be of interest.
>
>



I don't use either method to fly, I hold the radio cradled in my left hand,
and use my thumb and two fingers on the right hand to fly, of course I'm
using a modified single stick radio to fly, that case of a old Kraft, with
the guts of a newer Hitec comp radio in it )


Old Oct 18, 2004, 04:11 PM
James D Jones
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

Me too. For me, precise control matters most on the primary flight
surfaces. Using only the thumb on my left hand helps stabilize the
controller when using a neck strap. But then, I'm a lousy pilot, so
it probably doesn't matter much :-)

Jim - AMA 501383

Elmshoot wrote:
> I pinch on the right and thumb on the left! Anyone else? I fly all
> maners of planes from 200+MPH race planes to indoor and helies.
> Although I think that 3 dee would be best done thunbs only from what
> i have seen. Sparky


Old Oct 18, 2004, 06:11 PM
MK
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

<Your only problem is that you learned one way and now want to go another
way.>

Kinda like trying to relearn the "correct" golf grip.
mk


Old Oct 18, 2004, 08:11 PM
David Morris
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 14:31:51 -0400, "strathboy"
<strathboy89@execulink.com> wrote:

>I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks which
>I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm now
>considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which requires a
>Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel comfortable. It seems
>to be a more precise method of control but I'm not sure the old dog can
>learn a new trick. Comments and opinions would be of interest.
>



I use finger/thumb pinch and don't use a strap or tray. I hold the TX
with the last two fingers( pinky and ring) , have the middle finger
over the top for flipping switches and the index finger and thumb for
flying. Sometimes I use my thumb only on the left stick and only use
the index finger for pushing the throttle down quickly. It just
depends on what and how I am flying as well as the mood I am in when
flying. Works great for me but probably looks pretty wierd to
anyone watching me!

Davod
Old Oct 18, 2004, 10:11 PM
Mark Miller
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

David Morris <spambait@drop.dead> wrote in

On Sun, 17 Oct 2004 14:31:51 -0400, "strathboy"
><strathboy89@execulink.com> wrote:


>I learned to fly mode 2 many years ago using thumbs only on the sticks
>which I suspect is the technique employed by most flyers. However, I'm
>now considering switching to the index finger and thumb method which
>requires a Tx tray. I've tried it with a Tx strap but didn't feel
>comfortable. It seems to be a more precise method of control but I'm
>not sure the old dog can learn a new trick. Comments and opinions
>would be of interest.
>


I have to admit I get better control with finger thumb, but because I'm
used to flying with my thumbs, that's how I do it unless I make a conscious
effort.

The only exception is when I fly a Parkflyer with a Hitec Feather receiver.
Then I've found that it's just as effective to simply shout instructions at
the plane - "Left! LEFT! No, turn LEFT! And get the nose up! Noooo . .
.."


--
"Be assured that a walk through the ocean of most souls would scarcely get
your feet wet."
- Deteriorata

Old Oct 19, 2004, 08:11 AM
TX_QBALL@webtv.net
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

I've always used the thumbs also,but if I thought using the thumb and
another finger would cause three point landings consistently I'd change.
Otherwise I'm set in my ways and don't want to change.

Old Oct 19, 2004, 02:11 PM
Denis Winters
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Re: Thumbs vs. Fingers

I have always used "Thumb & Finger" never used a tray or strap. Much more
precise feel that way. But then as I love realism I also made a point early
on to learn to use coordinated Aileron/Rudder using the sticks and not
buttons or mixing.



Denis Winters <><


 


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