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Q: How do you hold those Tx sticks?







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David Ashby - Moderator09/04/2012 07:55:40
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The world needs to know.......all the best pilots use finger and thumbs of course teeth 2




Edited By David Ashby on 09/04/2012 08:03:07

Steve Hargreaves - Moderator09/04/2012 08:01:50
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Thumbs man meself David & 100% agree with d

Oh hang on...mine's the only vote so far!!!! embarrassed

Lee Wilson09/04/2012 08:08:57
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50/50 split so far

Steve W-O09/04/2012 08:13:28
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Had to vote other, A on right stick, B on left stick

Paul Marsh09/04/2012 08:24:08
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Aircraft with thumbs, helis with thumb/forfinger. Mostly fly fixed wing, so chose thumbs.

Steve Hargreaves - Moderator09/04/2012 08:30:50
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Whats "Other"......? Toes?....teeth??? teeth 2

Edited By Steve Hargreaves - Moderator on 09/04/2012 08:31:08

Bob Cotsford09/04/2012 08:31:48
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Thumbs only, but I do find it increasingly difficult to make my thumbs track straight either up/down or side to side. Wear and tear in the joints I suppose. Whatever happened to adjustable rotating gimbals(another thread perhaps?)

Peter Miller09/04/2012 08:36:12
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I always have flown thumbs only.

I used to have a friend who flew my models for the camera. He always complained that they were too sensitive on the controls. He flew fingers and thumbs

One day I told him to fly my models on thumbs only. He found that they were much easier to fly that way.

Paul Marsh09/04/2012 08:47:44
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I once flew Stuart Mackay's large Robin, using his TX. It's mode 2, but with really long sticks (3 inches long), so had to use fingers and thumbs. Was ok, flew the model ok, just got some getting used to.

Doug Ireland09/04/2012 09:43:55
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Thumbs for stooging around, forefingers and thumbs for the tricky bits!

J Myers III09/04/2012 10:19:16
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Thumbs! I joke...I use my toes wink 2

Wrongway09/04/2012 10:35:25
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A sort of mix between the two. Thumb on top and forefinger around the back. It's a sort of compromise as I started thumbs only but started helicopters and was advised to use finger and thumb there. I couldnt get used to it but found the compromise the most comfortable.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator09/04/2012 10:58:55
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Now, that's interesting "Wrongway". You see if you'd have asked me I'd have said "finger and thumb" - and indeed that's what I voted. But if I stop to really think about it I do what you do, My thumb is actually on top with my forfinger sort of "wrapped around" the front of the stick!

Are we just weird? Or is this "other" wink 2


Ian Jones09/04/2012 11:00:26
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Thumbs. I tried to convert after being told a pencil grip is the only "right" way - I couldn't get fine enough control like that, so it's thumbs only for me. That experince has led me to teach new pilots to use whichever suits them best.

Alan Cantwell09/04/2012 11:01:31
3039 forum posts

thumbs, way i was taught, and the way i tech others, much more control this way and i have flown with the best pilots, they use thumbs too

John Privett09/04/2012 11:05:34
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Finger and thumbs for me. I switched many years ago after starting with thumbs. It took a week or two to get used to and I "think" it gives easier control - but I'm far from convinced, so "each to their own" I say!

leccyflyer09/04/2012 11:19:02
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Thumbs, with a neckstrap. Tried finger and thumb, but didn't like it.

IanN09/04/2012 11:20:09
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Posted by leccyflyer on 09/04/2012 11:19:02:

Thumbs, with a neckstrap. Tried finger and thumb, but didn't like it.

Same for me

fly boy309/04/2012 11:27:04
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Thumbs only on top of sticks, exept when flying inverted, then I place thumb behind elevator stick so as to prevent wrong input,and diving down. Cheers.

Edited By fly boy3 on 09/04/2012 11:29:10

Dave Bran09/04/2012 11:46:15
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The experience at the School Club I run might be of interest..............11yr old upwards.

Initially its hard to get kids to put their thumbs on top, they tend to put the thumb behind the stick, particularly the LH throttle stick, making controlled negative movement just a trifle more difficult!!.

This is mainly because the sticks are far too long for 11 year olds, even when adjusted (where the Tx allows) to the shortest. For some of the tinier kids I have resorted to taking the tops off completely, and using a bit of fuel tube to widen the end..

We want kids to enter and enjoy the sport/hobby, yet manufacturers do little or nothing to help them do so!!!

BTW, even with cars, most kids seem to prefer sticks to wheel.

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