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Old 12-10-2005, 02:38 PM
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JUst a question how many people just use their thumbs on tx or do you use forefinger and thumbs. I was taught using fingers and I just wanted to see if anybody seen the new product called rcstyx I have a pair it replaces the top of the sticks on tx with a concave top so if you just use thumbs it fits it perfectly but if you use fingers it a bigger diameter and has more of a feel like a controller for playstation or xbox.
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Old 12-10-2005, 02:45 PM
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I use thumb and forefinger. Always have and always taught it that way. Seems to make people fly smoother. I don't use gimics like thicker sticks, longer sticks or transmitter trays. Many people do like them and use them. Its kind of a personal taste. No way is the right way, its just the way an individual does it.

The thicker stick would probably work great for the younger gamer generation. I don't corelate my play station and my models. Two totally different beasts.
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Old 12-10-2005, 03:00 PM
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I use both (I think) -- thumbs for most of it, but thumb & forefinger for the delicate stuff (I think).

Damn -- now I'm not really sure. I really don't think about it. I hope that this doesn't create a problem for me . Now I'll be thinking about my thumbs next time I fly. Double damnation & hellfire. Why did you ask such a silly question?
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Old 12-10-2005, 04:23 PM
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Hi!
Thumbs and forefinger! Mode 2 of course!

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Old 12-10-2005, 05:53 PM
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I started flying with reed sets many years ago. You blipped a toggle switch for smooth control.
When the newer sets came along I just naturally used my thumbs.
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Old 12-10-2005, 06:24 PM
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Hi!
Thumbs and forefinger! Mode 2 of course!

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Me, too.
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:01 PM
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Knight magic, I'm glad that you like your pair of custom knobs. If you send me an email on the order page I'll post your comments on my website.

Thanks again,

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Old 12-10-2005, 10:32 PM
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I use just thumbs on top of the sticks. This allows me to use my other fingers to work the retracts, flaps, canopy, etc... without looking down at the tx and still have full control of the plane. I flew with thumbs and forefinger initially, but became a much better/smoother pilot when switched over to using thumbs only. Note that when you play video games on either the PS2 or Xbox, you are forced to use your thumbs on the sticks only.
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:35 PM
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I use thumbs because I got small hands and need the extra fingers to support the weight of the TX.
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:41 PM
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Thumbs only. Just like Quique Somenzini.
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Old 12-10-2005, 10:59 PM
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What is the point of all those switches if you are using 2 fingers per stick? It is all a matter of personal choice though, when I started RC nobody ever told me how to hold the sticks. Whatever works, works. I fly both mode 1 and mode 2. Chevy vs Ford.

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Old 12-11-2005, 01:26 PM
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BritBrat, funny, I thought the very same thing. I read the post and had to sit back and really think about it, finally, I had to pick up a radio to see how I use it, ha.
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Old 12-11-2005, 01:34 PM
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Just thumbs
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just thumbs one two stick thump and two fingers on one hand and one finger of the other hand on single stick.
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Old 12-11-2005, 03:33 PM
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i've wondered this many times.. which is better? i know that the only way that feels nice to me is thumbs only.
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Old 12-11-2005, 04:31 PM
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i've wondered this many times.. which is better? i know that the only way that feels nice to me is thumbs only.
Then thumbs it is.
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Old 12-11-2005, 05:00 PM
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ORIGINAL: whaturi

i've wondered this many times.. which is better? i know that the only way that feels nice to me is thumbs only.
There is no right or wrong answer. Better depends on the person.

Thumbs is better for you. For me, thumb and finger is better. My brother usually uses thumb on one stick and thumb/finger on the other.
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Old 12-11-2005, 05:24 PM
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I've been flying RC for 35 years and have always used my thumb & forefinger. With the solid control of the thumb & forefinger on the sticks there is no chance of the stick doing what it wants to do.........better control of your airplane, more precise inputs, smoother flying. Watch the radio on your better flyers and 10 to one there using thumb & forefinger. And that's my two cents.

Can't teach an old dog new tricks!!

Ok guys I apologize for the expression I used, "10 to 1", it only means the majority use thumb & forefinger.

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I too am all thumbs. I guess thats why I say dumb thumbs when I crash
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Thumbs only here. I noticed some guys flying with thumbs & forefinger on the front of the sticks, I asked them if that was for better control or what? They both just said it felt more natural to them. I tried it, felt really wierd to me so thumbs it is.


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Thumbs for planks, pinch for helis. I didn't even realize it till somone pointed it out to me and asked why I switched back and forth.
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For all you guys who do fly thumbs or thumbs and fingers please do like knightmagic and check out my website. I have the best new product for you to try out. Maybe you can ask the Mrs. for some for christmas.

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. Watch the radio on your better flyers and 10 to one there using thumb & forefinger. And that's my two cents.
This is not true. I have been watching all the "better flyers" and the "pro flyers" for a long time. I would say maybe 60 - 40 on this. It first I thought as you do most of the better flyers use thumb and forefinger but the more I watched I was suprised thats not the way it is. Just my 2 cents.
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Hey airmail:

Well maybe my percentages were off somewhat...............but the majority of your expert pilots do fly thumb & forefinger.

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i see a war starting here... a thumb war?? ...sorry
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