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Robharris07
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Do you control with your thumbs on top of the joysticks or pinch each stick with forefinger and thumb?
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I've also lengthened the joysticks to give me a little bit finer control.
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gil Posted at 2015-5-11 10:03
I've also lengthened the joysticks to give me a little bit finer control.

That has been a big help to me also.
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gil Posted at 2015-5-11 10:03
I've also lengthened the joysticks to give me a little bit finer control.

Good idea!
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gil Posted at 2015-5-11 10:03
I've also lengthened the joysticks to give me a little bit finer control.

Can I ask how you lengthened them?

Thanks in advance!
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Robharris07 Posted at 2015-5-11 19:32
Can I ask how you lengthened them?

Thanks in advance!

Rob, the knurled knob on the controller is composed of two parts. You can loosen the upper segment by grabbing it with your fingers and gently but firmly twisting counter clockwise, then unscrew it until you reach the length you want, then advance the lower section up to the upper section and tighten the two together.
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dmwierz Posted at 2015-5-11 19:49
Rob, the knurled knob on the controller is composed of two parts. You can loosen the upper segment ...

Thanks a lot!
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Rob, just don't unscrew the upper knob too much. Not sure how easy it is to get back on its spindle.
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dmwierz Posted at 2015-5-11 20:31
Rob, just don't unscrew the upper knob too much. Not sure how easy it is to get back on its spindle.

I've taken it all the way off. Goes back on just fine.
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Yes extending the sticks makes a big difference....here is a good video showing how to accomplish it
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Don't forget that you can adjust the expo value to get more or less sensitivity as desired.
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tchavalas@panos Posted at 2015-5-12 02:08
Don't forget that you can adjust the expo value to get more or less sensitivity as desired.

How is the expo adjusted? I find most of my videos are a bit over exposed :/
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I think you are confused.  Exposure is adjusted in the camera settings.

Control Exponent value is adjusted using the Drone Settings menus.
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pacorredor90 Posted at 2015-5-12 03:15
How is the expo adjusted? I find most of my videos are a bit over exposed :/

Ok, that made me laugh. Sorry, but thank you...
I truly and honestly know, that some of us here are still rank amateurs, who have never flown before.
Happy that you ARE learning...
Eh, we all had to begin our RC flying lessons some place, sometime... No time like the present.

There will be plenty of basic questions from me also, once my Phantom 3 Pro' arrives.
But reading the manuals several times is a great way to get a 'basic understanding' of  your particular  Phantom...

Have a great day, and smile, it looks good on you... Thanks again! ;-)

By the way, I think I would find it difficult to pinch the sticks, while holding up the radio and iPad. Even with a neck strap on my Spectrum Rx's, I still thumb them too. It just feels more natural & comfortable to me.

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I recommend never pinching
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mswall@mac.com Posted at 2015-5-14 09:15
I recommend never pinching

Thanks so much!
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mswall@mac.com Posted at 2015-5-14 09:15
I recommend never pinching

And i recomend to pinch.  ;)


That's how i learned (and mostly everybody else here in sweden) to get better control and feeling over the sticks.
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I use my thumbs with these attached for comfort and better control:
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Phantom Help Posted at 2015-6-22 01:54
I use my thumbs with these attached for comfort and better control:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product ...

Oh no! Another must have accessory for my P3?! My credit card company is gonna kill me! Oooo, shiny...
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headkumquat Posted at 2015-6-22 03:05
Oh no! Another must have accessory for my P3?! My credit card company is gonna kill me! Oooo, shin ...

Those Bestem Aerial knobs are worth the money, l really like them. They seem to be built for thumb folk though, l can't imagine pinching them, they're a bit wide at the top.
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When i started flying RC airplanes i used my thumbs all the time. it wasn't until I was learning to fly Helis that i went to the pinch method for more precise and controlled stick movements. Thats what works for me and have been pinching my sticks ever since.
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Way back when I started flying RC I was told the 'pinch' method was more precise because of better dexterity on the index fingers vs thumbs only.

I never questioned the theory and have always flown that way.
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Trilithon Posted at 2015-6-23 11:38
Way back when I started flying RC I was told the 'pinch' method was more precise because of better d ...

Thanks everyone. Great stuff. I'm still flying with thumbs, but I notice I'm a little shakey sometimes. Maybe I'll try the pinch : )
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I actually not only lengthened the sticks. I turned the top-part of the stick 180 degrees and installed it "upside down". That gives a softer (without pointy-bits) top of the stick for more comfort
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Every RC Tx radio I have ever held in my hands, had thee sharp pointy bits on the 'thumb sticks', for better control.
I am a bit of a sweater, my palms-fingers, get wet, just thinking about certain subjects. And I would slip off the control knobs. While playing my Motif XF-8 too. No rhyme or reason.
And while I am enjoying flying, it must increase my adrenalin, even though I am completely and totally relaxed while flying at 1600' above me. Or less.
I am a born thumber, who tries not to "dumb thumb" the control sticks. It's quite natural and feels very comfortable.

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P3PO Posted at 2015-6-22 18:43
When i started flying RC airplanes i used my thumbs all the time. it wasn't until I was learning to  ...

When using the pinch method, do you control the gimble with your middle finger?

Intrigued.
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devin_mcnulty Posted at 2015-6-28 04:17
When using the pinch method, do you control the gimble with your middle finger?

Intrigued.

I switch to thumbs if I need to adjust gimbal, shutter or operate switches. these things are so stable its not a problem to change grip styles as needed.
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The last post in this thread was back in 2015.

Why then, does it appear on the first page of the forum, again today...?



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RedHotPoker Posted at 2017-12-4 18:40
The last post in this thread was back in 2015.

Why then, does it appear on the first page of the forum, again today...?

Someone found it had a survey in it, and they took the survey only without comment...walah it suddenly and mysteriously shows back up like a phantom in the night
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Spooky... Since as it frequently happens, also where the thread is not another pointless survey. ;-)

Survey says: "Who cares?" Hahaha

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Dataway Posted at 2015-5-11 09:18
Yes extending the sticks makes a big difference....here is a good video showing how to accomplish it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxfsXyb_FqE

Thanks so much for share !!
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Min : 01:52 ( the most important part for me ) . Thanks again i didt knew how to set the sticks
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magnus@lindgren Posted at 2015-5-13 23:00
And i recomend to pinch.  ;)

Indeed a lot of pinching in Sweden.
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Nebuchadnezzar Posted at 2017-12-5 03:33
Min : 01:52 ( the most important part for me ) . Thanks again i didt knew how to set the sticks

Well at least someone got something out of this repeat.
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RedHotPoker Posted at 2017-12-4 18:40
The last post in this thread was back in 2015.

Why then, does it appear on the first page of the forum, again today...?

However, you appear to be the first one to post since 2015.
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Dockater Posted at 2017-12-5 05:06
However, you appear to be the first one to post since 2015.

ROTFLMFAO ....
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Dockater Posted at 2017-12-5 05:06
However, you appear to be the first one to post since 2015.

Yes, I need to amuse my self somehow, when the lights are turned low...



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KedDK Posted at 2017-12-5 05:23
Yes for some every single point counts, but why are you waking this oldie?

Actually, the inverse would be more accurate. It awakened me. Hahaha


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Dockater Posted at 2017-12-5 04:52
Indeed a lot of pinching in Sweden.

I bet that started at an early age, watching the boob tube? Right, and Left.... Haha



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I bet you did.... Chuckles

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