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Old 11-02-2003, 05:46 AM   #1
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American drivers use pistol grip radios, European/Asian drivers use stick radios

I have always wondered, is there any particular reason as to why the majority of racers overseas in Asia, Europe, etc. use stick radios as opposed to pistol grip style radios like most of us use here in America?

If you look at a picture of a drivers stand during the A-main of a big race in Europe or Asia, you're almost guaranteed to see 9 of the 10 drivers using stick style radios, the converse applies to big races in the USA.

So, what gives? It almost makes me want to buy a stick radio .
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It's also like we're the only country that doesn't use the metric system...
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Old 11-02-2003, 06:26 AM   #3
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I think britain is the only place where sticks are a majority, most other Europeans and also Asians seem to use wheels now.

There's no particular reason as far as I can tell - obviously, the stick origins are in planes, the wheel origins are in slot-cars - but the British importers still supply RTR's with sticks, so there's no real pressure on the market to switch to wheels. I can't drive a wheel, and wheel users probably can't drive a stick.
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I am a australian born chinese and I use a stick radio (KO vantage esprit II). I've been using stick radio for ages since my first wild willy. For me stick radios are the natural choice as the configuration is simular to control pads for nintendo and playstation


There really seems to be very little in the way of stick fm radios. aside from the KO there is also the hitec ranger III and the sanwa/airtronics super exzes any others?
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I have problems finding replacement screws for my TC3.

Screwdrivers too! Associated should consider selling their cars equipped with metric screws for sale outside USA
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There really seems to be very little in the way of stick fm radios. aside from the KO there is also the hitec ranger III and the sanwa/airtronics super exzes any others?
Futaba 3VC, also JR make one.
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I have problems finding replacement screws for my TC3.

Screwdrivers too! Associated should consider selling their cars equipped with metric screws for sale outside USA
i think that since the TC3 is composite plastic or graphite, it would be alright if you shove a metric 3mm screw in there when you first build your car and chuck those annoying inch hardware!
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i dunno which asian uses a stick radio besides masami but the rest of them uses pistol type radios....
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stick radios are more comfortable to hold for long races as you can hang it on your neck~

i used stick radios when i could only afford a 50bux radio, but it is hard to find a high end stick so learnt how to use pisto
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I use the ESPRIT II sometimes. The response is more smoother and more precise.
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Its annoying that Futaba have not reliesed a new 3VC with the same components and functions as the new now year old steer wheel radio Rick
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i find steer wheels more comfortable to haold and control.
its what feels comfortable to you that matters
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If I am not mistaken, Craig Drescher uses the KO Propo EX-1Mars-R, whick is a pistol grip transmitter...
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Another addition to the list of European/Asian drivers with pistol grip radios, is Atsushi Hara. He also uses the KO Propo Mars-R.
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If I am not mistaken, Craig Drescher uses the KO Propo EX-1Mars-R, whick is a pistol grip transmitter...
no he uses a ko stick transmitter.
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