Let’s assume VKB HQ will not sell Base-Only products anymore – ever.
after having learned that some of you jumped right onto a Kosmosima stand-alone grip to hold out for VKB HQ to maybe/hopefully release a Gunfighter or Gladiator Pro base-only variant in the near future, please don’t!
Rather, assume that VKB HQ will not ever again sell a base-only product; in fact, last time I added a base-only option in anticipation of a new batch, I was told by VKB HQ to remove it.
With that in mind, if you have purchased your Kosmosima stand-alone grip without already owning a compatible VKB joystick whose grip you can replace with that shiny new Kosmosima, you might want to consider contacting me for a full refund asap – and wait just a little longer for the complete Gunfighter Mk.II ‘Space Combat Edition’ joystick to be available for ordering.
(To those of you who purchased Kosmosima grips because you already own a compatible VKB joystick – good on you. Just stand by for VKB HQ to start shipping them out.)
If you want a complete joystick, don’t piece it together by buying a stand-alone grip as soon as it’s available, and then end up waiting on some form of base that might or might be offered by VKB. Instead, consider that VKB is in the market to sell complete joysticks first. Buying a complete joystick allows you to have a fully usable product with a single purchase.
Stand-alone grips are really only meant for those users who already own a VKB joystick and wish to replace the original grip with a new one.
These stand-alone Kosmosima variants will be sold initially for the following VKB bases only: Gunfighter Mk.I/Mk.II and Gladiator Pro Mk.II. Complete joystick (Base+Grip) bundles will follow at a later date.
According to VKB HQ, please be aware that the lead-time before the first batch of stand-alone grips ships is 5-7 days from the day you placed the order.
Further information and details about the Kosmosima’s options and variants can be gleaned from the respective store pages linked above. You may also click the ‘Join Waitlist’ button to get notified once the selected variant is ready to order.
Finally, click to view the Kosmosima announcement (PDF) for additional tidbits of information; if you have questions about the grip, its variants and availability, please use the Kosmosima thread over at the VKB HQ forums.
we’ve added a “Join Waitlist” option that would enable you go get email notifications as soon as a product that is currently out of stock will be added for ordering. This, in addition to our existing newsletter, should be able to cover all aspects of not missing out on any VKB products.
The “Join Waitlist” button shows up right next to the “Add to Cart” button when a product is out of stock
By default, the waitlist will use your registered customer email (but you can change that)
You’ll get an automated email as soon as the item is back in stock
Note: This is an automated service for your convenience to receive timely product availability notifications. This is not any form of pre-order, you will not be charged; however, this also means that the product is not reserved in your name.
a little delayed, but here’s the closing statement from the folks over at VUAF:
The Virtual United Air Festival 2018, sponsored by VKB Simulations came to an exciting close on the 21st October, as the Virtual Thunderbirds (https://www.facebook.com/VirtualTbirds/) touched down after an exhilarating weekend of precision virtual aerobatics and formation flying. The show, hosted by Chris ‘Striker’ Curtis (former Patriots Jet Team narrator), accommodated some of the biggest names in the virtual aerobatics community, with the Virtual Red Arrows (https://www.facebook.com/VRedArrows/) closing day one with a spectacular display.
After a brilliant array of displays, and an interview with Heatblur Simulations (DCS: F-14 Tomcat), VKB took center-stage for one of the highlights of the show – the prize giveaway. With 329 individual entrants, and 927 entries (via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube), two lucky fans were selected to be awarded with the VKB prizes, one being the Gunfighter Mk.II ($399), and secondly the Gladiator Mk.II ($99). This came at an exciting time, whilst the release of the DCS: Tomcat and DCS: Christen Eagle just around the corner. VKB offers a range of high-quality products, the Gunfighter being the flagship joystick with a huge range of functionality, and the Gladiator acting as arguably the best entry-level stick on the market.
The Virtual United Air Festival was also kindly provided with a set of VKB T-Rudder pedals ($244), which were awarded to ‘Panther’, as the best solo demonstration pilot, as voted for by both the public, and the VUAF judges. Panther’s Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 Demo wowed crowds on the first day of the show, and we hope to see him back next year!
During a flawless weekend, hundreds of avid viewers tuned in to see the show live on Twitch, with over 350 viewers watching at one time! It’s safe to say that we’re more than happy with the success of the show, and can’t wait to return next year, hopefully once again in collaboration with VKB.
For more information about both VUAF, and the remaining virtual airshows this year, feel free to explore the links below.