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(Sold Out) Initial round of Gunfighter Mk.II ‘Space Combat Edition’ available

Hi guys,

VKB HQ asked me to make the initial round of Gunfighter Mk.II ‘Space Combat Edition’ (Tabletop variant w/ Kosmosima Premium left/right) available for ordering.

Other Gunfighter ‘Space Combat Edition’ variants, including the Pro with extension kit, or with Kosmosima non-Premium grips, will follow a little while later for a staggered release.

Those of you who are waiting for the Gunfighter Mk.II ‘Modern Combat Edition’ or ‘WWII Combat Edition’ will have to be a little more patient, as VKB HQ’s current focus is getting the ‘Space Combat Edition’ release rolling

Once I learn more about subsequent Gunfighter release dates, I will send out newsletters to let everyone know.

Until next time,

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New Firmware for Gladiator Pro Mk.II w/ Kosmosima Support

Hi guys,

VKB HQ provided firmware to enable Kosmosima support for Gladiator Pro Mk.II, and I made it available on our Downloads page.

Remember, when installing a new grip, you will have to flash the Gladiator Pro’s MCU (Micro-processing Unit) to recognize the new grip; if you only install the grip without flashing, the grip will not work, and the grip won’t be recognized in VKBdevCfg either.

Please follow the instructions in this FAQ entry for flashing/resetting after installing your new Kosmosima grip onto your Gladiator Pro Mk.II.

Until next time,

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New Firmware for Gunfighter w/ Kosmosima Support, and updated VKBdevCfg

Hi guys,

VKB HQ provided firmware to enable Kosmosima support for Gunfighter (Mk.I/II), and a new VKBdevCfg version that supports Kosmosima’s features. I made them available on our Downloads page.

Remember, when installing a new grip, you will have to flash the Gunfighter’s Blackbox to recognize the new grip; if you only install the grip without flashing, the grip will not work, the Blackbox ‘Stick LED’ will blink red, and the grip won’t show up in VKBdevCfg either.

Please follow the instructions in the Gunfighter Quick Guide (pg. 9-11) for flashing/resetting after installing your new Kosmosima grip onto your Gunfighter.

Until next time,

PS: Once VKB HQ releases the firmware to enable Kosmosima support for Gladiator Pro Mk.II, I will let everyone know.

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Quick Update on Kosmosima Grip Shipping

Hi guys,

just a heads-up: knowing that VKB HQ initially estimated Kosmosima grips to start shipping 5-7 days after ordering, here’s a quick update from Daisy over at VKB HQ; she said that ​they are a little behind with the production of PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) for the grips, so they expect Kosmosima grip orders to start shipping by the end of next week.

Once VKB HQ provides me with tracking numbers, I will update your orders accordingly.

Until next time,

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No More Base-Only – Kosmosima Grip Clarification

Let’s assume VKB HQ will not sell Base-Only products anymore – ever.

Hi guys,

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.)

Addendum for additional clarification: 

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 stand-alone base that might or might be offered by VKB. Stand-alone bases by themselves are not complete products and don’t offer any functionality unless combined with a grip (base + grip = joystick) anyway, so you should just aim to buy a complete joystick to begin with. Since VKB is in the market to sell complete joysticks first and foremost, buying a complete joystick allows you to receive a fully usable product with a single purchase.

Stand-alone grips, on the other hand, are really only meant for those users who already own a compatible VKB joystick and wish to replace the original grip with another one.

Until next time,

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Kosmosima Grips Available for Ordering

Hi guys,

With the CNY break coming to an end over at VKB HQ tomorrow, they asked me to make the stand-alone Kosmosima and Kosmosima Premium Grips available for ordering today.

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.

Until next time,

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VKB Kosmosima is Coming

Hi guys,

just a little announcement: the long-awaited Kosmosima Space Combat Grip (SCG) is coming! Expected release date is End of January 2019 some time after the Chinese New Year break (no ETA).

Kosmosima will be sold as Stand-Alone grip, and as complete joystick as part of the Gunfighter Mk.II ‘Space Combat Edition’ variant. The grip comes in both left- and right-hand variants, and features a built-in, lockable twist axis.

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.

Until next time,

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‘Get Notified’ Option Added

Hi guys,

we’ve added a “Get Notified” 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 “Get Notified” button shows up right next to the “Add to Cart” button when a product is out of stock
  • By default, the notification plugin 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.

Until next time,