Introducing the VKB-Sim ‘Modern Combat Grip’ (MCG) Range of Flight Control Grips
(Shenzhen, PRC / Norman, Oklahoma USA / Utrecht, The Netherlands) – April 28, 2017
VKB-Sim ‘Modern Combat Grip’ (MCG) Range of Grips
After VKB’s initial announcement of the MCG Grip back in March of 2017, VKB HQ has gathered a lot of useful feedback from the simulation community across the web. This feedback changed the course of the MCG development and VKB has decided to expand the Modern Combat Grip range to include a total of three variants.
‘Modern Combat Grip’ Design
The real grip was developed by AVIAAVTOMATIKA in Russia for Sukhoi’s modernized Flanker series of fighter jets, as well as their 5th generation prototypes. VKB engineers adapted the ergonomics of the real Flanker grip for the use in flight simulations with only minimal design changes.
All MCG variants share the following design features:
Made with OMRON and ALPS buttons and switches
Grip made from ABS plastic (injection molding)
Contactless ministicks (analog* or digital modes) for Slew Control w/ integrated Push Button
Trigger 1: Dual-stage trigger
Trigger 2: Metal trigger (foldable)
Metal analog* wheel brake lever with contactless MaRS sensor
Adjustable palm rest
Quick release fastening
Optional external twist adapter** (currently under development)
* Except for MCG-TM; Thrustmaster® bases only function in digital mode
** Except for MCG-TM; optional twist adapter not compatible with Thrustmaster® bases
Specific ‘Modern Combat Grip’ features (click image to enlarge):
14 Programmable Buttons
5 Analog Axes
23 Programmable Buttons
Compatible with Thrustmaster®
Warthog™ and Cougar™ bases; no adapter needed
*NOTE: To ensure compatibility with the Thrustmaster® controller base, the MCG’s axes controls (ministicks/brake axis) will function as digital hat switch/buttons only
24 Programmable Buttons
6 Analog Axes
Trigger 2: Metal Folding Trigger with two position sensors (flipped up or down)
Swappable thumb button (push button or 4-way switch with push)
MSRP $99 (plus shipping)
MSRP TBD* (plus shipping)
MSRP TBD* (plus shipping)
*To Be Determined
‘Modern Combat Grip’ Production Status:
Currently in the mock-up production phase for final ergonomics validation and testing
Order availability, shipping date, as well as final MSRP for MCG-TM and MCG-Pro to be determined and announced at a later date – stay tuned!
in the last couple of weeks, VKB North America has been slammed with orders, and as of yesterday VKB HQ in China doesn’t have any stock allotted for VKBcontrollers.com left. They should have more stock available for us by mid-May, 2017.
NOTE: This does not affect any Gunfighter orders placed before April 27, 2017. All current Gunfighter orders are being processed and shipped from VKB HQ as planned.
Sorry about the inconvenience – and thank you for all your business so far!
We tightened the frictioner of the dry clutch to prevent it from loosening during shipping. So before you connect your Gunfighter to your PC, you will need to adjust the dry clutches for both pitch and roll axes accordingly. While you at it, you may also make desired adjustments for different springs and/or different cams (center detent vs. soft center) per axis.
now that the Gunfighter shipping is in full swing over at VKB HQ, I thought I’d reach out to those of you who have a Gunfighter variant with TM Warthog Adapter coming their way:
Please be VERY careful when working on both taking the TM Warthog grip apart and reassembling it again after the fact.
The tiny VKB TM Warthog Adapter wires can easily get caught between the sharp edges of the TM Warthog grip halves, and even – unbeknownst to you, end up in the way of the screws when putting the TM grip back together!
You don’t want your TM Adapter wires to be cut in half or mauled by a screw!
Hint: What I did for my Mamba Mk.III w/ TM Warthog Adapter: I’ve used simple scotch tape to tape the flimsy TM Warthog Adapter wires down so they wouldn’t move while putting back the TM grip halves.
With this said, here’s a link to a ‘TM Warthog Adapter for Gunfighter Quick Guide‘ that I’ve put together so you can see what’s on your plate when you start taking things apart to get your Warthog grip ready for your shiny new Gunfighter…
I learned that we can expect another 2-3 weeks of delay until the Gunfighters finally start shipping. We’re very sorry about these delays and VKB HQ works their tails off in order to get the Gunfighters ready for delivery!
This delay is the result of a single supplier who had to re-design the PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards), and these will still have to be FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and CE (Conformité Européene) certified. This overall process is what’s taking so long currently.
Again, feel free to contact me for a refund if you don’t want to wait any longer for your Gunfighter order to ship!
VKB has been looking at feedback on the various discussion forums regarding the lack of a pinky switch on the MCG.
Because of your feedback, the MCG will now receive that much desired extra button. However, due to the design of the MCG’s grip handle, it might have to move up and to the side, but you will get that extra button on the grip!
Also, the 2-way switch on the right side of the MCG’s head (meant for your index finger) will be redesigned as 4-way switch!
PS: The (tentative) ordering date for the MCG is April 30, 2017.
(Shenzhen, PRC / Norman, Oklahoma USA / Utrecht, The Netherlands) – March 16, 2017
VKB-Sim ‘Modern Combat Grip’ (MCG)
VKB is proud to announce the production launch of the VKB-Sim ‘Modern Combat Grip’ (MCG).
This controller was developed by AVIAAVTOMATIKA in Russia for Sukhoi’s modernized ‘Flanker’ series of fighter jets, as well as their 5th generation prototypes.
VKB engineers adapted the ergonomics of the real ‘Flanker’ grip for the use in flight simulations with only minimal design changes.
The VKB-Sim Modern Combat Grip (MCG) is compatible with the following controllers:
VKB-Sim Black/Fat Mamba Mk.II/Mk.III
VKB-Sim Vintage Mamba
VKB-Sim Gladiator Pro Mk.I/Mk.II
Thrustmaster® Cougar™ * **
Thrustmaster® Warthog™ * **
* To ensure compatibility with the Thrustmaster® controller base, the MCG’s axes controls (ministicks/brake axis) will function as hat switch/buttons only
** Via adapter, sold separately
MCG Grip Characteristics:
Made from ABS plastic (injection molding)
Contactless Ministicks (analog or digital) for Slew Control w/ integrated Push Button
Trigger #1: Dual Stage Trigger
Trigger #2: Metal Trigger
Metal Wheel Brake Lever with Contactless MaRS Sensor
Adjustable Palm Rest
Quick Release Fastening
External Twist Adapter (currently under development)
VKB-Sim ‘Modern Combat Grip’ (MCG) Production Status:
The development phase has been completed
The production run of the injection molds is slated for April 2017
We’re aiming to start shipping towards the end of May, beginning of June, 2017
MSRP $99 (plus shipping and tax (where applicable))