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Re-Introducing the VKB-Sim MCG – 3 Variants

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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!


Until next time,

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Out of Stock

Hi Guys,

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 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!

Until next time,

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Quick Gunfighter Note

Hi Guys,

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.

Until next time,

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‘TM Warthog Adapter for Gunfighter’ Primer

Hi Guys,

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…

Please read it, comprehend it, and head over to the VKB Official Support Forums for help if the need arises!

Other useful links:

Until next time,

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Some Modern Combat Grip (MCG) News

VKB HQ shared with me that they’re planning to ship three versions of the Modern Combat Grip (MCG):

  1. Modern Combat Grip – MCG (as already announced) – $99
    • Features 22 programmable buttons
  2. Modern Combat Grip – MCG TM Edition (new!) – $130
    • Directly compatible with TM Warthog ™ and TM Cougar ™ bases
    • Features 23 programmable buttons
  3. Modern Combat Grip – MCG Pro (new!) – $140
    • Analog brake design
    • Folding trigger with contactless MaRS sensors
    • Different hat designs included with different shapes to be customized by the user
    • Features 27 programmable buttons

Stay tuned for more MCG news and updated renders as soon!

Until next time,

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Gunfighter Delays – Some News

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!

Until next time,


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Modern Combat Grip (MCG) Newsflash

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.

Until next time!


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Introducing the VKB-Sim ‘Modern Combat Grip’ (MCG)

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(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-SimModern 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
  • VKB-Sim Gunfighter
  • 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)
  • OMRON” Buttons
  • 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))

For more information, please contact:
Until next time,

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Damaged Parcel from DHL (or other carriers)?

We had a couple of reports of damaged parcels delivered to VKB customers; in light of these events, here are some notes for you to consider if that’s the case:

Please do not simply accept any obviously damaged packages from DHL (or respective carrier used); instead:

  • Sign the delivery receipt as “DAMAGED”
  • Take note of all damages; if only one item is notated damaged, more than likely the carrier will only refund that one item; be specific as to what has bee damaged
  • Take photos of the damage
  • In cases where the driver will not let you sign or check for damages, refuse the parcel!


  • File a claim with your local DHL (or respective carrier) office
  • The local carrier should then provide you with a damage claim reference number
  • This reference number can be send to VKB to get a replacement shipped out to you asap

Thank you!