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Old 10-09-2019, 05:00 PM   #21
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Gladiator Mk.II KG-12A grip is too limited for use in "jets":

Is just two buttons + POV HAT - this placed in the most awkward position in any stick until now, that associated with pink (shift) button allow you use more 6 "virtual" buttons (plus + 6 in mode 2).

If you use with X-55 throttle, the (13) buttons in Gladiator base will have little use in flight.

Gladiator Mk. II gimbal is "clone" of CH gimbal (a kind of U-Join), but improved with grooves in pivot axes and damper grease, what minimize the spring back effect and make the center "clunck" of this gimbal mechanics less noticeable.

Anyway, Gladiator biggest plus is the contact less sensor (VKB MaRS) in X, Y and twist axes, and ARM32 USB controller. CH still using potentiometer, that soon or latter cause this

Besides the 'X' upgrade ($100-$140) an DIY person can improve their grip with 3D printer parts, adding HAT ans buttons since since their controller (theoretically) support up to 120 buttons, are some examples in VKB forum.

Then if your budget is limited to $100 Gladiator is your best option.

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I like the idea of upgrading the gladiator later but I thought the upgrade kit to allow other grips was now discontinued?
No, the 'X' upgrade, announced a more than year only recently became available - for USA and Russian market, for EU still "coming soon™".

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Old 10-09-2019, 06:48 PM   #22
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Do you think that there is any chance of a gladiator pro for EU any time soon?

I like the idea of the cam gimbal and swappable grips.
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:15 PM   #23
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I think that Gladiator PRO was discontinued for good.

Although VKB PR give a elusive answer when asked about.
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:22 AM   #24
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Yes, that is really that sad.
The pro-version with it´s buttons on the base, full-metal-gimbal, changeable grips and a twist-function (that addon which seems like vapor-ware for now) would be the best all-in-one-table-top-solution in my humble opinion - but seems like never going to happen. So this made me go full Virpil..
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Old 10-10-2019, 08:33 AM   #25
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Playing devils advocate I guess they would sell much fewer of their more expensive stick/bases if they kept the Gladiator Pro in the range.
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