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Introducing the VKB-Sim Gladiator & Gladiator Pro Mk.II

 

(Shenzhen, China / Norman, Oklahoma USA / Utrecht, The Netherlands) - January 20, 2017

 

VKB-Sim and VKB-Sim North America are proud to announce the second iteration of the Gladiator and Gladiator Pro series of flight control sticks – the Mk.II.

 

Gladiator Mk.II

 

Based on feedback from simulation pilots, significant changes in the trigger and centering designs of the Gladiator Mk.II have been made.

 

Since the Gladiator’s grip is a replica of the KG12 flight-control grip found in various WWII-era aircraft, the grip’s design has not changed; however VKB-Sim engineers improved the durability of the Mk.II’s trigger. It is now made from Polycarbonate (PC), which is more flexible and less brittle than that of the previous Gladiator generation. In the heat of the battle, it flexes, rather than breaks!

 

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In addition to the trigger, the Gladiator Mk.II’s centering mechanism was redesigned as well. The molding technology of plastic generally does not lend itself to high levels of accuracy; however, a small high-precision metal axle was added to the centering mechanism of the Mk.II, which acts on the pitch axis for less slack and more accuracy around the center of the stick. This should alleviate issues of a lax center encountered in the previous version of the Gladiator.

 

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Gladiator Mk.II new box design

 

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DCS WORLD

 

We are pleased to announce that an agreement between Eagle Dynamics (makers of DCS World), and VKB-Sim has been made for the Gladiator Mk.II to become the official flight controller for “DCS: WWII”.

This agreement includes the integration of VKB-Sim profile management into select DCS modules.

 

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Gladiator Pro Mk.II

 

The Gladiator Pro was also improved, and comes with the same grip release and 3-pin connector as the new VKB-Sim Gunfighter series.

 

- The Gladiator Pro Mk.II comes with a spring loaded 3-pin connection with gold contacts

 

- Thanks to its quick release, the switching between different grips is easier and more convenient than before

 

- The updated connection mechanism also allows the rotation of any supported grip from 0-15 degrees counterclockwise for a more ergonomic grip position

 

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A note to first-generation Gladiator Pro owners:

 

All future VKB-Sim grips will be designed to fit both the first-gen Gladiator Pro and the new Mk.II alike!

 

 

Gladiator Pro Mk.II new box design:

 

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Production status update for the Gladiator and Gladiator Pro Mk.II:

 

Ordering for both the Mk.II Gladiator and Gladiator Pro starts now!

- For North America, please visit http://www.VKBcontrollers.com to place your order.

- For the EU, please visit https://flightsimcontrols.com to place your order.

 

NOTE: Shipping will commence after the Chinese New Year (CNY) in the first half of February 2017.

 

 

VKB-Sim North America:

For more information, please contact:

NorthAmerica@VKB-Sim.pro

http://www.VKBcontrollers.com

 

VKB FSC Europe:

https://flightsimcontrols.com/


Edited by rrohde

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These look great. Any info on mechanism?

 

Which one?

 

The non-Pro is an entry-level stick that has a plastic centering mechanism with a steel axle for less slack around the middle.

 

The Pro comes with an all-metal gimbal, known from the VKB Black Mamba, and comes with exchangeable springs and cams (soft center vs. center detent), as well as the option to use adapters for different grips, such that of the TM Warthog, or TM Cougar, or future VKB grips, such as the "Kosmosima", etc.

 

Hope this helps.

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FYI - for those who want it, here's the announcement in PDF format as well.

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Cool new Crossfit©® accessory. Is it kettlebell compatible?

/// ВКБ: GF Pro MkII+MCG Pro/GF MkII+SCG L/Black Mamba MkIII/Gladiator/T-Rudder MkII | X-55 Rhino throttle/Saitek Throttle Quadrant | OpenTrack+UTC /// ZULU +4 ///

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Thanks Sokol for posting this! :)

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Great video, and exciting that VKB is getting as popular as they are.

 

The music was great too. Reminds me of the beginning montage to an 80's martial arts film (who doesn't like 80's martial arts films?)

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