VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

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VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby UIV » Tue Aug 11, 2020 3:28

A New Member of VKB Family
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Here Cometh VKB Gladiator NXT, a Next Generation modular desktop control system.

A totally new entry level solution for desktop use, expandable to suit practically all needs of a virtual professional/commercial pilot.

Gladiator NXT with a choice of 4 grips is here. Add-on modules are around the corner.
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Modules?
Modules. The joystick itself (including a fully new base, and a well known VKB SCG) is the core of an open architecture project that you will custom build for yourself using different modules!

Grips: SCG Standard in right and left hand variants, plus SCG Premium, also right and left.

The base is symmetrical, so lefties will have exactly the same layout of the base righties do.

Compact, comfortable, flexible, expandable. Ergonomic design, a blend of innovation and tradition, VKB's trademark meticulous engineering.

Extremely tactile. Once you touch the controls and roll those wheels, you will forget popping bubble wrap. Whenever facing a serious choice or having a decision to make, you will just roll those wheels back and forth. Trust me, you will.

Radically new gimbal. Sturdy, strong, wear-proof. Made of a glassfiber reinforced PA plastic.
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Laconic layout: only 2 cables inside the whole thing.

Solid metal baseplate with silicone non-sliding feet.

High quality materials and parts.

Why we call it modular? Because of the modules, that's is why!
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SEM - Side Extension Module.
THQ - Throttle Quadrant Module.
FSM - Front Switchboard Module - another highly customizable part of the system. Will be marketed in 2 versions:
a - FSM-DIY, for those whose best friends are Soldering Iron and Screwdriver. Internal PCB supports up to 32 buttons. Can work with buttons, toggle switches, encoders.
b - FSM-GA, for General Aviation.
Also we will later roll out FSMs for Commercial Aviation, WWII Piston Airplanes, Modern Combat Aviation, and Space Sims.

All modules can work independently or as parts of the system, by connecting one to another. They can be plugged into the Gladiator NXT, or directly into USB port.
https://youtu.be/femU0-UB-8g

Now, honestly, does it still look like an "entry level" device??

A few words on compatibility.
To make sure the grip mount stands up to structural strength and integrity of the new gimbal the grips are not meant to be replaced on the fly. However once you feel you're ready to upgrade to Gunfighter base, you will still be able to transfer these grips to your new base by replacing one single plastic part in its mount.

RRP:
GNX standard - 120 USD
GNX premium - 150 USD

Available 17 August 2020, orders will be mailed out in about a week. You will help us mail your order out faster by visiting your dealer's site and using Notify Me function.

Modules will be available in 4th quarter 2020 (all preparation done, on the way to mass production, just need to wait up in line). RRP: starting at 50 USD.
And by the way, if you don't want to buy the new VKB Gladiator NXT - no problem. Win it!

12 Aug, on VKB Youtube channel. The winner will be picked 18 Aug. As usually, not only we will send you a free device, but we will also take care of shipment.

That's it, pilots. At ease. Enjoy your day.

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby Taki » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:02

"Available 17 August 2020, orders will be mailed out in about a week."
Really awesome, great work. Any chance to pre-order before the 17th, or is that the first chance to order?

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby UIV » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:05

UIV wrote:Available 17 August 2020, orders will be mailed out in about a week. You will help us mail your order out faster by visiting your dealer's site and using Notify Me function.

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby Stonehenge » Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:06

Looks great!!! And it makes me very optimistic about the long-awaited TECS :mrgreen:

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby ARX-7 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 9:21

would there be a way to switch the grips around with a gunfighter? i currently have a L-SCG and a gunfighter and was thinking of getting an R-P-NEXT and swapping the grips between the two bases if possible?

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby UIV » Tue Aug 11, 2020 10:44

It's possible. Just need to swap the twist module.

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby Escapetaxi » Tue Aug 11, 2020 17:21

...and there it is! Hooray!

And some Moderator denied it before, when I was asking about a new Gladiator MK Model - not the K with Kosmosima.
Because on Shop it said Product Gladiator MK. II has been discontinued and new Model will be announced somewhere
in July.


Looks really nice!

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby fallout9 » Tue Aug 11, 2020 19:06

Well, you're supposed to find the presents under the tree on the Christmas day, not before :D

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby Escapetaxi » Tue Aug 11, 2020 19:18

Usually, yes. :)

But a Question: Are there now Bearings used? Or is it still Plastic on Plastic, but with Improvements?

There seems to be enough Space for Bearings. And the Standard Industrial Bearings are not to
expensive, but still it would make a huge difference in Controls.

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby snash » Tue Aug 11, 2020 20:27

What are the differences between this and the Gladiator MKII base internals?

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby fallout9 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 2:26

Less wires, more resilient material, few years of research and development.

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby Qyv10 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:00

So, does this mean TECS is out the window?
My warthog throttle is basically dead and I need a replacement. Been impatiently waiting 2 years for TECS like a lot of people.

I'm hoping this is NOT what TECS had evolved into.

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby fallout9 » Wed Aug 12, 2020 3:37

Definitely not. TECS is still a different beast and it's on its scheduled way, just try to revive your throttle and boost your patience until it comes out.

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

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Re: VKB GLADIATOR NXT - Entry Level Taken to the NXT Level

Postby LoftyHeights » Wed Aug 12, 2020 11:59

Hi,

What does this mean for the Gladiator-K model? I was looking forward to stock of this returning to Europe because I am after a single consolidated unit and the NXT does not satisfy this purpose.

Thanks!


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