F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

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F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby AeroGator » Fri Oct 18, 2019 19:02

One of the coolest artifacts of the cold war is now back in production

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THIS is a roaring F-14 Tomcat, one of the most fearsome airplanes of the Cold War.

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THIS is the state of the art F-14 Tomcat grip that is now officially announced as it is entering production stage.
Please put on your helmets, fasten your belts, and get ready for the take off.
F-14 Tomcat grip turned to be one of our most interesting products (joint project with Heatblur, supported by Eagle Dynamics).
The grip is a veritable replica, exact to a fraction of a millimeter. Prototypes were checked and approved by the real veteran F-14 pilots of Heatblur team.
Making a replica grip wasn't easy, as we couldn't alter the shape or size of the device, nor the controls' layout. However our engineers set their creativity free when it came to internal design of the grip. We didn’t want to make a lookalike device, somewhat resembling the original. Instead we wanted to deliver the spirit and feeling of this legendary warbird with her feline nickname.
The very touch of this grip is supposed to wake up the memories – or, bring up the images – of the glorious service Tomcat did to the world.

 Rubber inserts for a no slip firm and handy grip
 Metal ammo switch, hat, and emergency autopilot disable trigger
 Long travel soft click buttons
 Modular hat design (fully dismantleable, all buttons user replaceable)
 Ammo switch design based on contactless sensor
 DLC maneuver wheel design based on contactless sensor
 Two-step trigger design based on cam mechanism – similar to that used in real life war planes
 Lockable contactless sensor twist mechanism
 32-bit ARM controller as the brain of the grip

Now, where are we, and how it translates into simple words?
We have finished the molds. Here they are, the real beauties. Perfection in every curve!

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Our engineers need a few weeks to finalize the surfaces adding texture and making tiny invisible tweaks here and there.

We're planning the first copies roll out in early-mid November. There will be pre-order open in November; RRP is marked at 189 USD (base not included).
Those who already purchased F-14 module from Heatblur will enjoy 10% off this price; those who consider buying that module will have 10 USD off the price of the module with the purchase of the VKB F-14 grip.


New VKB F-14 grip is breaking into the gaming devices market. We know: we did it right, and we’re proud of our new creation. Hope, you can join us and share our pride and happiness!

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An attentive pilot has probably noticed something interesting in the picture of the grip… What could that be? - Great question. Please stay tuned for more news: a new announcement is coming soon.
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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby aklambda » Fri Oct 18, 2019 20:47

I was really looking forward to that grip. Cannot wait until I hold it in my hand.

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby Thorsthimble » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:51

Looks very, very cool. And I think it is really awesome you guys went with direct modelling of the original instead of a tweaked interpretation of it. Adds a few extra up points to it in my book.

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby MuddyMcFilthy » Sat Oct 19, 2019 16:58

Looking forward to this. Please add me to the mailing list for the availability date. Thank you.

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby aklambda » Sat Oct 19, 2019 17:18

If I own the F-14 module in DCS, can you confirm that I will get the 10% off even for the VKB EU store?

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby AeroGator » Sat Oct 19, 2019 18:15

MuddyMcFilthy wrote:Looking forward to this. Please add me to the mailing list for the availability date. Thank you.

I sure would if I could but mailing lists are all in the dealers' hands, we are only managing customers from areas where we don't have dealerships.
So please contact the dealer, and we will be sure to supply as many units there as he orders!
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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby AeroGator » Sat Oct 19, 2019 18:15

aklambda wrote:If I own the F-14 module in DCS, can you confirm that I will get the 10% off even for the VKB EU store?

Regardless your location, age, and marital status!
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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby aklambda » Sat Oct 19, 2019 21:01

Haha... Well, that is good news. That only leaves the hardest part: I have to somehow explain to my wife why I need another part for my cockpit :lol:

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby LukeFF » Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:19

How many buttons and axes is this going to have? Will there be a version for the Gunfighter Mk.II?

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby aniron » Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:05

And MkI/RevA for that matter.

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby X3N0 » Wed Oct 23, 2019 23:59

When can we preorder this stick?

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby Easty79 » Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:39

So a new grip, but still no TECS or Twist dates then?

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby AeroGator » Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:39

aklambda wrote:Haha... Well, that is good news. That only leaves the hardest part: I have to somehow explain to my wife why I need another part for my cockpit :lol:
Take her by surprise! :)
LukeFF wrote:How many buttons and axes is this going to have? Will there be a version for the Gunfighter Mk.II?
2 axes, hat switch with push function, 2-step trigger, 4-step ammo selector, 5 buttons. GF Mk2 - yes of course.
aniron wrote:And MkI/RevA for that matter.
Yes of course.
X3N0 wrote:When can we preorder this stick?
Beginning of November as promised.
Easty79 wrote:So a new grip, but still no TECS or Twist dates then?
There are dedicated threads about these products.
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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby Easty79 » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:24

And those threads have no updates on dates in them.

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Re: F14 TOMCAT GRIP ENTERING PRODUCTION

Postby 'Stang » Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:39

Excellent! I WILL buy this! I love my Gunfighter w/MCG pro, and being able to swap the grip out for this will be great! Can you put me on a notification list for when the preorder becomes available please? Oh, and I do have the Heatblur F-14.

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