Review: VIRPIL VPC MongoosT-50CM2 Base

First of all, a thank you and a disclaimer: the only reason why this crazy batch of reviews are possible is because VIRPIL sent me a ton of stuff for the to try. But, rest assured, I will be completely unbiased and totally honest with both you and VIRPIL. If something is not right, I will call it. But if it is, I will obviously say so as well.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Hello Sergio,

You giving a perfect 10 for a product is quit impressive.
I almost feel sorry for myself that I recently purchased the Thrustmaster Hotas which I extended myself with great difficulty by getting the correct Mini 5 din female connector.

Look forward for your collective review and the button box.

I actually struggled about that 10. I don’t like to give a score that high unless something is really remarkable. But considering everything, from the build quality, the attention to detail, the customization and precision, I felt like I would not be fair if I didn’t.

I am truly impressed by it.

I’ve been a Virpil HOTAS user for over 2 years & can confirm they are very robust. I would recommend to go for the cheaper WarBRD base though if you’re going to ‘helicopter-ise’ it, as you’re removing all the parts that give you extra precision & customisation over the cheaper base. Use the €100 you save to get the deskmount. As I fly fixed-wing as well, I fly XP11 & DCS helos with the cams in place & the heaviest springs in my WarBRD. I intend to pick up a Mongoose CM2 base later this year & at that point I’ll gut the WarBRD as you have.

Very nice review and informative…

To make the Joystick not “fall” around, can’t you use the two clutch screws on top to tighten the base so it stay in place when not hands on ??

To give it the last helicopter feeling…

The ones that we unscrew to remove the springs? They work in the opposite way. It’s the spring that pushes the parts down to center the stick.

Still doesnt got mine so only from what i seen/understood in videos, that if you leave in a very loose spring and the linear cam. Then there are two holes for screws on top where you can control tension/clutch for keeping the joystick where you release it without centering and without its all loose in the base… hope this makes sense :slight_smile:

Yeah those screws are the one that we use to change the spring. So, what makes the joystick center is the tension created by the spring that pull those parts down. If we tighten the screw, it will actually pull them up.

I didn’t find a way, without actually doing any changes, to make it so that the joystick could have some friction and be left in the position we wanted it to be.

I know VIRPIL read my review and they are aware of my suggestion to have a friction system. I just don’t know if they find it interesting or feasible. I think they would be the first company to add it to a “regular” joystick if they did it.

But then I would have to give them an 11/10 score!