F16 ICP USB Controller

(9 customer reviews)

USD$ 200.60

Available on backorder

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Description

This F16 ICP USB Controller is perfect for Flight sim Enthusiasts who fly the F16 in Flight Simulator games, ie DCS:F16-C Viper or FalconBMS

The ICP (Integrated Control Panel) is the main interface to the other systems of the F-16. It is used among others, to enable weapons, selection of navigation settings and selection of radio communications

A short video of the unit in action in DCS F-16C Viper on the Tarmac is below.

The unit is programmed as a HID USB Device usable as a standard joystick, and is also able to be toggled to DCSBIOS mode with 2 quick button presses (with DCS F-16C Viper being in early access I am not sure what may change but I will attempt to provide firmware updates if possible for any changes).

Please note, the device won’t show up in “Game Controllers” in windows, but any game when in HID mode should work fine and detect it and the button presses.

The enclosure is made from 3mm Matt Black acrylic for a nice clean finish, and is 140mm W x 115mm H x 50mm D.

To make it easier to use on your desktop from the get go a “simple” 3mm MDF vertical mount is included which will angle the unit at ~ 70 Degrees.
The MDF mount will need to be glued with some PVA glue. As everybody’s use case and setup is different, this is not a completely rigid mount and shouldn’t be considered as such, it is designed to get you up and running whilst you work out what works best for you. For proper mounting the back of the Acrylic enclosure has keyhole slots in it so it could be custom mounted with some M4 bolts to a more stable solution of your choosing. The F16 ICP Plate is not screwed into the enclosure but is a friction fit.

The F16 ICP is Backlit with green LED lighting that can be adjusted and is connected with a micro USB port (Cable Not Included you must supply your own DATA cable, please note a phone charge only cable won’t work)

This is a hobby quality product and is made to order by hand and will have some imperfections but is 100% working with all the buttons and 4 analog axis tested and working.

Average lead time on this unit will vary from 20-30 days depending on my workload.

If you have any questions please ask before purchasing as no returns are accepted.

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Additional information

Weight 2000 g
Dimensions 200 × 200 × 100 cm

9 reviews for F16 ICP USB Controller

  1. Adnan (verified owner)

    The best piece of equpment that you can get on the market for the reasonable price, all buttons are fully functional, all working as it should in DCS, now will wait for the switch boxes for the Viper, i hope that TekCreation will give their best again and i cant wait to get one of those too.

  2. Patrick E. (verified owner)

    Very good for the price point. However there are some general fit and finish issues. A few of the buttons stick regularly and and wooden stand does not stay together. It seemed like this batch was somewhat rushed to accommodate the high demand given the Viper modules release for DCS. Seems like some minor quality control issues, but all in all a decent product.

    • tekcreations (store manager)

      Thank you for the honest feedback Patrick, I have made contact re the issues you have with the sticky buttons.

  3. nikbit (verified owner)

    Very good service, very good communication with the seller. The package was shipped quickly and without damage to GREECE. The ICP is fully operational and does what it describes. I expect new instruments for the F-16.
    Congratulations.

  4. dailey preemen (verified owner)

    First the seller was helpful and it was delivered in a reasonable timeframe. Also the looks and led lightning is nice also the button was better alligned than expected.
    The stand that is included does hold together well for me.
    It looks and feels also great and i like the modes that allow switching between DirectX key interface and DCS bios. And hardware brightness control with the WX key.

    However i agree with Patrick above about the general fit issues with my unit the wheels when turn make a scratch noise because they touch the edges and need spacers.
    Second my COM 1 button came not working out of the box i fixed this by putton a thin peace of paper behind and it works now also the enter key is sometimes not registering which can be a pain and i cant fix that one.

    Overal iam pretty happy with it but wished the buttons registered a little better still pretty decent overal also the asking price is acceptable for the provided product.

    • tekcreations (store manager)

      Thank you for the Review, I am in contact in regards to the Enter button as I really want to get that sorted. I am taking all this feedback on board to improve the QA process

  5. dailey preemen (verified owner)

    Ok coming back to my earlier review i cant delete it i have changed rating to 4 stars all my big issues are solved and its working nice to my cougar MFD’s thanks

  6. fpullanojr@gmail.com (verified owner)

    It’s fair to rate items based on what it’s supposed to be, the value it yields, and comparing those against the price of the item. With that, the only reason this unit does not receive a 5 star rating from me is because it is not a perfect unit. Someone who purchases one of these units should not expect it to appear exactly as it does in the real F-16 and should not expect it to feel exactly as one does in the real F-16. Being a retired USAF member with 10 years of experience working on the jet as a crew chief and having been lucky enough to fly in it, and having many hundreds of hours in the USAF F-16 simulator, I know what the real deal feels and looks like.

    With all of that said, this unit, for the price, is an INCREDIBLY GOOD VALUE to the home enthusiast.

    I do have one or two misgivings with the unit and I think it should be stated here and not because I dislike the ICP, I love the thing. I write about these things so people understand what they’re getting and aren’t disappointed.

    The Wooden MDF mount is inadequate and is of little use. Mine required glue and duct tape in order to hold together. Even when “mounted” the unit’s light weight, it feels quite flimsy on the supplied mount. When mounted with a ‘more secure’ method, it feel MUCH better and MUCH more “real”. There are mounting holes on the rear to help with this.

    On occasion, some buttons can stick, and in some cases the commands are not recognized by the sim. The most notable example is typing in coordinates on the numeric keypad. I can’t duplicate this when viewing the input from the Windows joystick utility so it could be that DCS World Viper is bugged when mapping key pad numbers to the ICP. Most of the buttons have slight misalignments where they don’t sit quite flat, or the labeling is slightly crooked. The tactile response is rather light but over time, you do get used to it where it’s not an issue.

    The four dimming wheels are particularly noticeable in both feel and friction. The look and feel quite different from the real unit although they function as they should. At first, this was a slight issue for me but over the past few months, I’ve gotten used to the feel and no longer find this to be something that bothers me.

    When I first received the unit, there was some kind of short circuit within. There were a number of different buttons that caused erroneous commands to be recognized by the PC. With the support from the builder, we were able to troubleshoot and correct the issue.

    Those were my issues with the unit. Of course, none of those are show stoppers for me.
    Now that all of the cons are out of the way, I hope they are taken in the manner in which I intended – to let folks know what they are buying.

    Overall, it’s an outstanding value and adds a great level of immersion to ‘flying’ the viper in VR.

    In order for the manufacturer to offer a product that looks exactly like and feels exactly like the real thing, the price would need to be much – MUCH higher.

    At the end of the day, I highly recommend this unit to anyone who intends to study the Viper from a home cockpit that isn’t designed to be a nut and bold replica of the real deal, but rather a reasonable representation with all of the required functionality in tact.

  7. Bence Atkari (verified owner)

    I gave 5 stars not because the product is faultless but because I love it and absolutely satisfied with it.
    I knew it was a hobby product I was going to buy and expected as much. Didn’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a professional panel just to play computer games, doesn’t matter how much I love sims, especially Falcon BMS. In this price range this was looking the best choice and I think it still is.
    Good price (especially now with the discount 🙂 ). Package arrived in time, no hassle with customs. Well packed, no damage. The ICP is light as the box is acrylic, but that’s not a problem if fixed well. Buttons in the right place and work ok, though sometimes a few need to be pressed harder or twice to be registered, but nothing serious. Much better than mouse click and I don’t need to let the stick go. I can’t compare the feel to the real one as I have not had the pleasure to try, but I am sure this is far from that as rather plasticky as other reviewers pointed out, especially the wheels. But again, completely useable, works well and for this price this is excellent. Replica lovers need to turn to companies specialised to build such things and expect a different prices range.
    Light is fantastic, I love to keep it on sometimes at night, just looking good.
    I had an issue with the micro usb port which came off as wasn’t fixed well enough for repeated plug in and out but with quick and great help from Kieron it was fixed and upgraded to a solid one. I think it will be part of the later batches as standard.
    The wooden stand is light, rather weak too, but that’s just a little bonus and don’t think it is meant to be the final solution for a real simmer. Good to have sg to start with but with help of the screw holes on the back one should easily find a better support.
    All in all I have a much better game experience now and didn’t need to rob the bank. I have been waiting for the button boxes eagerly like the previous reviewers.
    Thanks TekCreations.

  8. Stephanie Lessentine (verified owner)

    Updated my review to reflect I received a replacement ICP. The arduino board was at fault for the first unit dying. Back to flying and being able to quickly interact with the virtual ICP via the TekCreations ICP is a must.

    Thanks for the support!

    Very nice plug-n-play controller, was simple to install and configured with DCS. Sadly the device didn’t last. Roughly two months after receiving the ICP, the electronics bricked. Tried reviving it with some assistance from tech support, but was not successful. Unfortunate as I was looking forward to flying the Viper with a very close to authentic product.

    • tekcreations (store manager)

      Thank you for the review It is unfortunate the problems you have experienced with the ICP, I am still working with you on a solution to get you back in the Air.

  9. Abram W. (verified owner)

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