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#1 User is offline   Tim 

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 01:28 AM

FiftyNorth Simulations Boeing 737 Classic
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Link: http://www.fiftynorth.com/intro.htm

Price: $14.95

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NOTE: This product is reviewed solely by the model as it doesn't have any other features yet according to FiftyNorth Simulations.


Introduction to the Product

The installation was a quick breeze as it's your standard installation program. I must say, 50N was not a company that was much widely heard of until this amazing product was released. In my opinion, $15 is the perfect price for this product. The model was just superb. There is no manual included with the product and they do not seem to be making one in the future. Wingviews are an essential for me with or without a VC and panel but were not in the product.

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Introduction to the 737 Classic

The 737 was born by Boeing's need of a competitor against the BAC 1-11and the Douglas DC-9. Boeing had to use as much technology from the 707 and 727, including fuselage design, to speed up the development process. The 737s carried 6 passengers per row instead of the 5 passengers per row in the BAC 1-11 and DC-9.

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The 737-100/200 was powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. The first 737(-100) took off was on April 9, 1967 and it entered service with Lufthansa in February 1968. Lufthansa was the first foreign launch customer for Boeing. A lengthened 737(-200) was produced by Boeing and entered service with launch customer United Airlines.

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During the early 80s, the 737 went through some major changes. The Pratt & Whitney engines were replaced by the larger CFM International CFM56. This caused a problem with ground clearance since the engines had to be placed under the wing due to its size. The bottom of the engine's curve was flattened making room for ground clearance. This created the first 737-300 which entered service in 1984.

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The series continued onto the 737NGs when Boeing needed a competition for the Airbus A320. We will not get into that as the product is for the classic 737.

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The 737

For all of those who are worried about computer performance, this product will create very minimal, if any, fps drops. For my computer, this product performed just as the default 737 would have. FPS is not a problem while using this product.

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Every exterior passenger/cargo door opens with the exception of the overwing exit. These doors are L(left)1, L2, R(right)1, R2, C(cargo)1, and C2. Also, another opening door that is not seen that much on products is the engine cowling doors. This feature is important if you like maintaining you engines. ;)

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Mostly everything on the wing and engine is functional. The lights on the wings are very accurate. There's even a light on the pylon furthest from the fuselage. Reversers and spoilers work just as they do in real life. The spoiler flaps come up a little at a time and not all at once just as in real life. The slats and flaps move very smoothly.

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The fuselage has move details than most of the aircraft I've seen. There are the "antennas" until the cockpit windows near the nose. The textures include mostly all of the rivets that keep the 737 together. The nose and main gears are made up of photorealistic textures enhancing the overall product.

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Likes:

- Opening Engine Cowlings
- Fuselage Rivets
- Ease of Flying
- Accurate Light Positions

Dislikes:

- Short Manual
- No Wingviews
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Posted 16 October 2005 - 02:49 AM

Oh man! Great great review!!

I really want to have this aircraft, i wish i had a credit card <_< :(

Greetings,

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Posted 16 October 2005 - 05:49 PM

A great review Tim! Certainly a real competitor for Ariane's series. Being $15 cheaper, I would sure purchase 50N :D Good job again.
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Posted 17 October 2005 - 10:32 AM

good review. i seriously doubt they will be making a panel etc......
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Posted 18 October 2005 - 06:17 AM

View Postsamdaflyer, on Oct 17 2005, 11:32 AM, said:

good review. i seriously doubt they will be making a panel etc......

You say this with no basis....On there site it clearly states they are goingto make a panel wingviews and an VC so on.
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Posted 21 October 2005 - 03:51 PM

but it's been out for ages , with not a single update.
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Posted 22 October 2005 - 02:33 PM

Trust me, a panel takes lots of ages to make hehe :) I'd just sit back and relax, and see what they doo ;)
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 05:26 PM

I love this plane, it's a pleasure to fly! :D Nice review also!
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Posted 28 December 2005 - 10:24 AM

I really like this aircraft. Nice review Tim.
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Posted 18 September 2009 - 04:53 AM

Lokks like a lovely Boeing 737 fan , I am a big boeing fan and am on a mission to build a [b]737 thottle i just wonder how easy in the future it will be to interface, many thanks for a lovely article keep up the good work.
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