Whilst waiting for the MIP to arrive from Flight Deck Solutions (there has been a construction delay), I came across this genuine 737 style clock for auction on e-bay. The clock has been removed from an American Fed Ex aircraft and has been serviced to new condition. The price I paid was very reasonable and my thoughts were it would make a very nice addition to the MIP to replace the stencilled clock or reproduction clock.
I'd like to try and get the clock working with the simulator, however, I have been led to believe this is quite difficult. Therefore, I may just contend with the fact that it's a nice looking 737 style clock that adds to the ascetics of the MIP.
Genuine aircraft parts are generally inexpensive and often less than their reproduction simulation counterparts. Whilst conversion of a genuine part to flight simulation status can be difficult for the technologically challenged, it isn't impossible.
If you want your simulator to appear as "real" as possible or are seeking realism, then genuine aircraft instruments added to an assortment of flight simulation instruments adds a tangible feeling to the overall simulation.
I've received several e-mails asking where I found this clock and how much I paid for it.
I discovered the clock on e-bay and the price was a tad over $100.00 USD with freight. The freight was almost the price of the clock! A fair price in my opinion for a serviceable 737 style clock.
Now I have to figure out how to convert it to FS use.