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Boeing Style 737 Clock

Whilst waiting for the Main Instrument Panel (MIP) to arrive from Flight Deck Solutions (there has been a construction delay), I came across this Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) 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 aesthetics of the MIP on the First Officer side.

OEM aircraft parts are generally inexpensive and often less than the price of reproduction items, and while conversion of an OEM part  can be difficult for the technologically challenged, it isn't impossible.

If you are seeking realism, then genuine aircraft instruments and parts provide a more tangible feeling to what is in effect a reproduction flight deck.

The 737-800 NG Clock

This clock is not what most 737-800 NG airframes have installed.  The NG has a digital clock with a back lit screen.  This style of clock is more readily observed in a classic airframe.  This said, it is not unforeseeable that this style of clock be installed into an older NG airframe as a replacement item. 

I intend to fit this clock to the First Officer side of the MIP.  The Captain side will have a standard style NG clock fitted.

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Reader Comments (1)

Like the clock. A steal at $100.00 even if you carn't get it to work in flight simulator

October 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCharles Barnes
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