• Review: Captain Sim 737-200 Captain

    737 Captain

    Publisher: Captain Sim

    Review Author:
    Meng Yu

    Suggested Price:
    $39.95

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    FS Pilot Shop's checkout feature is really fast and easy. Just have your credit card or Paypal account details with you during checkout and you'll be done in less than a minute!

    Also, I find this aircraft's installer extremely user friendly, and even with a 100MB or so download, FS Pilot Shop's servers still managed to give me a speedy download. Activation times are also quick and easy.

           

    The online activation feature is also very convenient, and that is truly a "one click activation" process. Do note that you may to have run the installer as admin if you are using Windows Vista, or 7. If not, some parts of the plane may not be installed correctly.

    Background Information

    The Boeing 737-200 was a stretched 737-100. The -200 version rolled out on June 29, 1967, and entered service in 1968, only a year after the 737-100 was released.

    The 1095th and last delivery of a -200 series aircraft was in August 1988 to Xiamen Airlines (China).

    After 40 years, the final 737-200 aircraft in the United States flying scheduled passenger service were phased out on March 2008, with the last flights by Aloha Airlines.

    Despite phrasing out of the -200 series, the 737 still remains one of the most popular jets for regional flights.

    Numerous versions of the 737 still fly today.

    Manufacturer:
    Boeing
    Engines:
    2 X JT8D-9A
    or
    2 X JT8D-15s
    or
    2 X JT8D-17s
    or
    2 X JT8D-17Rs with automatic reverse thrust
    Fuselage Length:
    100 feet / 30.5 meters
    Max Speed
    509 knots
    Max Cruising Speed:
    500 knots
    Economical Cruising Speed
    430 knots
    Range (with 115 passengers and reserves):
    1900 nm
    to
    2300 nm
    (depends on weight and engines)

    Review

    The Boeing 737-200 was a beauty to fly, and numerous pilots still enjoy flying the legacies left behind by this great aircraft.

    Exterior Model:

    Captain Sim has wonderfully created the exterior model of the 737-200. It contains details down to the last rivet. People who know Captain Sim well will definitely know that they strike a very good balance between visual quality and realism.

    This aircraft is definitely the one to go for if you are looking for this particular model, if you are looking for an aircraft of this size and type, or if you are looking for a vintage airliner.

    Let me start you off with a few screen shots:

                       

    Based on photos and writings of actual 737-200s, as well as an in-depth look at the figures in the aircraft configuration file, I am confident to say that the developer, Captain Sim, has made an accurate model of the nostalgic 737-200.

    I was especially blown away by the detail of the engines and the quality of the wings, all of which show the hard work Captain Sim has put into making aircraft for us, flight simmers.


    12 Comments
    1. veeblefetzer's Avatar
      veeblefetzer -
      An excellent, very informative review! Many thanks, Meng-Yu.
    1. henri5's Avatar
      henri5 -
      You say that "...some parts are not as realistic as others". It would be nice to know which ones. A good and informative review, but sounds a bit too much like a sales pitch (recommending to buy six times in the review is not really necessary). Good luck in future reviews, but we want to hear about the good, the bad and the ugly...
    1. sourwop's Avatar
      sourwop -
      The good the bad and the ugly I like that its a good title for any one doing reviews. Here it is in a nut shell :

      The good: Looks good, many animations realistic to some extent.

      The bad: Sound close but no cigar. Flight dynamics over done needs tweaked This is a sled. I have flown in these and the sound would reverberated through the cabin and make one have a raised eyebrow look.

      The ugly: to pretty where are the oil leaks from the engines. Frame rates for average machine do suffer to some extent. Don't know what's going on with VC cockpit at night. Kind of weird.

      And never once did I recommend to buy it but I have it and like despite the short comings.
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Thanks for the information and comments guys, I'll be sure to correct my shortcomings in future reviews.
    1. byline's Avatar
      byline -
      Bring back Andrew Herd as your main reviewer, Flightsim.com. You have never recovered from his loss
    1. Kapitan's Avatar
      Kapitan -
      Quote Originally Posted by sourwop View Post
      The good the bad and the ugly I like that its a good title for any one doing reviews. Here it is in a nut shell :

      The good: Looks good, many animations realistic to some extent.

      The bad: Sound close but no cigar. Flight dynamics over done needs tweaked This is a sled. I have flown in these and the sound would reverberated through the cabin and make one have a raised eyebrow look.

      The ugly: to pretty where are the oil leaks from the engines. Frame rates for average machine do suffer to some extent. Don't know what's going on with VC cockpit at night. Kind of weird.

      And never once did I recommend to buy it but I have it and like despite the short comings.
      The bad: Flight dynamics is better than any payware or freeware without tweaks. So whats the fuss?...there is a tweak, so its perfect. I don't know of any addon that has realistic flight dynamics from stock...tell me one. The sound is very good, ecept for the wind sound, that as usual in all addons developpers don't understand that wind sound is much higer then engines above 230 knots. Frame rates? So friendly that if you have problems of frames with this plane you will have with fsx in general, so its a "your machine" problem.
      Tell me a 737-200 with a betel night light VC than this one...I really want to know and compare with a jpg image side by side, and if there is none please pay me 20 bucks via paypal...do you agree?
    1. chief727's Avatar
      chief727 -
      Note that in the eingine notes above, the JT8D-17R engines have automatic RESERVE THRUST, not automatic REVERSE thrust. The automatic reserve thrust feature is part of the increased gross weight package option. Should one engine fail on take off, the "good engine" would automaticly increase thrust beyond its normal power output.
    1. 7hepro's Avatar
      7hepro -
      Chief727, thanks for the information. I will check my spelling in the future, and thanks for pointing out my error, so that we can all learn. :-)
    1. Nuhaid's Avatar
      Nuhaid -
      Too bad they didn't make an edition for FS2004...
    1. nathanhenley's Avatar
      nathanhenley -
      I bought mine today...... 1 million percent please!!! Forget "classic airliners" or even "airliners" in general... If you like "airplanes" and "realism" at all, I HIGHLY recommend this addon. Great job CaptainSim!!! Next it's the 727 for me
    1. nathanhenley's Avatar
      nathanhenley -
      Oh and I haven't flown IN these... I have FLOWN these! Good job CaptainSim. And to the public, if you fly real airplanes and want a good product, this one is worth the money. Furthermore, the CaptainSim B52 is spot on. I have about 3000 hrs in the real BUFF and its worth every penny as well.
    1. FlyNate's Avatar
      FlyNate -
      Hey! Another Nate! Lol, yeah, some of these guys breathe too much avgas before they post. It's a nice addon and many people forget that it is a sim and not everyone can be pleased by every addon. Could they have done more? Perhaps, but bravo for the work they did do. I don't personally have time in the 200 but a flying buddy of mine does. After our flight the other day, I got him to come by and try it out. He was impressed and said it really to him back to when had real airplanes, lol. Personally, I'm happy I bought it and I recommend it as we'll. Take care all!