• Review: Opencockpits Boeing 737 Gear Lever Set

    Boeing B737 Gear Lever Set

    Publisher: Opencockpits

    Review Author:
    Ray Andersen

    Suggested Price:
    €134.00

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    Intro

    My journey around flightsim hardware has now taken me a step closer to real replica hardware - this time I have put my focus on a piece from Opencockpits: the Boeing 737 gear lever including the double front plate with text, the annunciators and the LEDs, wires and connections behind the gear lever.

    As I have discovered, using hardware to develop a home cockpit really does add realism to the flightsim experience, but when adding replica hardware, the experience jumps to an even higher level of realism.

    I have previously had the chance testing and reviewing the FMC v3 from Opencockpits which certainly was a positive and very surprising experience, so now taking a look at the Boeing B737 gear lever really excites me greatly.

       

    Purchase, Delivery and Packing

    I purchased this unit directly at Opencockpits (in their webshop) and the purchase experience was good - the webshop is created with the feature to select either a Spanish or an English version, which is really nice since my Spanish is rather limited and I was also here able to select who and how I wanted the consignment to be delivered to me.

    After the purchase was completed I received a confirmation email and the very next day I also received a mail from the transport company including ETA and a tracking number. The transport only took a few days which I appreciate greatly because when I order a new piece I always want it urgently... I almost cannot wait.

    The packing was good - I ordered this unit together with some additional PCBs, switches, wires, etc. and everything was carefully packed in a hard cardboard box filled with polystyrene foam that combined, functioned as the outer protection. The inner protection was made of bobble plastic that was wrapped around the gear lever but also the two front plates had their own bobble wrapping as protection.

    Furthermore there were also included the necessary LEDs - both green and red together with the annunciators. Additionally I had purchased both red and blue wires and the needed input and output PCBs to complete the set. If you have your own input/output PCB solution, you don't need to purchase the PCBs that I did - you can easily connect the gear lever and LEDs to a standard input/output PCB(s).

    Overall the purchase, delivery and packing was superb - the purchase was easy and very user friendly, the delivery was professional and quick and the packing was good with a high level of protection to the units inside.

    Parts Included

    The parts included when ordering the gear lever is only the gear lever, but when ordering the unit in the webshop it is highlighted that the purchase only consists of the gear lever, and that you need to purchase the following items - these items are easy to find on the Opencockpits webshop and are listed as Components needed (not included) with direct links when selecting the front plates. Please note that the front plates are a set and thereby listed as just one front plate - but actually consists of both the back and front part of the plate.

    The complete set exclusive the PCBs is listed here below - everything can be purchased at Opencockpits webshop except for the resistors, which are needed to get the LEDs to function, these I purchased in a local DIY shop.

    1x Boeing B737 Gear Lever (item no. MEC-TREN73)
    1x Front Plates including 6x Annunciators (item no. P738B11)
    3x High efficiency green LEDs (item no. 4TL3)
    3x High efficiency red LEDs (item no. 4TL1)
    6x 470 ohms resistors (cannot be purchased from Opencockpit)

    Additionally you of course also need the input/output PCB(s) to connect the gear lever to the computer - these can of course also be purchased directly at Opencockpits, but the gear lever is also compatible with other input/output cards. In my configuration I used a setup of PCBs from Opencockpits.


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