The fine-tuning works for the Standalone C172 Gauges have finally been completed. All instruments are now centered on the FIP and take up the whole area (320 x 240) without leaving any spaces on the left hand side for the displaying of any button commands.
In addition, none of the extra features found on the previous Integrated Series are added to these gauges, so that they could resemble and function as realistic as possible to the instruments in the real cockpit.
However, there were feedbacks expressing that trim wheel and wing flaps indicators shouldn’t be ignored, especially on those systems using Multi Panels and Trim Wheels from Saitek. Because their operation statuses cannot be judged easily from mere physical appearances.
Some suggest to put these two indicators plus other extra features onto a separate FIP. I tended to agree with this approach despite the fact that I was (still am) reluctant to invest another $150 worth of hardware for such purpose only.
The idea was finally dropped, nevertheless. Because the logical placement of the current layout was unavoidably damaged by this extra FIP. At least, I am not able to find an ideal location to accommodate it yet.
In the end, I put these two indicators onto the RPM and ADF gauges respectively, due to their locations in the lowest part of the overall instrument layout, plus their close proximity next to the trim wheel and flaps lever in the real cockpit.
The matching looks pretty good to me. But if someone finds them excessive or even offensive in their cockpit arrangement, there will be an option allowing them to exclude the two indicators during installation of the gauges. Surely, they could be restored anytime.
Regarding the price, it will be $10.0 each. It is half the price of the Integrated Gauge Series. But do remember that one will need another four pieces of FIP hardware in order to complete a full instrument setup, which might amount to an extra $500 more than the Integrated Gauge Series requires.
I myself, for example, currently run a mixed setup with Standalone and Integrated Gauges to limit the total number of FIP used. Of course, I have to sacrifice a bit on the cockpit realism as a result.
Also, the Integrated Fuel Gauges enclosed in red rectangle shown above doesn’t belong to the Standalone Series.
At the moment, I am working on the shopping cart and installer for the new Gauge Series. I predict the work will be done by the end of next week.
Here’s the Pre-Sale link for the full bundle, in which an extra 10% discount is offered to the early birds. The link will last until the installer is done.
By the way, the Integrated Fuel Gauges demonstrated above is an adaptation to the Standalone Series. Those who purchase the new Gauge bundle in full will get a 50% discount if they want to include the Fuel Gauges as well.
Existing users of the Fuel Gauges will receive an update (or more precisely a variation) for free shortly.