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X-Plane 12: Zibo Mod Boeing 737-800 Review and Tutorial


Introduction




If you are a fan of X-Plane, you have probably heard of the Zibo mod. This is a free modification of the default Boeing 737-800 by Laminar Research that adds a lot of realism and immersion to the aircraft. The Zibo mod is developed by a team of enthusiasts led by Zibo, who is a real-life Boeing 737 pilot. The mod has been in development since 2017 and has received many updates and improvements over time.




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The Zibo mod aims to replicate the systems, procedures, and performance of the real Boeing 737-800 as closely as possible. It also enhances the visual and audio aspects of the aircraft, such as adding new models, textures, sounds, effects, and animations. The Zibo mod is compatible with X-Plane 11 and X-Plane 12, and works well with other plugins such as AviTab, TerrainRadar, BetterPushback, and more.


The Zibo mod is widely regarded as one of the best freeware addons for X-Plane, and has received many positive reviews from users and critics alike. It is also constantly updated with new features and fixes, making it a dynamic and evolving project. In this article, we will show you how to download, install, and review the Zibo mod for X-Plane 12.


Downloading the Zibo mod




The first step to enjoy the Zibo mod is to download it from its official sources. The Zibo mod consists of several files that need to be downloaded separately. These are:


  • The main package (B737-800X), which contains the aircraft files.



  • The sound package (B737-800X_3_40_full), which contains the custom sounds for the aircraft.



  • The terrain radar plugin (TerrainRadar_1_18r2), which adds a terrain display to the navigation display.



  • The AviTab plugin (AviTab-0_4_5), which adds a tablet with various functions to the cockpit.



You can download these files from the official Google Drive links provided by Zibo on his forum thread: . You will need to sign in with a Google account to access these links. Alternatively, you can use some alternative download links or torrent files provided by other users on this forum thread: . These links may not always be up to date with the latest versions of the files, so use them at your own risk.


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Installing the Zibo mod




Once you have downloaded all the necessary files for the Zibo mod, you need to install them correctly in your X-Plane 12 folder. To do this, follow these steps:


  • Extract the B737-800X folder from the main package zip file directly into your X-Plane 12\\Aircraft folder.



  • Extract the contents of the sound package zip file into your X-Plane 12\\Aircraft\\B737-800X folder, replacing any existing files.



  • Extract the TerrainRadar folder from the terrain radar plugin zip file into your X-Plane 12\\Resources plugins folder.



  • Extract the AviTab folder from the AviTab plugin zip file into your X-Plane 12\\Resources\\plugins folder.



Congratulations, you have successfully installed the Zibo mod for X-Plane 12. To update the mod, you can download the latest update files from the same links and extract them into your X-Plane 12\\Aircraft\\B737-800X folder, replacing any existing files. You can also use the SkunkCrafts Updater plugin to update the mod automatically: .


Reviewing the Zibo mod




Now that you have installed the Zibo mod, you can enjoy flying this amazing aircraft in X-Plane 12. In this section, we will review some of the aspects of the Zibo mod and compare them with the default B737-800 by Laminar Research. We will focus on three areas: exterior model, cockpit model and sounds, and systems and features.


Exterior model




The exterior model of the Zibo mod is based on the default B737-800, but with some improvements and additions. The Zibo mod adds more details and animations to the exterior model, such as:


  • New winglets models: blended, split-scimitar, and no winglets.



  • New engine models: CFM56-7B24, CFM56-7B26, and CFM56-7B27.



  • New engine fan blades with different shapes and animations.



  • New engine nacelles with chevrons and vortex generators.



  • New engine exhausts with heat blur effects.



  • New landing gear models with more details and animations.



  • New landing gear doors with hydraulic actuators.



  • New flap track fairings with vortex generators.



  • New tail skid with contact points and sparks effects.



  • New strobe lights with realistic flash patterns.



  • New navigation lights with realistic colors and brightness.



  • New logo lights with realistic illumination.



  • New cabin windows with dynamic reflections.



  • New cabin doors with opening/closing animations and sounds.



  • New service doors with opening/closing animations and sounds.



  • New cargo doors with opening/closing animations and sounds.



The Zibo mod also supports various liveries and paint kits that you can download from the X-Plane.org forum: . You can also use the default liveries that come with X-Plane 12. The exterior model of the Zibo mod is very realistic and detailed, and it looks much better than the default B737-800 in terms of textures, lighting, and animations.


Cockpit model and sounds


The cockpit model and sounds of the Zibo mod are also based on the default B737-800, but with many enhancements and additions. The Zibo mod adds more details and realism to the cockpit model, such as:


  • New 3D models and textures for the instruments, panels, switches, knobs, levers, pedals, yokes, seats, and more.



  • New PFD, ND, EICAS, and FMC displays with custom fonts, colors, symbols, and functions.



  • New HUD (Head-Up Display) with realistic symbology and brightness.



  • New AviTab tablet with various functions such as charts, maps, checklists, performance calculator, and more.



  • New cockpit lighting with realistic colors and effects.



  • New cockpit reflections with dynamic and static effects.



  • New cockpit windows with rain, ice, dirt, and crack effects.



  • New cockpit sounds with custom engine, wind, gear, flap, spoiler, brake, door, switch, alert, and voice sounds.



The Zibo mod also supports various cockpit mods and enhancements that you can download from the X-Plane.org forum: . You can also use the default cockpit settings that come with X-Plane 12. The cockpit model and sounds of the Zibo mod are very immersive and detailed, and they sound and feel much better than the default B737-800 in terms of functionality, accuracy, and quality.


Systems and features




The systems and features of the Zibo mod are the most impressive and complex part of the modification. The Zibo mod adds or improves many systems and features that the default B737-800 lacks or simplifies. Some of these systems and features are:


  • New flight model with realistic aerodynamics, performance, and handling.



  • New engine model with realistic thrust, fuel consumption, EGT, N1/N2, and FADEC logic.



  • New electrical system with realistic AC/DC buses, generators, inverters, batteries, and loads.



  • New hydraulic system with realistic pumps, reservoirs, pressures, and failures.



  • New pneumatic system with realistic bleed air sources, valves, ducts, pressures, and temperatures.



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