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Have a used, excellent condition racing sim frame built in Australia by Simulate-it (model V1-R). Will not flex, constructed of steel tube and powder coated. With Bride bucket seat. $500 We also have a white, extruded aluminum triple monitor stand from Sim-Lab, excellent condition $100 See pictures For pickup in Houston (The Woodlands 77389). I will not be arranging any shipping.
And so it begins.... After running through countless reviews and checking out a few different rigs that I could see local to me, I decided to go with one that was relatively unknown or at least unreviewed in any depth in my research. I did find a good video review of the Sim-Lab monitor stand which illustrated the general quality of the line, but nothing really on the rigs themselves other than short clips under 1 minute. With this review, I hope to provide a new source for prospective buyers to see in detail what Sim-Lab Products in general and the P1 in specific has to offer. Let me lay out first of all that Richard Schouteren, the CEO and chief bottle washer at Sim-Lab Products, was quite communicative through the process. As someone who is not practiced at purchasing a great many things from Europe, when I placed my order through PayPal and the money went, a certain leap of faith was taken. I placed my initial order on January 2nd upon receiving confirmation that the backorder status would be remedied in a couple of days(!). Numerous emails back and forth over the next 6 weeks both buoyed my hopes at times and tested my trust at others as promised ship dates came and went. I am sure Richard was equally if not more exasperated at the delay in being able to ship the product due to supply issues. (The SIm-Lab site now reflects the inventory backlog). Finally on February 17th, the long awaited parcels arrived: This is what $1,100+ of Sim-Lab P1 looks like. I understand that Richard has now switched shipping to UPS from FedEx, so I don't know what the new rate is likely to be, but my P1 with a keyboard mount and shifter mount added came in just above $1,100 including shipping. I will try to discuss the relative value this represents over the life of this thread. My initial impressions though are that the materials are of high quality. The only minor quibble I have on inspecting the parts is that the semi-gloss black coating on the machined plate items is a little uneven. Not that it isn't all fully covered, but that it is apparently thicker in some areas and has clear marks from where it was hung on the rack. I would say that dash bracket specifically would benefit from a good buffing or bead blasting prior to coating to remove flash and "sharp" machined edges. This next level of handling is what can drive the cost up quickly though and it is not something which is likely to impact the overall performance of the rig. I think I would be unlikely to "handle" the dash bracket itself after assembly is complete. I may wrap the dash bracket in CF vinyl wrap to dress it up, but the black color is certainly invisible relative to most wheel bases and monitor frames. Here are the parts unboxed and laid out for inventory: As of right now I am waiting on a couple of parts from Richard to complete the build, so for now I will sign off and be back to update the thread as progress is made and I've formulated more thoughts and opinions on the rig. In general, I am well pleased and looking forward to getting this up and running. Teaser image for tactile effect implementation: OK, up and running, but a cable management rat's nest at the moment. First impressions are that this rig meets my test of being solid. This was my main criteria as I had reinforced my previous rig to remove wheel shake- which I consider to be the biggest detractor from immersion. Full on shots coming once all of the wire sleeving is in place and the heat shrink tidied up. Plus, of course, an in depth review. As a lot of people have been checking in I wanted to get something out so you knew I was still here, so enjoy the BluntOne sticker magic above.