El Al Israel Airlines 737-8Q8W 4X-EKP Witty Wings 1:400 WT4738003 2013 Release

A tour de force on how to do it right. Witty has not yet disappointed.

A tour de force on how to do it right. Witty has not yet disappointed.

This aircraft is a 2001 vintage build formerly used by Polynesian Airlines as 5W-SAO and re-leased by ILFC, Boeings leasing arm to El Al Israel Airlines on Jan 24th 2006.

This is the second time round for the model, having been produced in 2008 by JC Wings but the colours on that version look a lot less accurate.

There is no identified production run for the Witty version (the JCW one was 750) although it says limited edition on the box we all know that’s meaningless. This one came from Demographer X – Benedict Lee – in Hong Kong and at £17.50 new and no importation hassle this time, worth every penny.

1)Main Fuselage

I hold Witty responsible for the sudden increase in quality that they seem to be pioneering and this model is no let down. The whole thing just sings accuracy and quality. No problems, no flaws, though to be fair it’s a simple enough livery.

2) Engines 

These are the CFM56-7B26 engines with the flatter base to accommodate the 737’s low body. They are completely standard and no problems can be detected. The engine assembly is tight, neat, detailed and problem free.

3) Landing Gear

Neat silver metal, rubber tyres that roll on all wheels, angled correctly.

4) Tail fin and stabilisers

The whole assembly is very good, no complaints.

5) Wings and underbody

There is detail and the paint seems commensurate with it, though there is almost too much paint on the underwings, although it’s hardly an issue.  There is also the well printed winglet detail which have the Israeli flag printed on the inner surface. No sign of the standard fit chaff dispensers and infra-red detectors fitted as standard to Israeli passenger aircraft!

A beautifully manufactured model the others could learn from.
A beautifully manufactured model the others could learn from.

6) Colours 

The base colour is white so no issues. The comparison to the real thing is flawless.

7) Overall score – we start at 10.

The box is very plain, but it’s not bad, at least you can see the model. The model itself, I cannot fault it, value for money is outstanding, detail and quality everything I’ve come to expect from Witty and long may it continue.

10/10

Top marks for a top model
Top marks for a top model