Oman Air 737-800 A4O-BR Phoenix 10746 2014

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I’ve dithered over getting this for ages, but at £17.50 as brand new stock, it seemed silly not to go for it.

I love the new Oman Air livery and already have the 788. This is one of those models where you think you might get something mediocre and it completely surprises.

Oman Air us undergoing something of a redefining moment. It’s not just the European and American airlines who have suffered the consequences of the big ME3 airlines. Oman Air had a reputation so poor in terms of service and crew, that it was nothing unusual for Omani’s to drive over the border into the UAE and fly on Emirates or Etihad.

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New management has seen that cannot go on and the airline, is doing its best to retrain and redefine itself in order to at least secure its domestic passengers. Oman is one of the most stable and well-managed states in the area and a first-rate tourist destination for the slightly more adventurous.

The tail logo is representative of a cloud of incense smoke, Oman is one of the worlds largest producers of a plant used in religious ceremonies around the world.

Delivered on July 1st 2003 and leased from Aircastle, she’s fitted with 12 business class and 142 economy seats. Powered by 2x CFMI CFM56-7B26’s.

View the 788 review here: Oman Air 788 review

1.Fuselage

This is the version before those terrible split scimitar wings were used on the Thomson 738 – and it’s also aerial free. I never mind that at this scale.

1400Reviews-Oman Air-738w-A4O-BR-Phx-CpywrtJonChamps2016 3.jpgThe paint and finish are superb, there’s not a blur or ill-defined line anywhere. Everything seems to be where it ought to be and the general definition is outstanding. It’s times like this when you look at what is now a two-year old or more model, and wonder how they could do it so well on something so small, and then totally wreck the latest A350’s with poor landing gear, engines dragging on the ground and general excruciatingly poor quality. Phoenix are so inconsistent it’s almost unbelievable.

2.Wings and landing gear

Wings are first-rate, there is detail but with a bit too much gloss it makes it harder to see than would be ideal. Escape lines and wing tip paint are all perfect and correctly aligned.

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The landing gear is for the most part excellent, with the caveat that someone for some reason painted the outer wheels of the main gear the metallic blue. It’s not a big deal because they are so tiny, but odd nonetheless!

Everything moves and rolls. Even the nose gear. That’s more than you can say for some of the larger models of late!

3. Engines

Again, here we have a prime example of what can be achieved and so often fails miserably. Two very small engines painted and detailed to perfection. No problems with the silver, it’s even a shade that passes as more than acceptable on the fans. The moulds are spot-on and even the exhausts are neat and tidy with detailed paint.

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Quite remarkable when you think of some of the crap manufacturers like to dish out as acceptable these days.

4.Nose detail

Superb. All the way down to the Oamni national flag. detailed, error free exquisitness!

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5.Tail detail

Utterly superb. The mix of colours and the definition, never mind the first class micro-detail, which includes the red print on the aft silver roof band, is actually exemplary. Really, this is what small model making is all about.

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6. Colours

Faultless.

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7. Score and conclusions.

 

I struggle for faults to find. The wheels are the only issue being blue and its so minor a -1 will suffice. 99% Brilliant.

Why is everything not this quality?

I wrote what amounts to another article here. I’ve taken it out as it needs its own page. And some more thought.

I’ve also been experimenting with the much vaunted iPhone 7 Plus camera. Trying to use just the optical 2x zoom and nothing more, I don’t want digital images as they never look brilliant at this level of close up.  I’m not quite sure what I think yet. Sometimes it can get into places that a bulky SLR cannot, and yet it doesn’t quite have what I expected in image quality every time. Sometimes it does, other times it doesn’t. The full software release isn’t out yet so I’ll hold off until its fully where it should be. Have to see where it goes. At the moment these are a mix of iPhone and SLR cameras.

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