JMZ Models: 2006 Scheme Xiamen 737
So this looks to me like another custom model for a specific seller - who have decided to brand this as JMZ Models. Interestingly the box also says 'paint by CZE Jet' whatever that means? It's a little unclear when this was released but I'm guessing late 2017 and so it pre-dates the recent Air Shop Indonesia One exclusive.
As I say the mould is obviously the Panda 737-800. No problems there - in my opinion it is better than the JC Wings and miles better than the Phoenix 737NG. Judging by the number on the box it looks like 200 were produced.
Livery wise Xiamen Airlines had been typically conservative with their livery since they were formed in the 1980s. Their first own scheme didn't show until the early 90s and it remained unaltered until August 2005. This modification was very minor with just the forward and rear cheatline angle being slightly altered as you can see here:
By early 2016 however the livery was altered further with the cheatlines being moved downwards at the nose a lot more. Even so the scheme still largely resembled the original one with the Egret logo remaining intact and unaltered. It never seemed Xiamen was too bothered in updating the livery fleetwide and plenty of the fleet (of 737-300/500/700/800s and 757s) remained in the original scheme.
It wasn't until July 25, 2012 that Xiamen broke more significantly with the past. This was its 28th anniversary and saw the introduction of a modified 'Flying Egret' logo and a new scheme named "Bright Future".
Even so aircraft could still be seen in the old scheme in 2015 - indeed I saw a 737-800 wearing the older livery at Kuala Lumpur in that year.
Panda Models have released multiple Xiamen 737-800s however they have all worn the new scheme (with various special stickers applied) so it is nice to see a model in the 2006 colours to go with my lopsided cockpit printed Phoenix 73G in the same scheme. I think it is a lovely little model. If you want a copy for yourself here is the taobao shop I purchased it from - they still seem to have some for sale.
For now this model has joined my Xiamen Airlines fleet and taken pride of place at the front:
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