Airbus A319 - Where to shorten the fuselage from an A-320?

Joined: 11:49 PM - Feb 26, 2005

1:14 AM - Jun 10, 2018 #1

I recently took a trip, and flew on an A-319.  Like to build a model, but there aren't any kits.
So I did some research, and the word is that the 319 is 12 feet shorter than a 320.
OK, fine, so where do I shorten the fuselage.  It helps that the 12 feet in 1/144 works out to exactly ONE inch.  But where to make the cut(s)?

This is one of those deals where "None of us is as smart as all of us".  And I'm hoping that I'll be the dunce.  😉

Jim
Not everything had changed, only the important stuff. - Charles Stross
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Joined: 1:18 AM - Jul 29, 2006

2:01 AM - Jun 10, 2018 #2

According to Wikipedia, "The shrink [from 320 to 319] was achieved through the removal of four fuselage frames fore and three aft the wing, cutting the overall length by 3.73 metres (12 ft 3 in)."

12 ft 3 in = 147 in, meaning each frame = 21 in (147÷7). Therefore, you want to remove 84 inches ahead of the wing and 63 inches aft of the wing. In 1/144, those work out to 0.5833 inches and 0.4375 inches respectively. Metric equivalents are 14.8 mm and 11.1 mm for 1/144 scale.

Or, to save yourself the work of cutting and splicing, you might look for Revell kits 04200:



or 04215:

Michael McMurtrey
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Joined: 11:49 PM - Feb 26, 2005

4:23 AM - Jun 11, 2018 #3

Mike,

Wow.  Thank you.  I couldn't find that kit, even though I've been on the internet since Google was invented.  

Thank you again.  Well, off to buy a kit.  Once we figure out where Revell kits come from. 😌

Jim
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7:57 PM - Jun 11, 2018 #4

I am using the British Air kit for my America West A319
I flew to Vegas on my Honeymoon in 2002. It has both style
engines.---John
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8:32 PM - Jun 11, 2018 #5

N9JOY wrote: Mike,

Wow.  Thank you.  I couldn't find that kit, even though I've been on the internet since Google was invented.  

Thank you again.  Well, off to buy a kit.  Once we figure out where Revell kits come from. 😌

Jim
You're most welcome. Those kits were released some years ago and may be hard to find in the usual retail/etail outlets. Your best bet may be ebay. Good luck!
Michael McMurtrey
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8:44 PM - Jun 11, 2018 #6

When building, ensure you are using the correct engine, CFM56 or V2500.
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6:54 PM - Jun 19, 2018 #7

As of last week, Sprue Brothers had the British Airways boxing in stock - I ordered one.  Good luck!
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