Nova airline operates a fleet of 12 A320s. These are the pictures of our newest version of the popular single aisle aircraft.
About this creation
Here is the new tail design for the A320 family, it's much nicer, and more realistic
The plane has emergency exits over the wings. Also notice with wingtip fences that come on A320s (until future sharklets)
The wingtips fences were put back a little to give it a more realistic effect.
Here is the best part, the back landing gear, demonstrated on the next few pics
The door opens,
Here it is with the doors open,
The landing gear go in,
And the door closes, simple, easy and realistic (thank you gravity)
Here is how it looks with the landing gear in,
Landing gear door open,
And landing gear down and locked.
The front of the plane, with one of the doors
The plane with a 757 behind it
Here it is next to a B757, to show you the differences between the two. Notice the more rounded nose of the A320 compared to the one of the 757.
The plane taking off in the sunlight
Here it is taxiing
The back of the plane
The back of the plane
This is the whole plane, nice little machine
Top view with the doors open
Details of the exits. The door has a clear stud for the "window"
And the over wing emergency exits. The Airbus A320 has 4 of these, two on each side.
A real A321 of Turkish airlines taking off, the back landing gear doors are clearly visible on this picture
Here is the story of this creation:
So here's the deal. Recently I was looking at my A320s, and decided they were not realistic at all, especially compared to recent improvements in my 757/737 models.
I figured I would have to do something about this soon. In april, I went to the holy lego homeland, Billund, and went to Legoland for the first time (at age 18 XD). Standing in the pick a brick area of the shop, and going through the few bricks they had (I was disappointed), a picture for a new design started coming to mind. I had recently gone to Venice, and at Marco Polo Airport, had seen a XL France A320, which was in a funny angle when facing the terminal. I was shocked at how much the A320 actually resembles the B757, especially the cockpit shape. So I decided to start a new overhaul of my A320 lego models. Standing in front of the PaB at Legoland, I saw a bowl with lots of cockpit glass used in my 757 model. I decided to start with a basic 757 design, just shorter. I had decided that the time would come soon enough for me to change my A320s (I mean, with Sharklets coming in 2013, I was hoping to last until then before changing everything, sadly I did not). I decided to try on one A320 first, and then see what the result would be.
The final aircraft is actually quite different then the 757, but the cockpit is kind of the same. I decided I would give all I have got for this model. When I introduced the new landing gears for my A320 models, I had imagined a way for the back landing gears to be retractable, but seeing the difficulties it could bring at the time, I had decided to keep it a dream, and not do it. This time however, I decided to make my plane as close to reality as possible.
The result is stunning! My first A320 model is now one of my favorite lego models ever built, and I am actually quite proud of it. I redesigned the whole tail section, and it could not be nicer. The thing I am most proud is of course the retractable landing gear, which makes playability quite nicer (no more: where do I put my wheels while in flight (well except for the front one, have not found a nice way yet...but that's next). My first model (an A320) also has 4 doors, 4 over wing exits, and a forward baggage door (like the one of my 757). The seating capacity is unchanged (2-4 for an A320) but the fuselage is higher, so it looks more studier, and slightly bigger overall. I can't believe I did not do it sooner, because this new model looks 200000 times better then the previous model.
I have 3 A319s and 2 A320s built (old design), and I am hoping to change all of them (My A318 models won't be changed, or it is not planned to change them at the time). My second aircraft is already being worked on (A319), and will have less realistic features then the first aircraft (no doors, and no baggage door) but it will keep the retractable landing gear.
Hey Maxim. I have a question for you, if it hasn't already been asked by me (I can't remember): Shall Nova Airlines and Oceanic Airways join into some sort of code share agreement sort of partnership? I wouldn't mind.
Quoting Jonathan Ma
Cool redesigned aircraft! Like the retractable landing gear. Does the nose gear retract or not? And why does it retract foward like a Bombardier Q400
The nose gear does not retract, for the same reason the main landing gear retract like a Q400 and not an A320. The fuselage would have to be different, which means I could not fit seats in the plane. SO it's really a question of playability v/s reality. I think this offers a nice mix between the two, but then again, that's just me. Glad you like the redesign
Quoting Steffen Kasteleiner
I definately like how you made the retractable landing gear! Great stuff, especially the fact that you used those two angled hinge doors for it. Way to go!
Hey Steffen, glad you like it :D I hope you are working on something new, I really like your creations (esp. your pax aircrafts), so I'm always on the lookout :D.
Hope all is well, Maxim