The Series 100
The original Airbus A320 was the series 100 but only 21 aircraft were made to this standard rather than the thousands of later series 200s. The only external difference between the series 100 and 200 was that the 100 lacks the wingtip fences, however internally the 200 also had increased fuel capacity. The lack of wingtip fences gives the aircraft a rather old-fashioned look and no doubt the addition of these and the extra fuel helped the A320 not become another Dassault Mercure.
A320-100 in 400 Scale
In 400 scale the series 100 has had an oddly weak showing considering there are actually two moulds available for it, from Aeroclassics and Panda Models, although obviously the latter is a clone of the former. Even more oddly the only Aeroclassics A320-100 until this year was a Hangar Club model.
Only this year was a British Airways Landor standard A320-100 made by Aeroclassics and that was for Aviation Retail Direct. Other than these two models Panda Models has made a pair of A320-100s in the House Colours.
The 21 A320-100s did not have much in the way of secondary careers with the three original customers keeping them for their entire careers but the prototype also appeared in a couple of other colour scheme variations and there were several special schemes.
âThe original deliveries were:
That adds up to a surprising number of liveries:
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