This Zoom set from Eduard contains numerous pre-painted detail parts for the cockpit. There’s a two-part instrument panel [IP]. The detail on the plastic IP needs to sanded off before the photo etched parts can be glued in place. The instrument faces and placards are sharp in their detail. The overhead panel is situated on the canopy frame. The various levers including the throttle are nicely represented and these are fitted to the central console as well as the overhead console. They do need bending so that the painted parts form the outer area. little tricky in this scale, but worth the effort. There are numerous small instrument panels to add to the existing internal detail on the inner fuselage sides. There is even a small satchel to add to the fuselage wall, again this needs careful folding to achieve the shape. There are harnesses for the two pilots as well as the bar on top of the backrest onto which the harnesses are attached. Obviously, you need to make the harnesses conform to the seats. The size of some of the detail parts will be challenging to install and could be an issue, but that’s the nature of the scale. I have been unfair blowing up the images so much, but you get a better idea of the detail.
Instructions are pretty straightforward; they are printed on both sides of a A5 sheet. Theres no written instructions, everything is either colour coded or there is a symbol. The key at the beginning explains all.
The cockpit is generally the first port of call for most folk looking at a model aircraft, this zoom set is aimed at detailing just that important area. Special Hobby was gone to great lengths detailing the interior of the Sunderland and they have done an excellent job. The cockpit just needs that bit more detail and this set addresses that. The pre-painted parts are what you would expect from Eduard. The level of printed detail will be difficult to achieve so in that respect worth acquiring particularly as most if not all of it will be visible through the glass house like canopy. If your comfortable using pre-coloured PE parts in this scale then this set is highly recommended.
Highs: Some great additional detail that will be visible through the green house canopyLows: Some unavoidable small partsVerdict: The cockpit of the Special Hobby Sunderland just needs that bit more detail and this set from Eduard addresses that.