Eduard's Fokker Dr.1 kit was first released in a special "Richthofen Brothers" edition (see review of "Der Rote Flieger" here
) which included two aircraft (a triplane and an Albatros D.V). Then came the Dual Combo edition (see review Here
) which provided parts to do two Fokkers. The last release to date is the "Weekend" edition of the kit which is the first boxing to include one aircraft only. I know this is the norm for these simplified boxings, but sadly the kit doesn't has the additional photoetched parts which are present in the first two releases. So, if you want to include them into your model nevertheless, you will need to buy this extra "Zoom" sheet produced by Eduard.
Eduard's "Zoom" range is destined to modelers who want to include basic details to their kits. Only the most important parts, which are impossible to do in injected plastic, are provided on the fret. In the case of this Fokker Dr.I Weekend these are:
- Parts to improve the two Spandau machine guns
- Parts to improve the cockpit interior (instruments, placards, levers etc...)
- Push rods for the rotary engine.
- A metal hoop for the engine cowling
- Underside access panels (two variants)
- Small surface details in relief.
As you would expect from Eduard, the quality of this photoetched fret is very good. Some of the parts are pre-painted (seatbelts, placards and instruments). The ignition wires may look not very realistic because they are flat but it is possible to improve them by applying several layers of white glue on them.
One small acetate sheet is also provided for the small windscreen located between the two Spandau guns. Two variants are provided.
The black & white instructions are printed on a single sheet of A5 size paper. They are nicely done and easy to follow.
This is a nice little PE set which will allow you to slightly improve the overall level of detail of the "Weekend" Fokker Dr.I kit. While the price seems ok at first sight, once added to the initial cost of the kit, I can only wonder what the advantage is to buy a "Weekend" kit and a "Zoom" set? Together, the cost (36,90$) is almost the same (39,95$) as the "Dual Combo" kit which offers two kits and much more markings options. I can only recommend this set to modelers who have already purchased a "Weekend" kit. To the others, the "Dual Combo" is a far better option.