With first Classic Airframes and now Airfix, 1/48 modelers are definitely in Canberra heaven. With popularity high, it is no wonder to see Pavla release several detail sets for the Airfix Canberra PR.9 kit. These sets focus on two areas: the cockpits and the wheel wells.
U 48-32 - E.E. Canberra Nose Wheel Bay
U 48-33 - E.E. Canberra Main Wheel Well
S 48032 - M.B. Mk. 2CA Pilot's Seat
S 48033 - M.B. Mk. 4QS Navigator's Seat
C 48017 - Pilot and Navigator Cockpit
C 48018 - Pilot Cockpit
The Canberra PR.9 has two separate cockpits, one for the pilot and one for the navigator. The pilot gets to sit under a bubble canopy, able to look around at the world underneath him. The navigator, on the other hand, is stuck into a black hole in the nose, with just a few tiny slits through which to look out. As the British painted their cockpit areas black, this was not just a figurative black hole, either. Bad for navigators, good for modelers, as one does not have to detail out that area if they don't want. For those that do, though, Pavla has you covered.
For those who want to detail out the navigator's section, the expanded set adds that forward cockpit onto the pilot's section. This includes a detailed bulkhead and sidewalls, and as with the pilot's section, the seat is separate. Building onto this main assembly, there are two separate sidewall pieces, a new nose cone with an instrument panel insert, and a matching front ring to allow the modeler to display open. That, plus the open top hatch, would let in enough light to show off all this additional detail, and make this a definitely eye-catcher at your next model meeting.
The Airfix Canberra is an impressive model, and these detail sets from Pavla can take it to the next level. My thanks to Pavla Models for the review samples.