Exterior Enhancement &
Cowl Flap Sets
for Tamiya P-47D
S u m m a r y
Number, Description and Price:
||SQ-001 P-47D Thunderbolt
Enhancement Set with EARLY pattern cowl flaps USD$14.95
SQ-002 P-47D Thunderbolt Enhancement Set with LATE pattern cowl
SQ-003 P-47D EARLY style cowl flaps USD$6.95
SQ-004 P-47D LATE pattern cowl flaps USD$6.95
available from ScaleQuest website -
||See text below
||Beautiful detail; high
quality parts worthy of the excellent Tamiya kit; early and late
cowl flaps available; helpfully detailed instructions;
engineered for rigidity but relatively simple preparation
Tamiya's recent 1/48 scale P-47D Thunderbolt
"Razorback" is a beautiful and accurate kit, but the dedicated
superdetailer will always want to improve the level of detail.
The debut releases from new resin accessory company
ScaleQuest focus on this excellent kit. These initial products are:
Thunderbolt Enhancement Set with EARLY pattern cowl flaps
Thunderbolt Enhancement Set with LATE pattern cowl flaps
SQ-003 P-47D EARLY
style cowl flaps
SQ-004 P-47D LATE
pattern cowl flaps
The enhancement sets each contain ten parts in pale
cream coloured resin. The focus of the sets is the open cowl flaps.
These are delicately rendered, and feature exquisite detail on the
inside surface of the flaps that will be visible on the completed
model. The instructions also detail how to add flap actuator rods to
the back of each individual flap, but you will have to source the
.010 rod yourself.
The cowl flap assembly is supplied as a single part
cast onto a flat block. This is a good idea, as it will prevent
warpage of the thin resin prior to securing to the Tamiya engine
cowl. Removal from this block is very fast and easy. It only took me
a few minutes with a razor saw to cleanly remove the part safely in
A resin air divider is also supplied. The remaining
parts include the circular oil cooler vent, shroud and wastegate.
These are also useful accessories that will be an improvement to the
equivalent area on the kit.
The final parts are intercooler ducting for each
side, which blank off an opening when the intercooler flaps are
The cowl flaps are also available as standalone
items for either the early or the late variants as SQ003 and SQ004
I test fitted the resin flaps from the Late Cowl
Flap Enhancement set.
without glue, the part sits perfectly in the locating ridge at the
rear of the plastic engine cowling.
The cowl flaps will certainly be an impressive
component of any P-47D superdetailing project. These will presumably
also fit the forthcoming P-7D Bubbletop kit from Tamiya due soon.
Whether you just want to replace and detail the
prominent cowl flaps, or go the whole hog with the oil cooler exit,
wastegate and intercooler ducting, these accessories will be worthy
companions to Tamiya's Thunderbolt kit.
Thanks to ScaleQuest for the review samples
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