F-100D Super Sabre
SMAMA Pattern Aircraft
by Jerry Creager
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I have always had an eye for colorful aircraft
paint schemes. I donít know why but the modern dull gray with
black markings just doesnít do anything for me. I like color.
One of my most favorite jets is the F-100, and when I ran across
the Cutting Edge decal sheet for the SMAMA Service Engineering
depot I knew I had to build it.
I tried to get some background information on the SMAMA Service
Engineering Depot based at McClellan AFB, Sacramento,
California, but there wasnít a lot of data available. The SMAMA
stands for Sacramento Material Air Martial Area and was in
service between the late 50ís and late 80ís according to my
limited information. The McClellan facility was responsible for
managing the logistics and support for the repair and
maintenance of a host of different aircraft in service at that
time. They provided on-the-spot engineering and technical
support for problems occurring to a variety of aircraft under
The kit is the 1/48 scale Monogram F-100D, and
it has been around for a long time. I re scribed all of the
panel lines and separated the horizontal stabilizer. After the
kit was painted and decaled I installed the stabilizer in the
I used the Black Box detail cockpit set for the
No other modifications were made to the kit.
The painting was reasonability simple. The
entire model was painted overall flat white with the exception
of the afterburner area which was a series of metallic colors.
The Cutting Edge decal sheet recommends the use
of a set of BlackMagic masks to mark off the red areas. I used
the masks and they worked perfectly.
A generous coat of Future was applied before
decaling. However, the decals were another story. I donít know
if they were too old or what, but when I applied the vertical
stabilized decals they disintegrated. I was barely able to
salvage the clear portion with the lettering, but most of the
red could not be used. This required a lot of touch up paint and
put my airbrushing skills to the test.
After this first disaster I applied two coats of
Micro Scale Decal Film the remaining decals. This helped
considerably but I still had trouble in certain places where the
decals had to conform to a curve.
I had hoped to enter this model and a contest
but the ďtouch up paintĒ areas would not pass the close scrutiny
of a judge. The model shows up fine in a photograph.
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