How do you keep inventory of your aftermarket parts & stash?
I discovered four sets for Panther D & six sets for Panther A/G tracks looking for something yesterday. Everything from Fruil in the old flat packs to pre-assembled Sector35’s.
Took inventory today with index cards to remind me what’s on hand and it’s location. I need a better system for the long-term.
What works best for you?
I try to keep an updated spreadsheet on my iPhone using their version of excel so that way I have it with me at all times and am able to double check purchases on the go.
Ditto, but on my laptop. You can sort it and filter out what you don’t want to see. Just remember to NOT save changes after doing so.
The only downside to scale mates is if you don’t export the inventory and are in a place with very bad service you can’t access it.
I use Scalemates as well. Usefull site
I maintain an Excel spreadsheet (that I send to my phone regularly, so I always have it handy) that lists every kit and accessory I have. I usually put aftermarket in the applicable kit box and make of note of which kit it is in on my spreadsheet next to the item. I also put a note next to kit entries of applicable aftermarket sets for them that I have.
I have a Word doc I update monthly and drop into my Google drive so I can access it anywhere with my phone.
Since I mostly build WWII German armor I divided everything up as done in the ‘Encyclopedia of German Tanks of WWII’ by Doyle and Jentz, so all my Panzer I’s kits are together, Panzer II’s together, etc.
My car kits are broken down by maker, so Ford, Chevy, VW, etc.
Science Fiction by franchise.
Associated aftermarket is listed with the appropriate kit, but I actually buy extremely little of that. Mostly groundwork material.
I tend to chuck all AM parts inside the kit box where they go to; general stuff, i just put in a regular box, along with extra parts.
I use Scalemates - simple to use and I can peruse my stash from the sofa without having to dig anything out.
That sounds like a question my wife’s lawyer would ask in a court of law.
I stopped tracking exact build time for that reason once upon a time…wink.
I have an inventory list by manufacturer. That’s only the plastic kits; the resin figures ( 200 +) and update/accessory sets I don’t have listed. I just dig them out when I need them. I try to put AM barrels, PE and wheels sets in with the actual kit so I don’t have to search for them.
I’m very old school, I just keep the parts in the kits and write on the box what’s in it aftermarket wise.
I’ve found the boxes usually have enough room in them for the accessories I plan on using.
My local store sells zero aftermarket so I arch for Sprue Brothers etc sales on particular things, sit by my kits and start shopping. For now it works but if/when I move to a bigger city I’m going to have to come up with a better system.
No inventory list here. I’ve bought aftermarket to fit the kit I purchased at the time. Most of the aftermarket stash in a good size cardboard box while other aftermarket goodies is enclosed with the kits…saving space/storage issues.