ScaleMates stash manager

Are you on ScaleMates? I joined when I started getting back into model making.

Screen shot of my ScaleMates page.
My ScaleMates wall

So at first I just used it to catalogue my stash, which is a very useful feature for keeping track of what you have got.

But as I looked around the site, I found it had some more useful sections, such as:

Screenshot showing the menu options on the Scalemates page.


If you are like me, you’ll have lots of ideas buzzing around in your head for projects.

Well with ScaleMates you can start documenting your project ideas, add kits in your stash to the project, or add kits from a wish list to the project.

You can also add notes etc., and link photo albums to the project. I’ve found this to be very useful.

Screenshot showing a part of my Projects section of Scalemates.
Screen shot of part of my Projects in ScaleMates

Stash Manager

Probably the main reason for using ScaleMates. Great for checking at a glance what you have.

Sometimes I forget what I’ve got, or how many of each type, and I’ve only got a modest stash.

You can also mark as kit as being part of a project, if it has been started and when it is completed.

Screenshot showing part of my stash manager on scalemates.
Stash manager screen shot

Wish List

As mentioned above, you can even create a wish list of kits. When you add a kit to the list.

In addition if another member has it for sale, or any of the shops that are connected to ScaleMates have it in their stock, you have the option to purchase that kit, very handy.

Screenshot showing a part of my wish list on Scalemates.
Wish list screen shot


And of course the social side of the site, where you can see what other modellers are doing and interact, or just broswe and marvel at others modelling skills.

Screenshot showing my newsfeed on Scalemates.

Kit History

When you add a kit to your stash etc., you will then be able to see the history of that particular kit:

Screenshot showing the history of a kit on Scalemates.


This is just a very small selection of what is available within the ScaleMates site, and all for free. If you want to take a look, pop along to If you join and want to connect, then my nickname is JOTCW.

Welcome to my Model Making Blog

This is my first post in my model making blog. This will be a record of my journey of getting back in to model making. 

When I was younger I used to build quite a few model kits, aircraft, AFV’s and figures. Then life happened and I stopped making model kits. Over the years I would look at models in shops and even got one or two. However I never really made a effort to re-start the hobby.

Well last year I did start again, and boy have things changed! Thought my old “skill” would suffice, yeah….no! So it is basically re-learning new skills, which is a bit frustrating at times, but great fun.

As this is an Cold War themed website, I will only chat about my Cold War builds, this may also include vehicles and figures, but the majority will be aircraft.

At the moment, I’m building 1/72 and 1/144 scale aircraft, but I’m considering trying some 1/48 scale kits, once funds allow.

Talking of funds, I’m a member of the Amazon Associates scheme, so I will be linking useful items to the Amazon site, if you buy after clicking on the link, I get a small commission from Amazon.

Oh, must also mention, that not only am I trying to improve my building skills, I decided I’d also start using an airbrush!

Well I hope you join me on this journey, I’m always happy to receive constructive criticism.

If you are on and want to connect, my nick name is JOTCW.

Photo of the 1/72 Airfix Gnat and Jet Provost.
Airfix 1:72 Red Arrows Gnat and Red Pelicans Jet Provost.