Pound Store Scout Figures from Airfix WW1 Americans

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Some simple Scout figures knocked up quickly from Airfix WW1 Americans.

 

I have been painting in the garden today for the first time in many years. In the past, painting outdoors kept me safe from being cooped up inside in a room amidst the heady fumes of Airfix enamels and glue.

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As an experiment, some of the more useless poses (lying down etc.) in the  Airfix WW1 American troops have been adapted to become Scouts for my Wide Games Project.

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The skipping picnickers or  ammunition carriers from Airfix WW1 American infantry repainted as Boy Scouts for Wide Games.

One possible source of Scout figures for Wide Games are the Airfix WW1 Americans with their doughboy / lemon squeezer hats. Their puttees look a little like long Scout socks and their tunics like Scout blouses.

When I was a boy, WW1 Airfix figures were no longer in the shops by the late 1970s and so were very hard to get hold of. I made do with what precious few WW1 figures came down through the family.

They have since been rereleased in the 2000s by Hat and more recently by Airfix themselves in their Vintage Classics range.

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/Review.aspx?id=498

https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/figures/airfix-vintage-wwi-us-infantry.html

The old ones are in green, the Hat ones I think are the ones in Sandy brown.

The idea of hacking up precious WW1 Americans to make Scout figures still seems a little odd, so I have used the more ‘non combatant’ poses.

These include the famous skipping doughboys with their picnic hamper, the doughboy sat on a box, the usually useless dying casualty and the lying down but not firing figures.

Falling over guy and lying down guy, alongside originals.

The figures still need painting in suitable Scout uniform colours, with painted details added of scarves, shorts and long socks.

Clipping rifles off and replacing these with wire patrol staffs or staves should help demilitarise these figures.

Classic skipping doughboys and Rovering to Success pose, with originals

Hot glue gunning to a base makes the more useless lying down poses stand in a more useful manner.

Smaller scale Scouts?

For my Wide Games Project, suitably wide terrain, suitable ground scale and size of figures are an obvious issue. Going smaller means that my hex board becomes a bigger territory. However there are not many old fashioned Scout Hat type figures.

The advantage of these HO / OO or 1:76 WW1 figures is that they should link with HO or OO type railway figures and buildings.

http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/ShowFeature.aspx?id=107

Peco Modelscene Uniformed Services, hikers and Scouts Trek Cart set

Scouts and trek carts are available in railway figures but they are usually few in number and expensive or in more modern Scout gear. Preiser also do a set of very European or Germanic looking Scouts.

Peco Modelscene Trek Cart and Scouts

The Dapol (former Airfix) passengers and railway staff / navvies etc should provide some inexpensive suitable country characters.

https://www.dapol.co.uk/shop/model-accessories/self-assembly-oo-kits

Lots of possibilities for a larger scale Wide Games using OO railway size buildings and scenery that I already have (sounds like material for my Sidetracked blog https://sidetracked2017blog.wordpress.com

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 1970s Cub Scout (Bronze Arrow, Retired)  on 22 June 2019

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Pound Store Plastic Boy Scout 32mm Conversions

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Some very rough and ready Boy Scouts – my Pound Store Plastic ‘penny dreadful’ figures 32mm conversions (with metal 42mm range LBB30 Little Britons Boy Scout figures in the background including Girl Scout conversions) 

As one source of scout figures for Wide Games, you can always convert cheap plastic figures from pound stores such as I have done with these 32mm plastic figures.

To read more about how this was done, read the post from my main Man of TIN blog:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/19/pound-store-and-homecast-boy-scouts-on-the-painting-table/

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Staves at the Ready: Be Prepared! 32mm Boy Scouts in the BIG outdoors. 

Girl Scouts in their fullish Edwardian Skirts could also be produced in the same way as I adapted metal Boy Scout figures https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/wide-games-and-the-early-girl-scouts/

Crossposted from my main Man of TIN blogsite where there is a Scouting Games Wide Games summary page 

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/wide-games-scouting-games-page/

Crossposted by Mark Man of TIN (1970s Cub Scout, Bronze Arrow, Retired) on 19 May 2019.