Resurrection of the Frankenstein Girl Scout

Sizewise, a reasonable match of torso with STS Little Britons Girl Scout conversion.

I found this headless armless toy girl figure on a walk around Sennen in Cornwall this summer. It had been ground by countless tyres into the gravel of a car park and, as a total gutter-snipe, I picked it up and quickly searched around for the missing head, arms and legs. No sign.

I thought it must be about the same size as my Girl Scouts so took it home and a few months later, I thought I would attempt a repair of sorts. What could I do about the missing head, arms and leg?

Fimo / Polymer Clay was one possibility. Sadly Milliput epoxy green stuff is not possible at home due to an allergy in my household).

Intact Pound Store figure and a dismembered one …

Another was the Frankenstein option of hacking up a penny figure from a pound store.

This was what I decided to do. After securing the arms, head, leg and base with superglue and small cut offs of metal wire to pin limbs together, the military helmet was given a more feminine look with a scout hat sort of card brim.

Some quick splashes of acrylic paint to head, hat, arms and boot helped to soften the crude conversion, along with keeping most of the original dress paint scheme.

Add a penny base.

What we now have is a young wanna-be Girl Scout wanting to join in with her older sisters.

The result was passable, if a bit lanky of arm in parts.

It could even be judged quiet good if the Scouting Wide Games ever need an attack by a zombie Girl Scout!

Another broken toy figure restored to gaming life.

Blog posted by Dr. Mark Franken-Man of TIN on 23 October 2018. A week too early for Halloween …

5 thoughts on “Resurrection of the Frankenstein Girl Scout”

  1. Bravo! An ingenious conversion!

    I’ve just bought a paper soldiers book by Peter Dennis – he too is ingenious, and it’s possibly to make an enormous army for not much money, effort, time, or disappointment-when-figures-break-or-get-lost. I’m trying to assemble some American Revolution figures for work now. Consider paper!


  2. Great to see the figure repurposed and restoration done. The talk of Peter Dennis reminds me of the press out cardboard knights and castles l had in the sixties and seventies. They were only printed on one side and had little card stand they slotted into to make them stand. I have looked with interest at the Peter Dennis books since they came out but never made that connection in my mind before. Sometimes l wish that there were things like that still rather than all the work needed to photocopy, cut and mount. Press out was so instant, could be done there and then with no adult input or extra equipment. All was there.


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