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The trick with the old polythene figures is to wash them in detergent to remove the grease. Before painting them cover the figures with a thin coat of pva glue (ideally non water based). This bonds to the plastic and provides a base for your paint. If they are to be handled a lot, paint a final layer of pva on the figures after they have been painted. This will be slightly shiny, so finish off with a coat of matt varnish.

Having said all of that I believe Airfix produced many of these figures in hard plastic under their trackside range, and may even have been produced by Dapol early on.

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