Brittle et disintegrated Parachutistes Britanniques originally produced by Airfix. The miniatures pictured above are from two different production batches. The still intact figurines are approximately 35 years old et noticeably lighter in colour. The darker figurines are from a 20 to 25 year old production batch, yet they have become glassy et easily fall apart under minimal stress of touch. Both batches of figurines spent the past 20 years in an open cardboard box, shelved in a dry et relatively dark basement hobby room. Prior to being stored, the older figurines often participated in sandtable jeux de guerre, et they have had white enamel ID numbers painted on their undersides. The newer et very brittle figurines were removed from the sprue, but rarely played with. Accordingly, the relative age of plastic miniatures may be ruled out as the sole cause of thermoplastic brittleness. The editors own a batch of Italeri Infanterie Confédérée which have become glassy within nine years of purchase.
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