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The best results I had was to prime the very smooth plastic with a flat paint or primer for model cars. this will keep the running to a minimum.
Depending on your color scheme, use a white, grey, or black base on the grey plastic pieces. The colored shell does bleed. I have one apart right now at home getting ready to be painted for my grandaughter. I can let you know what works for me on it later on if needed.
Types of brushes also make a world of difference for this type of detail work. Acrylic vs. oil paint also has to be considered when selecting the brushes.
(okay...I had four brothers and we built model cars and rockets all the time)