We wanted to find out first-hand what all the excitement and praise behind LCD Models was all about. We tried to get our hands on their earlier supercar release, the Pagani Huayra Roadster but our efforts went astray. Contacting LCD Models through their various media vehicles went unanswered (though their European division did answer our call; either nothing was in stock and promise to forward a sample never materialized when promised…) Why a manufacture would tinker with a website or other media vehicles and forget to connect with fans or a possible sale is just one of their challenges, the other is distribution. If they want to compete with the big boys and gain market share, they need to figure out how to get models into collectors’ hands.
We did manage to source their latest supercar release, the 1:18 McLaren 600LT in Sky Blue. If you’re not familiar with LCD Models, the team has built a reputation on solid diecast metal replicas with full 360 access among other interesting features. We’ll elaborate in more in detail below. All this at an affordable price. The McLaren 600LT set us back less than $200 CND before shipping. In comparison to market giant AUTOart, this is huge!
Since this is our first official review of an LCD Model product we’ll start off with the packaging. The model ships with a traditional style box. The exterior is found in all White with McLaren logos and typical product information on the bottom. How they emboss 600LT on top is definitely unique, and a good indication of something special inside…
The model itself is housed in a three-part Styrofoam shell. Three screws hold the model securely to the base while the top section is split into two pieces. This is held in place with a simple plastic locking key featuring the McLaren logo in the centre. Once the key is removed the upper two halves open to reveal the model inside.
Before we bring the 600LT under the microscope we wanted to share some of the supporting items included in the box. LCD Models provides user instructions, a screwdriver (painted to match the exterior body), a second screwdriver bit, and a model access key with the upper finger section shaped as the McLaren logo. These are nice to have, but most of this is filler in our opinion, and any true collector would rather the manufacture either put $$$ into a better overall executed model or keep the price point as low as possible.
With this being our first LCD Model, the anticipation of seeing one in the flesh was somewhat unnerving, to say the least. We had high expectations, and we truly wanted them to succeed… You know what LCD Models lived up to the hype and then some!
As for the overall exterior lines and appearance, LCD Models do extremely well in capturing the true essence of the car. However, one area we noticed not found on this replica is the fins/venting on the front fenders. Not sure if this is a factory option or not. Can someone confirm? On the whole, the panel gaps and shut lines are for the most part within spec, more on this below.
The exterior colour is defined by LCD Models are Sky Blue. As for the craftsmanship, it satisfies, the transition between painted surfaces and carbon fibre is handled with precision. In comparison to the recent BBR Ferrari Tributo Spider, it does fall short, though on the positive side it clearly keeps pace with AUTOart.
Where the model excels is their use of truly authentic looking carbon fibre – LCD Models implements a nice blend of decal/carbon weave. The look is polished and the gloss appearance is definitely a tangible delight. And there is a lot to see here; LCD Models went forward with the optional McLaren Club Sport Pro Pak – that extends the carbon fibre to the roofline. It looks superb! There is a noticeable steam line on the roof section, though so minor that one would hardly notice.
Further on the exterior features, we need to acknowledge the over and above experience and some of which are usually absent from other so-called premium brands. First, both driver and passenger mirrors offer up the option of pivoting inwards. Also, the rear fuel filter cap is accessible here. Though the shut lines are so tight we could not physically open the filler cap and did not want to run the risk of damaging the exterior paint. Priorities LOL!
The front section is littered with more of that delicious carbon fibre work. The overall good results help form the front fascia. LCD Models even captures the sensors, the two upper lines of the arms of where the bumper ends and what we believe is the outline of the front toe hook cover. The headlight execution is fair, though we don’t see the McLaren logo inside. The only complainant is the outer side/lower vents that are solid plastic, which here has been defined by extending the lower bumper trim to accommodate the look.
The front storage is accessible here. The lower shut line gap is slightly large for our liking, however, a minor gap it is. Inside the storage area is fully flocked. We love the technique embraced here, definitely elevates the model. Note the quality hinge work and two strut supports.
Moving to the rear the motor cover is removable – we must say the workmanship on the hatch is quite good. We did find a minor quality control issue with one of the two magnets used to secure the hatch. One-half of the two pieces (two pieces per side) came loose and was found on the adjacent magnet. A little CA glue and it was as good as new.
What you find inside is much better than we expected. And more polished than that from AUTOart. LCD Models closest competitor, we think. There are multiple layers of detail in play here. It includes the block, intake and supporting cast of hoses, wires and whatnot. There is some colour too but the structure and supporting apparatus is mostly executed with Black and Silver. There is the use of browning on the exhaust components with the upper rear section of the exhaust area being crafted in moulded carbon fibre.
The rear spoiler is functional to a point, the upper fin does pivot back and forth. Our example worked without issue. Carbon fibre details are once solid and look terrific here. Taillights are quality, and if you look closely you can see the honeycomb effect in the centre. However, the actual car is not solid it is perforated on the smallest level. We don’t think it was an LCD Model oversight more of a question on how to replicate this size in scale.
What is more impressive is the metal grille work on the bottom section of the bumper – it aids in the motor cooling; where some may have ignored this detail LCD Model embraced it! It’s not a true home run though, the lower fin on the bumper passenger side is protruding outwards a little too much for our liking in comparison to the driver side.
Wheels are always a large part of any successful replica. The 600LT comes equipped with a multi-spoke wheel designed finished in Black. Very solid effort here. In behind the Orange calipers and cross-drilled/ceramic rotors are up to speed too. No tire branding is included in this package but they did provide four corner spring loaded suspension!
We did find one quality control mishap, the rear driver’s side wheel is missing the small centre cap outer ring, though someone did remember to adhere the Mac logo LOL.
The doors on the McLaren 600LT swing upwards. LCD Models does execute this well. Our example worked without issue on both sides. Usually, when one executes a solid exterior the interior lags behind, not so here. Inside the 600LT comes highly appointed. So well, in fact, it rivals that of the BBR’s Ferrari Tributo Spider (it was striking), honestly, if it wasn’t for the smaller detail on the dash (i.e. the overall definition of the dash vents) it would have exceeded it! And for an AUTOart comparison, there is no comparison, AUTOart falls way behind with their generic look and feel.
That is high praise for a relatively new brand. And well deserved, here’s why, the entire interior is afforded the proper attention, even the roofline! The Alcantara look is found within all elements of the interior, this includes the dash, door cards, console, steering wheel and exceptional optional Senna seats! The Orange stitching which matches the exterior brake calipers is nicely executed too. That distinctive carbon fibre is also found here. And the basics, like fabric seat-belts, are a staple. AUTOart are you listening?
That’s not all, the best part, and we must say maybe the best door trim we’ve seen on a supercar to date. Look at the level of definition here. The Alcantara is on point and the layers of detail, especially that of the audio speakers are truly remarkable. This is worth the price of admission alone.
Final comments. First off, we want to say diecast metal or composite, we don’t care, as long as the model is executed well, that is the most important thing, right? Well, for some composite isn’t an alternative, and based on the comments over the years some are totally against it. Plus one for LCD Models.
LCD Models have provided an exceptional product for under $200 CND, which is no small feat. The level of detail is quite remarkable on the whole, and the interior is just that good! Quality control is definitely something the team needs to improve on and the most important piece is their distribution model. Right now, it is extremely taxing to find a reliable retailer. If they implement the changes to the above the team will continue to seize market share. We for one are now fans of the brand.
We hope the brass at AUTOart does read this review, if we were part of the team it would definitely raise some concern. AUTOart provides similar subject matter, less detail and they charge more. Something here just doesn’t add up??? As for LCD Models they have almost found the perfect ingredients to produce a better product at a more attractive price. This is definitely welcomed in 2020. Enjoy the pics!