We must admit no one on the team was betting on LCD Models to keep the level of detail and pricing in check, especially once they announced the 1:18 Pagani Zonda Barchetta – a full 360 access replica. Though 2021 and most of 2022 were dry in terms of the new releases, well, nothing too mainstream that would create any serious buzz… Two models from the brand did cross our path in 2020, their Pagani Huayra Roadster and McLaren 600LT; we still believe the McLaren 600LT is their best model to date. This is our opinion. Yours may differ, and that’s okay. Is there a new king in the short history for LCD Models? Read on!
Fast forward to December 2022, the first production example of the new Pagani Zonda Barchetta is available, the initial release colour is White. We must acknowledge a friend of DiecastSociety.com, Scenic Gopi for offering up his sample for us to meticulously inspect and review. Thank you, sir! Otherwise, this article would have been postponed until we got our hands on the Carbon Blue exterior that is scheduled to arrive later in 2023. Some that follow us might find it hard to believe, most of the models reviewed here are purchased and not vendor direct samples.
As for presentation, the Pagani Zonda Barchetta is typical LCD Model packaging, outer box with an inner Styrofoam shell – the screwdriver and small tool to access opening bits are once again included. There are a few items we like to call out, first the “QC PASS” card. Something new, and is this driven by complaints of poor LCD Models’ QC? Seriously, we don’t place a lot of weight on this, likely a marketing instrument. Second, the welcomed instructions describe how to unpack and what features this particular model has. Others brands take note here!
Out of the box, the LCD Model Pagani Zonda Barchetta is truly a sight for the senses, there is so much going on with this model. The look and styling may not be everyone’s cup of tea. It’s one of those love-or-hate things with no in-between. Thankfully we’re on the like it camp side!
Let me preface this before we move forward, we have a BBR example of the same so there are a few references mentioned throughout the review. This is NOT to be LCD/BBR comparison. And please keep in mind the LCD Model can be had for about $200 US, the BBR example is considerably more.
As for the overall accuracy, fit and finish this model scores extremely well. So well, in fact, for items such as capping the opening with grilles in favour of solid pieces, the LCD Model excels over high-end manufacturer BBR. Pivotal items include the massive centre intake (as pictured above), two small openings on the upper-end rear hatch and the two fin-like intakes on the outer sides – you can see pictured above not in focus.
This example of the Pagani Zonda Barchetta has some very good shutlines and panel gaps are decent for the most part. Based on the complexities of all the opening parts, this model definitely scores high. We opened this model a number of times and all returned to place without much fuss. Though, we have heard that some owners have not experienced the same success.
Paintwork is very good and consistent throughout. The White alongside the carbon fibre elements is truly a moment for pause. If we’re honest, the Carbon Blue theme just elevates this feeling (BBR reference), again we’re looking forward to seeing their version of the carbon fibre weave in Blue!
Exploring the front side you can see the effort from LCD Model is in! The carbon fibre work is sharp and refined with a glossy finish. This is from the lower base and extends upwards to the wheel venting and side mirrors. Did we mention these mirrors are adjusted by the way?
Access to the interworking of the front cooling and suspension bits is available here. Note that gorgeous carbon fibre work surrounds most if not all of the visual space, excluded is the upper hatch which is painted in Matt Black.
Exceptional detail is found on the two cooling fans, LCD Models also provided the two OEM badges here. Suspension if we didn’t mention is fully functional and comprised of metal and plastic parts. Even the single windshield wiper is nicely executed! One miss, we don’t enjoy the ridge material used for the leather strapping. We think LCD Models’ decision here was likely to ensure each is secure and almost form-fitting. This would ensure proper closing on the hatch and the best possible shutlines/panel gaps – the same is extended throughout the model where the Blue leather-like straps are found.
Moving to the rear end, you will notice the carbon fibre detailing is continued in the same manner, well, at least for the upper portion. Not sure why, but LCD Models’ decided not to implement the same carbon fibre on the lower diffusor, this area is executed in textured plastic. It is quite noticeable due to the overall size. The remainder of the materials as well as fit and finish when it relates to taillights and auxiliary lights is top notch! The badge work is good and seeing the motor bits through the perforated metal grille is truly worth the investment!
Wheels are a huge part of any replica. Tires and rims are based on the 20th Anniversary of the Zonda, similar to their Pagani Huayra Roadster release driver’s side is painted Silver/Gold while the passenger side finds Silver/Blue. Tire badging is evident on both tire and rim as well and air values are provided at each corner. Fit and finish here are top-notch, this includes the supporting case of calipers (all painted Blue) and rotors.
Inside the engine compartment is where the model excels! First, note the luggage storage areas on both sides. We decided not to open these due to the possible fragility/size and our total respect for the owner who lent us this model. But trust us, each is functional and houses luggage too. Vacation anyone!
The real excitement is the ability of LCD Models to execute such detailed and somewhat complex designs in scale. And they have done that in spades. If memory serves us well, we were impressed with their effort on the Pagani Huayra Roadster – lots of layers and a budget-friendly proposition. This model trumps that one and then some!
The main motor section is beautifully detailed and the layers are evident. Their choice of materials along with the array of metal and plastic components truly rivals that of the old legendary Zonda effort, the AUTOart Zonda R! Did we mention the fully functional and independent rear suspension? Also, the intricacies of the model and the great artistry at hiding the applicable hardware of screws and or mounting points for the motor are extremely well done.
And there’s the exhaust. Simply yum! The character that the bleeding of the heated metals provides as well as the textures from each weld is truly art in our eyes. Possibly our favourite element of the model. All of which exit to four metal trumpets on the opposite side. If we had one complaint, not a huge fan of the chromed intakes, too bright for our liking. I know, we’re nitpicking now!
The interior side of the Pagani Zonda Barchetta continues with the same theme, excellence! One hiccup from their initial release, the Pagani Huayra Roadster was the missing carbon fibre on the surrounding tub. Not here, you open the doors to a fully decked-out carbon fibre tub. Doors cards are also heavily detailed too – incredible work on the primary speaker Do note the 20th-anniversary decal on the front windshield. Love the attention to detail folks!
The dashboard is beautifully executed throughout. The workmanship with the carbon fibre that flows to the centre console is stellar! Did we mention the glovebox and the rear storage area are functional? Yes, it does work! See the image above and look at the workmanship on the speaker and hardware – captivating that carbon fibre work! The complete package is impressive! When staring at the LCD Models example and the BBR next to it we’re giving LCD Models the nod.
It’s not that often we come across a true statement piece from such a young manufacturer, but LCD Models and their new Pagani Zonda Barchetta is a true masterwork and one that can be had for about $200 US. It is very refreshing to see they are listening to the collector community, even though no one on their team actually responds to email LOL.
The team has taken steps to improve the overall fit and finish and still maintain an affordable price tag. In addition, the Pagani Zonda Barchetta improves on the Pagani Huayra Roadster. We can unequivocally, without bias, 100% recommend this model. LCD Models have noted a handful of new releases, if the trend continues they will definitely take market share from the other mainstream brands. In closed or open form this specimen will be a welcomed addition to your collection. Enjoy the pics!