Pagani Huayra 1/18 by GT Autos

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Pagani Huayra 1/18 by GT Autos

Post by aBelga » Fri May 01, 2020 4:19 am

Hi everyone,

I have recently purchased a Pagani Huayra 1/18 from GT Autos, in the Pearlescent White color with gold rims.
I would like to take this opportunity to tell you my opinion about the car, however please know that this is only my second ever diecast purchase, therefore I might be wrong in every aspect :doh:

I found one with Oxforddiecast in the UK for £60 with delivery, which was a steal as I heard these cars have good details and look pleasing overall. Oxforddiecast cancelled my order after 14 days (I had to chase them 3 times, they didn't even send me an e-mail) saying that they will not receive any more stock of the item. Got the refund, okay, ordered if from eBay for £95.99, which was a whole lot more, but I said no, I really want this, whatever it costs ( :wall: ). I received the item, it was full of imperfections, a big gluestain on the dashboard, imperfect paintjob everywhere, a awful looking side mirror :oops: . Because the box was full of dents, I knew it wasn't a brand new, therefore I thought I'll ask for a refund, and try and find a brand new. This is where I should have stopped. I found another one on eBay, brand new for a whopping £130 (I know... I know... That is AUTOArt territory..) and ordered it. Got it yesterday, and it looks amazing. Without knowing what I have paid for it, it would look at a lot better in my eyes. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love it, but if I had the knowledge now, I wouldn't have ordered it again for this much.. Enough of me, let's see some pictures.

Please note that I do not have a proper setup to take pictures of diecast cars, I only took these pictures with my phone.

Looking at the front of the car, the details well-executed and overall it is a clean look. Perhaps the flaps could open a bit more, however that is only a minor complaint.

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Looking at it from the top down, I have to tell you that is really is aesthetically pleasing. Look at those gullwing doors, the rear flaps, the engine cover..

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The back of it also well-executed, however I think the 'Pagani' sticker is really cheap-looking. Because I have not been collecting for long, I do not know about all the techniques available to 'write' letters, however they should have gone with something better. My £50 Norev Mercedes-AMG GT R has better quality writing, but this comparisons is perhaps unfair as that model is from 2017, where the Pagani is 2012.

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The interior of the car is just amazing in my opinion. Everything is crystal clear, no stains of any kind, it really is pleasing to look at.

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At the end, I'd like to share 3 major issues with you, both of them about the 'carbon fibre' layer applied to the car.

One is the wing mirror. I think this is just lazyness of poor QC.

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The second one is a lot uglier, however the luggage compartment is hidden so it isn't too disturbing.

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The last problem that I didn't take pictures of is the flimzy engine cover. Oh my oh my I fear for my life every time I try to open it as it is soooooooo flimzy. I fear I will crush it if I use even the slightest amount of force.

Overall, I am happy with the model, but again, part of me thinks I should not have bought it for £130.. I guess we will never know now.

P.S.: Please don't tell my girlfriend I regret the purchase :rotfl:
Also, if this doesn't belong here, feel free to move it to another section of the forum, like Model Reviews. :)

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Re: Pagani Huayra 1/18 by GT Autos

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Fri May 01, 2020 11:04 am

I'm glad it worked out in the end! It definitely cost your a little more in $$, time and swear words LOL :D

This model is surprisingly good. It seems the price has gone north since its inital debut. I highly recommend you find an online or brick and mortar retailer you can trust, and service after the sale is paramount! Especially in this hobby. And may I extend an invitation to use our site sponsors, find them in the link above.

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Re: Pagani Huayra 1/18 by GT Autos

Post by aBelga » Fri May 01, 2020 3:00 pm

Thanks a lot. :okay:

One question that I have to ask is, do you guys think it would be worth displaying the car with the doors up? Can the mechanism become 'fatigued' over a long time and not work properly after that?

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Post by [KRAFTIG] » Fri May 01, 2020 3:27 pm

aBelga wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 3:00 pm
Thanks a lot. :okay:

One question that I have to ask is, do you guys think it would be worth displaying the car with the doors up? Can the mechanism become 'fatigued' over a long time and not work properly after that?
My personal beliefs, yes, it will fatigue the related hardware over time. I do not display my models for extended periods of time with any of the physical moving parts in the open position. I also, try and elevate the wheels/suspension of the appliable surface too.

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Re: Pagani Huayra 1/18 by GT Autos

Post by aBelga » Fri May 01, 2020 4:33 pm

[KRAFTIG] wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 3:27 pm
aBelga wrote:
Fri May 01, 2020 3:00 pm
Thanks a lot. :okay:

One question that I have to ask is, do you guys think it would be worth displaying the car with the doors up? Can the mechanism become 'fatigued' over a long time and not work properly after that?
My personal beliefs, yes, it will fatigue the related hardware over time. I do not display my models for extended periods of time with any of the physical moving parts in the open position. I also, try and elevate the wheels/suspension of the appliable surface too.
Oh okay, thanks. As you know I am a newbie collector and am just 'trying my feathers'. I am extremely happy with my Norev AMG GT R as that comes with a see-through collectors box by default, but I will have to buy a display case for this beauty, otherwise it will sit in the box :oops:

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Re: Pagani Huayra 1/18 by GT Autos

Post by [KRAFTIG] » Fri May 01, 2020 5:39 pm

Norev is a great brand. Lot's of value with them. That model in particular is a very good one!

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