RE: 1/16 Panzer 38t - new kit!!
I had the chance to touch and examine the Panda 38t kit a couple of weeks ago.
The kit is a beautiful static kit, very nice details, multiple version decals, metal barrel (not drilled, though), a lot of PE parts. For the price it is a bargain.
The tracks are a bit odd: single links but connecting pins are not pass-through type, i.e. just two very short plastic half-pins connect the ends of each track with the next.
The tracks are not already drilled to allow insertion of a metal pin, altough that is possible, with a lot of patience and meditation about the world and life in general.
The plastic of the tracks is another possible issue: for indoor use it should be strong enough, but for outdoor use I doubt it: the drilled ends will be too fragile, imho.
The hull plastic is a bit soft and the assembled hull will probably require some metal stiffeniing.
The room inside is scarce, as one might imagine. The standard HL gearboxes wont' fit.
I have suggested my friend (the owner of the kit) to order some VStank 1/24 gearboxes which seem to be compact enough to fit.
The turret need either a turret ring (you have to do it yourself) or better to be mounted directly on top of a modified servo.
Gun recoil is possible only by a servo.
Battery needs to be lipo-type for compactness.
Electronics....you will beed a compact unit, even though an RX18 should fit.
In conclusion: RC'ing it is possible and you don't not really need much to thinker about it, but there is a lot of work to do.