When it comes to interior bits among kits, the Sherman is among the least well served. How many T-34, pzkpfw IV have full machine guns? Yet Sherman (other than the ancient Italeri kits) all have stub barrels. I think the only large scale Sherman with a 75mm gun breach was the Monogram kit from the 1970s.
Actually, the now old Tamiya early M4 kit (35190) comes with a 75mm gun breach, guard, and radio. Rather basic parts though. Many newer German armor models come with much of the turret interior, even if they are not interior kits. We need the same for our Shermans.
I am curious about the part of the description that states "High strength workable tracks with duckbill end connectors". Are they some super plastic? Metal? It will be interesting to find out.
I was going to post something similar to what you did, regarding the old TAMIYA 35190 M4 kit- You beat me to it, so that's OK, too...
Re: The Tracks of the new MENG M4A3 76mm (Wet)- I should think that a set of metal Tracks a la FRIULISMO would be too expensive, unless MENG plans to sell this kit in the $100.00 + USD neighborhood. Anyone price metal Track sets lately..? One needs to arrange a second mortgage on the house in order to afford metal Tracks any more...
ONE of my guesses would be that these new SUPER-DUPER "High-Strength Workable Tracks" COULD be conventional styrene plastic "Indy-link" Tracks, molded in upper and lower Track Pad halves, a la BRONCO; these COULD possibly utilize ONE-PIECE cast-metal(?) Track Pins/Track End-Connectors/Track Guides of some sort, SANDWICHED between the upper and lower Track Pad halves..? This would give the Tracks more strength, but this is only ONE possibility. IMO, by MENG producing these new Tracks in this fashion would also seem to be an unduly expensive way for MENG to manufacture ANY of the various types of Sherman VVSS-style Tracks. HVSS-style Tracks are of a totally different design, and I would think that MENG could manufacture them by more conventional means.
It would also seem, to me anyway, that MENG would be better-off if they just cast the Tracks in ONE-PIECE METAL Indy links, with the Track Pins cast integrally at the ends of the Track Pads. Cast metal Track End-Connectors/Track Guides could possibly be attached to the Pads by "press-fit"... Yes, no, maybe..?
IF MENG discovered some "High-Strength" specially-formulated plastic, there is STILL the question of the End-Connectors/Track Guides which would necessarily have to be manufactured separately, in order connect the VVSS-style Track Pads- Wouldn't it be cheaper for MENG just to come up with a better-formulated "DS"-style PLASTIC and manufacture conventional but nearly universally-detested "Rubber-Band" Tracks..?
HOWEVER, one wonders what EXACTLY could constitute, or justify the 1200 + parts count..? My money is on some form of "Indy-Links" AND an INTERIOR...