I'm gearing up to build a 1/35 Tamiya M60A1, kit no. 30228A, and I'm looking for aftermarket sets, references, and advice. The kit is to be modeled after the tank my father served on at Ft. Hood in 1968-69. I have the Eduard photo-etch set for the Tamiya kit, and the Barrel Depot barrel with the mud guard (is there a rifled equivalent out there?) that is appropriate for the time. I have his M60A1 manual and the Squadron Signal offering for references, but would like to add significantly to that collection. My intent is to detail the interior, much as was done by Don Franklin: http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=Sections&file=index&req=viewarticle&artid=1708 .
I am aware of the AFV club tracks, but was wondering if there were other track options (Modelkasten?) suitable for the type. I'm also hoping to learn of any other aftermarket sets or barrels available (I'm running searches, but items can be a difficult to discover and chase down) that are superior to what I already have.
I have heard mention the Tamiya M60A1 has some accuracy issues. What are the Tamiya kit's problems, and can they be corrected (Or should I bag it now, hunt down an Italeri kit and detail set, and go from there?) Most of my modeling experience is with 1/72 aircraft, so detailing and kit-bashing is not new to me, though there are nuances to armor modeling in which I'd really appreciate your folks' suggestions and advice.
I think that about covers it, so take care, and thank you!