Been working on this for the last few days, on original request from DevinKell.
i’ve been keeping a semi-log of my progress in this thread (http://blenderartists.org/forum/showthread.php?t=81784), but i decided to move it here, as it is a work in progress.
I actually redid almost the entirety of the frame and a large portion of the slide. i found a copy of the blueprints for the 1911, so now i can do things to precise scale, instead of eyeballing it off of a source image. it takes a bit longer when you are minding the scale of everything, but it is worth it, in my opinion.
ignore all the empties and strange circles, they exist purely as placeholders for scale.