While I wasn't trying to be completely historical, I tried to stay with a theme that would resemble what my father carried from 1947 until 1975 or there abouts when he retired from the U.S. Army.
The project started in January when I ordered the frame and slide from Caspian Arms. I had the U.S. Property markings put on the frame along with my Dad's RA number as the custom serial number put on the frame, and the Model of 1911 US Army put on the slide with the appropriate sight cuts and serrations.
Several of my friends also helped out a great deal. Dave sample supplied the thumb safety, hammer, which Don Williams prepped on his mill saving me a lot of grief, and a very beautiful arched main spring housing.
Dr.Dean Taylor, a friend of mine and member of this board, upon hearing about what I was doing sent me a pair of grips off of his first 1911, one that was built in 1914. These grips add a great deal of character to the pistol, and mean a lot to me. You just cannot buy history like that anywhere. It even caused us to 'age' the grip screws so they look more authentic.