When my older brother was young, my parent's bought an entire set of Collier's Encyclo's for him. It made interesting reading and good research for book reports in the 5th and 6th grade without having to go to the lie-berry.
When I was 14, I used the drawing in the Encyclo, plus size details in the article, of a Colt 1911 to make a model of one out of a 1x8. I mucked up the grip - the lines weren't parallel enough. But otherwise, you'd have swore it was a 1911 from 5' away. All I had was a coping saw, sandpaper and one useless file. No power tools. No gouges. :(
The truth is you're the weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm tryin', Ringo. I'm tryin' real hard to be the shepherd.