The Family Adams Project

1880-1930: Fifty Years of Unique History of a Fenland Community

The Family Adams Project 3D Shop Model


To create a 3D model of the Adams shop, forge, yard and listed barn that will help to educate, inform and inspire reminiscence.

The model box will be showcased at the celebration event in April 2012 in Littleport.

As a matter of urgency, a complete site survey of The JH Adams &Sons shop and premises is currently under way, with many hundred of photographs and measurements being taken. From this data, many accurate architectural drawings will be produced. The drawings will in turn be used to produce the highly detailed scale models.

To view the progress of the model please visit the model album here.

Or read Trevor's Model Making Blog here.

     The FAP team model maker

            Trevor JJ Vincent  

The model will feature:

  • A three dimensional modes of JH Adams shop, office, forge, and barn on hardwood bases and clear acrylic protective covers.
  • A scale of 1:24 (half doll house scale) will be employed
  • The date of c.1920 will be represented in the styling of the model.
  • The model will be transportable in an average sized estate car.
  • The model will feature cut away sections to allow visibility into the interior spaces, where an authentic period setting will be shown, to include human figures and a comprehensive array of merchandise and other materials and activities.
  • Miniature lighting will be featured to add atmosphere. A self contained (12 volt rechargeable) lighting system will form part of the facility. The operation will be initiated by the viewer, an electronic timer will determine the duration of the illumination period to conserve power.
  • A minimum of six figures will be included in the model in order to add life to the display.
  • A pull-out drawer built into the model base will feature a “context plan” to demonstrate how the various buildings are configured within the immediate area of Main Street, Littleport. 


  A simple maquette to investigate a sense of scale and content for the proposed model.

Model Progress

Now that the major part of the survey has been completed, and recorded in the form of hundreds of photographs and many scale drawings, it is finally time to start sawing up bits of wood.   


The Family Adams Project have had the good fortune to be given some material from the fabric of the Adams shop, kindly donated by David & Susan Porter (the current owners). This was in the form of a disused shelf from the shop's office. Being over 100 years old, the pine timber is now rather well-seasoned and sweet-smelling when sawn.

The shelf proved sufficient to provide all the material required to fabricate the plinths for both models (Shop & Forge, plus separate Barn unit).

With the aid of my trusty bandsaw I was able to perform the slicing of the material, then with the router, form the various profiles that made up the complete plinth assemblies.

I designed the plinth styling to reflect the “tongue & groove” panelling that appears extensively throughout the interior of the shop. 


The plinths were treated to various wood stains, an acrylic wax finish and reclaimed brass handles from the shop were added to assist handling.



Since the completion of the plinths/baseboards, much work has been carried out on the model itself. With many components which comprise the shop, forge and barn being fabricated and stored, flat in a large plan chest.

This “kit of parts” is being stained, painted or patinated as and when each component is produced. In this way, we do not have a struggle to decorate inaccessible part once assembled.

So far, all walls for the shop and forge have been made, as is the shop staircase, the complex drawer/shelf system and two ground floor sales counters. Particularly well advanced is the barn, where the floor, walls and roof superstructure is all assembled and the colour staining has commenced. 


However, there is no danger of running out of things to do. There are many further architectural features still to fabricate, including the complex roof structure relating the shop.

Please visit the model making blog for comprehensive and topical progress report: 




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