Roy Mc Bride
Member of
The Institute of Carpenters
Since 1968

Toylander I & II Wooden toys

Based on Land Rover® Series 1: 1948; Series 2: 1958

TOYLANDERS are a straightforward build and can be assembled in around 50/60 hours prior to painting and detailing. Children from 3 through Adult [85 at last count] enjoy the features of a real car in miniature including forward, reverse, foot and hand brake, lights, horn; folding screen and opening tailgate. Both are identical in weight, size and performance, the difference is only cosmetic.

Motive Power: Power is provided by one or two powerful 12 volt 180 watt air-cooled, continuous rated, reversible, permanent magnet DC motors, driving through a 25:1 ratio gearbox. The cars will run on one motor and a 12v battery at a speed of around 4 mph depending on the size of the load and the terrain. Final drive is by chain to one rear wheel if one motor is fitted or both wheels for two motors. Forward or reverse is selected via a switch.

Transmission Options:

•Basic is Direct Drive: 12v straight to the motor. [not suitable for open centre tyres]
•Half start control: ramps speed up to full over three second period.
•Speed Control operates through a linear potentiometer for a real throttle response from crawl to top speed.
•Buy an extra battery and motor, wire in series, drive both rear wheels and get a 'diff effect. This level of control allows you to teach proper reversing of a small trailer. Also ideal for paddock use. (All turn key toys are supplied with two motors and electronic speed control)
•Remote control by hard wire. For / Rev and speed control from box in hand; sat inside or walking behind.

Front Axle: Better than the basic set up: a swing axle helps the driving wheels to maintain ground contact.

Increased Speed: Speed control set up, 24 volts and two motors achieve a top speed of 6 KPH, even with an adult on board. This is the legal maximum in public. i.e. pavement, car show or steam gala and the local park. Public liability insurance is required by most show organisers and a good idea too.

Body Construction: The immensely strong body is of monocoque construction; cut from 12mm (1/2") thick panels in Birch Ply, MR (moisture resistant) MDF using our paper patterns and plans. No chassis required, axles and other fabricated parts simply bolt directly under the wooden floor. [Marine ply is a possibility but needs more finishing].

Fabricated Parts:The steel parts can be either made in your workshop from the simple working drawings shown in the Build Manual supplied. For those who need the quicker build all parts are available from our full stock list.

Assembly instructions: The assembly instructions are easy to follow; each stage is explained in plain English and illustrated with simple drawings. Workshop support available should it be required.

Wheels: The wheels supplied are road quality pneumatic tyres on 3.50 x 8 inch dia. steel rims running on 1" (or 25mm) roller bearings. Total tyre diameter is approx. 15" (380mm) for Toylander 2 and 16" [401mm] for Toylander 1. The drive wheel is supplied with an extended hub, an extra bearing and fitted with a drive sprocket. Wheel rims have smooth rolled return edge to comply with toy safety and use the flat of the rim for the braking surface. A choice of tyres are available.

Battery:A 12v car battery is normally sufficient but if buying new or using electronic controls, a sealed 'deep-cycle' semi-traction battery (golf trolley style) would be preferable for ultimate performance. We currently use a 35 or 33 amp hour fully sealed mobility battery. The alternative is an 85amp/Hour leisure battery [only use one with a looped overflow pipe to catch acid]. Make sure your charger is suitable for these batteries.

Curved Sections: The extreme forward ends of the front wings are formed from small curved aluminium sections. The bonnet is also formed from another piece of aluminium. These can both be supplied ready rolled if required.

Duration: Continuous play value in stationary form; up to four hours driving time; all day in flat garden. This varies according to load carried, terrain encountered and battery size measured in ampere-hours. Twin motor set up is around 7 hrs or more according to the load and terrain.

Wheelbase TL1 38" [965mm]
High: screen folded, steering wheel ht 29" [740mm]-L: 67" (1702 mm)-W: 29"(737 mm).
Wt: Basic kit inc. packaging: 38kg. [83lbs] Ready Cut panel set: 41kgs [90lbs]
Basic car, without battery: 75 kg. [165lbs] Twin motor model, without battery: 85 kg. [187lbs]
GEL battery 33AmpHr:10.5kg.

Plans and kit prices available on request

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