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General Discussion / The Future of Toylander is secure
« on: 21 July, 2015, 09:53:43 AM »
Exciting news: Toylander Lives on.

First of all a great big thank you to all my customers who have helped me take the little cars from a part time business to an internationally known Brand. Toylanders are appearing everywhere giving pleasure to drivers of all ages and to the builders too judging by the hundreds of letters received over the last fourteen years. Many, many thanks for your support, interest and repeat orders as many of you turned into multiple owners trying the same again or one of our many other models.

Back in May I mentioned to one of my many regular customers Bill Harrison; builder of Toylander 1, Toylander 2 and two caravans that we were selling up due to my worn out shoulders and lessening ability to pack the masses of parcels we now send out, the result of which, following a visit to see the operation and further discussions his son-in-law, Jim Lawn exchanged contracts with us on the 8th June 2015. The Toylander business: lock, stock and barrel have been removed to a purpose built unit in Newport South Wales leased by Jim.

The intention was that by the end of that week I would be working on the most pressing of a long list of jobs around the house that have built up over the last three to four years before Pat and I embark on a much needed holiday. That was not to be as Pat was diagnosed with cancer the day following the last of the stock leaving Biggleswade. So that has become the main project; to get Pat well again.

Meanwhile the Toylander building hobby lives on in the capable hands of Jim and Bill.

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Toylander 1 / Help from local members in Kent
« on: 24 May, 2015, 04:03:43 PM »
Hello fellow members,

I'm just starting to build an MB43 and working towards a finish date in mid-September. My aim is to have it working in time to use it as a children's ride-on car at a Classic Car Show on September 20th in Orpington, Kent organised by St.Christopher's Hospice as a major fund raising event.

If there are any Toylander owners with any model that would be willing to join me with their models at this event I would be delighted to hear from them via a forum personal message. I can arrange a secure area for the children to drive round either solo or accompanied by an adult passenger. The main aim is to support the Hospice by raising money with donations for rides.

I hope this will be of interest and provide a great opportunity to display a variety of Toylanders in action for a really worthwhile cause. Last years show attracted a record number of cars and visitors far beyond the organisers expectations and we hope to do even better this year by introducing rides for the children and a display for ourselves.

Thank you, Brian Read.

Put in on Brian's behalf.

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Building a factory Toylander / Members in the local area to Kent
« on: 24 May, 2015, 04:02:57 PM »
Hello fellow members,

I'm just starting to build an MB43 and working towards a finish date in mid-September. My aim is to have it working in time to use it as a children's ride-on car at a Classic Car Show on September 20th in Orpington, Kent organised by St.Christopher's Hospice as a major fund raising event.

If there are any Toylander owners with any model that would be willing to join me with their models at this event I would be delighted to hear from them via a forum personal message. I can arrange a secure area for the children to drive round either solo or accompanied by an adult passenger. The main aim is to support the Hospice by raising money with donations for rides.

I hope this will be of interest and provide a great opportunity to display a variety of Toylanders in action for a really worthwhile cause. Last years show attracted a record number of cars and visitors far beyond the organisers expectations and we hope to do even better this year by introducing rides for the children and a display for ourselves.

Thank you, Brian Read.

Put in on Brian's behalf.

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Show dates / Local members in Kent and surrounding areas
« on: 24 May, 2015, 03:57:35 PM »
Put in on Brian's behalf.

Hello fellow members,

I'm just starting to build an MB43 and working towards a finish date in mid-September. My aim is to have it working in time to use it as a children's ride-on car at a Classic Car Show on September 20th in Orpington, Kent organised by St.Christopher's Hospice as a major fund raising event.

If there are any Toylander owners with any model that would be willing to join me with their models at this event I would be delighted to hear from them via a forum personal message. I can arrange a secure area for the children to drive round either solo or accompanied by an adult passenger. The main aim is to support the Hospice by raising money with donations for rides.

I hope this will be of interest and provide a great opportunity to display a variety of Toylanders in action for a really worthwhile cause. Last years show attracted a record number of cars and visitors far beyond the organisers expectations and we hope to do even better this year by introducing rides for the children and a display for ourselves.

Thank you, Brian Read.


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Show dates / Steam, Car or Country shows
« on: 16 April, 2015, 07:04:07 AM »
Hello Toylander drivers,
I have had a request from Graham a Toylander owner in Hampshire who is asking about any shows this year he can take his Tractor to.
Any recommendations?

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Toylander 2 / Battery charging
« on: 08 August, 2014, 06:57:08 AM »
A fully charged battery registers 13.7 to 14.3 volts whilst a flat battery is around 12 volts.
Beware fast charging a GEL battery. They can explode due to no venting. Beware charging a GEL battery on a standard charger which generally switches off too soon for GEL types. Charging batteries is like filling a pint of Guinness or glass of Champagne, the charge froths in and the top of the glass is reached before the glass is full. GEL batteries generally require trickle charging for the last 20%.

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Modifications / Using a mobility Scooter as a base
« on: 28 February, 2014, 11:28:56 AM »
The following points have been gleaned from this site and I have re-entered them here to try to save sending wheels out to customers and the customer having to send them back for welding on of the extension and sprocket to take the drive from the motor.

Simple points to be considered when using the vast majority of mobility scooters:

Replacing a small wheel with a large wheel with a circumference of up to twice as much alters both speed and torque. Measure round the outside of each size of wheel to see the difference. Circumferences: 8" wheel = approx 640mm, 16" wheel = approx 1300mm. For each turn of the axle the new larger wheel travels over twice as far making the vehicle faster. However nothing is free, the cost is power or torque reduction. In some instances the vehicle is unable to pull away under its own steam but is very fast on the flat when push started.

If your scooter motor is rated over 360 watts it will be more powerful than the Toylander twin set up providing you select the correct gearing. This is not a problem as both original scooter wheel size or RPM from the output shaft can be used to find the correct sprocket / cogs required to transmit chain drive the rear wheel/s. Programme available on on this site. RPM information available from Toylander: send Revs per minute RPM from shaft on trans-axle or motor and final wheel size to be used. Town & Country tyre is 16" OD, the tyre diameter is what is important in working out sprocket requirements to maintain the torque. Sprocket to be welded to rear wheel/s may need changing from standard 18 teeth.

Bore and ream the sprockets to suit the scooter output shaft/s, [usually 17 or 19mm but not always, please check before sending your sprocket to the local machine shop of your choice]. Cross drill the sprocket boss one side only in two places, 90 degrees apart, if you wish to fit a grub screw and roll pin. Tap one 5mm hole M6 for grub screw leave other 5mm hole to be used as guide to drill shaft and other side of sprocket boss to insert roll pin. If you choose to only fit a grub screw in must be loctited in place.

Engineer the motor mounting either under the seat or under the vehicle to give set up and future Chain adjustment.

Alter the electrics from hand to foot control and you are away. The lever with FWD one side and REV the other can often be shortened, mounted upside down with a small protective cover on the connections and the driver can press one side for Forward and move foot across and press other side for Reverse. If it has a Red Pot under the handlebar fairing you can use either of the drawings in the manual for making the throttle box to re mount the Red Pot. When converting some wigwag controls it will require a forward and reverse switch engineered into the electronics.

If you also get good electrics, good charger and good batteries you will make a good saving for your efforts.

I hope this helps save a little heartache and stress in your otherwise straightforward build.

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21st, 22nd and 23rd June 2013: We have been invited to the miniature Traction Engine Rally at the Bedford Model Engineering Society ground: Summerfields on the A600 almost opposite the Trout fishing pond just past Haynes Turn on the A600. Camping available to first comers.

Bedford Model Engineering club is located on the A600 between Haynes and Bedford, approximately half way between Bedford and Hitchin. For those who have Sat-Nav systems the co-ordinates are 52.073552,-0.397423 and the post code as well as area details are Hammerhill, Haynes, MK45 3BH
 
We will be there with a few of our models and a several other local owners with their vehicles.
 
You are more than welcome and we can drive about all day. Club house on site, toilets, water points good food locally.

Camping available, miniature traction engines on the go. Please note it is a fairly small scale affair and camping would need to be booked. Please let me know what you think.

See www.toylander.com for reports on 2011 and 2012 shows by Jack May writing for 'bottom gear'.

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Show dates / Toylander Rally?
« on: 11 April, 2012, 06:14:31 AM »
We have been invited to take some of our cars again to Summerfield miniature Railway for the Traction Engine rally on either or both Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June. Also invited is Jack and his amphibian Jeep and Neil and his son who are building a Steam lorry with lots of our parts including motors as long as he gets it finished in time. Camping available, miniature traction engines on the go and in the ring. Please note it is a fairly small scale affair and camping would need to be booked. Please let me know what you think. :)

http://www.bedfordmes.co.uk/

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Show dates / Miniature Traction Engine Rally
« on: 08 June, 2011, 04:55:35 PM »
Bedford Model Engineering society holds its Miniature Traction Engine Rally on Fri 24th, Sat 25th & Sun 26th June 2011
They run an informal day where drivers can explore the site and have a bit of a free-for-all, with a formal Grand Parade on Sunday, followed for those who wish to indulge in a series of games in the arena if wished.

They have caravan spaces, with hook-up if needed, plenty of car parking, excellent refreshments, coal, etc. on site plus three railway tracks ranging from 2½ to 7¼in. gauges, giving the ingredients for a good weekend.

I have been invited to take a Toylander along so I hope to be there Saturday afternoon OR Sunday afternoon.
Best wishes
Richard

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Show dates / Shefford Gala
« on: 08 June, 2011, 04:49:07 PM »
Shefford Gala on the 12th June
at
Robert Bloomfield Middle School.
Starting at 12.00 noon all vehicles to be on site & ready by 10.30 am
PLEASE ENTER THE SCHOOL VIA BLOOMFIELD DRIVE.
For any further information please telephone Ray Barber 01462 812755
Hope to be there weather permitting. Jack might be there with his GPA Jeep Amphibian.
BW's
Richard

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General Discussion / BEWARE: Spot the deliberate mistake
« on: 24 March, 2011, 08:10:45 PM »
Beware the 'nare do wells'.
What do you notice about these pictures? How many faults can you spot?
How much would you charge someone for this item?
Pictures to follow.

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Show dates / Billing 2011 and Landrover Max
« on: 16 January, 2011, 08:33:45 PM »
If there is a chance of a Club stand at either or both of these shows: Billing 2011 and Landrover Max, in 2011 how many would be interested in attending? There may be a cost involved I will not know this until I can gauge the interest level.

Over to you.

Best wishes
Richard

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Show dates / PHOENIX NIGHTS WELL DAY IN THIS CASE
« on: 31 December, 2010, 12:19:43 PM »
Hello TOC Members,

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Many, many thanks to all those who sent holiday wishes to us as we approached our busiest time. I hope you all enjoy another fun filled year of transport delight.

We are attending the Vintage car meet at the above pub on New Year's Day from 11.00 to 12.00 [Noon]until we have seen all the attending cars PROVIDING IT IS NOT SNOWING OR RAINING! SNOW AND RAIN STOPS MY PLAY.
http://www.phoenixinn.co.uk/
The event on New Year's Day has happened every year for at least the last fifty years. They usually have had a hog roast operating, there are loads of great cars to see of all kinds and periods.
Best wishes
Richard and Will [chief test pilot]  
 HAPPY 2011
 
 

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Forum announcements / Happy Christmas and Healthy and Prosperous New Year
« on: 09 December, 2010, 07:58:01 AM »
To all the TOC members and visitors

Wishing you all a Very Happy Christmas and Healthy and Prosperous New Year
Best wishes
The Toylander gang:
Pat, Anthony, Graham, Ken, Smiffy, Richard Senior, Andrew, the Crew at the EMDT centre Derby
& Richard

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