Southerner (oz5292)


Southerner (oz5292) by Bill Dean 1947 - plan thumbnail

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KK Southerner 60. Free flight power model. Mills 2.4 engine shown.

Quote: "BUILDING INSTRUCTIONS: The Southerner design was first drawn up in early 1947 and a prototype K.6 powered model completed. At this time there were practically no good British engines of the capacity required so plans for kitting this model were reluctantly shelved until 1949. With several suitable British powerplanis now in production, a Mk.II version has been designed - this kit being the result. The plans have been prepared to suit the Mills 2.4 diesel, but modifications for many other similar size powerplants are provided on the special engine installation sheet.

This 60 in cabin model has been well tested under all types of weather conditions and is suitable for both contest and sport flying. The standard polyhedral wing is recommended for powerful motors of the McCoy 29 or Yulon type. Mills 2.4 or ED 2.49 diesels may be safely used in conjunction with 'V' dihedral. Incidentally, the flying surfaces of this model are similar to those of the Super Slicker.

Building this kit will take even the experienced modeller a considerable time, but no snags should arise if you follow the notes and the plans carefully. The only tools needed are razor blades, a fretsaw, a pair of long-nosed pliers and a packet of steel pins. Bend the undercarriage wire to shape in a vice. The plans may be protected by placing sheets of greaseproof paper over them. Join Sheets 1 and 2 to give the complete wing plan.

ENGINE INSTALLATION: Cut-outs for the bearers in formers F1 - F7 have been positioned to suit the Mills 2.4 and these must therefore be altered if another powerplant is to be installed. The thrust line and airscrew position should on no account vary from that shown on the plan.

If you intend fitting a spark engine, follow the wiring up details on the Separate sheet_.The batteries are carried under the CG and access to them is obtained by removing the wing.

FUSELAGE: The fuselage is built up on the crutch system to ensure an accurate and tough assembly. Join the F2 - F7 former halves flat on the building board. The angled cut-outs in the tops of F5 - F8 are drawn for the standard polyhedral wing version. If 'V' dihedral is to be featured, cut out the sharper angles indicated by the dotted lines.

Begin the assembly by marking the F1 - F7 former positions on the engine bearers, and cement F5 - F7 in place. Cut out U1 - U3 and F4 with a fretsaw. Bend the undercarriage to shape, position on F4 and glue the U1 and U2 pieces in place. When dry, sandwich the U/C between F4 and U3, screwing the whole together.

Now thread the U/C assembly on to the bearers. Cement the Elmic timer to 'E' and notch the latter into F3. Now thread F3 on to the bearers and add the E1 timer support. Shorten the supports of the KK fuel tank (see plan) and cement one end into the slot in F3. Slide F2 on to the bearers and cement the front tank support into the slot provided. Cut out F1 with a fretsaw and glue to the fronts of the bearers. Check that all the formers are at right angles to the bearers......"

Note this model shows identical wing and tail surface construction to the KK Super Slicker (oz1401) plan and a comparison between the 2 plans to check for details or errors may be useful.

Note wing drawing sheet #2 is dated 1986, tail drawing sheet #3 is dated 1948.

Quote: "This plan was kindly supplied to me through the generous and free help of the David Baker Heritage Vintage Library [DBHL] people at who I cannot praise highly enough."

Update 20/06/2019: See recently added supplement printwood file at the KK Super Slicker (oz1401) for full set of ribs. But we still don't have printwood for the Southerner fuselage parts [edit: fixed now, see supplement files below].

Direct submission to Outerzone.

Update 22/07/2019: Added a copy of the kit instructions along with full printwood scans (12 pages), thanks to RonJames.

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Southerner (oz5292) by Bill Dean 1947 - model pic

  • (oz5292)
    by Bill Dean
    from Keil Kraft
    60in span
    IC F/F Cabin Kit
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
  • Submitted: 30/01/2014
    Filesize: 1041KB
    Format: • PDFbitmap
    Credit*: Pilgrim, RonJames
    Downloads: 4685

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User comments

Hi, I'm hoping to send you the ribs, formers and instructions for the KK Southerner. I recently got this kit on ebay and it is complete. However for some reason my computer won't allow me to send these details so I have arranged with a much more computer literate friend to see if he can copy the parts and send them to you...
Ron James - 13/07/2019
Excellent, thanks Ron that's great. Looking forward to adding them to the archive.
SteveWMD - 13/07/2019
Wonderful! Many thanks to Ron and all at Outerzone for this long awaited addition to the Southerner file.
Ian M - 23/07/2019
Wow!!! Great celebrations for the Southerner printwood files. Many thanks to RonJames (and of course Steve and Mary). Hopefully this strengthens the case for Southerner as model of the meet for the 2020 Cowra Oily Hand Days. How elegant would a collection of 30 or so look? Regards,
Warren Brown - 23/07/2019
Hi, I already have the keil kraft southerner plan. I tried using your printwood files as the kit plan does not show any. unfortunately they come out too small. They would need to be enlarged by 127% to make them correct.
Terry Aydon - 06/11/2023
Using Photoshop, it is extremely easy, just a couple of clicks, to either enlarge or reduce the printed sheet parts to the correct size. If you contact me, I can do it for you with my compliments. Just let me know what version (size) of this model you want.
Eduardo - 06/11/2023
Just had a quick look. As best I can tell, the printwood is correctly scaled - or at least very close to correct. I wonder if there was a problem with the printer scaling at your end?
SteveWMD - 06/11/2023
Maybe use an A3 printer?
Hans - 06/11/2023
Thanks all,
I have just purchased the Ben Buckle plan which shows all formers and ribs at full scale, at least it will allow me to commence building.
Terry Aydon - 10/11/2023
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