2-Skewer Dopero Takes To The Sky

by Trevor
(Rockingham, WA, Australia)

Dopero kite ducking the showers

Dopero kite ducking the showers

There's always a certain feeling of trepidation when you've spent a week or more on a project, and then crunch time comes. Especially when 'crunch' is the last thing you wish to hear.

As I crossed the road to the park (how lucky am I?), with the kite pressed against my chest by the wind, I started to worry that the wind was too strong, the glue too weak, the spars too flexible, etc etc...

Attaching the flying line, I let out about 10 feet of string and had a quick fly - not good, very wobbly. Feeling that turbulence was the cause, I pulled about 20m of line out onto the grass, and tried again. Once again a few wobbles, then at about 15 feet, in cleaner air, up it shot.

All the line was out in what felt like half a second and was probably closer to 20, with the kite pulling strongly and evenly, then with all the line out it climbed almost straight overhead. Stronger gusts would knock it back to about 45 degrees, but it always recovered to fly around 70 to 80 degrees.

After about 10 minutes in humid weather with a few raindrops, it developed a tendency to lean and fly to the left, and do loops during the gusts. Time to pull it down.

As expected, the humid windy conditions had caused the glue to soften, resulting in uneven dihedral in the main sail. Back home now, I've added an extra skewer piece at each front spar join, and resolved to only fly this kite in sunny, calm weather.... but it handled the wind so well!

Thanks, Tim, for another great kite.

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Flying in the rain
by: Gary Crenshaw

I have found that a nice rain shower on a kite only gives you a good excuse for drying out the kite and line the following day. One excuse is as good as another.

Flight of the Dopero II
by: Trevor

First, don't take the title to mean I made another! With a little reinforcing and bridle adjustment, the kids, dog, boss & I went back to the park today with clear skies and VERY little wind. So little wind, that whichever way I walked, the kite trailed behind me. It could just be felt when standing still.

So, here we go. I'd read the theory of pulling the string rapidly to gain altitude, then releasing slowly to glide the kite away without losing height. With this kite, it felt natural, and once about 10m up it found some wind and once again, flew almost overhead. It still had a tendency to turn left (later solved with a small bridle adjustment), but that was just an excuse to pretend I knew how to fly a single line fighter.

I suppose the highlight must have been one of the neighbourhood kids, who wanted to know how a kite could fly without any wind... he was last seen running home muttering 'My Best Kite...My Best Kite...My...,' so I guess I'm not too popular with his dad about now!

Once again, thanks to Tim for sharing these designs with us.

by: Tim P.

Thanks for making another contribution Trevor - I see you went for broke and tackled the most complex kite out of the 16 designed so far!

Sorry about the folding panel - I updated the plans weeks ago but somehow missed updating the instructions! My fix was precisely what you did - add an extra reinforcer on each join of the upper horizontal spar. My first test flight was also in overly windy weather, as you might have picked up from the flying blog! Both panels folded up to about 40 degrees of dihedral...

Another tip - put an extra drop of glue right over each end of each reinforcer, to ensure that there is adhesion the full length of the bamboo.

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