Dopero Kite Plans

For The MBK Dopero Kites

These Dopero kite plans and hints are aimed at summarizing the more in-depth instructions to be found in the How To Make A Kite section of this website.

For each of the Dopero plans below, there are also a pair of plan view photos. The one on the left is of the front surface. That is, the side of the kite which faces the flier. The other photo is of the back surface, which exposes the spars.

For all 3 designs, attach flying line to the bridle with a shiftable knot, for later trimming. Also, all 3 designs work well with light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are suitable.

This Stake Line Winder from Amazon doesn't have any equivalent in your local supermarket. It's great stuff for kites and the strength is a good compromise for all the designs on this page.

Dowel Dopero Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Dowel Dopero from the front.
Dowel Dopero from the back.
Dopero Kite Plans - dowel spars

Tips And Hints

  1. Work with 1 Dowel length equal to either 120cm of 5mm dowel, or 48" of 3/16" dowel.
  2. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines as you cut out the sail. To save weight, don't reinforce the trailing edge of the upper sail or the leading edge of the lower sail.
  3. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape.
  4. Wrap several small pieces of clear sticky tape around the lower horizontal spar and onto the lower sail, to secure it along the leading edge. Or you can add a tab to the sail outline, so you can fold it over the spar and tape down.
  5. Run a length of sticky tape the full length of the upper sail, directly under where the vertical spars touch the sail. This helps prevent stretch.
  6. Reinforce the upper sail corners where the ties are attached. I used short pieces of sticky tape, stuck to each other where they leave the plastic.
  7. Make a bridle loop of length 1.0DL (120cm, 48"), going to each side of the upper horizontal spar.
  8. Make another bridle loop of length 1.0DL (120cm, 48"), and Lark's Head the ends to the keels.
  9. Run a 2.0DL (240cm, 96") bridle line from the center of the upper bridle loop to the center of the lower bridle loop.
  10. You might find stability to be marginal in all but fairly light conditions. To extend the wind range, try adding weight to the trailing edge of the keels. I managed to avoid this by putting the heavier ends of the vertical spars to the rear, and also using the heaviest horizontal spar as the lower one.

The photo below shows the Dowel Dopero on one of its first flights. Before I got around to pulling some of the slack out of those sail corner ties!

Don't forget - an e-book is available with these plans plus step-by-step instructions and a flight report.

The Sled already rolls up into a neat bundle, for transport. For the other designs, the e-book also shows how to make the kite with removable spars so it can be rolled-up.

Another plus with the pdf e-book format is the nicely formatted printouts you can get. Also, you can work off-line with the e-book on your laptop or tablet.


The MBK Dowel Dopero in flight.

2-Skewer Dopero Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

2-Skewer Dopero from the front.
2-Skewer Dopero from the back.
Plans for the 2-Skewer Dopero Kite.

Tips And Hints

Out In The Field

My collection of real-life Dopero kite stories is worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

  1. To glue the short bamboo reinforcers, just lay glue down the join, on one side. For the horizontal spars, the short reinforcers stay flat on the table while the glue is drying.
  2. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines as you cut out the sail. To save weight, don't reinforce the trailing edge of the upper sail or the leading edge of the lower sail.
  3. Secure the sail corners to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape.
  4. Use 5 small pieces of clear sticky tape to secure the leading edge of the lower sail to the lower horizontal spar.
  5. Tie a 2.0SL (58cm, 23") bridle loop between the 2 attachment points near the upper spar, and tie another slightly shorter bridle loop between the tips of the 2 keels.
  6. Try a 3.0SL (87cm, 35") central bridle line, tied between the 2 bridle loops.
The MBK 2-Skewer Dopero in flight.

1-Skewer Dopero Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

1-Skewer Dopero from the front.
1-Skewer Dopero from the back.
Plans for the 1-Skewer Dopero.

Tips And Hints

  1. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of clear sticky tape.
  2. Include tabs along the leading edges of the lower sail. On each side, fold the tab over the spar and stick down using short lengths of clear sticky tape.
  3. A 4-leg bridle works well, with the upper 2 legs attached between the upper leading edge and the upper horizontal spar.
  4. The 1-Skewer Dopero requires a tail. Start with a tail about 8 times as long as the kite itself, looped between the vertical spars.
The MBK 1-Skewer Dopero in flight.

I hope one of these Dopero kite plans is just right for you!

As mentioned earlier, this Stake Line Winder from Amazon is a good compromise, in terms of line strength, for all the designs on this page.

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  1. Flight Report:
    KAP Mystery Solved

    Aug 25, 14 03:57 AM

    Last week I came home from a KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) session down at Brighton beach, here in Adelaide, South Australia. The photos were a disaster, being totally washed out. Over-exposed, to be a little more technical. At the time I thought the problem was purely the position of the sun, relative to the direction of the camera...

    Well guess what. Down at the same beach today, the photos had the same problem - and this time it definitely wasn't the sun. Camera damage seemed a small possibility since the rig had hit the sand at some speed last time, during a white-knuckle experience with the kite in rough air! Which turned out OK, but that's another story.

    Anyway, once back home today, I did a little investigating with the camera, taking some test pictures from the back yard. It was a great relief to find the explanation for the bad images...

    It seems that setting a fixed ISO is not a good idea for this camera in very bright lighting conditions. It can cause the camera to run out of adjustment room for other parameters, like shutter speed or aperture. When the camera was allowed to set ISO automatically, the exposure problem disappeared. Whew!

    The Tyvek-sailed Carbon Diamond performed wonderfully today. It was, for the first time, hoisting the KAP rig into the air. Never has the rig been so steady for so long. Sway was almost non-existent. But whenever I handled the line the camera twisted back and forth due to the rather steep line angle from the rig to the kite. Without enough horizontal separation, the suspension lines do not provide the maximum resistance to twisting. It might be an idea to separate the attachment points even further, on the flying line.

    The 2 meter (7 ft) Diamond was struggling to lift the camera in the fairly light winds coming off the ocean. At times, people on the beach had to duck under the line from me to the camera! The camera was behaving as a sort of aerial tether point, with the kite flying at a steep line angle from there.

    Measured at shoulder height, the on-shore breeze was about 4.5kph gusting to just under 7kph. More of a day for the Multi-Dowel Sled really, which hardly feels a 280g weight on the line!

    "Simplest Dowel Kites": A free but very useful kite-making e-book. Make a super-simple Sled, Diamond and Delta - step-by-step with photos. Sign up for the e-book and get an emailed series of messages called "MBK Tips'n'Ideas". If you don't need the e-book, consider signing up anyway... You won't believe what's on offer in that message series!

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