Dopero Kite Posts

(Bamboo BBQ Skewer Spars)

It's an archive of sorts, although there are no dates and times. Kite flying is timeless, don't you agree? I trust there is plenty in here to educate, inform and often entertain!

This short flight report once appeared in the site blog page - that's the one you enter via the 'what's new!' site navigation link. On other similar pages I would say 'Just scroll down and stop at any heading that appeals'. But it appears I need to get out and do a few more reports on Skewer Dopero kites in both sizes!





1-Skewer Dopero Kite

Diminutive Dopero Delivers

Delivers some material for a Short Flight report, that is! After a few unsuccessful launch attempts in tricky light air, the tiny 1-Skewer Dopero kite finally put on a nice climb and float for the camera.

The MBK 1-Skewer Dopero

It'd been a while since this kite had flown, and one of the upper sail ties had to be re-taped into position. Not to mention a layer of fine dust which had to be blown off the black plastic.

Being such a small kite, these very minor changes managed to put the trim off somewhat, causing a pull to the left in gusts. Or perhaps the bamboo frame had warped slightly from so many months sitting on a shelf...

The trim problem was enough to foil the first few attempts to get more than several meters of 20 pound Dacron out. After a couple of little tweaks of the bridle Prusik knots, the little black kite was left with just a hint of a pull to the right. This was close enough, though, to get some useful video of a half-minute flight on perhaps 15 meters (50 feet) of line.

I can recommend black plastic sails teamed with yellow keels for any home-made Delta, Roller or Dopero kite. Looks good, and the kite is highly visible against just about any skyscape. Cloudy, grey or pure blue.




What's New!

  1. Flight Report:
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    Sep 21, 17 11:36 PM

    That 's what it was all about this morning. Edging towards the 3 hours of total flying time required for certification... Why 3 hours? All to expose the design to several separate flights, manual hand…

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