Is a wonderful thing! Is watching a flying kite one of your hobbies? Seeing your own creation up there definitely adds a new dimension to the experience. This page is devoted to a whole bunch of flight reports with my own collection of home-made kites.
You just never know what random incident might happen while your kite is up. Nothing earth-shattering generally, but often enough to make you (or a number of the by-standers) crack a smile!
Nearly every flight report features 10 seconds of video, plus an in-flight photo of the flying kite.
Each section below is devoted to one of the MBK Series:
'Big' has recently been re-defined here at MBK! So far in the Multi-Dowel Series are the Sled, Barn Door, Rokkaku and Box kites. The Sled and Box are 2.4 meters (nearly 8 feet) long, while the others have a span of that same amount.
The Multi-Dowel Sled
... is likely to do pretty well in light winds, as long as the dowel isn't too thick and heavy. The designs in the Dowel Series were made with adults in mind, who want something of a decent size to fly.
The first thing you might notice about a flying kite of the Dowel variety is that it doesn't have a tail. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from adding a tail just for looks! These kites will fly a little higher and steeper without tails though.
Enjoy browsing through these accounts of outings with a Dowel Kite...
Box (moderate wind version):
Box (fresh wind version):
The Dowel Rokkaku
There will eventually be 3 designs here. They are Bonus 3-Skewer Kites which will be included in the downloadable book Making Skewer Kites, but not available on this website. However, you can certainly read about them here, and watch the videos!
The 3-Skewer A-Frame
I've had some fantastic flights with kites from the 2-Skewer Series on light-wind days. What I love about them personally is that despite being fairly small, they hit a performance sweet spot. Here's what I mean...
Two bamboo BBQ skewers end to end turns out to be a very ideal combination of strength, rigidity and light weight. Add extremely light single-ply plastic, and you have one super light-weight flying kite! Saving weight is what it's all about, as any kite-maker will tell you.
See what some of these kites get up to, on a long 20 pound Dacron line...
Some of this series are due to be re-made, with design improvements. When that happens, more flight reports will be added above.
A flying kite in a class of its own, somewhere between the 2-skewer and 1-skewer designs, is this...
The 2-Skewer Diamond
Particularly if it is an MBK 1-Skewer kite! These 1-Skewer Series kites have wing-spans the length of a single BBQ skewer. The Delta is actually a little wider than that, but both leading edge spars are a single BBQ skewer. Most of the designs in this series are rarely seen in such small sizes. But I thought it would be fun to re-create them anyway!
How about a ... 29cm (1 foot) wide Dopero? Just for moderate wind fun. It's simply too tiny to lift a camera of any kind, unlike its much larger cousins.
The 1-Skewer Dopero
Eventually there might be a small collection of stories here, documenting how some very simple and/or quick to make kites perform. Just 2 for now, the spar-less Paper Sled and the Tiny Tots Diamond...
Tiny Tots Diamond:
The Tiny Tots Diamond
Have you browsed a few flight reports yet? OK, then have a guess which type of kite is featured in the video below...
Interested in home-building? If 1 or 2 kite-making projects is never enough, consider the MBK Book Bundle which is the absolute best value I can offer. It's taken me 6 years to put it all together, so it should keep you busy for a while :-)
If you are a paid MBK Flight Reporter, or would like to be, this is where you submit your text and photos.
If you need more information about what is expected, please refer to the reporter guidelines. This link is not to be confused with the submission guidelines link near the Submit... button further down this page.
Also feel free to make contact through here, if you have a relevant question or comment. You should get a reply within 24 hours.
Click below to see the most recent contributions from MBK Flight Reporters...
Barn Door Kite Thermals Over Willamette Park
This last week, I had three successful flights on two different days! This submission describes the first outing, a typical Sunday kite flying trip at …
MBK Barn Door Kite - First Flight
This evening was the first feature length flight of my MBK Dowel Barn Door Kite! Construction was pretty much stock according to the MBK plans and technique. …
Never made a kite?
Child wants one?
Check out the...
MBK Beginner E-course
Are the e-books good?
Find out by trying...
'Simplest Dowel Kites'
(wait for cover page to appear)