A Flying Kite

On The End Of A String...

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. Read on for all sorts of kite flying stories plus of course plenty of photos and some short videos.

This flying kite is the MBK Simple Delta.The original Simple Delta

This section of the site is devoted to a whole bunch of flight reports.

For a year or so, this site had a couple of dedicated MBK Flight Reporters. These reporters built my designs, flew them, took photos and then submitted great illustrated reports on their outings!

In addition, my own flight reports from years past may be found here. And I still do a new one occasionally, with a photo and video.

You just never know what random incident might happen while a kite is up. Nothing earth-shattering generally, but often enough to make the flier - or a number of the by-standers - crack a smile!

Everybody has a favorite kind of kite, so the reports are organized accordingly, below..







Barn Doors




Doing Flight Reports is my preferred method of keeping a record of my flights. Perhaps not for you on a regular basis, since you might not have a website or e-products which need fresh content from time to time.

However, it could be worth your while to keep a Kite Log Book. Check it out!

The Kites By Size

From age 3 to 103, there's something for everyone with an MBK design. Here's a break-down of the various categories by size...

  • Multi-Dowel Kites (very large, tail-less, in e-books only)
  • Dowel Series (large and tail-less)
  • 3-Skewer Kites (in e-books only)
  • 2-Skewer Series (modest sized, but high-performance)
  • 1-Skewer Series (tiny, but quick to make)

In addition, there are a few which don't neatly slot into any of the above categories.

Here's some photos of sample kites in the various sizes, along with some general information about them...

The huge MBK 2-Dowel Sled in flight.The Multi-Dowel Sled aka 'The Horse'

'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.

These are a little more challenging to build, in comparison to all the other smaller and simpler designs. And due to the considerable pull they exert on the flying line, even in light winds - not for kids of any age!

The MBK Dowel Rokkaku in flight.The Dowel Rokkaku with 'clouds' character

The designs in the Dowel Series were made with adults in mind, who want something of a decent size to fly. Older kids would also have the strength to handle these in most wind conditions.

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.

The MBK 3-Skewer A-Frame kite in flight.The 3-Skewer A-Frame just hanging still

The 3-Skewer Kites have a span or height of ... you guessed it, the length of three 30cm (12") bamboo skewers. A bit less actually, since the points need to be snipped off! These designs are e-book-only hence not freely available on this website. However, you can certainly read about them here, and watch the videos.

There might eventually be a few more 3-Skewer designs to choose from.

The MBK 2-Skewer Diamond kite in flight.The 2-Skewer Diamond does S-bends in a light breeze

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.

Read the stories to see what some of these kites get up to, on a long 20 pound Dacron line.

The MBK 1-Skewer Dopero kite in flight.The 1-Skewer Dopero is truly cute at only 29cm (1ft) across

The 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 MBK Tiny Tots Diamond kite showing off its long tail.The Tiny Tots Diamond has a surprisingly large wind range

Eventually there might be a small collection of stories documenting how some very simple and/or quick to make kites perform. There are just 2 right now: the spar-less Paper Sled and the Tiny Tots Diamond.

Have you browsed a few flight reports yet? OK, then have a guess which type of flying kite is featured in the video below...

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The Dopero is someone's clever idea to combine 2 Roller kites! Double Pearson Roller is where the name comes from. The resulting flat portion of sail in the middle makes this a very efficient design in light wind.

Even more so than the Roller before it, this kite has an attractive aircraft-like appearance in the air. This MBK version also excels in light winds.

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes somewhat more time to make. With the help of my instructions, it's still do-able by a beginner.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Dopero kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.

This Dopero can fly in quite a wide range of wind speeds thanks to the 4-pont bridle. The bridle lines keep the frame more rigid than a 2-point bridle could. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.

What's New!

  1. The Granny Knot

    Mar 22, 17 09:00 AM

    This knot doesn't have the greatest reputation - but it's simple and does have it's place in some less-critical kiting scenarios. Usually with the addition of a drop of glue ;-) ...

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Wind Speeds

Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7