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 section of the site is devoted to a whole bunch of flight reports which have been submitted by a number of dedicated MBK Flight Reporters. These reporters build my designs, fly them, take photos and then submit 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!
All the reports feature kite designs which are either available free from this site or are included in e-books.
Such as "Making Dowel Kites". This e-book shows you how to make each design stowable, so it can be rolled up into a 1.2m (4 ft) long package. And the huge bonus kites - with four times the sail area - also pack down to the same length.
Everybody has a favorite kind of kite, so the reports are organized accordingly, below..
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...
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 Multi-Dowel Sled
'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 Dowel Rokkaku
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 3-Skewer A-Frame
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 2-Skewer Diamond
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 1-Skewer Dopero
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 Tiny Tots Diamond
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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