How To Build A Barn Door Kite
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The MBK 2-Skewer Barn Door
How To Build A Barn Door Kite
Firstly, if it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a light-to-moderate wind kite and won't like being launched in a gale.
Out In The Field
Barn Door kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Assuming there is some
breeze outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind
catches it. As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by
taking loop after loop off the winder.
Another approach is to
get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, on the end of maybe 10
or 20 meters (around 50 feet) of line. This way, the kite soon gets high
enough to make it easy to let more line out.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to build a Barn Door kite!
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
Ever Made This Kite?
You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...
If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!
P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!
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E-book special of the month (25% off)...
e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119cm (4 ft) wide
Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the
canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated. This 14-cell
kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to
38kph or 13 to 24mph. In gentle winds, this kite will hang in
the air at fairly low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls
firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while
Every kite design in
the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...
- Materials are
plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
- Tools are a ruler,
scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
- All cuts are
along straight lines.
For the greatest chance
of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For
example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line
type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough,
since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small
differences from my original.
Get the e-book for making the MBK Parafoil 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.
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.
Jun 28, 17 06:00 AM
A presumptuous name really - it's just a chunk of wood! Names aside, this previously published page is a handy guide to making a style of winder that I have enjoyed using for quite a number of years.
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