How To Build A Barn Door Kite
Step-by-Step - Page 1 of 3
The MBK 2-Skewer Barn Door
This set of instructions on how to build a Barn Door kite assumes you know absolutely nothing
about kite making. And if you are a 'visual-learner', it should be
possible to complete the kite by referring only to the pictures.
You might already have some
of the simple tools and materials required. Anything you don't have is
easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something
Probably the most important thing to get right is making and adjusting the bridle.
This trips up so many would-be kite makers who are trying it for the
first time! I've tried hard to make the instructions fool-proof in this
The MBK 2-Skewer Barn Door is medium-sized at 58 cm (23") across and
53 cm (21") tall, with generous dihedral and a fairly short looped tail.
2-Skewer Barn Door is a very nice light-to-moderate wind flier.
Way up into the moderate wind range in fact. Up to around 30 kph if the bridle is adjusted forward enough.
The video below shows this latest version of the 2-Skewer Barn Door scooting around in winds of around 20 kph.
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How To Build A Barn Door Kite
Now's the time to read up on the 'tools' and materials required for making a Skewer kite, if you haven't already.
The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. The left edge of the template corresponds to the edge of the plastic bag. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows...
- Take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
dots on the plastic, corresponding to the corners of the Template.
There is no need to use a T-square, since any small error will be
duplicated on the other side of the sail. And it will make hardly any
difference to how the kite flies.
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots to create the Template shape.
- Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail, open it
out and lay it flat on the floor - you can now see the complete sail outline, as in the photo.
- Run clear sticky tape along every straight line, leaving most of the tape on the inside of the sail edges.
- Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail. See the close-up photo on the right.
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The Roller is a WW2 vintage design which is quite well known among more experienced kite enthusiasts. With it's upper and lower sails, this design has an attractive aircraft-like appearance in the air. This MBK version excels in light winds.
If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes a little 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 Roller 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 Roller takes advantage of any rising air that happens to come by. By substituting a slightly wider diameter vertical spar, the kite remains comfortable right to the top of the Moderate wind range. 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.
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