How To Make A Barn Door Kite
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The MBK 1-Skewer Barn Door
This set of instructions on how to make a Barn Door kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making.
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 pretty similar!
instructions on how to make a Barn Door kite might look a bit long, but
each step is quite simple to do.
Just steadily work your way through
from top to bottom, skimming over any detail that you don't need.
29cm (11 1/2") from tip to tip, the MBK 1-Skewer Barn Door Kite is a
rather small Barn Door, with dihedral and simple 1-leg bridle. It's a fine little light to moderate wind flier.
As a bonus, these instructions also show you how to string several of these kites together in a kite train!
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How To Make 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. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows...
NOTE: Don't worry if your sail dimensions don't look exactly like the photos below. Just stick to the Template measurements, which were used for my most recently tested kite!
- Firstly, 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, corressponding 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.
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots, as in the photo.
- 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.
- Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail.
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The Sode is a traditional Japanese design, and this MBK version is exciting to watch in rough air!
If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes a little more time to make. It's still a straight-forward build though, using the same techniques as used for my Dowel Diamond.
Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Sode kite. The cambered sail makes this a very efficient design. Of the Dowel kites, this design is one of my personal favorites!
This Sode flies steep and steady over the Light wind range, and starts to move around quite a bit when the wind picks up to Moderate levels. 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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