How To Make A Rokkaku Kite

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The MBK 1-Skewer Rokkaku

This set of instructions on how to make a Rokkaku kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making.

Learn how to make a Rokkaku kite like this one!

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!

These instructions on how to make a Rokkaku 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.

At 29cm (11 1/2") across, the MBK 1-Skewer Rokkaku is a rather small Rok. This kite has dihedral, a 2-leg bridle and a long streamer tail which keeps it stable in moderate winds.

The video down below shows the little Rok struggling to stay up in a very light gusty breeze. Half a minute later it was on the grass!



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How To Make A Rokkaku Kite
Sail

Now's the time to read up on the 'tools' and materials required for making a Skewer kite, if you haven't already.

Sail template for the 1-Skewer Rokkaku kite.

The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows...

The 1-Skewer Rokkaku - template shape marked on plastic bag.
  • Firstly, take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
  • Mark 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.
  • Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots, as in the photo.

The 1-Skewer Rokkaku - complete sail outline marked on plastic
  • Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
  • Cut 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.





How To Make A Rokkaku Kite
Vertical Spar

The 1-Skewer Rokkaku - vertical spar join

The vertical spar is 1.4SL (40.6cm, 16") long, so two 30cm (12") bamboo BBQ skewers need to be glued together.

  • Snip the point off 1 skewer.
  • Lay down another skewer, butting together 2 flat skewer ends.
  • From yet another skewer, cut off 2 lengths of 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") each. Place these beside the join, as in the photo.
  • Lay down a line of wood glue on each side, and leave to dry.
  • Get down low and look along the skewers to ensure they make a straight line, before the glue sets!


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This printable e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 120cm (4 ft) tall Parafoil kite. This 4-cell kite performs best in gentle to moderate wind speeds. That's 12 to 28kph or 8 to 18mph. Even in light winds, this kite will hang in the air, although at low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while supervised!

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.



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    Multi-Dowel Rokkaku Dusted Off

    May 26, 17 01:32 AM

    Having flown nothing for a while and with winds rather light - or so I thought - it was off to a field in Noarlunga to fly the big 2.4m span Rokkaku...

    Looking around, the trees weren't doing much so I…

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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