How To Make A Sode Kite

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The MBK 1-Skewer Sode

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

Learn how to make a Sode 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 Sode 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 Sode Kite is rather small.

This Sode has dihedral on the horizontal spars, a simple 2-leg bridle and a looped tail. In anything more than moderate winds, you might need more tail than is described here. Like in the photo over there!

The video below shows that longer tail in action! The breeze was quite fresh way up there. Just look at that cloud cover moving past...

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How To Make A Sode Kite

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 Sode 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 Sode - template marked on 1 side of a 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. Note: the camera has distorted the image slightly, making some of the straight lines curve a little.

The 1-Skewer Sode - complete 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 Sode Kite
Vertical Spar

The 1-Skewer Sode - vertical spar join in close-up

The vertical spar is 1.5SL (43.5cm, 17 1/4") 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 0.3SL (8.7cm, 3 1/2") each. Place these beside the join, as in the photo.
  • Lay down a line of wood glue on each side, and leave to dry. The joint also serves to bring the balance point back towards the tail for more stability.
  • Get down low and look along the skewers to ensure they make a straight line, before the glue sets! The photo shows the join after the glue has set.

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Barn Door is a traditional American design, and this MBK version has delighted many of this site's visitors over the years.

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite is only a small step up in difficulty.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Barn Door kite. Down to a mere $2.95 for this month.

The MBK Barn Door is a reliable flyer over the Light to Moderate wind range. Tail(s) are entirely optional, if the kite is made according to the instructions.

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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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
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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

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50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7