MBK Kite Books

The Complete Catalog

You have probably come across the big kite e-books on making Dowel and Skewer based designs by now. Many e-books on individual kites are also available, including some 'soft' designs. Plus some titles which venture into other areas of single-line kiting.

The complete catalog is listed below, with all the How To... titles listed first. Feel free to browse around.

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Making The MBK Parachute Kite allows anyone to make their very own  replica of a sky-diving canopy! It really does look a lot like the real thing - right down to the little drogue hanging out the back. Take another look at some images of sky-divers coming in to land and you will see what I mean.

Pull the Parachute out when there's way too much wind for most of your other single-liners...

MBK Book Bundle

OK, if you are not a complete 'kite nut' like me, you might want to skip this section. ...

Still here? Good!

As my books have accumulated, it has made sense to offer all my kite-making material plus the miscellaneous titles in...

See over there on the right!

The price of this Bundle is just a fraction of the total cost of buying all the e-books separately.

This is a wise and frugal choice if you will be making kites for years to come.

'How To' Compilations

The main purpose of these three e-books is to provide all of this site's kite plans and instructions in a more convenient form than live web pages. They also contain many designs that do not have instructions posted on the pages of this website... 

Individual Soft Kites

Three designs so far, in addition to the free Soft Sled - and you won't find kite-making resources like these anywhere else on the Web. Really, anyone can make these kites...

Individual Dowel Kites

If you want to 'try it in case you like it', buying an inexpensive set of instructions for a single kite design of your choice might be the way to go. Some of these include a BONUS design that is twice the size (4 times the sail area) and yet packs down to the same length as the Dowel version. Here they are...

Some more Dowel designs...

The Dowel Box Kite - Moderate Wind Version

The Dowel Box Kite - Fresh Wind Version

Can't Read Your e-book?

The PDF file format used by my e-books is good for downloading and printing off text and pictures from the Internet. So, the 'book' is actually a file stored on your computer or tablet. All you need is the free and easy-to-use Adobe Reader installed on your computer.

PDFs are designed for easy magnification of the print size if desired, for on-screen reading, and easy selection of pages to print out. When you do a print-out, the content is nicely formatted on each page. Unlike just trying to print straight from a website!

By securing a full printout in a simple binder you can make a handy addition to your collection of kite books. Make a start on your own kiting library today!

More Kite Books...

Here's a handy little tutorial that guides a non-artist through the process of drawing great clip-art images onto a large kite sail!

MBK Clip-Art Tutorial.

And another book that pulls together all our experiences at the Adelaide International Kite Festival over a 3 year period. Lots of photos and commentary...

The Adelaide International Kite Festival.

And how about a book of short stories. All about seeing kites waft skywards in a bubbles of warm air...

Climbing Kites - 10 Selected Thermal Tales.

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The Dopero is someone's clever idea to combine 2 Roller kites! Double Pearson Roller is where the name comes from. The resulting flat portion of sail in the middle makes this a very efficient design in light wind.

Even more so than the Roller before it, this kite has an attractive aircraft-like appearance in the air. This MBK version also excels in light winds.

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes somewhat 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 Dopero 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 Dopero can fly in quite a wide range of wind speeds thanks to the 4-pont bridle. The bridle lines keep the frame more rigid than a 2-point bridle could. 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.

What's New!

  1. Dual Line Parafoil Kites

    Mar 29, 17 09:00 AM

    A previously published page which introduces the beginner to dual-line parafoils. Soft stunt kites in other words...

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