How To Make A Dopero Kite

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This set of instructions on how to make a Dopero kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making. You might already have some of the simple tools and materials required.

How to make a Dopero kite from dowel and plastic.

Anything you don't have is easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something pretty similar!

The MBK Dowel Dopero is a large tail-less kite loosely based on the original double-roller design. Like the original, this kite is a great light to moderate wind flier.

These instructions might look quite detailed. However, your reward is a large, very cheap kite that has a distinctive aircraft-like look in the air. Thanks to its 4-point bridle, this kite can cope with rather more wind speed than its cousin the Roller. Without losing its ability in very light breezes too.

This kite that should fit in most vehicles. Of course it helps if you undo the bow-line toggles. Then, the kite can lie flat in the trunk (boot) or even rest on edge in the rear passenger section.

Setting up on the flying field is just a matter of attaching the bow-line toggles. Or perhaps not, if you were able to leave them done up. Then, you just attach the flying line and launch into the wild blue yonder!

The "Making Dowel Kites" e-book has this design and many others in hardwood dowel and plastic. Plus some giant 2.4m (8ft) bonus designs!

A handy approach is to just print out the pages for the kite you want to make next. The e-book is also handy for working off-line on a laptop, tablet or other device.


I have chosen to make '1 Dowel Length' equal to 120cm for every kite in the Dowel series. If you are in North America, 48" of 3/16" dowel is close enough to 120cm of 5mm dowel. This will result in a kite with similar flying characteristics to my original.




How To Make A Dopero Kite
Cutting The Sail

Now's the time to read up on the kite making tools and materials required for making a Dowel Dopero, if you haven't already. For this kite, you will also need some cheap thin shoe-laces.

The sail template for the Dowel Dopero 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 Dowel Dopero - template shape marked on plastic bag.
  • Firstly, take a large bag that you want to use for the sail, and lay it flat on the floor.
  • Mark dots on the plastic which correspond to the corners of the Template. There is no need to use a T-square, or an extra-long ruler since any small errors in position will be duplicated on the other side of the sail.
  • Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots, as in the photo. For lines longer than the ruler, just add a few extra dots using one of the dowel spars as a ruler! Then it's easy to connect the dots with a ruler. It's probably best not to rule the whole line with the dowel, since it bends easily.



The Dowel Dopero - complete outlines of upper and lower sails.sa
  • 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 photos.




When doing the following, most of the width of the tape should be inside the kite's outline.

The Dowel Dopero - where to lay the edge taping

Use a single length of tape for each line. Hold it out straight, touch it down to the plastic at one end, then at the other end, dab it down in the middle, then press down all along its length.

  • Lay down clear sticking tape where indicated by the yellow lines in the two photos.
  • With scissors, cut along all the black lines. This will leave most of the width of the sticking tape inside the sail outline.


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