How To Make A Sode Kite

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The MBK Dowel Sode

How To Make A Sode Kite

Try this Stake Line Winder from Amazon, if you are not sure where to get suitable flying line. The 50 pound strength is ideal for these Dowel Series kites.

All the construction details for the bridle are contained in the large photo below. Look and read carefully, and you can't go wrong on this rather important bit!


If you are new to this, you might need instructions on how to tie the following knots...

Loop Knot
Double Wrap Slip Knot
Prusik Knot

TIP: Secure the slip knots onto the dowels with enough wood glue to ensure the knots can never slip along the dowel. They won't loosen either.

The Dowel Sode - bridle details


Once your kite + bridle looks like the photo up there...

Hold the short bridle line up so all the bridle lines are straight, with the kite laying flat on the table or floor.

Make sure the Prusik knots closest to the kite are adjusted to the middle. Right over the vertical spar.

Referring to the diagram below, shift the highest Prusik knot to the shown position. It's not necessarily the perfect position for your individual kite, but it should at least fly on the first attempt! Later, you can experiment with shifting the position towards or away from the nose, a little at a time, to improve how high your kite flies.

How To Make A Sode Kite
Nose and Tail Loops

To keep the bowed horizontal spars from flopping back down to the sail, they need to be tethered with short loops of flying line. These can be seen in the diagram above, near the table-top.

Firstly, let's look at the upper horizontal spar...

The Dowel Sode - nose section, rigged.
  • Make a big loop from a length of flying line, by tying the 2 ends into a Multi-Strand Simple Knot. The loop should stretch from the center of the upper bow-line to the top of the vertical spar, with plenty of length to spare so you can tie it off. See the top photo.
  • Attach the loop with a Lark's Head Knot to the bow-line, directly over the vertical spar or close to it.
  • Wrap the other end of the loop around the corner strap a couple of times and tie off with a single Half Hitch so it's easy to undo.
  • Make another loop for the tail end of the kite. The loop should stretch from the center of the lower bow-line to the bottom shoe-lace tie on the vertical spar. See the bottom photo.
  • Attach the loop with a Lark's Head Knot to the bow-line, directly over the vertical spar or close to it.
  • Simply place the other end of the loop over the tip of the vertical spar, so it slips back up to where the shoe-lace tie is. If the length is a little too long, just tie another Simple Knot near the first one until you get the length right.

Note: These loops stay attached to the bow lines from now on.

At this point, you've pretty much finished making the Dowel Sode! However, there is a short Setup procedure to go through before it will fly...

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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