Hi! I'm Tim Parish, the 'kite nut' behind this website.
Perhaps you have seen one or more of my e-books already. People were starting to ask about getting all of the for-sale titles in one hit, so now you can!
That's no less than 42 kites that you can make, all up.
(A download link is supplied for each of the 8 e-books in the Bundle.)
Just in case you are not already aware of the convenience factor with these books....
Just look at all this...
That's a lot of kite info!
Take this chance to save $$$ and time, rather than spending what all the books are worth individually.
The MBK Book Bundle is made available as separate links, one for each book. No installing, no extracting, just PDF files going straight to your hard drive.
Also, you can skip any book you already have, which means you spend less time downloading.
" 30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.
Your instructions and methods are wonderful. You help the builder to focus on accuracy, without making it hard. Also, you use materials that are durable, yet cheap!"
- David D. (CA, USA)
In education? Another testimonial...
"I regularly help run a technology camp for primary and high school students at Toogoolawah in QLD. I built around 30 skewer diamond kites with the 30 primary students there - every kite made, flew! The kids were ecstatic. I decided to run kite making as an elective again on this camp in the past week - so I bought all your e-books, a bunch of materials, and then took a group of 10 high school students through making the kites over 4 days. We built a diamond, a Barn Door, a Delta, and two skew delta kites. Again - every single kite flew. The Barn Door was most reliable - we sent it up on ~275m of line - we reckon it went up at least 100m.
I structured the time as a "team building activity" (even though the kids didn't know!) - I provided them my computer with the e books, the materials, and some guidance and set them free to create! They loved it, and not only did they love building and then flying the kites - they also learned a ton about how to work together. Not only them, but around 40 other people on camp learnt how therapeutic it is to fly kites :)
So, in summary - thank you for your well kept online resources, as well as the excellent resources and experience you provide in your e-books - it's provided great joy to me, as well as around 60 kids."
John B. (QLD, Australia)
Now, I will summarize the contents of each individual book, in case you are unfamiliar with any of them...
"Making Dowel Kites - Low Cost, High Flying Fun"
This printable book features an 8-kite series of Dowel designs which use 1.2m (4 feet) long spars. Everything from the big Sled with its eye-catching diamond cut-outs to the Dopero which soars like an eagle on the slightest whiff of rising air.
Also some 2.4m (8 feet) spar designs. A giant Sled, Diamond, Barn Door, Rokkaku and Delta. Most impressive in the air!
13 kites in all.
"Making Skewer Kites - Fun For Every Generation"
This printable book brings together an 8-kite series of 1-Skewer designs and a more advanced 8-kite series of 2-Skewer designs. In addition, there is the Tiny Tots Diamond and a Tetrahedral kite.
Finally, there are the much bigger 3-Skewer Sled and 3-Skewer A-Frame kites. Great performance for a dirt-cheap price.
That's 20 kites in all.
"Making Box Kites - Old Fashioned Fun"
This printable book brings together Skewer and Dowel designs based on the traditional square box concept which flys on one edge. A 1-Skewer Box, a 2-Skewer Box, two Dowel Boxes for different wind ranges and a giant Multi-Dowel Box kite.
That's 5 kites in all.
"Making The MBK Parasail Kite"
This printable book shows you how to make the second of the Soft Series kites.
The Parasail looks like a jellyfish in the air, when made from clear plastic. Quite unusual and unique! Onlookers often comment on it.
The first was the Soft Sled and is available free from this website. The rest are coming over the next few months!
"Making The MBK Parafoil Kite"
This printable book shows you how to make the third of the Soft Series kites.
This 4-cell Parafoil is a simple low-aspect-ratio foil that stays in the air over a rather wide range of wind speeds. Handy!
"Making The MBK Parachute Kite"
This printable book shows you how to make the fourth of the Soft Series kites.
Learn to make a 119cm (4 ft) wide Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated.
This 14-cell kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to 38kph or 13 to 24mph.
In gentle winds, this kite will hang in the air at fairly low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while supervised!
"Making The MBK Octopus Kite"
This printable book shows you how to make the fifth and final of the Soft Series kites.
Learn how to make a 84cm (35”) wide Octopus kite. Height? Over 5m (16ft) including the long tentacles! This 6-cell inflatable kite performs best in gentle to moderate wind speeds. That's 12 to 28kph or 8 to 18mph.
With the Soft Series now complete, it will soon be released as the compilation e-book "Making Soft Kites" and will replace the individual soft-kite books in this Bundle.
In the meantime, the value of this Bundle keeps going up, kite design by kite design!
"All About Kites - 'Ask Tim' Q&As"
This contains all the questions I was asked through 2011 and 2012, and all the detailed and sometimes researched answers I provided. A clickable Table of Contents is organized into chapters for easy reference.
Are you are a beginner? Chances are someone has already asked for info that you might find helpful too. Particularly on bridles!
Are you ready to immerse yourself in building, decorating, flying and reading about kites? The Big MBK Book Bundle is just the thing.
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