MBK Delta Kite Stories
Featuring All The MBK Deltas
Every MBK Delta kite is a pleasure to fly in conditions that suit it. In the larger sizes Deltas are also very convenient to set up, needing only a quick attachment of the spreader rod. These kites respond very well to rising air and sometimes seem to be sniffing it out, as they meander left and right on the end of a long line! In such air, they lean back and soar higher.
30 pound Dacron, as available on this Stake Line Winder
from Amazon, is a reasonable compromise to use for all my Skewer and Dowel kites. Except
the huge Multi-Dowel ones of course!
Here's a short-format flight report featuring the Dowel Delta...
"2 KPH Near The Ground"
The sun was out, high altitude hooks of Cirrus
('Mares Tails') sweeping the sky. The wind? Barely a whisper most of
the time. Just the occasional 4 or 5 kph gust from a nearby small
thermal lifting off. Perfect weather for the pale orange Dowel Delta
Dowel Delta on a short line for a photo shoot
Launch was easy, letting out line just fast enough
to maintain a 45 degree line angle. Bravely, I decided to go with 20
pound line to get the absolute most out of the big but light-pulling
Delta. In these conditions, it's not the wind speed that tightens up
the line the most, it's the vertical plumes of air which cause the
kite to surge overhead from time to time.
After some pleasant flying around 200 feet or so,
I let a thermal carry the kite almost vertically up to 400 feet.
Slightly above the legal limit I guess tsk tsk tsk.
Corresponding to the sorties overhead were other
times when the Delta would hang down at around 45 degrees, pulling
hard but getting no higher in slowly sinking air.
A lazy loop would sometimes happen when the kite
would get disturbed by a sudden drop in wind pressure and find itself
pointed off to one side or even heading for the ground. Eventually it
was time to pack up so I took 15 minutes or so to get the kite down
slowly, right into my hands. A check of the Windtronic meter showed
an average wind strength of 1.9 kph and a peak gust to 5.3 kph.
If winds tend to be very light around your
area, you'll love the Dowel Delta kite! Make one for this weekend.
Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Delta Kites
The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Delta kite of one type or another...
Modified, Good In Thermals (Multi-Dowel)
Dicing With Sudden Wind Increases And Cloud Suck (Dowel)
Trimmed Out And Flying High (Dowel)
Amazing Flight In Almost Zero Wind (Dowel)
Smooth Stiff Breeze Keeps Line Straight And Spars Bent! (Dowel)
Pinned To The Sunset At 350 feet (2-Skewer)
Almost Zero-Wind, But Still Some Interesting Flying! (1-Skewer)
Testing Conditions, But A Great Little Flier! (1-Skewer)
This 30 pound Dacron line
is handy for all the MBK kites except the very large Multi-Dowel designs.
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The Roller is a WW2 vintage design which is quite well known among more experienced kite enthusiasts. With it's upper and lower sails, this design has an attractive aircraft-like appearance in the air. This MBK version excels in light winds.
If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes a little 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 Roller 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 Roller takes advantage of any rising air that happens to come by. By substituting a slightly wider diameter vertical spar, the kite remains comfortable right to the top of the Moderate wind range. 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.
Feb 19, 17 07:51 PM
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