MBK Dopero Kite Stories
Featuring All The MBK Doperos
An MBK Dopero kite can take a little fiddling around with bridle knots before it returns its best flights. But the effort is worth it, since the 4-point bridle helps to keep this design in shape over a wide range of wind speeds. And it excels in very light wind. Very large Doperos are often used for Kite Aerial Photography in light winds, when other designs would fail to stay up at all.
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 kite...
"As Good As Ever"
With 6 year-old Aren at soccer practice for 45
minutes, and a gusty breeze tickling the tree tops, it was a chance
to pull out the Dowel Dopero. This kite has had a good break from
flying, so I had a quick check of all the tape spar caps, after
rigging. The ones on the lower horizontal spar were a little suspect,
but would hold up for a while. I hoped.
Dowel Dopero - stable and versatile
The next 20 minutes or so were spent with short
flights, walking out to bring the kite down, re-adjusting the upper
bridle loop, and re-launching. After about 3 tries, the Dopero flew
straight and true. This kite responds very predictably to the knot
position. Knot right, turns to the right, and vice versa.
Given the limited time available for flying, it
was sensible to stay under a 60 meter (200 feet) line length. The air
was rough up there, causing the normally sedate kite to twitch
its tail and accelerate upwards suddenly from time to time.
of line around a smooth-barked sapling was enough to hold the strain,
as the MBK Dopero kite held a high line angle in the cool breeze.
The efficiency of this design is just amazing. No
thermal activity to speak of, and yet it kept bobbing up to high
angles, pulling like a horse. A check of the Windtronic meter showed
an average wind strength of just 1.4 kph and a peak gust to 3.6 kph.
However, there was a dense row of pine trees upwind. The clouds
moving overhead indicated moderate strength winds higher up.
So did the very taut flying line!
Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Dopero Kites
The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Dopero kite of one type or another...
Eventful Outing - Pelicans, Failed Tape And More (Dowel)
Simply Superb Thermal Floater! (Dowel)
Promising Test Flight In A Sharp Winter Wind Gradient (Dowel)
Gusty Fresh Winds Spring Up From Nowhere (2-Skewer)
Moderate Winds, And Not Too Gusty - Perfect! (1-Skewer)
This 30 pound Dacron line
is handy for all the MBK kites except the very large Multi-Dowel designs.
E-book special of the month (25% off)...
e-book takes you step-by-step through making 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
Every kite design in
the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...
- Materials are
plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
- Tools are a ruler,
scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
- All cuts are
along straight lines.
For the greatest chance
of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For
example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line
type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough,
since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small
differences from my original.
Get the e-book for making the MBK Parafoil 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.
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.
Jun 24, 17 08:27 AM
It was down at Knox Park on the last Saturday of the month, as is my custom...
Except that the weather has not cooperated on the last couple of occasions. Even today the breeze was barely there. A frie…
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