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.

Five turns 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)

Flying line...

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...

Barn Door is a traditional American design, and this MBK version has delighted many of this site's visitors over the years.

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite is only a small step up in difficulty.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Barn Door kite. Down to a mere $2.95 for this month.

The MBK Barn Door is a reliable flyer over the Light to Moderate wind range. Tail(s) are entirely optional, if the kite is made according to the instructions.

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.

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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