MBK Rokkaku Kite Stories

Featuring All The MBK Rokkakus

An MBK Rokkaku kite in just about any size is fairly easy to build, but returns more exciting flying than the same size Diamond. Just like light-wind Deltas, Roks have a tendency to fly straight overhead whenever there is rising air in the vicinity.

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 Rokkaku, which is a beautifully stable and predictable flier in light winds...




"Dodging TV Antenna"

Yes it's another flirt with danger over the rooftop - this time with the Dowel Rokkaku.

Dowel Rok hovers on the slightest puff

To begin with, the air was somewhat gusty despite a quite low average wind speed. This did cause a few problems. Getting the kite's nose stuck in the gutter after about 30 seconds of air time was the first...

A few short and scary flights later, I was pulling the kite out of one of our small trees. No great drama there. A few small pin-pricks from the rose bushes on yet another flight. But eventually, as the sun dipped towards the horizon, the air settled down.

With more constant wind speed, and lower strengths overall, I gradually put the big pale-orange Rok up higher and higher over our roof. Maybe out to 25 meters (80 feet) or so. A couple of trimming changes with the bridle knots also helped to keep it flying straight and true.

With dark rain clouds in the not-so-far distance, the big Chinese character on the kite was appropriate - 'rain'.

The Dowel Rokkaku kite eventually tired of trying to stay airborne and slowly descended towards the roof. Just like when the Dowel Delta went up a few days ago. A little line handling ensured that the Rok made it over the gutter. Whereupon it floated onto its face and proceeded to glide straight towards me like a paper plane. An easy catch in one hand! A nice ending to another backyard sunset flight. And it was a great sunset too...





Reporters' Flight Reports

Click below to see MBK Flight Reporters contributions...

2-Skewer Rokkaku Kite:
My First and Favorite
 
I began my new journey into kite making and flying at the beginning of May, 2013. And this Rokkaku is the first kite I made. I thought the Rokkaku …

One Dowel Rokkaku with a side of thermals! Not rated yet
Since I was not able to get a good long flight with my MBK Rokkaku, I figured I would do a report with 2 flights adding up to more than 10 minutes worth …

Looking back: the first and only flight of my 8 foot Rokkaku!  Not rated yet
So, I know you Aussies and Southern hemisphere guys are enjoying your warm summer months while us here in the Shedd, Oregon, USA are going through a very …





Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Rokkaku Kites

The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Rokkaku kite of one type or another...

Nailed To The Sky At Sunset (Multi-Dowel)

A Slow, Ponderous Climb To 250 Feet (Multi-Dowel)

Straight And True Over The Whole Wind Range (Dowel)

Had To Fly Higher To Find Slower Air! (Dowel)

Flying High In Smooth Breezes - After Some Drama! (Dowel)

First Test Flight In A Light Gusty Breeze (Dowel)

Rok Rockets Up, Aided By Thermals And Light Wind (2-Skewer)

Pushing The Envelope In Moderate To Fresh Winds (2-Skewer)

Winds A Bit Light, But Thermals Helped Out! (1-Skewer)


Flying line...

This 30 pound Dacron line is handy for all the MBK kites except the very large Multi-Dowel designs.



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The
Sode is a traditional Japanese design, and this MBK version is exciting to watch in rough air!

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes a little more time to make. It's still a straight-forward build though, using the same techniques as used for my Dowel Diamond. 

Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Sode kite. The cambered sail makes this a very efficient design. Of the Dowel kites, this design is one of my personal favorites!

This Sode flies steep and steady over the Light wind range, and starts to move around quite a bit when the wind picks up to Moderate levels. 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.



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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