MBK Sled Kite Stories

Featuring All The MBK Sleds

Every MBK Sled kite is very easy to set up before flying, this being the beauty of Sleds in general. Just attach the flying line and you're away. Even the giant Multi-Dowel version is very quick to rig compared to the others in its class.

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 Multi-Dowel kite...




"The MBK Muscle Kite"

I refer, of course, to the Multi-Dowel Sled which at one point cranked the spring scales up to 15 kilograms (33 pounds) today. That doesn't compare with most multi-line parafoils during a typical work-out, but it's exciting stuff for a single-line enthusiast! The wind was light and gusty, but the average strength crept up as we flew for an hour or so.

The hard-pulling Multi-Dowel Sled

Initially, it took a few attempts to get the big Sled high enough to keep going. Being in the wind shadow of a large football club building was not helpful, but the wind direction didn't allow for much choice.

At times, the Sled would begin to sink out in very light wind, before surging up again in the gusts. Quite a few times, the kite made it right overhead, with several kilos on the scales most of the time. One end of the scales were hooked onto the oval railing, going through a hole in a metal latch. The other end was attached to the kite. I just made a long loop of the flying line, passed it 3 times around and through the ring, then tied it off with 2 Half Hitches. This never shifted, the whole time the kite was up.

The air was very active, and for the first time ever, the huge 2-Dowel Sled needed my assistance once or twice. Any Sled kite directly overhead will become a 'bag of washing' if the airflow holding it up suddenly stops! Some quick pulling-in of line was necessary to re-inflate the kite before it lost too much height. Generally though, the 2-Dowel Sled with its 3 spars is exceptionally stable and well-behaved.

Towards the end of the flying session, I did a quick shoulder-high sampling of the wind speed. The meter recorded about 11kph average gusting to 19kph. Wow - this taped-up MBK Sled kite can cope with the lower part of the moderate wind range without tearing anything...





Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Sled Kites

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

A Learning Experience With My First Truly BIG Kite (Multi-Dowel)

Fewer Collapses, Much Higher And Longer Flights (Dowel)

Just Hanging As The Sun Goes Down (Dowel)

Rough Moderate Winds - No Problem! (3-Skewer)

First High Flight In A Gusty Breeze (2-Skewer)

First Time Out, And Loving The Moderate Breeze! (1-Skewer)

Floating Aloft On Light Thermal-Induced Gusts (Folded Paper)


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