MBK Special Kite Stories

Featuring All The MBK Specials

Every MBK Special kite is something which I made more or less on a whim. A whim or sometimes quite a good reason such as needing much better high-wind performance out of a particular type.

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!

A few of these kites are a Sled, Diamond ... Box type which seasoned readers of this website will be very familiar with. But most are not. Like the kite featured below.

Here's a short-format flight report featuring the 3-Skewer A-Frame kite...




"Soaring In The Sun"

A rare sunny day with moderate winds provided another opportunity to get out with the 3-Skewer A-Frame again. I was hoping for some fresher-strength breeze to really push the kite hard and give an opportunity to trim it properly.

3-Skewer A-Frame

Firstly, I let the kite out at about 30 degrees of line angle. Just for fun, I let the line out just fast enough to hold the kite at around 30 degrees all the way out to 60 meters (200 feet) of line. Then, I stopped and the A-Frame rose to around 45 degrees.

The stronger gusts kept bending the kite and pushing it down to lower line angles, so I brought it back down by anchoring the line and walking out with the line slipping through one hand. The towing point was easily shifted forward by a centimeter or so (1/2") by sliding the Prusik knot and then locking it again in the new position.

This time, the kite was much more comfortable and rose right up to 60 or 70 degrees. Even after letting out another 60 meters of line!

For 15 minutes or so I just enjoyed seeing the 3-Skewer A-Frame flying steadily at high altitude, the loop tail rippling just slightly in the breeze. Orange plastic brightly illuminated by the late afternoon sun from behind. No sign of leaning, strangely, despite the good moderate airflow at that height. Perhaps unwinding the tail to its original state had made quite a difference. Can't complain!

On the ground, the wind meter recorded an average strength of 5 kph and a maximum gust of 14 kph. Towards the end of the flight, the fresh gusts had died down quite a bit. As a result, the kite hung lower from time to time during lulls.





Tim's Blog Posts
Featuring MBK Special Kites

I hadn't realized just how many extra kites I had made until this list of links was put together. Plus there were a few that were only semi-successful or even outright failures! I never was in the mood to post about them.

Fresh Wind Barn Door kite posts

Fresh Wind Sled kite posts

Red Roller kite posts

3-Skewer kite posts

Carbon Diamond kite posts

Della Porta kite posts

Enjoy the stories, and maybe pick up a tip or two. Or even get inspired to build another kite of your own.





Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Special Kites

The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Special kite...

Exploring The Lower Wind Range (A-Frame)

Exploring The Upper Wind Range (A-Frame)

Floated Way Up In Almost Perfect Winds (Tetrahedral)


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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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