Quick Kite Project

by Ben Kickert
(Bowling Green, KY, USA)

I attempted to make my own kite without reading any directions and failed miserably.

I made a quick and dirty version of the MBK Dowel Diamond kite and was absolutely amazed at how easily it took off in even the slightest breeze.

The instructions printed here got me in the right direction, but I had to do a little bit of adjusting to get the bridle to work out okay. I found it was easier to attach the spars to a large piece of plastic and then cut the edges than to try to cut out the design first. I have several tweaks I will do when I remake this kite (like using a Prusik knot on the bow spar and redesigning how the spars attach).

Thanks so much for the help!

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by: V

Last day I had the fun to fly a kite from the top of a 8 storey building, and guess what it was freaking amazing. I felt like I was a 8 year old back again. Full of fun and enthusiasm. Me along with our friends, totally enjoyed it.

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You're welcome!
by: Tim Parish

Glad to hear of your success Ben. BTW, using shoe-lace ties as per the instructions will make it very easy to rig / de-rig the kite many many times during future flying sessions.

What's next... Maybe try a Sode or Rokkaku? They are fantastic in light air too!

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Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
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4–7 mph
4–6 knots
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Gentle breeze
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8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

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32-38 mph
28-33 knots
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