Rokkaku Kite Plans

For All The MBK Rokkakus

These Rokkaku kite plans and hints are aimed at summarizing the more in-depth instructions to be found in the How To Make A Kite section of this website.

For the Rokkaku plans below, there are also a pair of plan view photos. The one on the left is of the front surface. That is, the side of the kite which faces the flier. The other photo is of the back surface, which exposes the spars.

For all 3 designs, attach flying line to the bridle with a shiftable knot, for later trimming. Also, all 3 designs work well with light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are suitable.

This Stake Line Winder from Amazon doesn't have any equivalent in your local supermarket. It's great stuff for kites and the strength is a good compromise for all the designs on this page.




Dowel Rokkaku Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Rokkaku Kite Plans - dowel front
Rokkaku Kite Plans - dowel back
Rokkaku kite plans - dowel spars.


Tips And Hints

  1. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines as you cut out the sail.
  2. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape, wrapped over the tips.
  3. Lash the spars together where they cross, with whatever light cord you can find - use a drop of glue to secure if necessary.
  4. Make the upper and lower bridle loops about 3/4 as long as the kite is wide.
  5. At the bridle attachment points, a Single-wrap Slip Knot should be sufficient, secured with a spot of glue.
  6. Connect the 2 bridle loops with another line of similar length, using shiftable knots such as the Prusik - the kite can be trimmed left or right with the upper knot, if necessary.
  7. No tail is required for this kite.

Don't forget - an e-book is available with these plans plus step-by-step instructions and a flight report.

The Sled already rolls up into a neat bundle, for transport. For the other designs, the e-book also shows how to make the kite with removable spars so it can be rolled-up.

Another plus with the pdf e-book format is the nicely formatted printouts you can get. Also, you can work off-line with the e-book on your laptop or tablet.

 

The Dowel Rokkaku kite in flight.




2-Skewer Rokkaku Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Rokkaku Kite Plans - 2 skewer front
Rokkaku Kite Plans - 2 skewer back
Plans for the 2-skewer Rokkaku kite.


Tips And Hints

Out In The Field

My collection of real-life Rokkaku kite stories is worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

  1. Reinforce all the skewer joins with 2 lengths of skewer, 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") long, glued to both sides of the join as in the plan. While gluing the upper and lower spars with the tips raised off the table, the short reinforcers stay flat on the table.
  2. The upper horizontal spar tips should both be 0.10SL (2.9cm, 1 1/8") off the table while the lower spar tips should be 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") off the table.
  3. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines as you cut out the sail.
  4. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape, wrapped over the tips.
  5. Try an upper bridle loop about as long as the kite is wide, attached where the sail holes are indicated near the top of the plan. Another line, about 3.0SL (87cm, 34 1/2") long, goes from the middle of this loop down to the remaining sail hole.
The 2-Skewer Rokkaku in flight




1-Skewer Rokkaku Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Rokkaku Kite Plans - 1 skewer front
Rokkaku Kite Plans - 1 skewer back
Plans for the 1-skewer Rokkaku kite.


Tips And Hints

  1. Reinforce the vertical skewer join with 2 lengths of skewer, glued to both sides of the join as in the plan.
  2. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of clear sticking tape.
  3. A 2-leg bridle works well, 2 skewer-lengths long and attached where indicated on the plan.
  4. For a start, try using a simple streamer tail about 8 times as long as the kite is high. Add more to let the kite fly in stronger winds.
The 1-Skewer Rokkaku in flight.




I hope one of these Rokkaku kite plans is just right for you!

As mentioned earlier, this Stake Line Winder from Amazon is a good compromise, in terms of line strength, for all the designs on this page.

 

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