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This site map lists links for every visible page that has been posted on the site, under broad categories. The broad categories are in CAPITALS (like that), and sub-categories are just in bold type (like that...)

Note that the last broad category is called VISITOR-CONTRIBUTED. From there down, all the pages listed have been submitted by visitors to this site. I'm grateful to them all, and there's some good stuff in there if you look for it.

There are over one thousand pages on this site, although not all of them are listed below. Thank goodness for scroll bars!

Some of the very earliest pages make us cringe now... We hope you don't find them ;-)





KITE MAKING
Why Make Your Own Kite? 5 Reasons!
Step-by-Step
Plans
Knots
Other Bits
General Info
KITE FLYING
Latest Flight Reports
Discontinued Blog
Earliest Flying Adventures
KITE TYPES
Kids' Kites
KITE PHOTOS
KITE EVENTS
OTHER KITE-RELATED
MISCELLANEOUS
NEWSLETTER BACK ISSUES
DOWNLOADABLE BOOKS
FLIGHT REPORTERS
VISITOR-CONTRIBUTED
Kite Festivals
MBK Tiny Tots Diamond
MBK Skewer Kites
MBK Dowel Kites
Kite Aerial Photography
Stunt Kite Stories
Pictures Of Kites
Single Line Kite Stories
'Lost Kite' Stories
Ask Tim

Last updated: 6 Apr 2017




E-book special of the month (25% off)...

This printable e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 120cm (4 ft) tall Parafoil kite. This 4-cell kite performs best in gentle to moderate wind speeds. That's 12 to 28kph or 8 to 18mph. Even in light winds, this kite will hang in the air, although at low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while supervised!

Every kite design in the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...

  • Materials are plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
  • Tools are a ruler, scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
  • All cuts are along straight lines.

For the greatest chance of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough, since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small differences from my original.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Parafoil kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.

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.



What's New!

  1. Global News Report:
    Kites In The Philipines...

    May 19, 17 12:23 AM

    The Philippines - a country yet to feature in these reports. Hence this short piece easily made the cut!

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    BACOLOD CITY - Locals here were…

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E-books


Kite-making e-book: Simplest Dowel Kites

This one's FREE
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Testimonials
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"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world.

Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."

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"I've just bought your super e-book and spent most of last night pouring through all the great stuff in it!

Very detailed and USEFUL information - thanks for such a great book."

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"30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.

 Your instructions and methods are wonderful. You help the builder to focus on accuracy, without making it hard. Also, you use materials that are durable, yet cheap!"

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"omg i made a kite from this site and i fly it ....... booom i didnt expect this bc in the other sites instuction are trash

thank you"




Kite-making e-book: Simplest Dowel Kites

This one's FREE
Download it now!



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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