Sode Kite Plans

For All The MBK Sodes

These Sode 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.

Take a look at this Dowel Sode in flight...



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For the Sode 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 types of 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 Sode Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The Dowel Sode from the front.Front
The Dowel Sode from the back.Back
Sode Kite Plans - the MBK Dowel Sode.


Tips And Hints

  1. For a dowel length of 120cm (48"), 5mm (3/16") dowel works well.
  2. Reinforce the sail edges by adding nearly the full width of clear sticking tape inside the outline, then trimming back to the outline.
  3. Secure the sail to each spar end using 2 short lengths of electrical insulation tape. One length goes over and around the tip, the other at 90 degrees to the first tape.
  4. For the bridle, try an upper loop of 1 dowel length and a lower loop of 1.5 times one dowel length. Connect the 2 loops with another 1 dowel length of flying line.
  5. To help keep the upper main horizontal spar in position, make a short loop of flying line. Lark's Head it to the middle of the bow-line, and secure the other end to the nose of the kite. Do similarly for the lower main horizontal spar, putting the loop around the bottom tip of the vertical spar. Thus the 2 horizontal spars are tensioned away from each other.
  6. No tail is required for this kite, if flown in light or moderate winds.

The MBK Dowel Sode in flight.Depending on winds, can be super-steady or an exhilerating mover





2-Skewer Sode Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The 2-Skewer Sode from the front.Front
The 2-Skewer Sode from the back.Back
Plans for the 2-Skewer Sode.


Tips And Hints

Out In The Field

Sode kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are 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 spars with dihedral, the short reinforcers stay flat on the table.
  2. Include tabs in the sail outline, to be folded around the bamboo at the leading and trailing edges. Stick down with clear sticky tape.
  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.
  5. Try a 3-leg bridle, tied where indicated by the 'bridle holes' in the plan. Keep the towing point as close to the kite as practical - roughly 2 skewer lengths from the sail.
  6. For a start, try making a tail about 3 times as long as the kite is high. Loop it from the bottom horizontal spar, as in the photo below.
The 2-Skewer Sode in flight.Delightful light-wind flier but tail keeps it smooth in more breeze




1-Skewer Sode Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The 1-Skewer Sode from the front.Front
The 1-Skewer Sode from the back.Back
Plans for the 1-Skewer Sode.


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. Try a 2 skewer-length bridle line, tied between the upper and lower attachment points
  4. For a start, try making a looped tail about 8 times as long as the kite is high. Add more to let the kite fly in stronger winds.
My son Aren flying the tiny 1-Skewer Sode kite.Un-traditional little Sode, but great wind range with enough tail




I hope one of these Sode 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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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.



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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