The MBK Roller

by Ron Green
(Siloam Springs, Arkansas, USA)

Roller Kite In Flight

Roller Kite In Flight

No real story to tell... Grand-kids and I had a lot of fun building this Roller. The next one they're on their own while I do the watching.

They picked the colors, of the sail. I would have liked the top half white and the bottom half red with the keel being purple. See picture.

Did it fly? Why of course we have not had any of the kites that I built from this site not fly.

Not sure if it is a good thing or not but the Roller really wants to take line even on the test flight. The kite will go straight over head, so I am not sure if I have the angle of attack set right yet. We will see.

Thanks to Tim for such good plans. And the amount of work that he must do to keep it all updated.

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Nicely done...
by: Tim P.

Hey, that looks better than my original, you can't do that ;-)

Nice post Ron. Looks like you and the Grand-kids will never be bored as long as there is another MBK kite to make. I'd better stay busy!

Good to know every kite you made flew ok. Regarding the Roller going 'straight overhead' - you can't get any better than that, I'd leave the towing point just where it is! The kite will have a harder time doing that if you let hundreds of feet of line out, however.

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