Tyvek Dopero MBK kite

by Doug
(Elkhorn, WI, USA)


The continuing saga... The kite is finished with test flights scheduled for 7/22/2011

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Nice work
by: Tim Parish

...and looking forward to a flight report :-)

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MBK Dopero Kite Made With Tyvek

by Doug Martindale
(Elkhorn, WI, USA)

MBK Dopero - Tyvek

MBK Dopero - Tyvek

We, my wife and I, are in the process of using MBK's book and plans to make our DOPERO kite. We decided to use lightweight Tyvek plain white, NOT the kind used to wrap houses in!

I will continue to post pictures here as the kite progresses. I think it will still be a very light air kite but more durable than plastic. We'll see.

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Great Looking KIte
by: DOUG

Well, we finished making the MBK Dopero kite using tyvek for the covering. Great looking kite and everything went together as planned.

I took lots of pictures along the way of making the kite. Will post here.

Thanks for the great plans!

Plastic, spinnaker cloth and now...
by: Tim Parish

Tyvek! People have made this design in all sorts of coverings - I'm interested to see how it turns out. You might need to fiddle with the bridle a little, but when you get it sorted it should really go great in light air! If you want more extreme light wind performance, you could try dropping the dowel width a fraction.

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    Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM

    This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...

    In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.

    It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.

    Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.

    A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.

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