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!

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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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Tyvek Dopero MBK kite

by Doug
(Elkhorn, WI, USA)


The continuing saga... The kite is finished with test flights scheduled for 22nd July 2011.

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Nice work
by: Tim Parish

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

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4–7 mph
4–6 knots
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Gentle breeze
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8–12 mph
7–10 knots
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
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