Barn Door Kite Plans

For All The MBK Barn Doors

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These Barn Door 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.

Try the Making The MBK Dowel Barn Door Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts.

For each of the Barn Door 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 large plastic bags are suitable.

Take a look at this Dowel Barn Door in flight...



Dowel Barn Door Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Dowel Barn Door from the front.Front
Dowel Barn Door from the back.Back
Dowel Barn Door kite plans.
Dowel Barn Door kite plans.


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, with corners folded back under the sail.
  4. For the upper bridle loop and lower bridle lines, try lengths about 1.5 times the length of the horizontal spar.
  5. At the bridle attachment points, a Single-wrap Slip Knot should be sufficient, secured with a spot of glue. For this design, they also serve to lash the spars together.
  6. No tail is required for this kite.

The photo below shows our very first Dowel Barn Door, which was later improved in several ways. However, both versions looked very similar from a distance since the sail shape was unchanged.

The original Dowel Barn Door kite in flightA rather versatile and reliable kite when trimmed correctly

Don't forget the Making The MBK Dowel Barn Door Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts.

Here's the Dowel barn Door in flight...





2-Skewer Barn Door Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

2-Skewer Barn Door from the front.Front
2-Skewer Barn Door from the back.Back
Plans for the MBK 2-Skewer Barn Door.
Plans for the MBK 2-Skewer Barn Door.

Tips And Hints

  1. Reinforce the join in the middle of each diagonal spar with a length of skewer, 0.25SL (7.3cm, 2 7/8") long, glued to one side of the join as in the plan.
  2. Reinforce the join in the middle of the horizontal spar with 2 lengths of skewer, 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") long, glued to each side of the join as in the plan. The short pieces of bamboo stay flat on the table.
  3. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines.
  4. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape.
  5. Try a length of bridle line about 2.0SL (58cm, 23") long, to tie between the 2 upper attachment points - in each case use a single-wrap slip knot, secured with a spot of glue.
  6. Use another a length of bridle line about 2.0SL (58cm, 23"), to tie between the upper bridle loop and the lower attachment point.
  7. For a start, try making a single tail about 12SL (350cm, 140") long, with each end tied to the bottom end of a diagonal spar, forming a loop.

The photo below shows this latest 2-Skewer Barn Door, with its loop tail of black garbage bag plastic.

The 2-Skewer Barn Door kite in flight.A looped tail is compact but does the job really well

 


1-Skewer Barn Door Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

1-Skewer Barn Door from the front.Front
1-Skewer Barn Door from the back.Back
Plans for the 1-Skewer Barn Door kite.
Plans for the 1-Skewer Barn Door kite.


Tips And Hints

  1. 30 cm (12") bamboo BBQ skewers work well as spars. I work with 1SL = 29cm (11 1/2")
  2. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of clear sticky tape.
  3. After cracking the bamboo to get the dihedral angle, use a generous drop of wood glue to hold the dihedral angle firmly.
  4. Use drops of wood glue to secure the skewers where they cross each other.
  5. Try a length of bridle line about the length of one skewer, tied to the middle of the horizontal spar. Let half hang out the front of the sail, and the other half out the back. Secure with a small drop of glue. The kite can now be easily included in a kite train.
  6. For a start, try making a single tail about 6 times as long as a skewer, with each end tied to the bottom end of a diagonal spar, forming a loop
  7. Add a couple of strips of clear sticky tape all along the trailing edge of the sail. The extra weight here makes the kite more stable.
The 1-Skewer Barn Door kite in flightLittle Barn Doors need plenty of dihedral

 


Out In The Field

Barn Door kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

I hope one of these Barn Door kite plans is just right for you!


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Light Air
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1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

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19–24 mph
17–21 knots
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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
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32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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