Dopero Kite Posts

(Bamboo BBQ Skewer Spars)

It's an archive of sorts, although there are no dates and times. Kite flying is timeless, don't you agree?

This short flight report once appeared in the site blog page - that's the one you enter via the 'what's new!' site navigation link.

Try the Making Skewer Kites PDF, if you are interested in making this bamboo-sparred kite. Handy for working offline or from printouts.

On other similar pages I would say 'Just scroll down and stop at any heading that appeals'. But it appears I need to get out and do a few more reports on Skewer Dopero kites in both sizes!



1-Skewer Dopero Kite

 

The MBK 1-Skewer Dopero
The MBK 1-Skewer Dopero

Diminutive Dopero Delivers

Delivers some material for a Short Flight report, that is! After a few unsuccessful launch attempts in tricky light air, the tiny 1-Skewer Dopero kite finally put on a nice climb and float for the camera.

It'd been a while since this kite had flown, and one of the upper sail ties had to be re-taped into position. Not to mention a layer of fine dust which had to be blown off the black plastic.

Being such a small kite, these very minor changes managed to put the trim off somewhat, causing a pull to the left in gusts. Or perhaps the bamboo frame had warped slightly from so many months sitting on a shelf...

The trim problem was enough to foil the first few attempts to get more than several meters of 20 pound Dacron out. After a couple of little tweaks of the bridle Prusik knots, the little black kite was left with just a hint of a pull to the right. This was close enough, though, to get some useful video of a half-minute flight on perhaps 15 meters (50 feet) of line.

I can recommend black plastic sails teamed with yellow keels for any home-made Delta, Roller or Dopero kite. Looks good, and the kite is highly visible against just about any skyscape. Cloudy, grey or pure blue.



Making Skewer Kites is a handy download of printable step-by-step instructions. This design and all the other 1-Skewer and 2-Skewer designs are covered.

FREE: A very simple kite-making e-book!

I'm referring to Simplest Dowel Kites, my popular kite-making download. It's a printable PDF file. Make a diamond, delta or sled. In the right weather these will fly hundreds of feet up for hours on end. 

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What's New!

  1. Adelaide Kite Festival

    Jan 16, 19 06:00 AM

    This page was published soon after we attended the Adelaide International Kite Festival in 2014. The weather varied markedly over the 3 days of the event!

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

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
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

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