For this rokkaku, you need seven 30 cm (12 in.) bamboo BBQ skewers. Also, you need to cut off eight short 0.15 SL (4.4 cm, 1 3/4 in.) lengths of skewer. The photos show how these are all glued together.
Two pairs of skewers have the pointed ends raised up off the table, forming the upper and lower horizontal spars.
The remaining three skewers are just lined up straight, flat against the table top, with a point at each end. This is the vertical spar. To make sure there is no kink at the joins, get your head down low and look along the skewers. Do a little shifting, if necessary, before the glue dries!
Dacron line in 20 to 50-pound strength is suitable for all the Skewer Series kites.
All the construction details for the bridle are contained in the large photo below. Look and read carefully, and you can't go wrong on this rather important bit! Just use Dacron line for the bridle pieces.
If you are new to this, you might need instructions on how to tie the following knots:
TIP: Secure the slip knots onto the bamboo of the spars with a tiny blob of wood glue each, so they can't loosen.
Once your kite and bridle look like the photo up there:
Hold the short bridle line up so all the bridle lines are straight, with the kite laying flat on the table or floor. The Prusik knot nearest the sail should be shifted so it is centered, right over the vertical spar.
Referring to the diagram below, shift the higher Prusik knot to the shown position. It's not necessarily the perfect
position for your individual kite, but it should at least fly on the
first attempt! Later, you can experiment with shifting the position away from the nose a little at a time to improve how high your kite flies.
At this point, you've finished making the 2-Skewer Rokkaku!
To attach the flying line, just Lark's Head the flying line to the short bridle line as in the photo.
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