This set of instructions on how to build a Rokkaku kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making. You might already have some of the simple tools and materials required.
MBK 2-Skewer Rokkaku
MBK 2-Skewer Rokkaku
Anything you don't have is
easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something
The MBK 2-Skewer Rokkaku Kite is a medium-sized Rokkaku 58cm (23")
across and 73cm (29") tall.
'dihedral' on both the horizontal spars gives ample stability for flight without a tail.
Also, the bridle allows the lower spar to bend a little more when the wind picks up, giving a bit more stability when needed.
This 2-Skewer Rokkaku is an efficient light
wind flier. Take it out when it seems there's barely enough wind to fly!
When looking at this kite, I am always reminded of the day when someone came walking across the flying field. They traversed the entire field from corner to corner without realizing that the Rok was directly above, at around 200 feet. With me staring at 'nothing'. :-)
Making Skewer Kites is my handy download of printable step-by-step instructions. This design and all the other 1-Skewer and 2-Skewer designs are covered.
Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...
How To Build A Rokkaku Kite
Now's the time to read up on the 'tools' and materials required for making a Skewer kite, if you haven't already.
The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows...
- Take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
dots on the plastic, corresponding to the corners of the Template.
There is no need to use a T-square, since any small error will be
duplicated on the other side of the sail. And it will make hardly any
difference to how the kite flies.
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots to create the Template shape.
- Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail.
- Open out the bag and lay it flat on the floor - you can now see the complete sail outline, as in the first photo.
- Run clear sticky tape along every straight line, leaving most of the tape on the inside of the sail edges.
- Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail. See the close-up photo.
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