How To Make A Dopero Kite

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The MBK 1-Skewer Dopero 

How To Make A Dopero Kite

The 1-Skewer Dopero - making the keels
The 1-Skewer Dopero - a completed keel
  • Mark out a keel shape on some spare plastic, as per the dimensions on the template. For all the steps below, refer to the above photo if anything is unclear. A keel in black garbage bag plastic looks good with a lighter colored sail! If you lay black plastic against a window on a sunny day, even black marker lines show up easily, I've found. Rule the lines with the plastic flat against the window glass. You can also hold the plastic up to the light while cutting along the lines with scissors.
  • Cut out the keel and tape down 2 lengths of flying line onto one side, using clear sticky tape. One goes from the bridle attachment point to the upper attachment point, and the other goes from the bridle attachment point to the lower attachment point. The pieces of line hanging free should be at least as long as your finger.
  • Now flip the plastic over and tape down another 2 lengths of flying line, directly over the first 2.
  • Where 2 pieces of line come together, tie a Multi-Strand Simple Knot close to the plastic. These 2 knots will sit against a vertical spar.
  • Where the 4 pieces of line come together, tie them into another Multi-Strand Simple Knot close to the plastic, then tie another one further out. The photo on the right shows all the knots.

All done? Now do it all again to make the other keel!

How To Make A Dopero Kite
Attach The Bridle

The 1-Skewer Dopero - attaching the bridle 1.
The 1-Skewer Dopero - attaching the bridle 2
The 1-Skewer Dopero - bridle knots.
  • Lay the kite down with the keels on top, then cut off a length of flying line about 2 skewers long
  • Tie a small Loop Knot into each end.
  • Poke holes in the upper sail, and hence attach the line to the vertical spars as indicated in the top photo. Use a Double Wrap Slip Knot in each case. This is the upper bridle loop.
  • Now make another bridle loop line. Again, about 2 skewer lengths long, with a Loop Knot in each end. Make these Loop Knots much bigger, because...
  • Now attach each end of this line to a keel, using a Larks Head knot. This is the lower bridle loop. See the middle photo.
  • Take another length of flying line about 2 skewers long, and attach one end to the middle of the upper bridle loop and the other end to the middle of the lower bridle loop, using a Prusik Knot at each end. Let's call this the bridle line.
  • Now take a length of flying line about 1 skewer long, and tie one end to the bridle line with a Prusik Knot. Tie a small Loop Knot into the other end. There's the whole bridle, in the bottom photo.
  • Secure every knot on the vertical spars with a tiny blob of wood glue. 6 in all!

How To Make A Dopero Kite

The 1-Skewer Dopero - attaching the tail
  • Cut out a long thin rectangle of colored plastic for the tail. Mine is black, to contrast with the orange sail. Make it 10.0SL (290cm, 115") long and 0.2SL (5.8cm, 2 1/4") wide. Knot pieces together if necessary, to get the full length. Avoid taping, because it adds weight!
  • Tie one end around one vertical spar, and the other end around the other vertical spar. Slip the plastic under the bamboo and between the keel knots, but as close as possible to the lower knot. A single Half Hitch will do, since there are very low forces on the tail in flight. Pull it fairly tight and trim off any excess plastic. See the photo for the final result.

At this point, you've finished making the 1-Skewer Dopero!

To attach the flying line, just Lark's Head the flying line to the short bridle line.

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