How to Make a Dopero Kite
Before the first flight, you need to adjust the bridle:
First, make sure the sliding knots on the upper and lower bridle loops are dead center. An easy way to check this is to see if the kite hangs level, when you dangle it from the loop knot at the end of the bridle. Adjust both knots until everything looks square and level.
Second, make sure that the sliding knot on the central bridle line ends up between the upper horizontal spar and the top edge of the sail. Check this when the kite is laying on its back on the floor or table, with equal tension in all the bridle lines. Shift the knot if necessary, and hold up the bridle lines again to check. Repeat until it looks right.
If it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a light-to-moderate-wind kite and won't like being launched in a gale.
Out in the Field
Dopero-kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Assuming there is some breeze outside, just dangle the kite at
arm's length until the wind catches it. As long as you feel the kite
pulling, let out line slowly by taking loop after loop off the winder.
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let
it go, on the end of maybe 10 or 20 meters (about 50 feet) of line.
This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more
The picture up there shows the very first version of the 1-Skewer Dopero
climbing away in a light breeze. The black plastic sail, yellow keels, and clear-plastic tail made a nice combination!
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a dopero kite.
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already:
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
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The Boy From Philippines
I named it the boy from Philippines. Because firstly I'm a boy. Then secondly obviously I'm from Cebu, Philippines.
I didn't have bamboo skewers so …
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