This set of instructions on how to make a Dopero kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making.
MBK 1-Skewer Dopero
MBK 1-Skewer Dopero
You might already have some of the simple tools and materials
required. Anything you don't have is easily bought. If not exactly what I
used, then at least something pretty similar!
These instructions on how to make a Dopero kite might look a bit
long, but each step is quite simple to do. Just steadily work your
way through from top to bottom, skimming over any detail that you don't
At 29cm (11 1/2") wide, the MBK 1-Skewer Dopero Kite is a rather small kite, with tip dihedral and a 4-leg bridle.
If you spend some time tweaking the bridle, this tiny design will fly over a decent range of wind speeds. And of course you can always add more length to the tail to improve stability in stronger winds.
This tiny Dopero is almost comical when compared with it's huge retail cousins. But it's just supposed to be a bit of fun. The pinnacle of 1-Skewer design really ;-)
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 Make A Dopero 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...
- Firstly, take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
- Mark 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.
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots, as in the photo.
- Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
- Cut out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail,
open it out and lay it flat on the floor - you can now see the complete sail outline, as in the photo.
- Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail.
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