How To Make A
Paper Rokkaku Kite

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The instructions which show you how to make a paper Rokkaku kite are step-by-step and illustrated throughout by high-quality close-up photographs. But first, let me tell you a few things about this very cheap-to-make kite...

Brief Summary

  • The kite has a 40cm (15 3/4") tall sail.
  • In flight, the Paper Rokkaku flies steadily at low wind speeds then begins to swish from side to side in stronger breezes.
  • Due to it's small size, this kite has a rather light pull on the flying line. Hence it may be flown by small children.
  • As an adult, you will be amazed at how high this little kite will go on polyester sewing thread! 
  • If you leave your winder attached to the kite, setup time out in the field is zero! No wasted time.

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Down At The Beach

Ready to see this little kite do it's thing? The movie clip further down was taken down at a local beach. The rough Moderate to Fresh breeze was not ideal, since it was coming straight up the beach - after passing over some large buildings and higher ground!

Initially the kite had trouble staying up since Fresh gusts would force it down from time to time.

However, no damage was done and the little Rokkaku did much better on a longer length of thread. The video shows how the kite got forced down low a few times but would always recover and soar back up again.

I measured one gust at 37kph which is way above the 28kph maximum recommended for all the Paper Series designs! It's nice to know the Rok will take a little punishment in the air if the wind happens to really pick up.

More About Paper Kites...

From the Summary up there, you already know a bit about a typical MBK Paper Series kite. But also... 

  • Despite this being a 'sticked' design, there no sticks to find or buy! Instead, you are shown a neat trick on how to make stiff and light spars from just paper and tape.
  • The kite takes up very little space in your home. Just stow it on a shelf or on top of a cupboard, with the winder underneath the kite.
  • You can make your own winder too, from just copier paper and sticky tape. 400 feet of ordinary polyester sewing thread can be wound on. This kite will easily fly to 300 feet above the ground on that length of line, in ideal conditions.
  • Paper. Tape. Thread. That's the complete materials list for this high-flying sparred kite and it's winder with line. Talk about convenient :-) You've probably got all that lying around the house somewhere!

"Making The MBK Paper Rokkaku"

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Knowing how to make a paper rokkaku kite is just a few minutes away now. You could have it in the air before the sun goes down. OK, maybe by lunch time tomorrow :-)  You'll find it's a really fun little kite. To make and to fly.

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