MBK 1-Skewer Rokakku
The photo shows a 1-Skewer Rokkaku kite in flight, sporting a long tail made from rings of clear freezer-bag plastic.
As described in some of the kite-making instructions, simple streamer tails are quicker to make. However, the following technique using plastic loops certainly works great and looks great.
By varying the width of the loops and choosing different-sized bags, you can come up with tails to suit just about any size of kite. Specifically:
- 1-Skewer kites—two average adult finger-widths
- 2-Skewer kites—three average adult finger-widths
- Dowel kites—one average adult palm-width
Often essential for smaller kites, a tail improves the directional stability. This just means that the kite now has a strong tendency to point its nose into the wind when aloft.
On steerable multi-line kites, a long tail looks spectacular and traces out the movement of the kite through the air.
If a kite's tail is a bit longer than specified, that doesn't matter at all!
Bear in mind that very long tails will make your kite fly lower. Making tails just long enough to keep the kite stable is the best idea!
That's all there is to making kite tails for the MBK designs. Feel free to experiment with other ideas too. You could try combining simple
streamers and loops, for example.