MBK Dowel Barn Door
When you have successfully made and flown the Dowel Diamond, move up to this Barn Door for more of a challenge!
Anything you don't have is easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something pretty similar.
The Dowel Barn Door is a fairly large tail-less design based on the traditional American kite. However, it will still fit into nearly all road vehicles, ready to fly. Either just in front of the rear seat, or flat in the trunk (boot).
This kite is good in light to moderate winds, and easily copes with gusty inland air. If the breeze strength is a bit too much for the Dowel Diamond or Rokkaku, it's time to pull out the Barn Door.
Setting up on the flying field is just a matter of attaching the bow-line toggle to put some curve into the horizontal spar. Then the flying line is attached to the bridle.
At this point you are ready to launch! The method of attachment is illustrated further down this page.
The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic.
As mentioned earlier, there's more kite-making on this site than you can poke a stick at :-) Want to know the most convenient way of using it all?