This set of instructions on how to make a Barn Door kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making. 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!
Try the Making The MBK Dowel Barn Door Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts.
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.
you have successfully made and flown the Dowel Diamond, move up to this Barn Door for more of a challenge!
I have chosen to make '1 Dowel Length' equal to 120cm for every kite in the Dowel series. If you are in North America, 48" of 3/16" dowel is close enough to 120cm of 5mm dowel. This will result in a kite with similar flying characteristics to my original.
Now's the time to read up on the kite making tools and materials required for making a Dowel Barn Door, 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...
When doing the following, most of the width of the tape should be inside the kite's outline. Use a single length of tape for each line. Hold it out straight, touch it down to the plastic at one end, then at the other end, dab it down in the middle, then press down all along its length.
Try the Making The MBK Dowel Barn Door Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts. A little more convenient than working from live Web pages, you might find :-)