How to Make a Dopero Kite
Prepare to Fly
Make up a flying line and attach it to the bridle with a Lark's Head knot. See the photo, where the Lark's Head has been left loose.
bridle is a bit long to check on the ground, so fly the kite on a very
short line to see where the towing point is. Shift the Prusik Knot along
the bridle line until the towing point appears to be level with the
upper horizontal spar or a little below it. To lock the Prusik in place,
take the two bridle lines in one hand, the flying line in the other, and
pull tight. To unlock it, you just pull the bridle line straight, with
the knot in the middle.
Check the bridle slip knots on the upper
horizontal spar. Retighten if necessary, and smear a little wood glue
around where the line contacts the spar, and into the knot. This way the
knots can never come loose or shift along the spar. You won't have to
wait the full drying time for this glue to dry, since the amounts are
How to Make a Dopero Kite
First, if it's very windy outside, stay home! Although this
design has some tolerance for moderate to fresh winds, it won't like
being launched in a gale. If the wind is
too strong, it might get damaged.
The Prusik knot on the bridle
line can loosen off a little over time. If necessary, pull on all the
lines to tighten the knot up before a flying session.
Assuming there is some breeze
outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind catches
it. As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by taking
loop after loop off the winder.
Be cautious about letting line
slip through your fingers. If a big gust hits the kite, the line could
burn you! For any kite this big or bigger, it's a good idea to wear a
glove of some sort, unless the wind is very light.
approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, on the
end of maybe 10 or 20 meters of line. This way, the kite soon gets high
enough to make it easy to let more line out.
Out in the Field
Dopero-kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a dopero kite!
The e-book instructions for
this kite include even more handy hints which will ensure you
get the most success possible when flying this particular design. They
show you how to make the kite more transportable too, so you can remove a couple of spars and roll the kite up into a slim bundle.
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already:
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
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