Dacron line in 50-pound strength is ideal for these Dowel Series kites.
All the construction details for the bridle are contained in the large photo below. Look and read carefully, and you can't go wrong on this rather important bit!
If you are new to this, you might need instructions on how to tie the following knots:
Double Wrap Slip knot
TIP: Secure the slip knots onto the dowels with enough wood glue to ensure the knots can never slip along the dowel. They won't loosen either.
Once your kite and bridle looks like the photo up there:
Hold the short bridle line up so all the bridle lines are straight, with the kite laying flat on the table or floor.
Make sure the Prusik knots closest to the kite are adjusted to the middle. Right over the vertical spar.
Referring to the diagram below, shift the highest Prusik knot to the shown position. It's not necessarily the perfect
position for your individual kite, but it should at least fly on the
first attempt! Later, you can experiment with shifting the position towards or away from the nose, a little at a time, to improve how high your kite flies.
To keep the bowed horizontal spars from flopping back down to the sail, they need to be tethered with short loops of flying line. These can be seen in the diagram above, near the tabletop.
Firstly, let's look at the upper horizontal spar:
Note: These loops stay attached to the bow lines from now on.
At this point, you've pretty much finished making the Dowel Sode! However, there is a short setup procedure to go through before it will fly.
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?
The Big MBK E-book Bundle is a collection of downloads — printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.
Every kite in every MBK series.