An efficient MBK Dowel design, like this tailless roller kite, is so cheap to make. Yet it will hang up there in very light winds long after many heavier store-bought kites drift to the ground. The complete step-by-step instructions plus plans cater for all kite-building experience levels, with a detailed Table of Contents to save you time.
At 1.2 meters (4 feet) across, this kite is a decent size and generates a satisfying pull on a 50-pound flying line in moderate winds. In the lightest winds, even your fairly young son or daughter can hang on for a while.
Don't be frustrated on very light-wind days! Chances are your Dowel Roller kite will still fly OK.
This is particularly true when towed above treetop height—an extra knot of wind might be all it needs.
This kite has been proven to have good stability and performance. It's nice to have that peace of mind when gusts or lulls come through!
Metric, Imperial, and generic units are used throughout. Hence you don't waste time converting measurements.
The e-book is handy for these reasons:
The photographs are larger with better detail. Free of live web-page restrictions on size and quality.
Being a PDF document, it lets you obtain nicely formatted printouts of the instructions.
If you have a laptop or tablet, you may prefer to work directly from the screen. Down in the shed or spare room.
In addition to basic construction and flying info, the e-book also provides
construction details for making the kite transportable, so it can be rolled up into a slim package and taken anywhere
tips for rigging and de-rigging if you chose to make the kite transportable
detailed tie-line and bridle adjustment hints and tips for perfect flight
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Quick, Cheap—But GOOD!
An MBK Dowel kite is a relatively quick build compared to more
conventional fiberglass and cloth kites. Even allowing for gluing time,
only a day or three need pass before the results can be enjoyed. Not only
convenient for you, but it's also good for family harmony! Neatness and space are soon returned.
There are plenty of photos
illustrating the building steps. Some of these are real closeups, plus
there are two inflight photos. It's hard to go wrong when you can see
the original kite taking shape, step by step.
Even if you have some experience as a kite maker, the detailed Table of Contents makes it easy to pick and choose just what you need to finish this high-performance kite.
Tools and materials are very cheap and simple. Nothing fancy. Most of these should already be sitting around your house somewhere. If not, they are widely available in stores for just a few dollars.
Store-bought kites are OK, but there is something extra to enjoy when that thing flying up there was made with your own hands! Even before it flies you'll have fun as the roller kite takes shape on your shed or living-room floor. When finished, bask in that "I made it myself" feeling.
Enjoy the satisfaction! And what's more...
It's nice knowing you are assured of a high-performance kite, just by following the instructions! Customers sometimes tell me how their kite flew so well, on the first attempt.
You will be shown how to extract the most
from your homemade roller kite. Despite the rather ordinary materials!
Have the satisfaction of seeing your creation fly "like a bought one"
or most likely, better.
It's great having a bunch of colorful retail kites to fly, but there are benefits to making a few of your own too.
Amaze people down at the park or beach when you tell them how little your Dowel Roller kite cost! Stay within your budgetwithout compromising on flying enjoyment.
roller is very much a "light-wind kite." Your favorite big store-bought
kite might not stay up in the lightest winds, but now you can just fly
the roller kite instead! This is great if your spare time is limited.
You'll soon start to appreciate the unique joys and challenges of keeping a kite up in very light winds. Amaze and inspire onlookers who come up and say "but there's hardly any wind!"
Imagine entertaining them as you hone your light-wind skills.
there is some time to kill, building the roller kite is another option
for "enjoyable things to do." For example, when you are on a holiday or vacation.
This design can be quickly dismantled, rolled up and stored like a sled
kite. This long thin package can be taken just about anywhere, and can
be ready to fly in just a minute or two.
If you take care of your kite, you will get months or even years of fun out of your small investment of time and money. Making additional kites is even cheaper, since not all your bought materials are used up first time around. That's cheap insurance!
Find just what you need with the detailed Table of Contents, particularly if you have made a few kites before:
Perhaps you have bought a lot of kites but only made very few.
The information in the e-book is so complete, you are assured of success if you follow carefully. Materials, construction, knots, the flying line, even launch techniques are covered!
Get a good wind range and maximum height out of your roller kite. How?
Following the instructions exactly
will ensure the kite is accurately made. The sail will be very
symmetrical and so will the horizontal spar curvature. This is a real
head start to getting a balanced kite that flies straight up!
How are you with knots?
Even though you might have your own favorite knots for bridles and
lines, all mine are fully explained and illustrated in the e-book. Just
That is, a report of an actual outing with the original roller kite. Get inspired to have some good high flights with your new kite too! You might know plenty about handling single-liners, but you can still be entertained by someone else's flying experience with this kite.
Print out the e-book as a ready reference while making
your roller kite. It's formatted to come out clean and neat, with no
awkward split pages or lines. It's not a bad idea to keep each appendix
stapled separately. You can then refer to only those you need at any
Nearly all types of computers work with PDF files, so you are unlikely to have trouble using this PDF format e-book. You just need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer.
File size is well under 2 Mb. That's a small download, so you can get your hands on it quite quickly. Even over a dial-up connection!
Why might you prefer the roller kite over the other seven in the Dowel Series? Why, because it is such a good-looking kite in the air! It's more interesting to see in flight than a simple sled or diamond.
So, are you ready to loft a super-cheap kite this week-end? Who cares if there's hardly any wind, your new roller should still hang up there!
Follow through the complete step-by-step instructions
in your spare time—it's nothing hard. And then look forward to
feeling that flying line tension up as your impressive roller kite heads
for the clouds!
"So, got inspired to build a Roller by this site. It took about 6 hours,
but I used taffeta nylon instead of a bag. It was OK for a first try. When
I got to the beach over in Newport, Oregon I let it out in about 8 mph
winds hoping for the best. I flew from altitudes varying from 100-300
feet and it flew great the whole time. ... It's a great design. If you're thinking of building one - DO IT!"
-Craig E. (Oregon, USA)
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