Hi! I'm Tim Parish, a former glider-pilot and self-confessed "kite nut." I was at it for quite a number of years, testing and refining many single-line designs. I'm sure you'll enjoy this one!
An efficient MBK Dowel design, like this tailless sode 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 Sode kite will still fly OK.
This is particularly true when it's 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.
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In addition to basic construction and flying info, the e-book also provides
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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 sode 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 home-made sode 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 Sode kite cost! Stay within your budget without compromising on flying enjoyment.
The sode 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 sode 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.
When there is some time to kill, building the sode 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 eBook 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 sode 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 in case!
That is, a report of an actual outing with the original sode 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 sode 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 given time.
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 sode kite over the other seven in the Dowel Series? Why, because it is something different that will attract more attention than, say, a plain diamond. Also, it has exceptionally good performance due to its cambered "wings." It can be an exciting single-liner to fly!
So, are you ready to loft a super-cheap kite this weekend? Who cares if there's hardly any wind, your new sode 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 sode kite heads for the clouds!
the Sode rises straight up and it is flying like a dream. My 50 meter
flight line did just rush through my fingers and let the kite fly at
good 80-90 degrees. ... Finally I got the winder under control and could
see how the kite just soared above me. MMM… pure joy!"
- Johan (Sweden)
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