MBK Rokkaku Kite Stories

Featuring All The MBK Rokkakus

An MBK Rokkaku kite in just about any size is fairly easy to build, but returns more exciting flying than the same size Diamond. Just like light-wind Deltas, Roks have a tendency to fly straight overhead whenever there is rising air in the vicinity.

My Making The MBK Dowel Rokkaku Kite is a handy e-book of printable step-by-step instructions. It's a PDF file download. The PDF also contains plans for the huge Multi-Dowel Rokkaku.

Our Dowel Rok has returned many satisfying flights, often in very light air near the end of the day. The kite is also stable enough to cope with rough air in the middle of a hot day, soaring around hundreds of feet up at steep line angles. 

Here's a short-format flight report featuring the Dowel Rokkaku...

"Dodging TV Antenna"

Yes it's another flirt with danger over the rooftop - this time with the Dowel Rokkaku.

To begin with, the air was somewhat gusty despite a quite low average wind speed. This did cause a few problems. Getting the kite's nose stuck in the gutter after about 30 seconds of air time was the first...

MBK Dowel Rokkaku hovers
MBK Dowel Rokkaku hovers

A few short and scary flights later, I was pulling the kite out of one of our small trees. No great drama there. A few small pin-pricks from the rose bushes on yet another flight. But eventually, as the sun dipped towards the horizon, the air settled down.

With more constant wind speed, and lower strengths overall, I gradually put the big pale-orange Rok up higher and higher over our roof. Maybe out to 25 meters (80 feet) or so. A couple of trimming changes with the bridle knots also helped to keep it flying straight and true.

With dark rain clouds in the not-so-far distance, the big Chinese character on the kite was appropriate - 'rain'.

The Dowel Rokkaku kite eventually tired of trying to stay airborne and slowly descended towards the roof. Just like when the Dowel Delta went up a few days ago. A little line handling ensured that the Rok made it over the gutter. Whereupon it floated onto its face and proceeded to glide straight towards me like a paper plane. An easy catch in one hand!

A nice ending to another backyard sunset flight. And it was a great sunset too...

Tim's Blog Posts
Featuring MBK Rokkaku Kites

Since these are short-format reports, they are grouped together. The page links are in descending order of kite size...

MBK Rokkaku Kite Posts - Multi-Dowel

MBK Rokkaku Kite Posts - Dowel

MBK Rokkaku Kite Posts - Skewer

MBK Rokkaku Kite Posts - Paper

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Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Rokkaku Kites

The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Rokkaku kite of one type or another...

Nailed To The Sky At Sunset (Multi-Dowel)

A Slow, Ponderous Climb To 250 Feet (Multi-Dowel)

Straight And True Over The Whole Wind Range (Dowel)

Had To Fly Higher To Find Slower Air! (Dowel)

Flying High In Smooth Breezes - After Some Drama! (Dowel)

First Test Flight In A Light Gusty Breeze (Dowel)

Rok Rockets Up, Aided By Thermals And Light Wind (2-Skewer)

Pushing The Envelope In Moderate To Fresh Winds (2-Skewer)

Winds A Bit Light, But Thermals Helped Out! (1-Skewer)

Reporters' Flight Reports

Click below to see MBK Flight Reporters contributions...

2-Skewer Rokkaku Kite:
My First and Favorite
I began my new journey into kite making and flying at the beginning of May, 2013. And this Rokkaku is the first kite I made. I thought the Rokkaku …

One Dowel Rokkaku with a side of thermals! Not rated yet
Since I was not able to get a good long flight with my MBK Rokkaku, I figured I would do a report with 2 flights adding up to more than 10 minutes worth …

Looking back: the first and only flight of my 8 foot Rokkaku!  Not rated yet
So, I know you Aussies and Southern hemisphere guys are enjoying your warm summer months while us here in the Shedd, Oregon, USA are going through a very …


My Making The MBK Dowel Rokkaku Kite is a handy e-book of printable step-by-step instructions. It's a PDF file download. The PDF also contains plans for the huge Multi-Dowel Rokkaku.

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I'm referring to Simplest Dowel Kites, my popular kite-making download. It's a printable PDF file. Make a diamond, delta or sled. Each kite is capable of flying hundreds of feet up for hours on end.

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Wind Speeds

Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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