Every MBK Special kite is something which I made more or less on a whim. A whim or sometimes quite a good reason such as needing much better high-wind performance out of a particular type.
A few of these kites are a Sled, Diamond ... Box type which seasoned readers of this website will be very familiar with. But most are not. Like the kite featured further down.
The Big MBK Book Bundle is a collection of printable e-books which contain step-by-step instructions for making most of these Specials. And a whole lot of other designs as well - many of which are not described on this website.
Here's a short-format flight report featuring the 3-Skewer A-Frame kite...
A rare sunny day with moderate winds provided another opportunity to get out with the 3-Skewer A-Frame again. I was hoping for some fresher-strength breeze to really push the kite hard and give an opportunity to trim it properly.
Firstly, I let the kite out at about 30 degrees of line angle. Just for fun, I let the line out just fast enough to hold the kite at around 30 degrees all the way out to 60 meters (200 feet) of line. Then, I stopped and the A-Frame rose to around 45 degrees.
The stronger gusts kept bending the kite and pushing it down to lower line angles, so I brought it back down by anchoring the line and walking out with the line slipping through one hand. The towing point was easily shifted forward by a centimeter or so (1/2") by sliding the Prusik knot and then locking it again in the new position.
This time, the kite was much more comfortable and rose right up to 60 or 70 degrees. Even after letting out another 60 meters of line!
For 15 minutes or so I just enjoyed seeing the 3-Skewer A-Frame flying steadily at high altitude, the loop tail rippling just slightly in the breeze. Orange plastic brightly illuminated by the late afternoon sun from behind. No sign of leaning, strangely, despite the good moderate airflow at that height. Perhaps unwinding the tail to its original state had made quite a difference. Can't complain!
On the ground, the wind meter recorded an average strength of 5 kph and a maximum gust of 14 kph. Towards the end of the flight, the fresh gusts had died down quite a bit. As a result, the kite hung lower from time to time during lulls.
I hadn't realized just how many extra kites I had made until this list of links was put together. Plus there were a few that were only semi-successful or even outright failures! I never was in the mood to post about them.
Enjoy the stories, and maybe pick up a tip or two. Or even get inspired to build another kite of your own.
The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Special kite...
Don't forget to check out The Big MBK Book Bundle - a collection of printable e-books which would keep any kite-maker busy for a long time!