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...
"Soaring In The Sun"
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
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.
Tim's Blog Posts
Featuring MBK Special Kites
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.
Fresh Wind Barn Door kite posts
Fresh Wind Sled kite posts
Red Roller kite posts
3-Skewer kite posts
Carbon Diamond kite posts
Della Porta kite posts
Enjoy the stories, and maybe pick up a tip or two. Or even get inspired to build another kite of your own.
Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Special Kites
The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Special kite...
Exploring The Lower Wind Range (A-Frame)
Exploring The Upper Wind Range (A-Frame)
Floated Way Up In Almost Perfect Winds (Tetrahedral)
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!