by Ben Kickert
(Bowling Green, KY, USA)
I attempted to make my own kite without reading any directions and failed miserably.
I made a quick and dirty version of the MBK Dowel Diamond kite and was absolutely amazed at how easily it took off in even the slightest breeze.
The instructions printed here got me in the right direction, but I had to do a little bit of adjusting to get the bridle to work out okay. I found it was easier to attach the spars to a large piece of plastic and then cut the edges than to try to cut out the design first. I have several tweaks I will do when I remake this kite (like using a Prusik knot on the bow spar and redesigning how the spars attach).
Thanks so much for the help!
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