Rokkaku Kite Plans

For All The MBK Rokkakus

These Rokkaku kite plans and hints are aimed at summarizing the more in-depth instructions to be found in the How To Make A Kite section of this website.

Try the Making The MBK Dowel Rokkaku Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts.

For the Rokkaku plans below, there are also a pair of plan view photos...

The one on the left is of the front surface. That is, the side of the kite which faces the flier. The other photo is of the back surface, which exposes the spars.

For all 3 designs, attach flying line to the bridle with a shiftable knot, for later trimming. Also, all 3 designs work well with light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are suitable. Light Tyvek or rip-stop Nylon can also be used.



Dowel Rokkaku Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Rokkaku Kite Plans - dowel frontFront
Rokkaku Kite Plans - dowel backBack
Rokkaku kite plans - dowel spars.
Rokkaku kite plans - dowel spars.


Tips And Hints

  1. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines as you cut out the sail.
  2. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape, wrapped over the tips.
  3. Lash the spars together where they cross, with whatever light cord you can find - use a drop of glue to secure if necessary.
  4. Make the upper and lower bridle loops about 3/4 as long as the kite is wide.
  5. At the bridle attachment points, a Single-wrap Slip Knot should be sufficient, secured with a spot of glue.
  6. Connect the 2 bridle loops with another line of similar length, using shiftable knots such as the Prusik - the kite can be trimmed left or right with the upper knot, if necessary.
  7. No tail is required for this kite.


The Dowel Rokkaku kite in flight.A very steady light-wind flier on its 4-point bridle

Don't forget the Making The MBK Dowel Rokkaku Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts.

Take a look at this Dowel Rokkaku in flight...






2-Skewer Rokkaku Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Rokkaku Kite Plans - 2 skewer frontFront
Rokkaku Kite Plans - 2 skewer backBack
Plans for the 2-skewer Rokkaku kite.
Plans for the 2-skewer Rokkaku kite.


Tips And Hints

  1. Reinforce all the skewer joins with 2 lengths of skewer, 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") long, glued to both sides of the join as in the plan. While gluing the upper and lower spars with the tips raised off the table, the short reinforcers stay flat on the table.
  2. The upper horizontal spar tips should both be 0.10SL (2.9cm, 1 1/8") off the table while the lower spar tips should be 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") off the table.
  3. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines as you cut out the sail.
  4. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape, wrapped over the tips.
  5. Try an upper bridle loop about as long as the kite is wide, attached where the sail holes are indicated near the top of the plan. Another line, about 3.0SL (87cm, 34 1/2") long, goes from the middle of this loop down to the remaining sail hole.

The 2-Skewer Rokkaku in flightBest in light winds, but more like moderate here

 


1-Skewer Rokkaku Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Rokkaku Kite Plans - 1 skewer frontFront
Rokkaku Kite Plans - 1 skewer backBack
Plans for the 1-skewer Rokkaku kite.
Plans for the 1-skewer Rokkaku kite.


Tips And Hints

  1. Reinforce the vertical skewer join with 2 lengths of skewer, glued to both sides of the join as in the plan.
  2. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of clear sticking tape.
  3. A 2-leg bridle works well, 2 skewer-lengths long and attached where indicated on the plan.
  4. For a start, try using a simple streamer tail about 8 times as long as the kite is high. Add more to let the kite fly in stronger winds.


The 1-Skewer Rokkaku in flight.Very un-traditional little Rok - but fun!

 


Out In The Field

Rokkaku kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

I hope one of these Rokkaku kite plans is just right for you!

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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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