Roller Kite Plans

For All The MBK Rollers

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These Roller 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 Roller Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts.

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

The picture 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, the kites work well with light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are suitable.

The sail tethers are just lengths of flying line, attached to the upper sail with strips of clear sticky tape, and knotted to the lower horizontal spar with half-hitch knots for easy un-picking and adjustment.



Dowel Roller Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The Dowel Roller viewed from the front.Front
The Dowel Roller viewed from the back.Back
Roller Kite Plans - the Dowel Roller.
Roller Kite Plans - the Dowel Roller.


Tips And Hints

  1. Work with 1 Dowel length equal to either 120cm of 5mm dowel, or 48" of 3/16" dowel.
  2. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines as you cut out the sail. To save weight, don't reinforce the trailing edge of the upper sail or the leading edge of the lower sail.
  3. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape.
  4. Add tabs to the lower sail leading edges, so you can fold them over the spar and tape down.
  5. Run a length of sticky tape the full length of the kite's center-line to help prevent stretch.
  6. Reinforce the upper sail corners where the ties are attached. I used short pieces of sticky tape, stuck to each other where they leave the plastic.
  7. Use a bridle loop of length 1.0DL (120cm, 48"), going to each side of the upper horizontal spar.
  8. Run a 3.0DL (360cm, 144") bridle line from the center of the loop to the bridle attachment point of the keel.
  9. You might find stability to be marginal in all but very light conditions. To extend the wind range, try adding weight to the trailing edge of the keel near the vertical spar tip. A couple of 5c pieces worked wonders for me!

The Dowel Roller kite in flight.A most photogenic sparred kite, the Roller

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

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






2-Skewer Roller Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The 2-Skewer Roller, viewed from the front.Front
The 2-Skewer Roller, viewed from the back.Back
Plans for the MBK 2-Skewer Roller kite.
Plans for the MBK 2-Skewer Roller kite.


Tips And Hints

  1. Reinforce the skewer joins with short lengths of skewer, 0.1SL (3cm, 1") long, glued to one or both sides of the join as in the plan. While gluing the spars with dihedral, the short reinforcers stay flat on the table.
  2. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines as you cut out the sail. To save weight, don't reinforce the trailing edge of the upper sail or the leading edge of the lower sail.
  3. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape.
  4. Use 4 more small pieces of tape to secure the leading edge of the lower sail to the lower horizontal spar.
  5. Try a bridle line about 3 times longer than the kite itself, tied between the uppermost attachment point and the keel.

There's our original 2-Skewer Roller kite below. A drop in wind speed has caused it to momentarily hang on the upper bridle leg...


The 2-Skewer Roller in flight.Modest flier, but nothing a good thermal won't fix

 


1-Skewer Roller Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The 1-Skewer Roller, viewed from the front.Front
The 1-Skewer Roller, viewed from the back.Back
Plans for the MBK 1-Skewer Roller.
Plans for the MBK 1-Skewer Roller.


Tips And Hints

  1. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of clear sticky tape.
  2. Include tabs along the leading edges of the lower sail. On each side, fold the tab over the spar and stick down using 3 squares of clear sticky tape.
  3. Try a bridle line about 3 times longer than the kite itself, tied between the uppermost attachment point and the keel.
  4. The 1-Skewer Roller kite requires a tail. Start with a tail about 6 times as long as the kite itself.

The 1-Skewer Roller in flight.A tiny Roller is a curiosity that needs a long tail

 


Out In The Field

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

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

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


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    Club Fly At Semaphore

    Nov 11, 18 10:45 PM

    It was back to the usual Semaphore Park location this month... True to the weather site prediction, a Gentle-strength breeze was coming off the ocean after mid-day. The direction was much more souther…

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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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