Sode Kite Plans

For All The MBK Sodes

Pardon the mess, here and/or in other parts of this site!

All will be looking better by mid-November. T.P. (major site update in progress)

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

For the Sode 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 types of large plastic bags are suitable.



Dowel Sode Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The Dowel Sode from the front.Front
The Dowel Sode from the back.Back
Sode Kite Plans - the MBK Dowel Sode.
Sode Kite Plans - the MBK Dowel Sode.


Tips And Hints

  1. For a dowel length of 120cm (48"), 5mm (3/16") dowel works well.
  2. Reinforce the sail edges by adding nearly the full width of clear sticking tape inside the outline, then trimming back to the outline.
  3. Secure the sail to each spar end using 2 short lengths of electrical insulation tape. One length goes over and around the tip, the other at 90 degrees to the first tape.
  4. For the bridle, try an upper loop of 1 dowel length and a lower loop of 1.5 times one dowel length. Connect the 2 loops with another 1 dowel length of flying line.
  5. To help keep the upper main horizontal spar in position, make a short loop of flying line. Lark's Head it to the middle of the bow-line, and secure the other end to the nose of the kite. Do similarly for the lower main horizontal spar, putting the loop around the bottom tip of the vertical spar. Thus the 2 horizontal spars are tensioned away from each other.
  6. No tail is required for this kite, if flown in light or moderate winds.

The MBK Dowel Sode in flight.Super-steady or exhilerating mover, depending on wind

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

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






2-Skewer Sode Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The 2-Skewer Sode from the front.Front
The 2-Skewer Sode from the back.Back
Plans for the 2-Skewer Sode.
Plans for the 2-Skewer Sode.


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 spars with dihedral, the short reinforcers stay flat on the table.
  2. Include tabs in the sail outline, to be folded around the bamboo at the leading and trailing edges. Stick down with clear sticky tape.
  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.
  5. Try a 3-leg bridle, tied where indicated by the 'bridle holes' in the plan. Keep the towing point as close to the kite as practical - roughly 2 skewer lengths from the sail.
  6. For a start, try making a tail about 3 times as long as the kite is high. Loop it from the bottom horizontal spar, as in the photo below.

The 2-Skewer Sode in flight.Delightful light-wind flier

 


1-Skewer Sode Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The 1-Skewer Sode from the front.Front
The 1-Skewer Sode from the back.Back
Plans for the 1-Skewer Sode.
Plans for the 1-Skewer Sode.


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. Try a 2 skewer-length bridle line, tied between the upper and lower attachment points
  4. For a start, try making a looped tail about 8 times as long as the kite is high. Add more to let the kite fly in stronger winds.

My son Aren flying the tiny 1-Skewer Sode kite.Un-traditional little Sode, but great with enough tail

 


Out In The Field

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

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

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


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    Nov 11, 18 10:45 PM

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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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