Very Satisfying First My-Best-Kite Experience!

by Marcy Marchello
(MA, USA)

The MBK Dowel Diamond Kite

The MBK Dowel Diamond Kite

Just made my first MBK kite - the Dowel Diamond - and I absolutely LOVE it!

Used a super light trash bag and got the kite up in almost no wind. It is soooooooooo beautiful in the winter landscape as the light changes. It appears and disappears as it moves from opaque to translucent. People walking by had fun trying to figure out what I was flying!

This kite helped me realize I don't need to spend big money on mass-produced kites. I discovered I really like light wind kite flying in which the kite lifts easily and floats gently. The subtle changes of breeze and lift are so much more noticeable and enjoyable.

Thanks for a great website. I plan to make more MBK kites soon!

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Light wind flying
by: Tim Parish

Glad to convert someone else to light-wind flying! It certainly does start to shift the focus from how a kite looks to how it flies. The only drawback is if you live in a windy location, where you can often wait many days before the weather is flyable.

For further 'very light' wind delights, you could try the Dowel Rokkaku or Delta.

The BarnDoor and Sode can cope with 'light' to 'gentle' strength winds. That is, up to around 20kph. Some bridle fine-tuning may be necessary. Handy for when the other designs struggle to cope.

Thanks for the nice compliments re. the website :-)

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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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