2 Skewer Delta Kite

by Justin
(Surrey, UK)


Thank you for your nice design.

Back from a holiday in France. The best piece of plastic was an old Auchan supermarket bag, which was just big enough for an 80% scale 2 skewer Delta!

It flies perfectly, no trimming, just floats up in a 5MPH breeze. Really stable without a tail, and it has yet to point in any direction except upwards!

Above ~ 5MPH it gets a sort of pitch oscillation. Probably that's the airframe bending and recovering.

Very pleased for 40 minutes work :)

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by: Tim Parish

Well done - you managed to get it to fly tail-less which was just beyond my original! Mine required a short loop of plastic as you've probably seen in the photos. So you get a 5-kite rating despite being somewhat short on word count ;-)

After re-doing the 2-Skewer Sode instructions it will be this Delta's turn as I continue re-vamping the 2-Skewer Series instructions to make them more accessible to less capable builders.

The basic dimensions will be similar of course, but the new 2-Skewer Delta will get a conventional floating spreader and a more flexible nose area like its larger cousin, the Dowel Delta. Might keep something of that distinctive tail shape though.

I expect the oscillating behavior will disappear! Also, the wing loading will go down a touch more for even better light wind performance.

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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 breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
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32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7