Kite Making - Simplest Guidelines
To be honest I had never before last week had ever made a kite by myself. Even when I was a kid I used to find it hard to make one for myself.
So when I saw my son making an imitation of a kite I was embarrassed to give him a hand because I knew I would not be able to give any help. After work the following day I checked on the Internet to see how I could make a kite.
I bumped on to this site and went through this step by step procedure. I could not wait as I got all the advised accessories and dashed home.
The following day after picking him from school we made the kite with my son following the steps. I was honest enough to tell him that this would be the first kite I would be making. I also assured him that nevertheless it would fly no matter what.
And for sure it did fly. It was a wonderful moment for my son and myself too.
Making Tim's Tiny Tots Diamond Kite
by May Parish
All from a blue plastic shopping bag.
I was asked by my hubby - Tim, to 'test out' his kite-making instructions on the page. My first thought was - 'gosh.. how long will it take me?' ('cos I've seen his other kite-making instructions which were very detailed with lots of specifications to follow).
To my surprise, it was VERY EASY! I followed the instructions and finished making the kite in 35 minutes. I was telling him that with enough practice, it will probably take me only 15 mins.
The only 'tricky steps' I encountered were:
- trying to make a hole in the plastic to poke the string through for securing the two skewers. I tried to use the scissors but was afraid to make the hole too big. I should have just used the tip of the skewer which I cut off earlier but I got a needle and made the hole instead.
- tying the knot to secure the piece of string that I wound round the cross-section of the skewers.
To conclude, I must admit that I've enjoyed making the kite. It was even more satisfying to see that it flew so well! What a success - Tim's instructions for kite-making and my kite-making effort!
It was a perfect kite
by Dean Seton
I am 13 years old and wanted to do something fun with my 3 year old brother so I decided to make a kite. After looking at several rubbish websites I found this one, printed the instructions for the Tiny Tots Diamond kite and me, my mum and brother had it up and flying perfectly in no time.
It really is the perfect child's kite and is so easy to make and fly. Definitely 'MY BEST KITE'
I made this for a school compitition and I won. It was the fastest and flew the longest.
T.P. - I wouldn't normally accept such a short submission. But in this case, I made an exception. :-) Congratulations!
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Sail The Blue
by Aylia Lambert
(BHM, AL, USA)
I watched the dragon kites with colorful tails on the beach at Todds Point in Greenwich CT...
Remembering the time my aunt helped us make kites from newspapers and flour paste, salvaged string and torn-up sheets for tails.
We took the materials out on the lawn and soon the whole neighborhood was involved.
We had about an acre of ground down the hill from my grandmother's and it was alive with flying kites of every color!
E-book special of the month (25% off)...
e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 120cm (4 ft) tall
Parafoil kite. This 4-cell kite performs best in gentle to moderate
wind speeds. That's 12 to 28kph or 8 to 18mph. Even in light
winds, this kite will hang in the air, although at low line angles.
In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids
should only fly it while supervised!
Every kite design in
the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...
- Materials are
plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
- Tools are a ruler,
scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
- All cuts are
along straight lines.
For the greatest chance
of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For
example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line
type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough,
since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small
differences from my original.
Get the e-book for making the MBK Parafoil kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.
The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.
May 10, 17 06:00 AM
This previously published page is a mixture of informative data and historical background. Also there is also a video of one of my own tetrahedral designs in flight!