How To Build A Delta Kite

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The MBK 2-Skewer Delta

How To Build A Delta Kite

The 2-Skewer Delta - making the keel
  • Mark out a triangle on some spare plastic, as per the dimensions on the template.
  • Cut out the triangle and tape down 2 lengths of flying line onto one side, as in the above photo. Use clear sticky tape.
  • Now flip the plastic over and tape down another 2 lengths of flying line, directly over the first 2.
  • Where two pieces of line cross the edge, carefully tie a Multi-Strand Simple knot. Position it so it touches but does not crush the keel plastic. See the top photo over there.
  • Where the four pieces of line come together, tie a Multi-Strand Simple knot against the plastic as before, then tie another one further out, as in the next photo over there.

Here is the completed keel...

Now to attach the keel to the kite...

  • Using a spare skewer, poke a hole in the plastic sail 0.85SL (24.7cm, 9 3/4") from the nose of the kite, in line with the vertical spar.
  • Thread the upper keel lines through this hole and tie off tightly around the bamboo, with a Granny knot.
  • Using the keel itself to find the exact spot, make another hole in the plastic for the lower lines. Thread them through and tie off tightly as before. The photo over there shows both the Granny knots.
  • With the keel flat against the plastic sail, add sticky tape between the knots, attaching the keel to the sail plastic. Then flip the keel over and do the same on the other side.

At this point, you're nearly finished making the 2-Skewer Delta! It's a good idea to put a small drop of glue over the two Granny knots, so they won't come undone or slide along the bamboo.

How To Build A Delta Kite
Reinforcing The Vertical Spar

If the spar is not reinforced, this kite can't be pushed too hard in not-so-light winds before it starts to flap. Adding the extra skewer doesn't cure this behavior completely, but it does extend the range of wind speeds in which the kite will fly smoothly.

The skewer is centered over where the vertical spar pieces are joined together, then glued along its entire length. See the photo below, which shows the skewer glued to the back of the existing vertical spar. The extra bamboo is most easily seen near where the spreader goes across...

How To Build A Delta Kite
Prepare To Fly

The 2-Skewer Delta - attaching the flying line

Finally, make up a flying line and attach it to the keel with a Lark's Head Knot. See the photo above, which shows the Larks Head tightened against the second knot in the keel lines.

How To Build A Delta Kite

The 2-Skewer Delta kite in flight.

Assuming there is some breeze outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind catches it. As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by letting it slip through your fingers.

Out In The Field

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

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

Another way to launch is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, with maybe 10 or 20 meters of line let out. This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out. You could also try pulling it along the grass, with the keel on the bottom of course, until the kite pops into the air and climbs away.

Up there is a picture of the MBK 2-Skewer Delta Kite Mk2, merely a dot in the sky at 350 feet off the grass!

Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to build a Delta kite.

Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...

Ever Made This Kite?

You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...

If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!

P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!

Flight Reports From Other Visitors

Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...

2 Skewer Delta Kite 
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 …

Maiden Flight of 2- Skewer Delta 
This is my second MBK kite - the first was a 2 skewer diamond. I wasn't sure how well the delta would fly, as one leading edge spar was more flexible than …

Click here to write your own.

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The MBK Barn Door is a reliable flyer over the Light to Moderate wind range. Tail(s) are entirely optional, if the kite is made according to the instructions.

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.

What's New!

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    Oct 27, 16 03:22 AM

    Yes, the MBK Parachute kite floated over our roof for a minute or so...

    With the creasing problem fixed, the kite is flying well, though somewhat short of those CAD-modeled foils done by paragliding co…

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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
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7