How To Build A Delta Kite
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The MBK 2-Skewer Delta
This set of instructions on how to build a Delta kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making. You might already have some
of the simple tools and materials required. Anything you don't have is
easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something
The MBK 2-Skewer Delta Kite Mk2 (or just 'the 2-Skewer Delta'!) is a medium-sized kite 96cm (38”) across
and 54cm (21”) tall. A tail is optional, if you like the look!
The spreader is
secured at each end with polyester sewing thread and glue, since glue alone would not last long with all the flexing that goes on.
Delta is a nice very-light-to-light wind flier. Take it out when there seems to be hardly enough wind to keep any kite up. Retail kites like a little more breeze, generally.
Watch the 2-Skewer Delta go straight
overhead when a thermal comes through, no matter how much line you have let out. I have tested this delta in moderate winds too, and it is quite tolerant of winds up to 30kph. Don't be surprised to see it flap a few times though, or even pin its wing-tips back like a diving bird of prey!
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How To Build A Delta Kite
Now's the time to read up on the 'tools' and materials required for making a Skewer kite, if you haven't already.
The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail, plus the keel. You will now transfer the sail measurements to the plastic bag as follows...
- Take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
dots on the plastic, corresponding to the corners of the Template.
There is no need to use a T-square, since any small error will be
duplicated on the other side of the sail. And it will make hardly any
difference to how the kite flies.
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots to create the Template shape.
- Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail, open it
out and lay it flat on the floor. You can now see the complete sail outline, as in the wider photo.
- Except for the long edges of the tabs, run clear sticky tape along every straight line. Leave most of the tape on the inside of the sail edges.
- Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail. See the photo below.
In the close-up over there, you can see the tape edging around the nose area. But not along the long edge of the tab.
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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.
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Or Tube Men or Sky Dance Puppets or a raft of other names. Everyone's seen one flailing away somewhere. Find out a bit more about these hilarious air-driven things at this previously published page!
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