Learn how to build a Delta kite with these easy-to-follow instructions. Fully illustrated with photographs, every step of the way. Don't worry about how long this page looks...
The steps are easy, hence this simple Delta kite comes together very quickly!
We still take out the Simple Delta occasionally. As long as the wind isn't too strong, it's as much fun as any similar-sized shop Delta. It hovers at a steep angle on the end of our Dacron flying line.
Let the line out to 90 meters (300 feet) or more, if you want to!
Such a simple kite and yet it flies so high in a light breeze.
Don't forget to try the MBK Dowel Delta after you have had plenty of fun with this smaller simpler one.
"Making Dowel Kites" is a printable e-book which has the Dowel Delta and 7 other designs. Plus a number of huge bonus designs. Spans of 2.4 meters (8 feet), but they pack down to the same length as the Dowel designs.
You might want to take a quick look at the materials and tools for making this kite, first. Then just click the Back button on your browser to get back here.
Hope you enjoyed learning how to build a Delta kite! Up there is another shot of our original Simple Delta doing it's thing on a cloudy day with plenty of sun and just enough wind to keep the kite flying.
My collection of real-life Delta kite stories is worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
That's it, you're ready to fly. Take the kite out whenever you can see leaves moving in the trees or bushes.
If the kite won't stay up, try letting out plenty of line and then towing it up at jogging pace. It might find enough wind higher up!
Avoid flying in very windy weather. The video below shows this kite coping with fresh gusts that are nearly too strong for it.
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!
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
Fun Date With Delta Kite
A few months ago my girlfriend and I decided it would be a fun idea to try to build and fly a kite. One afternoon I perused the Internet sites on kite …
1st Time 4H Kite
My 8 year old son wanted to build a kite for 4H. I thought oh this will be good. I was hesitant on building a kite because I didn't think it would fly. …
Wholesome kite flying fun at the beach
In an effort to get out and enjoy the summer sun my wife and I decided to build and fly a kite. Your Delta was the first design we looked at and it seemed …
My Delta Kite - Simplicity
When I was making this kite, all my classmates said it was never gonna get off the ground. This was because all the other kites were extremely complicated …
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