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.
Take kite flying to another level, for you and your kids!
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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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Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM
This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...
In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.
It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.
Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.
A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.
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