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 pretty similar!

Learn how to build a Delta kite like this one.

The MBK 2-Skewer Delta Kite is a medium-sized Delta 96cm (38”) across and 58cm (23”) tall, with a single fairly short tail.

The horizontal spars are bowed to give extra stability and shorten the amount of tail required. Hence it's a bit different to a store-bought Delta with a single spreader.

The 2-Skewer Delta is a very nice light-to-moderate wind flier. Take it out when there seems to be hardly enough wind to keep any kite up.

Watch this kite go straight overhead when a thermal comes through. Avoid flying in strong wind however, since this design flaps rapidly in that situation!



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How To Build A Delta Kite
Frame

Have you read the page on kite materials? If you haven't already, do it now to see what's needed for building a Delta kite.

How to build a delta kite - spars

For this Delta, you need to glue skewers together to form the 3 spars plus spreader.

  • Snip the points off 6 bamboo skewers, then check to see that they are all exactly the same length. Trim some if necessary.
  • Put aside another 2 skewers, leaving the points on for now.
  • From another skewer, snip off 6 lengths of bamboo, each 0.1SL (3cm, 1") long.
  • Arrange all 8 skewers together with the short lengths as in the photo, with some paper underneath to catch excess glue - tape that paper down to the table.
  • Get down to table top height and look along the spars, and make sure they are as straight as possible.
  • Lay down a thick line of glue all the way down each join, as in the photo.


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This printable e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119 cm (4 ft) wide Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated. This 14-cell kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to 38 kph or 13 to 24 mph. In gentle winds, this kite will hang in the air at fairly 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 Parachute 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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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