How To Build A Delta Kite
Step-by-Step - Page 1 of 4
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
- 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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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
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.
Aug 19, 17 12:29 AM
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