Learn how to build a Sled 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 Sled kite comes together very quickly!
We take out our Simple Sled once in a while, even here inland where the air is a bit rough at times. Talk about convenient - just attach the flying line and up it goes! This design copes well and flies at a good angle on Dacron line.
The best place for flying single-surface Sleds like this one would be down at the beach. When the air comes from over the ocean it's quite smooth.
In any case, put plenty of space between the kite and the nearest up-wind obstacles.
Don't forget to try the MBK Dowel Sled after you have had plenty of fun with this smaller simpler one.
"Making Dowel Kites" is a printable e-book which has the Dowel Sled 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.
Your flying line can now be tied to the loop. (If you know how, just Lark's Head the flying line behind the knot.) That's it, you're ready to fly.
My collection of real-life Sled kite stories is worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
However, remember that the dowel spars need to be on the down-wind side of the kite when flying. On the side facing away from you in other words. You can see them through the plastic in that photo up there...
Avoid flying in very windy weather.
It only takes a light breeze to keep this Sled design aloft. In some ways, it's actually more fun to fly single-line kites in light wind. By watching, you can learn a lot about what's happening up there...
Hope you enjoyed learning how to make a Sled kite!
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!
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