How To Build A Sled Kite
Step-by-Step - Page 1 of 3
The MBK 2-Skewer Sled
This set of instructions on how to build a Sled kite assumes you know absolutely nothing
about kite making. And if you are a 'visual-learner', it should be
possible to complete the kite by referring only to the pictures.
You can expect this design to fly higher than most cheap store-bought
Sleds, particularly in very light winds. And being a simple,
rigid-stick design, the smoother the breeze, the better.
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!
At 58cm (23") long when rolled up, the MBK 2-Skewer Sled Kite is
small enough for kids and yet provides great flying performance for
adults to enjoy as well.
This Sled has a shallow V shape cut-out at the
top and has spars which are a little further apart at the top than they
are at the bottom. No tails are required, although long and colorful ones can be used for more spectacle in the air!
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How To Build A Sled Kite
Now's the time to read up on the 'tools' and materials required for making a Skewer kite, if you haven't already.
The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows...
- Take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
- Mark dots on the plastic, corresponding to the corners of the
Template. There is no need to use a T-square, since any small error will
be duplicated on the other side of the sail. And it will make hardly
any difference to how the kite flies.
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots to create the Template shape.
- Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
- Cut out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail,
open it out and lay it flat on the floor - you can now see the complete sail outline, as in the photo.
- Run clear sticky tape along every straight line, leaving most of the tape on the inside of the sail edges.
- Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail. See the close-up photo on the right.
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E-book special of the month (25% off)...
e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 120cm (4 ft)
diameter Parasail kite. This kite performs well in gentle to moderate
wind speeds. That's from 12 to 28 kph or from 8 to 18 mph. It pulls
hard for it's size, so should not be flown by very small kids!
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 Parasail 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.
Jul 26, 17 12:21 AM
MBK Delta kite posts archived from the site blog page. Features large kites with 2-piece spars in oak dowel.
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