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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The Dopero is someone's clever idea to combine 2 Roller kites! Double Pearson Roller is where the name comes from. The resulting flat portion of sail in the middle makes this a very efficient design in light wind.
Even more so than the Roller before it, this kite has an attractive aircraft-like appearance in the air. This MBK version also excels in light winds.
If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes somewhat more time to make. With the help of my instructions, it's still do-able by a beginner.
Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Dopero 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.
This Dopero can fly in quite a wide range of wind speeds thanks to the 4-pont bridle. The bridle lines keep the frame more rigid than a 2-point bridle could. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.
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.
Mar 29, 17 09:00 AM
A previously published page which introduces the beginner to dual-line parafoils. Soft stunt kites in other words...
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