How To Make A Barn Door Kite
Step-by-Step - Page 1 of 3
The MBK 1-Skewer Barn Door
This set of instructions on how to make a Barn Door 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!
instructions on how to make a Barn Door kite might look a bit long, but
each step is quite simple to do.
Just steadily work your way through
from top to bottom, skimming over any detail that you don't need.
29cm (11 1/2") from tip to tip, the MBK 1-Skewer Barn Door Kite is a
rather small Barn Door, with dihedral and simple 1-leg bridle. It's a fine little light to moderate wind flier.
As a bonus, these instructions also show you how to string several of these kites together in a kite train!
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How To Make A Barn Door 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...
NOTE: Don't worry if your sail dimensions don't look exactly like the photos below. Just stick to the Template measurements, which were used for my most recently tested kite!
- Firstly, take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
dots on the plastic, corressponding 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.
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots, as in the photo.
- Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
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.
- Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail.
Continue to page 2
E-book special of the month (25% off)...
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
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 23, 17 06:00 AM
This previously published page gives a quick insight into the structure and materials of the original 'War Kites' by Samuel Cody. Plus some history and photos of course. Intriguing stuff...
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