How To Make A Delta Kite
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The MBK 1-Skewer Delta
How To Make A Delta Kite
Up there is a picture of the completed MBK 1-Skewer Delta kite, close to the ground in a very light breeze.
Before flying, just check the kite's balance...
Hang the kite
by the keel and see if one side seems to hang lower than the other. If
so, double check by placing the vertical spar on the tips of your
fingers, at the nose and tail ends of the kite. Does the same wing go
down? If so, keep adding short pieces of tape to the sail near the wing
tip until the balance improves.
Out In The Field
Delta kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Now hold the kite by nose
and tail, with the keel hanging down, and suddenly take both hands
away. Does the kite nose down and fly forward?
If so, keep
adding tape across the trailing edge of the sail, near but not touching
the tail, until the kite shows less tendency to dive.
there is some breeze, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the
wind catches it. As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line
slowly by letting it slip through your fingers.
approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, with
maybe 10 or 20 meters (50 feet) of line let out. This way, the kite soon
gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Delta kite!
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
Ever Made This 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!
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
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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 16, 17 06:00 AM
This previously published page is full of general info on this type of kite, including some history. With a video clip and a good photo, it's worth checking out...
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