How To Make A Delta Kite
Step-by-Step - Page 1 of 3
The MBK 1-Skewer Delta
These instructions on how to make a Delta kite are fairly detailed.
However, the reward is a great little light wind flier! Just the thing for a
gentle evening breeze. About the only tool required by these instructions is a pair of sharp scissors.
Any other materials you don't
have are easily bought from local shops. If not exactly what I used,
then at least something pretty similar!
The pictures should make things pretty
clear. Just quickly work your way through from top to bottom, skimming
over any detail that you don't need.
The MBK 1-Skewer Delta kite
is quite small at 1.0SL (29cm, 11 1/2") in length, but copies the
full-size Deltas with a floating spreader and triangular keel.
The little skewer kite flies best with several skewer-lengths of tail.
A tiny bit of extra plastic taped to one wing-tip can correct a turning tendency, but this might not be necessary.
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How To Make A Delta Kite
Now's the time to read up on kite materials and other things needed for building a Delta 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...
- Firstly, take a bag that you want to use for the sail, and lay it flat on the floor.
dots on the plastic which correspond to the corners of the Template.
Any small errors in position don't matter since the sail will be
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots.
- 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 up there.
- Lay down clear sticky tape along all edges of the sail except
the long edges of the 2 tabs. The yellow marks represent the tape in
the photo. To save weight, try to put only ¼ of the tape's width inside
the sail outline.
- Cut along all the black lines, with scissors.
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e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119cm (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
38kph or 13 to 24mph. 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 Parafoil 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.
Jun 24, 17 08:27 AM
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