How To Make A Delta Kite

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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.

Learn how to make a Delta kite from bamboo skewers and plastic.
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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
Sail

Now's the time to read up on kite materials and other things needed for building a Delta kite, if you haven't already.

Sail template for the 1-Skewer Delta.
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The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows...

The 1-Skewer Delta - template marked on plastic.
  • Firstly, take a bag that you want to use for the sail, and lay it flat on the floor.
  • Mark 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 symmetrical.
  • Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots.




The 1-Skewer Delta - complete sail outline marked
  • 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 up there.
The 1-Skewer Delta - where to tape the edges
  • 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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Wind Speeds


Light breeze

6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
38–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6