How To Make A Sled Kite
Step-by-Step - Page 1 of 3
The MBK 1-Skewer Sled
This set of instructions on how to make a Sled 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!
These instructions on how to make a Sled 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
At 29cm (11 1/2") tall, the MBK 1-Skewer Sled Kite is a rather small Sled, with 2 simple ribbon tails for extra stability.
This kite can stay up in fairly light winds but prefers it gusting into the moderate range.
1-Skewer kites are fun, but somewhat toy-like :-) due to their rather small size. Fancy something much bigger to fly, suitable for teenagers and adults?
The "Making Skewer Kites" e-book
has plenty of 58cm (23") designs in bamboo skewers and plastic. Plus all the 1-Skewer designs.
approach is to just print out the pages for the kite you want to make
next. The e-book is also handy for working off-line on a laptop, tablet or other
How To Make 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...
- 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, 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.
- 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.
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Jun 29, 15 12:07 AM
On this occasion, just a few kites were flown. Very light winds were a problem, with just one kite coping well with the conditions. That was a colorful rip-stop Delta made to my Dowel Delta specs...
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