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 need.
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.
A handy 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 device.
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...
Here's how to reinforce the towing points...
TIP: It's best to fold and twist the towing point tape before forming the knot. Otherwise, it's too easy to shear off the tape when attempting to tighten the knot!
At this point, you've finished making the 1-Skewer Sled!
To attach the flying line, just Lark's Head the flying line to the kite's bridle as in the photo.
Firstly, if it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a light-to-moderate wind kite and won't like being launched in a gale.
My collection of real-life Sled kite stories is worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Assuming there is some breeze outside, 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 taking loop after loop off the winder.
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, on the end of maybe 10 or 20 meters (around 50 feet) of line. This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
The picture shows the 1-Skewer Sled on it's second outing, on a Spring day with a moderate breeze. After this photo was taken, the little Sled went on to reach almost 200 feet above ground.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Sled kite!
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
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!
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
My First Sled Kite
I have never made or even flown a kite before. For a school project I had to make a kite. I tried making a 'normal' cardboard kite. It didn't work at all. …
1 Skewer Sled Kite Made In Secret By 52 Year Old Dad
Just over 6 weeks ago with a new baby due I found myself picking up odd items with the shopping. Clear plastic tape, my own pair of scissors, some bbq …
Girl Scouts - Kite Flying
Many years ago my Girl Scout troop took a trip to Frankenmuth where a kite shop let us make kites very similar to this. It is a rectangle base 18"x24" …
Sled Kite Making - Kept 20 Kids Happy!
My wife and I are Leaders for our local scout group. She is The Cub Leader, and has been running the Air Activities badge. As the construction portion …
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