Kite Building Materials And Tools
For The MBK Simple Series
The following kite building materials are required for any Simple Series kite...
This Stake Line Winder
from Amazon may be convenient if you are looking around for flying line...
- Flying line. I recommend at least 30 pound Nylon or Dacron
from a kite-shop. Acrylic knitting yarn is another alternative, although it's a bit thick and will keep your kite a little lower in the sky.
- 2-ply plastic bags, at least 0.5 meters (2 feet) wide and 1
meter (4 feet) tall. The packaging will usually mention 'low-stretch',
'strong' or something similar, if the bags are more than 1-ply. Also,
they will be at the top end of the price range for the size. But they
are only plastic bags, so still very cheap compared to other materials!
Another clue - the lightest bags are very see-through, but the multi-ply
ones much less so, with stronger color.
- Electrical insulation tape. Black looks nice on orange sails! Alternatively, you can try and match the colors.
- Hard-wood dowel, 5 mm (3/16 inch) in diameter. The ones available to me happen to be Tasmanian Oak. Red or white oak should also be OK. In the USA, apparently, Chinese Poplar is commonly available as dowel. This is softer than oak and other hard-woods so 1/4" diameter would be a more appropriate size.
And, the following tools...
- A ruler, with measurements in cm or inches.
- Scissors. Just about any type of ordinary paper-cutting scissors will do.
- A black marking pen. Preferably not too fine.
- A cheap hack-saw or fine-toothed wood saw for the dowels.
These are probably the bare minimum 'tools', if you can call them that, for learning how to build kites! You can have even more fun with the bigger and better designs of the Dowel Series.
E-book special of the month (25% off)...
e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 120cm (4 ft) tall
Parafoil kite. This 4-cell kite performs best in gentle to moderate
wind speeds. That's 12 to 28kph or 8 to 18mph. Even in light
winds, this kite will hang in the air, although at low line angles.
In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids
should only fly it while supervised!
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.
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