Kite Building Materials And Tools
For The MBK Simple Series
The following kite building materials are required for any Simple Series kite...
- Flying line. I recommend at least 30 pound Nylon or Dacron
from a kite-shop. However, if you try any old string that you can't snap
too easily with your own strength, you should have some success! If there is no kite shop close to you, and you live in the U.S or Canada, you can easily buy 30 pound flying line from Amazon. See down there on the left. People seem to prefer it to the line that comes with retail kites.
- 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.
These easy-to-obtain materials are pretty much the same for the bigger and better Dowel kite designs. See the e-books up there on the right...
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.
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