My Delta Kite - Simplicity

When I was making this kite, all my classmates said it was never gonna get off the ground. This was because all the other kites were extremely complicated looking and used expensive materials.

Even my group mates, who had followed me through thick and thin and were used to me and my "weird logic" that somehow always worked, looked a little unsure. So, I decided to take the Simple Delta kite out for a test flight before we were graded.

It turns out that the whole class heard about it, so a lot of people showed up. There was some difficulty getting the kite up there and I had to run some. Luckily, the wind was with me and it flew really high!

Gosh, I know it sounds a bit mean but man was all the effort worth the looks on their faces!

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by: Tim Parish

:-) Also, there might have been a few of them who were thinking "there's nowhere near enough wind for anything to fly today". People usually under-estimate how much wind it takes to get a kite flying, particular the light-wind ones like most of the Dowel designs on this site.

Reminds me of a TV news item that happened to feature a mother and child who were in the habit of 'going kite flying when the weather was windy enough' or some similar expression. There they were, the kid hanging onto a small Diamond kite that was thrashing around in an absolute gale! Funny but a bit sad in a way...

Congrats on an evidently good job of making the Simple Delta, by the way. Crank it right up to 400 feet one day!

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

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
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7