My First Kite... That Actually Flew!

by Chris
(Brisbane, Australia)

After my daughters brought home a "kite" they made at school, I was reminded of all the fun I had making kites and flying them back in my youth. (After talking to my Dad, it turns out the flying part may have been rose tinted)

Thinking I could handle this, I set out to make a kite. Long story short, I waited until there was some wind, got excited, went out with my kite and two girls in tow and watched the most dismal display of kite flying. Bin!

Not to be thwarted, I found MBK and decided to make the 1-Skewer Delta. I used 3 very thin skewers (not the bbq style ones) and really thin garbage bags. I skipped all the glue bits in favour of sticky tape. An hour later, I dragged the two girls away from the TV and went back outside to test fly this thing.

One problem, so I assumed, no wind! Before my girls could decide to give up on Dad and go back inside, I figured I would give it a go with a bit of a run. Turns out, all I had to do was a really light walk, the Delta kite flew up into the air right above me where it managed to find it's own breeze.

Had a blast! Waiting for a better breeze now, I am making another couple of kites from MBK. Oh, and I sent a photo of it flying to my Dad as proof!

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by: Tim Parish

Thanks Chris - glad to hear how the 1-Skewer Delta worked out for you. It certainly doesn't need much wind. The 'other side of the coin' is that you need to be careful not to fly it in too much wind! The 1-Skewer Diamond with extra tail length can handle quite a bit of wind though. In fact, most of the 1-Skewer kites except the Delta can fly in fairly fresh wind, with enough tail.

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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