Sled Kite Making - Kept 20 Kids Happy!

by James Popejoy
(England)

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 she wanted to make kites, so I set to work finding out how.

I found 'My Best Kite' and picked the Sled kite. It was very easy to make, all our cubs managed it in less than an hour. We used sticky tape, large plastic bags and some rather thin dowel taken from a woodern blind! To make things easier on us, we precut the dowel to 12", cut open the bags into sheets and made cardboard templates to save time with all that boring measuring!

Every single Sled kite flew perfect first time and the kids really enjoyed it! They also want to build more next week! Perhaps we should have a go at the Box kites!

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1-Skewer Sled?
by: Tim Parish

I'm guessing you based your kite on the 1-Skewer Sled, given you used 12 inch spars. Yep, it's a reliable little flier, although I have never tried one without tails.

Perhaps the cubs would like to tackle the somewhat larger, tail-less Simple Sled next time? (Under 'simple kites' over there on the left...)

Regarding Box kites, I would strongly recommend the 2-Skewer version. It flies great in fresh to strong wind conditions!

The 1-Skewer version does fly, but only in very strong wind! I just haven't got around to re-designing it to fly in more realistic wind conditions yet. It needs 50% or so more sail area.

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8–12 mph
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