Sled Kite Plans

For All The MBK Sleds

These Sled kite plans and hints are aimed at summarizing the more in-depth instructions to be found in the How To Make A Kite section of this website.

For each of the Sled plans below, there are also a pair of plan view photos.

The one on the left is of the front surface. That is, the surface of the flying kite which faces the flier.

The other photo is of the back surface, which exposes the spars.

This Stake Line Winder from Amazon doesn't have any equivalent in your local supermarket. It's great stuff for kites and the strength is a good compromise for all the designs on this page.




Dowel Sled Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

The Dowel Sled Kite - front viewFront
The Dowel Sled Kite - back viewBack
Sled Kite Plans for the MBK Dowel Sled.


Tips And Hints

  1. Reinforce the sail edges by adding nearly the full width of clear sticking tape inside the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines. You can save some weight by not putting any tape around the vents, except short pieces at the corners to reinforce.
  2. Secure the sail to the spar ends and spar centers using short lengths of electrical insulation tape. I used 120cm lengths of 5mm dowel. In the U.S., try 48 inches of 3/16" dowel.
  3. At the towing points, add electrical insulation tape to both sides of the plastic, extending out a short distance away from the plastic. Also add a short piece in the vertical direction for extra reinforcement.
  4. Take a length of bridle line about 8 times as long as the kite is high, and tie each end around the towing point tape, crushing it tightly with a slip knot.
  5. Attach flying line to the bridle with a shiftable knot, to get it exactly center.
  6. To make the kite more collapse-proof, try taping a 30cm (12”) bamboo BBQ skewer to the back of the sail. Place the skewer on the center-line of the sail, with the upper tip flush with the leading edge.

Don't forget - an e-book is available with these plans plus step-by-step instructions and a flight report.

The Sled already rolls up into a neat bundle, for transport. For the other designs, the e-book also shows how to make the kite with removable spars so it can be rolled-up.

Another plus with the pdf e-book format is the nicely formatted printouts you can get. Also, you can work off-line with the e-book on your laptop or tablet.

 

The Dowel Sled kite in flight.Yours truly testing out the first Dowel Sled




2-Skewer Sled Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Sled Kite Plans - 2-skewer frontFront
Sled Kite Plans - 2-skewer backBack
Sled Kite Plans - the 2-Skewer Sled.


Tips And Hints

Out In The Field

My collection of real-life Sled kite stories is worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

  1. Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the outlines, then trimming back to the outlines.
  2. Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of electrical insulation tape. Wrap half the tape around to the other side of the plastic.
  3. At the towing points, add electrical insulation tape to both sides of the plastic, extending out a short distance away from the plastic.
  4. Take a length of flying line about 6 times as long as the kite is high, and tie each end tightly around the towing point tape, crushing it.
  5. This kite flies fine without tails, although you can add them just for looks! Or maybe just one short one on one side, to correct a turning tendency.
  6. Attach flying line to the bridle with a shiftable knot, to get it exactly center
The 2-Skewer Sled kite in flight.Spars tend to go more parallel in flight




1-Skewer Sled Kite Plans

Plan View Photos

Sled Kite Plans - 1-skewer frontFront
Sled Kite Plans - 1-skewer backBack
Sled Kite Plans - the 1-Skewer Sled.

Tips And Hints

  1. Secure the sail to the spar ends and spar centers using short lengths of clear sticking tape.
  2. At the towing points, add clear sticking tape to both sides of the plastic, extending out a short distance away from the plastic.
  3. Take a length of bridle line about 6 times as long as the kite is high, and tie each end tightly around the towing point tape, crushing it.
  4. Put a simple loop knot into the exact center of the bridle line. The flying line can then be attached using a Lark's Head knot.
  5. Each tail can simply be threaded between the bottom end of the vertical spar and the sail, then looped through itself and tightened.
  6. Adjust the length of one tail to trim out any tendency to hang left or right in flight.
The 1-Skewer Sled kite in flightBeautifully steady with those twin tails




The photo below shows the initial versions of all 3 MBK Sleds in the air together. See if you can identify them! The 1-Skewer Sled is almost invisible due to the time of day and cloud cover, but it is the closest to the camera. It had a clear plastic sail.

The earliest version of all 3 MBK sleds in the air at once.From left to right, 1-Skewer Sled, 2-Skewer Sled and Dowel Sled

I hope one of these Sled kite plans is just right for you!

As mentioned earlier, this Stake Line Winder from Amazon is a good compromise, in terms of line strength, for all the designs on this page.

 

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