2 skewer sled success
by Ian Hammond
(Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia)
On my home the other day I could see a group of young guys out flying their homemade kites on the field behind my place so I had to grab a kite and join them.
I got the 2 skewer sled I'd finished and not flown yet and headed out. The best I could get was about 2 seconds before it slammed shut and headed for the ground yet it took off out of my hands so fast, wanting to get in the air.
It was a gusty day but not overly strong wind. So I grabbed another mbk kite and put the sled aside for now. After speaking to Tim about some possible fixes I extended the bridle to double length and put a couple of tails on it. When I mentioned it was very soft, light plastic he suggested I may need to replace it with something a bit stiffer and heavier.
I was thinking that sticky tape is used to stiffen and strengthen the edges of kites so maybe I could try just adding some extra first. I laid the kite flat on the floor and put tape right the way across from tow point to tow point and more across 1 third of the way down from there and also another 1 third up from the bottom. This seemed to stiffen it a bit.
Yesterday we had a surprisingly steady breeze that wasn't overly strong so I thought if its going to fly this should be the day. This time I didn't get even half the bridle length of line out, tails still sitting on the ground, and it was holding air perfectly.
I had about 15 minutes flying with no sign of collapse at all. It mainly sat about 30° up but on one occasion it went right overhead in some very lifty air. I thought it could collapse now when this air drops, but no, it behaved beautifully and just slowly sunk back down to around 30° again.
Very happy with it now as it gives me a kite I can roll up and put in the saddlebags of my bicycle to fly at a few other places around town.
The only other thing is, it is quite a plain boxy shape in the air so could really do with a design on it to add some character. See what I can come up with. Cheers, Ian
As mentioned earlier, there's another alternative to towing indoor kites if it's just not possible to fly outdoors...
"Kites Up!" is my downloadable board game. It's a PDF file which has all the documentation for the game plus images for all the components. Tokens, cards, the board itself and so on. Anyway, just click that link to see more info :-)