How To Build A Delta Kite

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The MBK 2-Skewer Delta

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This set of instructions on how to build a Delta kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making. You might already have some of the simple tools and materials required. Anything you don't have is easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something pretty similar!

The MBK 2-Skewer Delta Kite Mk2 (or just 'the 2-Skewer Delta'!) is a medium-sized kite 96cm (38”) across and 54cm (21”) tall. A tail is optional, if you like the look!

The spreader is secured at each end with polyester sewing thread and glue, since glue alone would not last long with all the flexing that goes on.

The 2-Skewer Delta is a nice very-light-to-light wind flier. Take it out when there seems to be hardly enough wind to keep any kite up. Retail kites like a little more breeze, generally.

Watch the 2-Skewer Delta go straight overhead when a thermal comes through, no matter how much line you have let out.

I have tested this delta in moderate winds too, and it is quite tolerant of winds up to 30kph. Don't be surprised to see it flap a few times though, or even pin its wing-tips back like a diving bird of prey!

Making Skewer Kites is a handy download of printable step-by-step instructions. This design and all the other 1-Skewer and 2-Skewer designs are covered.

Learn how to build a Delta kite like this one.MBK 2-Skewer Delta

 Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...

How To Build A Delta Kite
Sail

Now's the time to read up on the 'tools' and materials required for making a Skewer kite, if you haven't already.

The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail, plus the keel. You will now transfer the sail measurements to the plastic bag as follows...



  • Take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
  • Mark dots on the plastic, corresponding to the corners of the Template. There is no need to use a T-square, since any small error will be duplicated on the other side of the sail. And it will make hardly any difference to how the kite flies.
  • Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots to create the Template shape.


  • Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
  • Cut out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail, open it out and lay it flat on the floor. You can now see the complete sail outline, as in the wider photo.
  • Except for the long edges of the tabs, run clear sticky tape along every straight line. Leave most of the tape on the inside of the sail edges.


  • Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail. See the photo.


In the close-up photo, you can see the tape edging around the nose area. But not along the long edge of the tab.





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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 ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
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

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