How To Build A Roller Kite
Prepare To Fly
Finally, make up a flying line and attach it to the bridle with a Lark's Head Knot. See the photo above.
a final check, lift the kite by the knot on the end of the bridle line.
Shift the Prusik knot along the bridle line until the kite hangs at
about a 30 degree angle from the horizontal.
Also lift the kite
with a finger under the nose and a finger under the tail, balancing it
on the vertical spar. Try this a few times, and if it's clear that one
side of the kite is heavier, add small bits of electrical tape to the
spar caps on the lighter side, to balance it up.
How To Build A Roller Kite
The above picture is of the MBK 2-Skewer Roller kite being launched, down at
a local flying field.The vertical spar had a slight bend in it, can you
tell? It was fixed later, and the kite flew much better.
Assuming there is some breeze outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind catches it. As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by letting it slip through your fingers. If it refuses to climb despite pulling on your hand, shift the Prusik knot towards the nose a bit, and try again. Keep going until the kite behaves itself!
Out In The Field
Roller kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up
and let it go, with maybe 10 or 20 meters of line let out. This way,
the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
if the kite doesn't seem stable enough, looping around in both
directions even in light wind, just add a simple short tail and try
again. However, if you have put the correct dihedral in both spars, this
should not be necessary!
If the kite flies ok, but tends to hang to the left or right, try pulling some tether line through, on the opposite
side of the main sail. For example, if the kite always seems to want to
loop to the left when gusts hit it, pull some line through on the right
side, as viewed from the flier. Make very small adjustments until the
kite flies noticeably better.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to build a Roller kite!
Making Skewer Kites is my handy download of printable step-by-step instructions. This design and all the other 1-Skewer, 2-Skewer and 3-Skewer designs are covered.
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
Ever Made This Kite?
You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...
If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!
P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
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