How to Make a Delta Kite
Up there is a picture of the completed MBK 1-Skewer Delta kite, close to the ground in a very light breeze.
Before flying, just check the kite's balance:
Hang the kite
by the keel and see if one side seems to hang lower than the other. If
so, double check by placing the vertical spar on the tips of your
fingers, at the nose and tail ends of the kite. Does the same wing go
down? If so, keep adding short pieces of tape to the sail near the wing
tip until the balance improves.
Out in the Field
Delta kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Now hold the kite by nose
and tail, with the keel hanging down, and suddenly take both hands
away. Does the kite nose down and fly forward?
If so, keep
adding tape across the trailing edge of the sail, near but not touching
the tail, until the kite shows less tendency to dive.
there is some breeze, 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.
approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, with
maybe 10 or 20 meters (50 feet) of line let out. This way, the kite soon
gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a delta kite!
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already:
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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