These instructions on how to make a Delta kite are fairly detailed.
However, the reward is a great little light wind flier! Just the thing for a
gentle evening breeze. About the only tool required by these instructions is a pair of sharp scissors.
Any other materials you don't
have are easily bought from local shops. If not exactly what I used,
then at least something pretty similar!
The pictures should make things pretty
clear. Just quickly work your way through from top to bottom, skimming
over any detail that you don't need.
The MBK 1-Skewer Delta kite
is quite small at 1.0SL (29cm, 11 1/2") in length, but copies the
full-size Deltas with a floating spreader and triangular keel.
The little skewer kite flies best with several skewer-lengths of tail.
A tiny bit of extra plastic taped to one wing-tip can correct a turning tendency, but this might not be necessary.
If a 20 pound Dacron line sags too much, you could try polyester sewing thread instead. That should get the kite up to 300 feet :-)
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.
MBK 1-Skewer Delta
Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...
How To Make A Delta Kite
Now's the time to read up on kite materials and other things needed for building a Delta kite, if you haven't already.
The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. You
will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows...
- Firstly, take a bag that you want to use for the sail, and lay it flat on the floor.
dots on the plastic which correspond to the corners of the Template.
Any small errors in position don't matter since the sail will be
- Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots.
- Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
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 photo.
- Lay down clear sticky tape along all edges of the sail except
the long edges of the 2 tabs. The yellow marks represent the tape in
the photo. To save weight, try to put only ¼ of the tape's width inside
the sail outline.
- Cut along all the black lines, with scissors.
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