If you want to learn how to make a kite or two, you have definitely come to the right spot! Perhaps you have made plenty,
but are always on the lookout for more designs and ideas.
In any case, some of the most popular single-line designs being flown in the Western world are covered here.
For example, there's the quick and easy Sled. The universally recognized Diamond. The bird-like Delta, which is nearly as well known, plus a number of others for even more of a building challenge.
The Barn Door is uniquely American.
The classic Roller has German origins.
And the kiting culture of Japan is represented with the Rokkaku and the Sode.
The Big MBK E-book Bundle of downloadable and printable e-books is a useful resource for when you are ready for more.
Like to see a video clip? Just scroll down to near the end...
How To Make A Kite - Cheaply!
The emphasis here is on very cheap materials. Make them all for just a few dollars!
Not only that, but hardly any tools
are required. Who hasn't got a pair of scissors and a ruler lying
around somewhere? Perhaps you might need to beg borrow or steal, I mean buy, a small hack-saw. But that's about it! No special fittings or expensive specialized tools.
Learning how to make a kite from bamboo skewers or dowel and plastic is fun and they do fly really well! You can see for yourself in the video for each design, showing the original in flight.
(fairly big, light to moderate winds)
(medium, light to moderate winds)
(quite small, mainly moderate winds)
"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world. Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."
"I decided to run kite making as an elective again on this camp in the past week - so I bought all your e-books, a bunch of materials, and then took a group of 10 high school students through making the kites over 4 days. We built a diamond, a Barn Door, a Delta, and two skew delta kites. Again - every single kite flew."
In addition, there are three Box kites.
Who hasn't seen a Delta - and it's easy to make your own!
These all fly well in moderate winds, and the 2-Skewer design can cope with much stronger winds as well...
Finally, with plenty of people successfully making and flying the original 2-Skewer Delta, a link to that page is retained here...
The original 2-Skewer Delta.
(Note: MBK Skewer Kites are made from thin 12" bamboo skewers, which come in packs of 100. The Metric size is 300mm long x 2.5mm thick. 3mm skewers are usable but 2.5 mm is best!)
More MBK Kite Info
The Roller is particularly photogenic - even in plain pale orange...
For each kite in the table up there, plus the box kites, there is...
- A 20 second video of the kite in flight.
- A template graphic showing you the sail shape and dimensions.
- A detailed set of step-by-step instructions, with a photo for each step.
- A launch photo or an in-flight close-up of the kite.
Although this is quite basic kite making, the designs do get a little more complex and time consuming as you move from Sled right through to Dopero.
The 2-skewer designs have about 4 times as much sail area as the 1-skewer designs. Hence, it's easier to make them accurately. Plus, for any given sail material, a 2 skewer kite will be better in light breezes than a 1-skewer kite. The 1.2 meter Dowel kites are another step up again, with a roughly 4-fold increase in sail area compared with the 2-Skewer kites! However, the strength-to-weight ratio of hard-wood dowel is not as good as bamboo.
If you haven't made many before, I hope you really enjoy learning how to make a kite!
Have a bit of fun trying to figure out which of my kites is zipping around the sky in a gusty moderate breeze, in the video up there!
And if you can't get enough of a good thing...
The Big MBK E-book Bundle of downloadable and printable e-books is a useful resource for when you are ready for even more.