How To Make A Paper Sled Kite

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The MBK Paper Sled


Attaching Spars To Sail

Draw First Guide Line

The Paper Sled kite - first guide line drawn.First guide line drawn
  • Lay down the sail so the edge taping is against the floor. On one side of the sail, draw a straight line from the top corner (photo left) to the bottom corner (photo right), as shown. Be careful not to run over the thread!

Note: The line in the photo has been enhanced since it was hard to see against the blue.



Draw Second Guide Line

The Paper Sled kite - both guide lines drawn.Both guide lines drawn
  • Near each end of the first line, make a dot 9mm (3/8”) from the line, towards the middle of the sail.
  • Draw through the dots to create another line as in the photo. If you look closely, you should be able to see both lines over the blue portion, going right to the edge.



Tape Outside Edge

The Paper Sled kite - one edge taped.One edge taped
  • Take one of the paper rectangles and lay it down, aligned with the first guide line. The taped side should be facing down.
  • Tack in place with squares of sticky tape – 1 in the middle and 1 near each end.
  • All good? Now lay a strip of tape down the whole length, as indicated by the yellow rectangle in the photo.
  • Trim off excess bits of tape with scissors.



Tape Inside Edge

The Paper Sled kite - edge tacked at one end.Edge tacked at one end
  • Flip the paper rectangle across and flatten it down, so the second guide line becomes visible.
  • Go to one end and pull the free edge of the rectangle across so it lines up with the guide line. Tack it down with a short strip of tape, as indicated in yellow, in the photo. See how the second guide line is just visible, towards the right in the photo.

 

The Paper Sled kite - edge tacked all along.Edge tacked all along
  • Go to the other end of the rectangle and tack it down also, in the same way as before.
  • Go to the middle, and tack it down.
  • Also tack down the 2 remaining gaps, until it looks like the photo, with 5 pieces of tape.


 

The Paper Sled kite - edge fully taped down.Edge fully taped down
  • Finally, lay a piece of sticky tape along the whole length and trim off excess bits with scissors as before.
  • Also trim the top of the spar so it lines up with the edge of the sail, as can be seen at the far left in the photo.



Shape The Spar

The Paper Sled kite - pinching started at one end.Pinching started at one end
  • Go to one end of the spar and carefully pinch it between finger and thumb, as in the photo. The aim is to get a crease right in the middle.

Note: The spar won't crease sharp because of all the sticky tape, but pinch firmly anyway.



 

The Paper Sled kite - V-shape formed, all the way along.V-shape formed, all the way along
  • Work your way along the spar, pinching tightly all the way. I like to use both hands at once, close together.
  • Go all the way along and then back again, so nothing is missed. You have created a spar that is stiff enough to do the job required of it! See the photo.


Do The Other Spar

The Paper Sled kite - second set of guide lines drawn.Second set of guide lines drawn
  • Draw lines on the sail where the other spar will go, like a mirror-image of the first 2 lines. See the photo.

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

The Paper Sled kite - second spar taped and shaped.Second spar taped and shaped
  • Take the remaining rectangle and tape down as done for the first one. When taped on one side, it should flap towards the middle of the sail like the other one did.
  • Complete all the tacking and taping, then shape the rectangle into a V-shaped spar. just like the first one. There they both are in the photo.


The Tail

Start With 2 Sheets

The Paper Sled kite - 2 sheets of paper taped together.2 sheets of paper taped together
  • Line up the short edges of 2 sheets of paper and tack together with a short length of sticky tape.
  • Tape along the join, over the full width of the paper. See the photo.
  • Flip the sheets and tape over the join again.


Measure And Mark

The Paper Sled kite - tail area measured and drawn.Tail area measured and drawn
  • Measure a width of 20cm (8”) and a length of 50cm (20”), marking dots on the paper.
  • With pencil and ruler, mark out the tail area as in the photo.

Note: The paper areas outside the marked lines will look a little different if you are using Letter size paper. But it's the marked rectangle you will be using!



 

The Paper Sled kite - tail ribbons marked out.Tail ribbons marked out
  • Across the width of the paper (up/down in the photo) mark dots at an interval of 12.5mm (1/2”). Repeat at the other end and also in the middle if necessary, so lines can be drawn the full length of the tail.
  • Rule straight lines through the dots. See the photo.
  • There should be 16 tail ribbons marked out.


 

The Paper Sled kite - line drawn across ribbons.Line drawn across ribbons

Measure and draw a line across the ribbons, 2cm (1”) from the short edge of the paper. At far left in the photo.



Cut To Create Ribbons

The Paper Sled kite - tail cut out, with ribbons.Tail cut out, with ribbons
  • With scissors, cut out the tail area.
  • Then cut the ribbons – all the way up to the line going across. See the photo.


Attach To Sail

The Paper Sled kite - tail taped to rear side of sail.Tail taped to rear side of sail
  • Lay the sail down flat, with the edging tape facing downwards.
  • Lay the un-cut end of the tail over the sail's trailing edge, overlapping by about 0.5cm (1/4”). Tack in place with 2 short bits of tape.
  • Place a strip of sticky tape all the way across, as indicated by the yellow rectangle in the photo.


 

The Paper Sled kite - tail taped on front side of sail.Tail taped on front side of sail
  • Flip the kite over and again apply sticky tape all the way across. See the photo.
  • That's it. You're done!


Flying!

The MBK Paper Sled kite in flight.Nothing to it - attach line, catch breeze

After taking the kite to a flying field... Your flying line can be tied right behind the Multi-Strand Double knot near the ends of the bridle lines, wrapped around both bridle lines. That's it, you're ready to fly.

Avoid flying in very windy weather. The thread should be good to around 30kph but there are no guarantees beyond that.

Trimming

If kite and bridle have been made perfectly, any bobbing to the left and right should be about the same in both directions. Otherwise, you need to shorten one of the bridle lines slightly, on the side to which the kite leans most. Just gather in a few mm and fix it there by re-tying the bridle knot a bit closer to the kite.

Hope you enjoyed learning how to make a Paper Sled kite!





Consider using my e-book Making Paper Kites to try any of the 5 all-paper designs in there. Hi-res, close-up photos help you through.


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