The instructions which show you how to make a paper sled kite are step-by-step and illustrated throughout by high-quality closeup photographs. But first, let me tell you a few things about this very cheap-to-make kite...
The kite has a 40 cm (15 3/4 in.) tall sail.
In flight, the Paper Sled bobs from side to side at low wind speeds then flies straighter and smoother in stronger breezes.
Due to its small size, this kite has a rather light pull on the flying line. Hence it may be flown by small children.
As an adult, you will be amazed at how high this little kite will go on polyester sewing thread!
If you leave your winder attached to the kite, setup time out in the field is zero! No wasted time.
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Down at the Beach
Ready to see this little kite do its thing? The movie clip further down was taken down at a local beach, in almost perfect weather for it. The breeze was coming almost straight off the ocean.
For a while, the wind speed dropped a little, so the Paper Sled sank to a low line angle and bobbed constantly from left to right, just a few meters off the sand. But then, about half an hour later, the breeze came back and I took this short movie.
Later, with the little sled on more than 300 feet of thread, it sat high and steady over a wide patch of beach at low tide. I brought the kite down almost to the sand before the strengthening breeze snapped the polyester thread right on cue—at about 28 kph, according to the wind meter! But it had been a great flight.
More About Paper Kites
From the summary up there, you already know a bit about a typical MBK Paper Series kite. But also:
Despite this being a "sticked" design, there no sticks to find or buy! Instead, you are shown a neat trick on how to make stiff and light spars from just paper and tape.
The kite takes up very little space in your home. Just stow it on a shelf or on top of a cupboard, with the winder underneath the kite.
You can make your own winder too, from just copier paper and sticky tape. Ordinary polyester sewing thread can be wound on. This kite will easily fly to 300 feet above the ground on 400 feet of line, in ideal conditions.
Paper. Tape. Thread. That's the complete materials list for this high-flying sparred kite and its winder with line. Talk about convenient :-) You've probably got all that lying around the house somewhere!
"Making The MBK Paper Sled"
The Fully Illustrated E-book
Knowing how to make a paper sled kite is just a few minutes away now. You could have it in the air before the sun goes down. OK, maybe by lunch time tomorrow :-) You'll find it's a really fun little kite. To make and to fly.
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