How To Make A Roller Kite
Firstly, if it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a light-to-moderate wind kite and won't like being launched in a gale.
Assuming there is some breeze outside, 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 taking loop after loop off the winder.
Out In The Field
Roller kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let
it go, on the end of maybe 10 or 20 meters (around 50 feet) of line.
This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more
The picture shows this latest version of the 1-Skewer Roller on its first outing. Just for a bit more drag, I put a loop of plastic as the last tail section.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Roller kite!
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
Ever Made This Kite?
You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...
If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!
P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!
If you download "Making Skewer Kites" today, you could be flying one of the many designs in that e-book by tomorrow! All you need is a packet of those thin 30cm (12") bamboo skewers and some light bag plastic. Oh, and some sticky tape - who doesn't have that?
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