How to Make a Sled 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
Sled-kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
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 line out.
picture shows the 1-Skewer Sled on its second outing, on a spring day with a moderate breeze. After this photo was taken, the
little sled went on to reach almost 200 feet above ground.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a sled kite!
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already:
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
My First Sled Kite
I have never made or even flown a kite before. For a school project I had to make a kite. I tried making a 'normal' cardboard kite. It didn't work at all. …
Girl Scouts — Kite Flying
Many years ago my Girl Scout troop took a trip to Frankenmuth where a kite shop let us make kites very similar to this. It is a rectangle base 18"x24" …
Sled Kite Making — Kept 20 Kids Happy!
My wife and I are Leaders for our local scout group. She is The Cub Leader, and has been running the Air Activities badge. As the construction portion …
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The Big MBK E-book Bundle is a collection of downloads — printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.
Every kite in every MBK series.
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