How To Make A Sled Kite

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The MBK 1-Skewer Sled

This set of instructions on how to make a Sled kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making.

How to make a Sled kite - MBK 1-Skewer SledMBK 1-Skewer Sled
How to make a Sled kite - MBK 1-Skewer SledMBK 1-Skewer Sled

You might already have some of the simple tools and materials required. Anything you don't have is easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something pretty similar!

These instructions on how to make a Sled kite might look a bit long, but each step is quite simple to do. Just steadily work your way through from top to bottom, skimming over any detail that you don't need.

At 29cm (11 1/2") tall, the MBK 1-Skewer Sled Kite is a rather small Sled, with 2 simple ribbon tails for extra stability.

This kite can stay up in fairly light winds but prefers it gusting into the moderate range.

I've had at least a couple of visitors report back favorably on the mass-production of these with a group of kids! Not to mention the flying.




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How To Make A Sled Kite
Sail

Now's the time to read up on the 'tools' and materials required for making a Skewer kite, if you haven't already.

Sail template for the 1-Skewer Sled kite.

The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic.


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

The 1-Skewer Sled - template marked.
  • Firstly, take a light plastic bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
  • Mark dots on the plastic, corresponding to the corners of the Template. There is no need to use a T-square, since any small error will be duplicated on the other side of the sail.
  • Using the marking pen, rule lines between the dots, as in the photo.
  • Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.


The 1-Skewer Sled - whole sail  marked.
  • Cut out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail, open it out and lay it flat on the floor - you can now see the complete sail outline, as in the photo.
  • Cut along the black lines with scissors, to create the sail.



 



As mentioned earlier, there's more kite-making on this site than you can poke a stick at :-)  Want to know the most convenient way of using it all?

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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