How To Make A Sode 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
Sode 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.
If the kite persists in looping around and not going high, just keep adding tail until it settles down. The picture up there shows 5 year old Aren flying this latest version of the 1-Skewer Sode in a gusty breeze. Some extra plastic was added to the tail loop to settle the kite down a bit.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Sode kite!
Making Skewer Kites is my handy download of printable step-by-step instructions. This design and all the other 1-Skewer and 2-Skewer designs are covered.
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!
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