The instructions which show you how to make an octopus kite are step-by-step and illustrated throughout by high-quality closeup photographs. But first, let me tell you a few things about my take on this popular modern type of kite...
The kite has a 84 cm (35 in.) span head while its total length is about 5 m (16 ft.) due to the long tails.
Like full-size foil kites, this octopus has internal cross-flow vents that ensure good inflation.
In flight, the MBK Octopus head is very steady—but the long tubular tentacles flail around constantly. Onlookers love it!
This kite has a fairly light pull on the flying line, which becomes a little firmer as the wind speed creeps up. No problem for older kids.
Like most soft kites, setup time is essentially zero. Just attach the flying line, and suspend the sail in the breeze to inflate.
The whole kite and bridle roll up into a compact bundle. It fits easily into a small shopping bag.
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But, Why Make an Octopus?
This is the ultimate building experience in my Soft Series of kite designs. It's no harder really; there's just quite a few steps! And the result is worth it.
People do take notice of this octopus. Although the giant ones are commonplace at kite festivals, it's much rarer to spot a similar type of kite anywhere else. People just won't believe you made it yourself!
My original was made from four different types of plastic. Due to the different colors, this makes the illustrative photos easier to understand. The resulting kite is more interesting to look at too, of course.
As far as genuine inflatable octopus kites go, this one is quite an efficient flyer, easily holding a 45-degree flying angle, with enough breeze.
What's So Good About Soft Kites?
Avoid the inconvenience—or impossibility!—of trying to find spar material of the right type and in the right size. This means you can get started very quickly. Just thin plastic sheet from hardware stores or large bags from supermarkets are required. Or, if you start opening up and joining smaller more colorful bags, the possibilities are endless. You might even have enough plastic at home already!
Avoid the expense of spar material. In fact, if you have your own flying line(s) already, plus some large bags and sticky tape at home, your total spend might actually be zero!
All of my Soft Series kites are fully tested in a variety of weather
conditions. So, if you can follow simple written instructions and you
use similar materials, you can be sure it will fly! Big high-quality
photos illustrate what to do, each step of the way.
The e-book itself is also fully tested since I build the final prototype from my own instructions. That is just to be sure the steps make sense and are error-free.
One of my Soft Series kites can be taken anywhere, anytime. They are so compact that one kite might even scrunch up into a trouser pocket or at least a jacket pocket. It would definitely fit into a spare corner of a small backpack or other carry-bag. You could go for a walk or a bike-ride. No-one would suspect that you had a decent-sized kite ready to fly at a moment's notice!
So, for any sort of outdoor setting you can get to with not much more than the clothes on your back—take a kite to fly once you get there! A small stake winder doesn't take much room either, or just wind some line directly around the kite itself.
with any kite design from this site, whether sparred or not, there is
the huge satisfaction of seeing something fly that you made with your
own hands. No shop-bought kite can do that for you!
The plastic-and-tape kite made from my instructions is just a start. You could later duplicate it
all with soft Tyvek and Tyvek tape. Then it becomes a canvas for an artist's work! Display your art in the sky, where many people can see it.
Working with soft Tyvek lets you turn a plastic-and-tape design into something of even greater quality, durability, and good looks.
someone's birthday, a hand-made kite makes a great gift
too. Even a plastic one. The gift receiver can't help but realize that it took a bit of work,
particularly if you personalize the sail with some line art done with
permanent markers. Or you could do acrylic paint on Tyvek. And of course it flies!
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