If you want to know how to make paper kites, you have come to a good place. But are they 'real kites' that can fly high and stay up for an hour or so? You bet!
This series is fairly new. So far, just the MBK Paper Sled has been developed and successfully passed certification. Yes, each kite in this series will have to prove itself before I publish the 'How To...' information on it.
Specifically, an MBK Paper Series kite has to do the following...
These milestones are all recorded in a 'certification log' for the kite. You can read that log in the e-book.
These designs are not as quick and simple to make as the Simple Series kites elsewhere on this site. However, they have the considerable advantage of not requiring any rigid spar material...
And yet, these small kites do have spars. But you make them yourself. By carefully following the instructions, the spars end up strong enough yet light enough to do the job for a particular type of kite. I've done all the hard work in tweaking it all to kite-flight perfection.
Not only the spars, but the bridle lines too have to be just right for these kite designs. Using my instructions will get your kite flying reliably.
Don't forget - these are real kites. They fly high and stay up for ages! In reasonable weather of course.
Each section below is dedicated to one paper kite design. Right now there is just one - the Paper Sled.
For each design there is a link to a Flight Report. That page includes a video and several large photos of the original kite doing it's thing.
I have tried to be generous in my estimates of construction time, below. You might do them quicker!
Enjoy learning how to make paper kites...
Construction time: around 2 1/2 hours.
This design was inspired by one of the old Allison Sled designs which used 2 wooden spars. Of course, the Paper Sled is a different size and uses just copier paper and sticky tape throughout. Even for the 'sticks'!
The e-book How To Make A Paper Sled Kite has all the details.
The last flight that this kite had for certification was a great one. 50 minutes over the sand at a great height and being buzzed by seagulls!
Read about this kite's final certification flight. The photos and video in there were taken on the day. Check them out!
Construction time: around 3 hours.
A bit less work to do on the sail, but a bit more on the bridle lines and spars.
A prototype of this design has been flown successfully. A few more certification flights are needed - watch this space!
Regarding durability, it must be said that a sewing thread flying line will often snap due to accidental snags. Despite being 'strong' polyester. Curious dogs, tree landings, being caught on thistles and weeds and even on your own footwear are common causes for failure.
With experience, you do get better at minimizing breakages.
Line repair is quick and simple, using the Multi-Strand Double knot. Not the prettiest, but it's simple to remember and retains a very good proportion of the thread's unbroken strength.
However, I have carefully designed and tested the kites to ensure that an in-flight breakage should be fairly rare. As long as you don't attempt to fly the kite in greater than Moderate strength wind! That is, above 28kph or 18mph.
Using my publications on how to make paper kites should be fun for just about any age group...
The designs are cheap enough to allow small kids to play with them, after construction by an adult or teenager. After the inevitable happens, it's easy enough to make another identical kite on another occasion. Actually, it gets quicker and easier on the second or third time round!
But the kites fly so well that an adult can take their creation out and enjoy seeing it float around hundreds of feet up. With just a little care, the kites can remain airworthy for a long time. Months or perhaps even years.
Artistic types could make an absolutely stunning piece of aerial art, since the material is paper! Admittedly, the piece would probably be described as a miniature :-)