Impressive little flyer

by Ian
(Belper, UK)


I was just looking on this page this morning to see how to tie knots for a couple of cheap kites I got from the pound shop a few days ago.

Then I noticed this article about making one from a plastic bag, so I had a go. I only had smaller skewers available so the kite ended up about 9.5 inches instead of 12. Very easy to do, and I wasn't expecting it to fly very well.

I took it out with my other kites and was very impressed at how easy it was to get flying, and how stable it was. I must have let out about 50 to 100 feet of cotton at one point. The wind was about 10-15 mph.

Next I'll get my 4 year old granddaughter to make one. She likes making things, and likes kites.

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Simple kites
by: Tim Parish

Simple is good when it comes to kites - particularly the smallest ones. Glad your under-sized Tiny Tots Diamond performed so well.

With skewers that are thin enough and thin plastic, you can't really go wrong. I see you decorated the sail nicely, without adding too much weight evidently!

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Wind Speeds

Light Air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2

Gentle ...
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3

Moderate ...
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4

Fresh ...
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5

Strong ...
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7

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