How To Make A Delta Kite
50 pound strength Dacron line is ideal for these Dowel Series kites.
It's possible to make a Delta kite without a keel, but this one flies very well as designed. Besides, if you make the keel from plastic in a contrasting color, black for example, it can really add to the kite's looks in the air.
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Do you need some kite line? This 3-pack of simple winders with 300ft lines from Amazon should be ideal. They are all ready to go with 50 pound line. This strength is good for bridles and flying lines for all the MBK kites up to the 1.2m (4ft) sizes.
My instructions for connecting a flying line don't mention swivel clips, but the swivels included in this product are good and strong. So go ahead and use them if you want to :-) Otherwise they can just be snipped off.
- Mark out the keel shape on some spare plastic, as per the dimensions on the template.
out the keel and tape down 3 lengths of flying line onto one side. Each
line goes from the towing point to one of the 3 attachment points. Use sticky tape, not electrical tape. Allow the lines to extend about 0.12DL (15cm, 6") past the plastic at each end, as in the photo.
- Now flip the plastic over and tape down another 3 lengths of flying line, directly over the first 3.
the keel corners by sticking down and wrapping extra bits of tape where
the pieces of line come out, making sure the plastic remains flat.
- Where 2 pieces of line come together, tie them both into a Multi-Strand Simple Knot close to the plastic. These 3 knots will sit against the vertical spar. See the photo, which shows the middle attachment point knot.
- The 6 pieces of line come together at the Towing Point. Tie the 6 strands into a Multi-Strand Simple Knot close to the plastic, then tie another Multi-Strand Simple Knot further out, as in the photo. I've also trimmed the free ends to neaten it up.
Here's the completed keel.
- Using a pen or pencil, poke a hole in the plastic sail exactly
0.36DL (43.2cm, 17 1/4") from the nose of the kite. Right over the
- Thread the middle keel lines through the hole and tie off tightly. A Granny Knot will do.
holes in the plastic for the upper and lower keel lines too, using the
keel itself to find the exact spot along the vertical spar. Thread the
lines through and tie off tightly, as you did for the middle hole.
- With the keel flat against the plastic sail, add sticky tape between the knots, attaching the keel to the sail plastic. See the photo, where I have added a yellow rectangle to show where the tape is.
- Flip the keel over and do the other side.
In the photo, the whole sail has been flipped over. The keel can be seen through the sail plastic, and also visible are the upper 2 knots tied off against the vertical spar.
this point, you've pretty much finished making the Dowel Delta!
However, there is a short setup procedure to go through before it will
How To Make A Delta Kite
Attaching The Spreader
- Spread out the kite, with the keel touching the ground.
- Locate one tip of the spreader over its leading edge spar, wind each end of the shoe-lace around the spreader dowel, twice then tie the shoe-lace firmly with a simple bow.
- Similarly, locate the other spreader tip and tie off.
Note: You might be tempted to wind the shoe-lace around both
dowels. That is, where the leading edge and the spreader cross. Don't
do this, as the knot will loosen much more easily in flight!
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