How To Make A Delta Kite
Prepare To Fly
Make up a flying line and attach it to the keel's towing point with a Lark's Head Knot. See the photo over there, where the Lark's Head has been left loose.
the keel knots on the vertical spar. Re-tighten if necessary. Also put a
generous drop of wood glue on each so they can never come loose, nor
slide along the vertical spar.
You won't have to wait the full drying time for this glue to dry, since the amounts are small.
How To Make A Delta Kite
Firstly, if it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a
light-wind kite and won't like being launched in a gale or even a fairly
fresh breeze. If the wind is way too strong, this Delta will become
unstable, and you could even snap one of the dowels.
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. Be cautious about letting line slip through your fingers. If you let it slip too quickly, say in a moderate breeze, the line could burn you!
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, on the end of maybe 10 or 20 meters of line. This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Delta kite!
"Making Dowel Kites" is one of my PDF e-books (see further down...), which is another way of accessing these instructions.
Out In The Field
Delta kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
The e-book instructions for
this kite include even more handy hints which will ensure you
get the most success possible when flying this particular design.
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!
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
You can make kites by working through instructions on live Web pages. However, many people find it easier to work from printouts, or even off-line from a lap-top or tablet...
Making Dowel Kites is one of my PDF-format e-books which you can download. The e-book covers every kite in the Dowel Series. You can print off just the pages you need, or click straight to the right place if you are working off-line.
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