It's hard not to notice that this website sells kite-making e-books. But what are they like? Find out by having a look at this free one..
This e-book provides step-by-step instructions for making three very simple but highly effective light-wind kite designs.
Once you have the very basic materials together, you can be ready to fly in minutes!
For flying line, the best results will be obtained with 20-pound Nylon or Dacron line from a kite-shop. Otherwise, cheap acrylic knitting yarn from your local shops or supermarkets will get your kite in the air. You can also try polyester embroidery thread.
Here's some comments from readers...
"Thanks for the VERY nice instruction book - your Simplest Dowel Kites PDF. Really clear and easy to follow. My wife and I have a Cub Scout pack and we've been looking for something to have them build. I think they'll love this!"
- Andy P. (NY, USA)
"My son is a cub scout and had a 'family camp' this weekend. Parents were asked to bring along activities that would contribute to one of the cubs' interest badges.
I chose the 'flying models' badge. One of the requirements is to build a kite, so I downloaded your Simplest Dowel Kites eBook.
The cubs, who are aged 7-10, did all the construction themselves and we could make about one kite every 10-15 minutes.
It was a great success - the kids loved it, and the kites flew perfectly.
I just thought I would let you know and say thanks for making this excellent resource available."
- Andrew R. (South Africa)
"I've now got your free E-book. I'm very pleased with it. Kites of all kind interest me. I always making kites of plastic and dowels."
- Johannes O. (Denmark)
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