Mini Sled Kites

Tiny, Small And Not-So-Mini Sleds...

In the 'mini Sled kites' category, probably only our 1-Skewer Sled really belongs. That's because it's spars are ordinary BBQ skewers. We find the 12 cm (12 inch) variety work well.

Next up in size comes the 2-Skewer Sled, which to some people still appears rather small. Even 'mini' perhaps? When I first designed it, after only flying 1-skewer kites for quite a while, 2 skewers tall seemed a decent size!

One day, while out flying it with my young son, a lady remarked to her child 'Look at that little kite!'. I was almost offended... Looking back, it's a bit of a laugh!

Later, I started making larger kites like the Dowel Sled. In smooth air, it will soar right up over 300 feet. And hold a good angle too!

And I didn't stop there. The Paper Sled featuring all-paper construction is small enough to fly on polyester thread. That's definitely a mini sled kite!

You can find instructions for all these sleds and more in this resource...

The Big MBK Book Bundle is a collection of downloads - printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.

The MBK Simple Sled kite in flight.
The MBK Simple Sled kite in flight.

From here on is a photo or two of each MBK Sled. The end result illustrated, in case you decide to use our instructions to make one of these kites.

A lot of people have shied away from making my Skewer kites due to their complexity and need for gluing. Hence I did a small series of ultra-basic kites, including this Simple Sled.

The spars are about 1 meter (nearly 3 1/2 feet) long. And no gluing! In light winds, it can be flown on 20 pound line, but we usually use 50 pound line just to be safe.

This Sled does not require tails, which does help to keep things simple.

Mini Sled Kites - original 1-Skewer Sled in clear plastic
Mini Sled Kites - original 1-Skewer Sled in clear plastic

The dinky little 1-Skewer Sled. Each spar is a 30 cm (12 inches) bamboo BBQ skewer. With the points snipped off, that's about 29 cm (11 1/2 inches).

The original was made from clear freezer-bag plastic, which made it almost impossible to see against a gray sky. A good little flier though!

We made quite a number of these mini sled kites over a period of several months. We fly this one on 50 meters (150 feet) of 20 pound line. It doesn't need that strength, but we also fly our 2-skewer kites on the same line....

The MBK 1-Skewer Sled kite in flight.
The MBK 1-Skewer Sled kite in flight.

Here's the latest version of the 1-skewer Sled, in MBK Orange of course ;-) This one can get off the ground in a light breeze, but really loves moderate breezes.

Sled Kites - the 2-Skewer Sled
Sled Kites - the 2-Skewer Sled

The 2-Skewer Sled is, as the name suggests, exactly twice as tall as the 1-Skewer design. This gives it 4 times the sail area with not much more than double the weight. Hence, it's pretty good in light winds.

The kite pictured has 2-ply plastic which made it a little heavier, but it was still a great performer. It will eventually be updated, with lighter plastic and shorter side-flaps.

In moderate winds, the 20 pound line is pulled quite tight, and even starts to buzz when the wind strength picks up even further! The kite is also quite happy to loll about lazily in quite light wind conditions.

Sled Kites - Dowel Sled
Sled Kites - Dowel Sled

The big Daddy of MBK Sleds, the Dowel Sled. Well, actually, it used to be, before the humongous Multi-Dowel Sled came along!

The Dowel Sled was designed from the start to be tail-less. Those diamond-shaped cut-outs create a little extra drag near the tail end of the kite to help keep it stable.

The Dowel Sled is rather sensitive to rough air but will fly at extremely high line angles in conditions that suit it.

Size? It's about twice as tall as the 2-Skewer Sled, so that's about 4 times the sail area. Compared to the 1-Skewer Sled, the Dowel Sled has about 16 times as much sail area!

We once took all 3 Sleds down to the beach and put them up in the moderate sea breeze that was blowing in from the South West.

Out In The Field

Sled kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

Even managed to get a photo, with all three in view!

That's about it for this page on mini Sled kites. Some more mini than others!

Hope you enjoyed the pics and the info. Talking about info...

The Big MBK Book Bundle is a collection of downloads - printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.

I can tell you love kites...

Otherwise you wouldn't be all the way down here near the bottom of the page :-)

So, could you do me just a small favor? 

Please sign up for my free monthly publication, "Tethered Flying". No other emails will be sent, and your details are safe with me. You do need to be at least 16 years old. There's...

  • A huge "photo of the month" (linked from a much smaller one in the email of course)
  • 3 "tips of the month" (1 for beginners, 1 for parents and 1 for more experienced kite-fliers)
  • A "flight report of the month" (selected from my own flying logs and illustrated with a photo)

Looking forward to hearing from you...

P.S. My free kite-making e-book "Simplest Dowel Kites" can be downloaded as soon as you sign up.


Back to top of page

Need winders, reels, flying line?

We earn a small commission if you click the following link and buy something. The item does not cost you any more, since we are an "affiliate" of Amazon.

Click here to buy anything you need. Just use the Search box in there if you need different weights or lengths of line, for example.

P.S. Keep an eye out for books by kite author Glenn Davison, a prominent kite person in the USA.

What's New!

  1. MBK Dowel Barn Door ..... super!

    Jul 20, 19 09:52 PM

    In a late afternoon, after the first test had failed due to the breakage of one of the rods (made of beech ..., finally a slight breeze on a beautiful

    Read More

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

Like/share this site...

Like/share this page...


Plenty of fun kite info, photos and videos - there's definitely too much here for only one visit! Feel free to leave your impressions of this site or just this page, below...