Pocket Sled Kite Measurements

by Helga
(Germany)

Q:

I would like to make the Pocket Sled kite that is on your page titled 'The Sled Kite - Some Background'. The one in the first picture, very colorful.

Could you please put the measurements on your website?

A:

Short answer: No. ;-)

Slightly longer answer: But you can view the original plans (as far as I can tell) here...

The Pocket Sled.

Longest answer: (Please read this, since it contains helpful hints on having success with those original plans!)

Well, my first thought was 'Heck, the only way of getting this information is to get hold of an actual Pocket Sled kite, then pull it apart!'

The next thought was to take a close look at the picture on my web page and, combined with some Sled-making experience, come up with a similar design just for you. Aren't I a nice guy?

This is exactly what I did. After 20 minutes or so, I had the new MBK Pocket Sled sketched out on an A4 piece of paper! Mmmm, it should fly, but I had better make one from garbage-bag plastic first, just to be sure.

At this stage, a little voice told me to go online to see what I could find. Not expecting anything, since this was a mass-produced retail kite. However, in the first page of search results, there it was!

SOME HINTS:

There is a purple template on the left, and my guess is the numbers represent centimeters. Note the scallops (cut-aways) in the leading (top) edge. This is not an attempt at 3D, so you need to actually put in 2 small curved cuts there, so your sail looks like the template when laid flat.

The pink template on the right represents the ram-air pockets. Obviously, you need 2 of these, with one flipped over. The 2 longest edges of these pockets are sewn to the main sail, along the corresponding lines on the sail template.

Finally, the tails can be attached near the bottom edge of the sail. I would put them in the bottom opening of the ram-air pockets. However, this is a good design, and tails are not necessary for this kite to fly properly.

A quick'n'dirty version of this kite could be made with plastic bags and tape. Or, you could get serious and use rip-stop nylon and a sewing machine!

Have fun making a Pocket Sled kite!

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