Wholesome kite flying fun at the beach

by Brendon and Julie
(Nelson, New Zealand)

In an effort to get out and enjoy the summer sun my wife and I decided to build and fly a kite. Your Delta was the first design we looked at and it seemed simple so we put it together (scaled down to 600mm) and headed to the beach.

The Simple Delta worked a treat and we had lots of people comment. They were surprised to find out we had built it ourselves. We only made one minor adjustment which involved small tails on the corners to help it balance a little better, since at the start it was a little lopsided. We probably flew it for an hour before heading for a swim. I'm still a bit damp and salty.

Thanks heaps for a great addition to our day at the beach!

Unfortunately we didn't have a camera... We'll have to take the Simple Delta kite out again.

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Damp and salty...
by: Tim Parish

Good to hear you got the Simple Delta to behave. Usually, the bigger the kite you make, the better the chances are of not needing any further fiddling to get good flights out of it.

Your flying an MBK Delta down at the beach reminds me of one occasion when our little 1-Skewer Delta was the thing that got 'damp and salty' after an unexpected landing in the sea water! After drying out, most of the sand grains fell off and the kite continued to fly well.

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