Kuba's Kite Page - Sled Kite
Building this sled is very simple, just follow these easy steps:
1. Choose the size for your kite. Sizes are simply indicated in units in the following steps, and you can choose
and value you like for them. My largest one had units of 30cm (1 foot) and my smallest one had units of 10cm (1/3
foot) Pick any number you like, the kite is 4 units wide and 3.6 units long.
2. To build the kite using the most primitive materials you will need:
If you like, better material would probably make a better kite, however the above materials are good if you're
short of funding.
- Garbage Bag (or other sail material)
- 3 dowels (sticks): straight, light and 3.6 units long
- Some sort of strong tape such as packaging tape or duct tape
- Kite string
- a thicker string, but can't be too heavy (optional - used to reinforce the edges which have a tendency to tear) See step 5.
- Tail to keep the kite stable (such as a ribbon)
3. Using your sail material(garbage bag) cut it out as shown in the diagram:
4. Time to reinforce the edges... there are several ways of doing this, here's one that has worked for me.
You need two thick strings or ropes for this. Tie the end of one rope to point A, and one end of the other rope to
point D. Run each rope along the edge AB or DE. Either tape it to this edge or have a sleeve for it. Run the ropes
down edges BC and EF and attach them at points C and F. This will reinforce the edges to avoid ripping the sail
during flight. Other ways of reinforcing the edges could be sewing another layer of cloth over the edges, or
taping the edges.
5. Make sleeves for the dowels where indicated or just tape em on if you're lazy.
Make sure they hold tight so that they don't rip your sail during flight. If you're using garbage bags, sleeves
usually won't work so you should use duct tape instead.
6. Out of kite string make a V about 30 units long and attach each end to point B and E.
Then, attach the main string to the center of the V. This has to be done precisely or your kite won't fly.
If your kite is always falling one way or turning in circles the problem is probably here.
7. Attach a tail at the centre of the back of the kite. This helps keep the kite more stable.
8.You should now be ready to fly your kite, if you have any problems
please contact me.