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Small Kites

The small kites fly best in a light, steady breeze. They might become unstable in stronger breezes, but are unlikely to be damaged.

small kites

Clockwise from the upper left the small kites are simple sled. flat diamond, bowed diamond, and delta wing,

A wax paper or polyethylene film shield can be used to protect the construction surface from glue. The polyethylene film shield can be cut from a plastic bag or a drop cloth.

The flat diamond kite has a tail. The other kites can be flown with or without a tail. Eight feet of gift wrapping ribbon, attached with transparent tape, makes a good tail for a small kite.

To prevent being electrocuted, never fly near a power line or in stormy weather. To prevent being snagged, fly in an open field. To prevent damage to the kite, never fly when the ground is damp.

To make a spinner spool for flying the small kites, run a bamboo skewer through a sewing thread spool and glue the contact areas:

thread spinner spool

A small snap swivel at the end of the flying line, secured with a clinch knot, makes it easy to attach and detach a small kite. The free bridle allows the kite to adjust to the wind:

small swivel

To launch a small kite, hold it high in flying position until it pulls upwards. Feed out line just fast enough to maintain the rise. Walk backwards if the kite starts to descend.

Twirl the spinner spool to wind in the line. Twirling can be done while the kite is aloft if the pull is light. If the pull is heavy, either lessen the pull by walking towards the kite or ground the kite before winding in.