Kit for a kite / kite

Kit for a kite / kite

Summer is over Temperatures are falling and the leaves are getting tinged - it's clear autumn is coming. This time of the year brings windy weather, ideal conditions for kite flying.

Flying objects have always been fascinating to children. At a young age, one can not say with precision how helicopters, jumbo jets and Co. fly through the air. But as soon as you let the first kite rise, the physical secrets are solved: the lighter and aerodynamic an object is, the easier it learns to fly.

Preliminary Considerations

As soon as the offspring enter the kindergarten, do-it-yourself parents can join their offspring Construction manual to build the first dragon. Our model is small and light, making it suitable for children from three to four years of age. Parents should still support their offspring while kite flying.

When buying the kite paper, make sure that it is of high quality to withstand a stronger wind. If you want to make a high-quality kite, you will choose fabric from the beginning.

You need:

  • a flat and smooth, sufficiently large surface (eg kitchen table)

Components (untreated wood):

  • 1x squarewood bar 1 / 0.5 cm, with 100 cm length
  • 1x square bar 1 / 0.5 cm, with 83 cm length
  • kite paper, approx. 1 × 1 m
  • 1 roll strong, thin nylon cord (Dragon's Cord)
  • Sandpaper 400 grit
  • narrow wooden file with approx. 1mm thickness
  • small hand saw
  • wood glue
  • craft glue
  • superglue
  • 2mm wood drill
  • small cordless screwdriver
  • Household Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Steel Ruler

** Dragon's Instructions

How to do it:

Before you begin

Prepare all the parts needed to build the kite. Measure all parts cleanly and transfer the dimensions to the square timber rods and cut them to the required size with the aid of a small hand saw.

Sand the edges clean with the 400 grit paper.

Step 1

Using the wood file, file a horizontal groove in each head side of the two square timber bars (parts 1 and 2). Through this the contour line of the kite is guided later. Use a 2mm wood drill and drill through the bars at the points indicated in the blueprint.

Mark the point where the two square timber bars overlap and apply a drop of wood glue. Lay the upper, short squarewood bar crosswise and averaged on the longer one underneath and wait until the wood glue has dried.

Once everything is dry, wrap the intersection point with approx. 60-70 cm nylon cord and additionally strengthen it , You can easily fix the end of the string with the help of a drop of superglue.

Step 2

Now, wrap the basic frame of the kite with a contour string and give it its shape. Put a loose end of the nylon string in one of the sophisticated grooves at the head of any rod. Fix it again with a drop of superglue.

Now tighten the string completely around the skeleton of the kite and always guide it through the polished grooves. As soon as you get back to the starting point, cut the cord and glue it back with a drop of superglue.

Make sure that the cord is taut!

Step 3

Put the spanned framework on Spread out a kite paper and rough out contours with a pencil. Add a measure supernatant of approx. 3 cm.

Step 4

Coat the dimension projection of the dragon paper with Bastelleim and fold it inwards, over the contour line. This will give the dragon its skin so that it can stay in the air. Allow the glue to dry completely.

Step 5

Now attach the dragon's tail to the drill hole provided. This is again made of nylon cord and is usually between 2 and 3 m long. Basically, the longer the dragon's tail, the better the flying qualities of the kite.

Do not forget to attach some paper loops to the dragon's tail. These look more decorative and enhance the smooth gliding of the kite in the air.

Step 6

Now the guide cord is attached to the kite. This consists of the long leader and a shorter fixing cord. Follow the blueprint and measure the strings as shown. Knot these tightly into the holes provided and knot the strings together as shown.

Step 7

Finally, tension a short tension cord in the transverse direction between the outer points of the short squarewood bar. This will give you a slight deflection of the kite where the wind can catch and give the kite the necessary lift. Knot all required points several times to avoid later unwanted loosening!


Hints and Tips

  • Choose a sufficiently long guide line of the kite, but at least 15 meters.
  • The kite is very fragile and sensitive, handle it carefully and be sure to limit the number of crashes.
  • Use only solid wood sticks to build the kite, by no means supposedly lighter balsa. These are only suitable for fine model making and tear fast.
  • Dragon paper is available in many different colors, your creativity knows no bounds.