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kite blueprint

step:1 you need trashbag, paper stars, string, tape, scissors, ribbons, and sticks.step:2 with the trash bag draw a cirlce on the trash bag and cut it out with the scissors.step:3 then tape your stcicks to the the circle going across form each other.step:4 then you cut some string out and tape the tail to the bottom of the kite. step:5 after that you tape the tail you get another piece of string then tape it to the middle of the kite so you can steer it. The string has to be atleast 2 feet long.Step:5 you get the paper stars and tape then to both sides of the kite with string.step:6 then you tape some more string of paper stars all around the bottom of the kite. DECORATE

Dragon kite history

The Rokkaku kite, often abbreviated to just 'Rok', has to be the most copied Japanese kite in the West. These types of kites are everywhere, from small ones turned out from children's kite-making workshops right through to large expensive air-brushed versions for sale in kite shops. There's always a few big Roks floating around at our local kite festival each year. Like the Diamond and Delta, flying characteristics have a lot to do with their considerable popularity! In my humble opinion. However, they don't quite make the Big Three. I've seen a Rok Battle at a kite festival, and have to say it's not a bad spectator sport! The competitors try to force all the other kites to the ground, any way they can. Well, not quite, I'm sure firearms would be against the rules ;-) Personally, I'm not so much into kite fighting, and prefer to fly my Rokkakus up to 400 feet in light wind and thermal conditions. Rokkaku kites are quite forgiving to construct and fly. They are so stable that a tail is needed only for decoration, or perhaps in strong wind conditions. The larger Roks can have more bow pulled into the lower spar for more stability anyway.      cited from

similary dragon kites

Otherwise known as the Kimono kite due to its resemblance to that Japanese garment, the Sode has often been copied in the West. It's not unknown for a large Sode to be spotted at a kite festival. The rectangular areas of sail make a good canvas for artistic expression! Our MBK Sodes are great light wind fliers, and gain height easily in thermals just like Deltas. The Japanese originals fly without tails, and use Washi paper for the sails. Apparently, some tragically keen Japanese fliers still make their own Washi paper from mulberry bushes... Beat that for 'building from scratch'! Sode kites can seem quite flimsy when being handled on the ground, but these types of kites fly very steadily up high.

how to fly a kite

Are you flying a Sled kite? This is just a sail with 2 spars running straight up and down. You can't adjust the towing point on these, so skip this entire section... Now, a few tips about adjustment of the towing point. This is where the flying line attaches to the kite's bridle. All single line kites, whether shop-bought or home-made, have one or more lines, keels or a combination of these which are attached directly to the kite. However simple or complex, there's just one point where the flying line attaches. In most cases, you can slide or otherwise adjust this point towards the nose or the tail of the kite. On our MBK kites, a small length of line is attached to the rest of the bridle with a special sliding knot. Adjusting the towing point is as simple as sliding the knot one way or the other. Using a fingernail helps, if the knot is a bit tight. What if the kite doesn't want to fly at all? Perhaps there's simply not enough wind for flying a kite. This is likely to be the case if you can't feel the kite pulling on the line. Just wait for better conditions, and go out when there's more wind! Alternatively, you could attempt to re-live your childhood and excitedly scamper across the field, towing the kite up as you go... Perhaps you can feel the kite pulling, and it moves left or right but just doesn't climb no matter what you do. That is the symptom of a towing point set too far back. Just shift it forward towards the nose of the kite a little, and try again. Keep adjusting by a small amount until the kite willingly climbs into the air. Learning how to fly a kite has a lot to do with understanding the towing point. What if the kite takes off, but then just wants to loop around and dive into the ground? Let's assume you're not trying to fly immediately downwind of your house or some other huge obstacle! Looping is usually caused by trying to fly when the wind is too strong for the kite. The first thing to try is to shift the towing point forward a little. This reduces the pressure on the kite and might be enough to keep it in the air. If you have shifted the towing point several times without any success, it's time to add a tail. Or, if the kite already has a tail, add some more! Keep adding tail until the kite stays in the air, or you run out of tail material. If the kite is still misbehaving, pack up and wait for a less windy day! However, if you are having some success at this point, you might even be able to shift the towing point back a fraction. This will make the kite fly even higher. Just one more comment here. If you made it yourself, but the kite just won't fly straight despite perfect weather conditions, there is something else wrong. Go back up to that homemade kites link to find the answers. You might know how to fly a kite, but it mightn't be up to it! What if the kite takes off and climbs, but then doesn't get very high? In this case it sounds like there is enough wind, but the towing point has been left too far forward. Perhaps the last time it flew, it was adjusted for very windy weather! No problem, just shift the towing point back towards the tail a bit at a time until you are happy with how the kite is flying. Make small adjustments, or you could end up with the kite not flying at all! If shifting the towing point doesn't help, then the wind is just not strong enough to carry the kite to its maximum height. The tiny amount of lift it is generating is equal to the weight of the flying line plus the weight of the kite. It's a delicate tug-of-war between the kite and the line. The weight of the line does add up, as you let more and more of it out. I hope these tips on how to fly a kite prove useful for you!Most people who have made their own kites have eventually experienced one that refuses to fly properly! If that's you, there are a number of tips on how to make kites fly straight that could come in handy.

materials for kite

i chose sticks, scissors, tape, ribbons, paper stars, trash bag, and stringsticks because the kite needs something to keep it together.scissors so i can cut things that i dont really need.tape so the sticks could stick to the kite.ribbons so the kite could look good.trash bag cause thats the outside of the kite.paper stars are for decorations.string is for the bridle so you can steer the kite.

Kite shape

you pick the kite shape so your kite could have a good looking body because you wouldnt want your kite to be a rinkled up piece of trash you want it to look good.