Making a Sport Kite is Made Easy
By: Rex Inego | Nov 22, 2011 09:19 AM
Flying kites is one of the hobbies that are pursued by millions of people all over the world regardless of whether young or old. There are different varieties of kites that are available these days and you can choose whatever kite you want accordingly. Many would have heard about the sport kites that are one step above the ordinary kites we come across. These kites are capable of performing bold tricks and dips. They are not very hard to make and if you know how to make them, they can be made very easily. Give below are some simple steps that will help you to get ready with a sport kite effortlessly.
• Purchasing the material for the sport kite The best kind of material that is suited for this purpose is ¾ oz.-weight rip stop nylon like Porcher. You require Dacron reinforced with Kevlar to make the nose part of the kite while the trailing and leading ends should be made from ½ oz-weight nylon rip cord. The frame can be made either of aluminium rods or fibre glass according to your choice but make sure that you utilize JACO standoff connectors, a .2100-inch AVIA pultrude to make the upper spread and .098-inch mcr to make the standoffs for the kite. You can buy all this stuff via the Kite Builder if you desire.
• Making Templates – There are numerous sites like Ian Newman’s Acara Sport Kite plans, David Salmon Delta Sport Kite and Kite Builder that provide all kinds of model plans for you to take your pick from. You just need to position the model for the sail on the kite material and pin it into position. Then fold the material into two in order to cut both the pieces for the sail together. Leave around 1 ½ inches for the seam on every side and 8 ¾ inches towards the trailing edge. It is advised to cut the material with a hit cutter in order to ensure that the borders of the material melt a little bit. This will avoid the material from unravelling. Carefully divide the two pieces of the kite’s sail and make use of the hit cutter to stick the two pieces together.
• Fix both the pieces with the help of a 6mm double-sided tape and hem the tape using the zig-zag stitch on your sewing machine. The trailing edge of the kite should also be completed with the double sided tape and ensure that you double fold the edging. Once you complete the trailing edge, slip a 50kg heavy dyneema/spectra line into the fold. This line will ensure that your kite will fly well. Permit a loop of around eight inches in length to project from the last portion of the kite.
• The next step is to sever a 10 inch length mylar and stitch this strip along with the trailing edge with a straight stitch on your sewing machine. Take care to ensure that the mylar is positioned over the joint of the spine of the kite on its rear side. Now take a piece of Dacron that is around six inches longer than the primary edge of the kite and crease the Dacron into two and compress it well with your hands so that it makes a good fold. Then unwrap the Dacron and fix double sided tapes on all the outer edges of the Dacron. Now the extra Dacron that protrudes from the leading edge of the kite should be folded over itself in order to form a double layer of Dacron that provides extra support to the tips.
• You have to then position the leading tip of the sport kite that will make sure that the edges come in par with the crease of the Dacron. Ensure that the Dacron remains closed above the leading edge in such a way that the tape makes it secure. The Dacron shoild be stitched in such a manner that leaves a tiny space for the leech line and then use zig-zag stitches right to the opposite side where a straight stitch will provide a tiny gap at the other end.
• The next step is the making of the nose piece by pasting Dacron and some other kind of tough material like what is utilized for seatbelts together. Attach the nose piece on the nose portion of the sport kite and stitch it into position taking care to leave a small gap for the line. Cut out any extra portion that appears. Now stitch a three inch piece of Velcro with hooks onto the backside of the tail. Ascertain the Velcro is positioned straight and stitch in a 4inch long Velcro to the tip of the Dacron that is 10 inch long. Now fix the Dacron to the sport kite with straight stitches carefully without altering the position of the Dacron.
• Now piece a hole with the aid of hot cutter to the portion of the Dacron that is sewed on the kite. Create standoffs for the kite by severing 3 ½ inch pieces of Dacron and creasing them into two and cutting the tips which will make them diagonal. Push the edges of the sail into this creased portion of the Dacron into the places that are shown in the kite plan and stitch them into position. Make three holes in the Dacron around one inch apart. Now make a hole at the end of the Dacron around three inches from the edge of the sport kite. You have to then generate tension in the leading tip of the kite either with an inch wide bungee or with the help of a cable tie. Place this below the Dacron in such a way that will ensure that the line does not get twisted on it.
• Next step is to make holes in the leading rim in order to make the lower and upper spreader connectors. The hole should be around 2 inches in length. Refer the plan to ensure that you make holes at the correct locations. The distance from the nose to the upper spreader should be around twelve inches long, around 21 ½ inches from the lower spreader to the tip and the distance from the lower and upper spreader should be around twenty five inches.
• Make a T-connector for the mid portion from one of the leading edge connectors. Pierce a hole for the spine and place a 2 ½ inch carbon tube ferrule in the centre. Now push in all the rods and the left over accessories and your kite is ready to fly.