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Kite making



If you can't get balloons, helium, or if it's just too windy (more than about 5mph or 10kph wind) for #balloon-mapping, consider lifting a camera up on a kite. Kites are cheap and available through most of the world, and they're easy to build if you can't find one big enough.

(lead image by @elainechoi89 here)


Advantages

You can make a really big kite for just a few dollars in materials -- anywhere in the world! You don't need to buy or waste helium, and kite makers are everywhere -- kids are especially good at it.

It's a fun activity, and flying kites over and over is free, unlike using balloons!

Limitations

Most kites need at least 5-10mph (10-15kph) wind, unless you use a design for very light winds -- and most need a bit more to carry a 200g camera very high.

Kites that are very efficiently designed can fly at a high angle -- more vertically. But if yours has lots of drag, it may fly at a lower angle -- more diagonally from the ground.

You need wind.

Design constraints

Kites can be designed for many purposes, but some things to balance are:

  • cost and local availability of materials
  • time/complexity of construction
  • portability when not flying (does it fit in a car? a plane?)
  • light-wind flying qualities
  • heavy-wind flying qualities
  • overall size and lifting ability

Where do conversations happen

The grassrootsmapping list -- subscribe in the left-side column!


Activities

Purpose Category Status Author Time Difficulty Replications
easy cut delta kite plans build - @mathew 3h easy 0 replications: Try it »
Replicating a 37 year old scientific kite design - - @Ecta64 - - 0 replications: Try it »
Mylar delta kite design - - @warren - - 0 replications: Try it »
Prototyping a kite for kids - - @oscarbrett - - 0 replications: Try it »
Easy Kites for Kite Trains build - @mathew - easy 0 replications: Try it »
call it Delta, maybe - - @astoicof - - 0 replications: Try it »

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Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.

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Guides should include a materials list and a step-by-step construction guide with photo documentation. Learn what makes a good activity here.


Questions

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Updates on kite making

Lots has been published on this site about kite making over the years; some of this may be adaptable into activities to be listed above:

Title Author Updated Likes
Replicating a 37 year old scientific kite design @Ecta64 about 1 month ago
High wind range tailless sled kite design @Ecta64 3 months ago
Curved Spar Sled Kite @Ecta64 5 months ago
Kite Construction: How bad can it get? @mathew 8 months ago
Stormy O. Weathers' Horned Allison- towards a kite wind speed meter @mathew 9 months ago
Tyvek+Bamboo Kite Workshop at Pfizer Building (Brooklyn, NY 6/29-30/2012)) @elainechoi89 almost 4 years ago
Inspirational deltas @mathew almost 4 years ago
Easy Cut Delta Kite simplification @danbeavers almost 4 years ago
easy cut delta kite plans @mathew almost 4 years ago
Repairing a kite's stick with a fiber glass safety marker @pablo about 4 years ago
Diamond kite bridles @lfamular over 4 years ago
Towards a standard diamond kite kit @lfamular over 4 years ago
call it Delta, maybe @astoicof over 4 years ago
Tyvek Fleds, Theoretical & Actual Performance @mathew over 4 years ago
splitting bamboo for kites @mathew over 4 years ago
Towards a Tyvek & Bamboo Delta Kit @mathew over 4 years ago
Easy Kites for Kite Trains @mathew over 4 years ago
Mylar delta kite design @warren over 4 years ago
Prototyping a kite for kids @oscarbrett over 4 years ago
DIY Light Delta kite (Rogallo wing) @Safidy over 4 years ago


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