On this page you will find some practical information about choosing a plan, materials and kite building techniques. We hope that these will enable you to make your first kites.
What Model ?
One line, two or four? In other words : what type of kite do you want to fly ? A static kite, a stunt kite,… ? In every category you ‘ll find easy models and more complex models.
In the section “Plans” of this site (head menu) you will find some classical models and creations of NCB members. Many plans can be found on internet for instant on www.kiteplans.org.
A one liner to start
For your first kite you need a reliable model that flies in a large scale of winds. Go for a Delta or a Rokkaku.
What fabric ?
Mostly used to make kites is the nylon fabric called ripstop (usual brands are Chikara and Mirai). There is a large range of colors available.
For more performing kites such as stunt kites, or for kites with the lowest weight you can use a polyester fabric (Icarex is a brand).
Other fabrics can be used of course, modern things such as milar and Tyvek, but also classic fabrics like cotton, tergal, etc… Porosity is an important factor: a porous fabric will give less lift but ‘ll add stability to your kite. Therefor a porous fabric will be perfect to make a tail.
To make reinforcements you use more layers of the same fabric or use Dacron or safety belt.
As kites are mainly made to decorate the skies, color, shape, design, motives, etc… take an important place in the aesthetics of a kite. Your imagination, envy, patience, ability with a sewing machine mark your limits. Some
Vous trouverez ci-après des informations pratiques sur le choix du plan, sur les matériaux, sur des techniques de construction qui devraient vous faciliter la construction de vos premiers cerfs-volants.
choose for minimalist colors, others go for real artworks or appliqué techniques that enable the most complex pictures.
The spars are made of glass fibre (not too expensive) or carbon fibre (lighter and stronger). These spars can be found in a large range of diameters (from 1 to 12 mm). You choose the diameter according to the size of the kite and the wind it will be flown in. The plans indicated what size is advised.
Some special bits and pieces will help you to connect the spars to each other. To reduce the size of your folded kite, some of the spars are cut into pieces and assembled again with pods in metal (mostly stain).