Tools, Materials, Methods, Accessories For Kite Making
This is an instrument for measuring the speed of the wind
The appearance of a kite is improved by the use of effective design,
which should be simple and bold and finished in deep colours.
These are simply strips of paper, folded and cut in the manner shown.
Paste the bottom margin round the kite strings. The small V-shapes in the margin indicate
where to cut slits, which will help when the fringes are formed in
In this section there will be found instructions and illustrations for making a number of
things which add to the enjoyment of kite flying.
The simple butt joint is all that is generally needed in kite making.
The difference between a knot and a hitch is that a knot makes a more lasting fastening.
Again, a knot may be formed on the string itself, whereas a hitch usually requires some
other object to which it can be attached.
Kites, when not in use, may be protected by storing them in
large polythene bags, or bags made from sheets of strong brown paper, provided with string
handles, by which they may be suspended from a wall.
This chapter is concerned with the hows, whys and wherefores of the things which are used
in kite making and flying. We begin with a few words about tools, of which the following
hese may be fitted to plane-type kites. They are obviously
decorative, but also serve to supply a light current of air to the kite on a calm day. The
air travels through them at increased pressure which improves the kite's upward movement.
A novel touch is added when one of these is fixed to the top
of a kite backbone. The windmill described is suitable for the larger kites; the
measurements given may be adapted for smaller ones.
19 Great Kites to Make