How to Make a Kite: The Tabloid Sled.

Step 7: Flying the Kite

Check one of my other Instructables for how to launch and land your kite, and for general kite safety tips.

Be warned, though, this kite will not survive even a light shower of rain if it is in the air.

You may find that your kite tends to lean or fly over to one side in the air.

If the kite leans to the left, slide the knot along the bridle to the right. If it leans to the right, slide the knot to the left.

If sliding the knot does not cure the tilt, adjust the tails - cut or tear pieces of the tail. If the kite is going left, trim the left tail, and vice versa.

If you over-do it with the tail, you can trim the other side to match, but don't get carried away, just in case you run out of tail.

Emergency Kit

The kite has no financial value, but it's a pain if something goes wrong before you get a chance to enjoy it properly.

Take along a roll of tape and a pair of scissors when you fly it. Small rips can then be patched quickly, and tails can be re-attached without fuss (especially if you got carried away with the adjustments). You may want to take along a spare page or two as well, just in case.

If you are planning to fly the kite again, and you get is just right, wrap a piece of tape around the knot on the bridle to hold it in place, to save you needing to re-adjust it next time you fly.

Storage and transport

Assuming you want to fly the kite somewhere other than where you made it, you will need to make it more convenient to carry.

Gently roll the sail up around the longerons, then wrap the tails around the sail, then wrap the bridle around the whole thing. Lay it gently (complete with string) in the bottom of a carrier bag and roll up the carrier bag. Done.
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