Sled kite

A simi-rigid kite, in which the two vertical edges of the sail form keels and has a two point bridle.  The kite has rigid support only in the vertical sail direction.  The support can be provided by spars or by ram air cells.  If the sail material is fairly stiff, in very small sizes,  it is possible for the sail material to double as the vertical support. The spars or other support mechanism is positioned at the point where the sail transitions to become the keel.  

 The sled kite was invented and patented by the American, William Allison in the 1950's. It is an extremely popular kite and is strongly favored for kid's kite making projects. The kite is easy to make and fly when made in a magnum-miniature size or slightly larger. Many plans are available for constructing such a kite from a single sheet of ordinary printer paper. The kite is also popular for marketing purposes as it provides a nice canvas for advertisements and is frequently used for promotional give-a-ways.  A small ram air version of this kite made of plastic or nylon is frequently sold as a "key-chain" or "pocket" kite, which folds up into a palm size case.

Last Updated (Thursday, 12 January 2012 15:06)

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1/16th inch hole punches work great for punching bridle holes in small kites.  Check the scrap-booking section of your local craft store to purchase one.