Materials to Make a Kite

Teachers - Please send an email to school@kitesite.com.au Listing your school, the year you teach and I will send by post a price list and other info

 

KITE SAIL MATERIAL

 

Tyvek - White                                                        

This material is 1.5m wide and ideal for making kites. It is strong, lightweight and very easy to use. It can be cut with scissors then glued, sewn or taped. It is suitable for both single and dual line kites and very highly recommended. Great for a wide variety of uses – parachutes, banners, clothing, boat sails, air balloons etc.

 

Ripstop Nylon - 9 Colours                                  

1.5m wide. Very lightweight and can be cut with scissors or best hot cut. Requires sewing to be joined and is best suited to the more advanced builder.

 

Nylon Taffeta – 8 Colours                              

1m wide. Best suited to single line kites and making bags for kites. Heavier than Ripstop with more stretch.

 

We also have a range of polyester and other cloths.

 

KITE FRAME MATERIALS

 

Fibreglass Rod

 

Very strong and flexible. It is ideal for making both single and dual line kites. Standard lengths 4m. Ends will require end caps.

         

Diameter

$/m

 

Diameter

$/m

2 mm

 

 

4 mm

 

2.3mm

 

 

4.5mm

 

3mm

 

 

5 mm

 

3.5mm

 

 

6.35mm

 

Tip - Don’t forget to order end caps for the rods to protect the ends

Rod can be cut to size at small additional cost.

 

Dowel       

Great material for a spine in a single line kite.

 

Diameter

Length

Price per length

4mm

1.8m

 

6mm

1.8m

 

6mm

2.4m

 

8mm

1.8m

 

 

Fibreglass Tube           6.25mm OD               

 

Much lighter and stiffer than rod. Ideal for Stunt kites and large single line kites. Ask about our design for a large Rokkaku fighting kite, great for group activity. Available in 3m lengths or cut to order.

 

Carbonfibre  Tubes & Rods

 

                                TUBES                                     SOLID RODS

Diameter

Length in cm

Price per length

 

Diameter

Std Length

Price per length

 

3.2mm

75.0

 

 

1mm

100cm

 

 

4 mm

75.0

 

 

1.3mm

100cm

 

 

5 mm

77.5

 

 

2mm

100cm

 

 

5.5mm

100.0

 

 

3mm

100cm

 

 

5.6mm

80.0

 

 

4mm

100cm

 

 

5.8mm

81.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

6.0mm

100.0

 

 

Plus some

 

 

 

6.1mm

82.5

 

 

Other sizes

 

 

 

6.4mm

83.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

8 mm

101.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lightweight and very stiff. These rods can be used for a variety of frames-kites, solar cars, model boats, aircraft.

 

FLYING LINES

 

Basic Single Line (Red Handle)                       

Large handle with 45m of twisted nylon line. Good for single line kites.

 

Stunt Kite Line                                                

Large handle with 30m of 20kg twisted nylon line and clip.

 

Braided Dacron 

bulk    25kg  900m Spool    

                                                                    50kg  900m Spool                                                                       per m            25kg                            

                                                             50kg                    

Braided line is stronger and easier to use. The 25kg line will make a good flying line for both single and dual line kites. The 50kg line is great for making bridles.

 

BITS & PIECES

 

O Rings                       

O Rings are used in diamond kites to hold the spine and spreader together

at the join.

 

Clear Vinyl Tubing

          Used for joiners and nose pieces. Other sizes also available

3mm Inner Diameter                     

5mm Inner Diameter                     

6mm Inner Diameter                     

         

End Caps

Size

Price

Size

Price

1.6mm

 

4.0mm

 

2.3mm

 

4.8mm

 

2.9mm

 

5.0mm

 

3.0mm

 

6.0mm

 

3.2mm

 

 

 

End caps to fit fibreglass rods. Select the size just below the size rod you are using

 

Tail Material

 

Plastic Tubular Tail (Black, Purple, orange)          

Flat 25mm wide tail  75m roll(Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow)                                                                                                                 

         

Brass Swivel Snaps          Small                                                                                                                    Medium                         

                                       Large                             

          Swivels help to take the twists out of the flying line when you wind the string in and out

 

Tapes                         Gaffa Tape 25m Roll                                                                                                              Insignia Tape (cloth Adhesive) 45m

                                    Double sided tape 6mm 50m                

 

We also stock many other “bits & pieces” so if you need anything we will do our best to help.

 

 

RESOURCES

 

Resource Kit                                                   

Designed to provide teachers with a large range of kiting materials all labelled to use in a “Hands  on Lesson”. It also has some notes on each item, Pictures and a CD with all sorts of files.

                                                                                    Set price 

 

Videos

Australian Video Series. Two Part. This was specifically written for the D&T unit. The first video covers the Design side with explanation about materials and styles, the second video progresses step by step on the making of four different designs of kites.                                                                                      Set price     

 

Kite Kits – Large Diamond

We also produce a diamond Kite Kit (78cm long & 63cm wide). It is in kit form and very easy to put together. It has a Tyvek Sail and Fibreglass frame with two long tails. This kite will fly in just about any wind condition. Excellent starter kite that ensures students have 100% success.

                                                                             Per kit        

KITES

 

Single Line Kites   ( See the web site for some pictures)

Octopus Kite                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Diamond Kite                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Small Rainbow Delta                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Large Rainbow Delta                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Shark                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Parafoil                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Box Kite                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Sled                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Large Rokkaku                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Black Crow                                                                                                                                                                                                           

 
Two Line Stunt Kites  ( See the web site for some pictures)

Black Widow                                                                                                                                                                                                       

Firestorm                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

The above kites have been chosen for schools because they are guaranteed flyers, show a variety of design styles and are very easy to use.

A full description of these commercially produced kites will available soon on our web site.