Box Kite?

by Charles Bush
(Baton Rouge, LA, USA)

Q:

I'd like to build a box kite to fly with my grandsons, but your website has so much information I couldn't really find what I need. I'm on a fixed income so I'm actually looking for some free plans to build a simple box kite, maybe four feet long or so. Any help you could give me would be deeply appreciated.

Also, I made a little video of the West Baton Rouge Parish Kite Festival and posted it on YouTube, the address is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xswZg6vX3E

Hope you enjoy it, and feel free to share with other kite folks! Thanks!

A:

"...but your website has so much information I couldn't really find what I need"

Now that's an interesting complaint, but valid enough when I think about it! Funnily enough, this site will soon have a few Google Search boxes on it, which will definitely help. The searches will be confined to this web-site only, so all people will have to do is type in, say, "box kite" and up will come all the pages on this site that relate to the...

MBK 2-Skewer Box Kite (although this kite is only 2 feet long, if made well it has a large wind range and is a very reliable flier)

MBK Dowel Box Kite (this kite is 4 feet long, but is quite a lightly built box - strictly for light to moderate winds, but a great flier in those conditions)

..plus a couple of others. One of which is not free ;-) and the other too small for your liking (1 foot long)

Regarding the YouTube video - some nice footage of assorted kites in there! It seemed the weather was ideal for the largest ones too. Thanks, and I bet plenty of people will be pasting that link into their browsers over the next few days, as they visit this page.

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