How To Build A Box Kite
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The MBK 2-Skewer Box
How To Build A Box Kite
Finally, make up a flying line and attach it to the bridle with a Lark's Head Knot. See the photo down there.
Assuming there is plenty of breeze outside, just dangle
the kite at arm's length until the wind catches it.
As long as you feel
the kite pulling, let out line slowly by letting it slip through your
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let
it go, with maybe 10 or 20 meters of line let out.
This way, the kite
soon gets high enough to build it easy to let more line out. That's
assuming there is plenty of wind!
Out In The Field
Box kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
If the kite doesn't fly, there is only one explanation - not
enough wind! If it loops around in both directions, try shifting the
towing point forward a little. That is, move the shiftable knot along
the bridle line towards the nose of the kite. As a last resort, you
could add a small tail.
Isn't it nice to not be grounded when it's windy outside, and it's
way too strong for most other MBK kites! By the way, if the kite stays
quite low despite a good wind, you could try moving the towing point back a bit, towards the tail end of the kite.
Here's another picture of the MBK 2-Skewer Box Kite in the air. Air pressure on the sails is causing the main
spars to bow out a little. Hope you've enjoyed learning how to build a
2-Skewer Box kite in flight
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
Ever Made This Kite?
You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...
If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!
P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
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E-book special of the month (25% off)...
e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119 cm (4 ft) wide
Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the
canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated. This 14-cell
kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to
38 kph or 13 to 24 mph. In gentle winds, this kite will hang in
the air at fairly low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls
firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while
Every kite design in
the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...
- Materials are
plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
- Tools are a ruler,
scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
- All cuts are
along straight lines.
For the greatest chance
of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For
example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line
type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough,
since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small
differences from my original.
Get the e-book for making the MBK Parachute kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.
The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.
Aug 23, 17 06:00 AM
This previously published page gives a quick insight into the structure and materials of the original 'War Kites' by Samuel Cody. Plus some history and photos of course. Intriguing stuff...
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