This set of instructions on how to make a Box kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making. You might already have some of the simple tools and materials required. Anything you don't have is easily bought.
If not exactly what I used, then at least something pretty similar!
The instructions on how to make a Box kite might look awfully long, but each step is quite simple to do. Just quickly work your way through, skimming over any detail that you don't need. All in all, it should be quite hard to make a mistake!
The MBK 1-Skewer Box Kite is rather small at just 29cm (11 1/2") long, with cell panels measuring 14.5cm x 8.7cm (5 3/4" x 3 1/2"). It will stay airborne in moderate winds, but does even better in fresh winds.
Like all the other MBK 1-Skewer kites, this design can't be taken
apart for transport. However, that's not much of a problem due to it's
small size! Just be sure to treat it with care when handling or
1-Skewer kites are fun, but somewhat toy-like :-) due to their rather small size. Fancy something much bigger to fly, suitable for teenagers and adults?
The "Making Skewer Kites" e-book
has plenty of 58cm (23") designs in bamboo skewers and plastic. Plus all the 1-Skewer designs.
A handy approach is to just print out the pages for the kite you want to make next. The e-book is also handy for working off-line on a laptop, tablet or other device.
The template up there represents one cell of the kite, laid out flat. Transfer the measurements to the sail plastic as follows...
At this point, you've pretty much finished making the MBK 1-Skewer Box Kite!
Finally, make up a flying line and attach it to the bridle with a Lark's Head Knot. See the photo below.
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 fingers.
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 make it easy to let more line out. That's assuming there is plenty of wind!
If this box kite doesn't fly, there is only one explanation: not enough wind! If it loops around in one direction, try adding a little tail to one side of the lower cell. Imagine the kite looping around... The extra tail needs to go on the outside of that loop.
An important part of making a box kite as small as this one is selecting bamboo skewers that are as straight and consistent as possible. If you can do a perfect job, the kite might even fly straight with no tails at all, over a large wind range. On something this small, it's just hard to do.
My collection of real-life Box kite stories is worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Isn't it nice to not be grounded when it's fairly windy outside, and it's way too strong for the light-wind MBK designs!
If you think you have done an accurate job of selecting skewers and constructing the kite, experiment with using less tail. It will fly higher with less tail to drag it down.
Hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a Box kite!
The video shows an extra tail in action. You will need to experiment a little, since adding too much tail will make the kite loop around in the opposite direction...
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
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!
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