Making box kites is covered in many kite books. What I've done here is collect together all the book resources I could find that include material on this type of kite.
Alternatively, a relatively quick and easy approach is described in the eBooks for those MBK Dowel kites over there on the right. One is specifically designed for fresh to strong wind. The other is quite lightly built and starts flying in the lower end of the 'moderate' wind range. Heck, it even went overhead in a thermal once!
Regarding the books referenced below, just one is specifically about box kites. In any case, there is plenty of information covering box designs in all the other books as well.
Since there is such a range of methods and materials, there should be something about making box kites for everyone. Are you looking for simple and cheap? Big and impressive? Something unusual or non-traditional? If one of the MBK Boxes don't fit the bill, the perfect kite design for you is likely to be in one of these books somewhere!
The kite books listed first will probably be the easiest to find, since they are the most recently published.
|Title||The Kite Making Handbook|
|Author(s)||Rossella Guerra and Giuseppe Ferlegna|
|Publisher||David & Charles Publishers, March 2004|
Mainly about single liners, but does have some material on making box kites amongst its 128 pages.
|Publisher||Overlook TP, Feb. 2000|
|ISBN Number(s)||1585670170, 978-1585670178|
This is an important kite book, judging by the number of reviews and the
average score. The 7 people who left reviews at the Amazon.com
bookstore gave it an average of 4.5 stars! It is very complete, and
making box kites is in there somewhere. At a whopping 227 pages, it's
the biggest book in this list. Plenty of people have worn out 1 or more
copies of this book during their years of kiting.
|Author(s)||Nancy Ann Belsky|
|Publisher||Dale Seymour Publications, 1995|
This is actually a teacher's workbook which uses kiting to illustrate
and teach some mathematics skills. Four different types of polyhedral
kites are covered, including box kites.
The book does cover the building and flying of the kites as well. It's a
soft cover book with 102 pages.
|Title||Making and Flying Box Kites|
|Publisher||Chrysalis Books, 1993 and Sterling Pub Co Inc, 1994|
|ISBN Number(s)||071346920X, 978-0713469202|
Here it is, the dedicated box kite book. It's a hardback of 96 pages,
with 50 color pics, 4 black and white pics and also 102 line drawings.
The book illustrates making and flying a range of 18 different box
kites, from simple to quite complex.
|Title||The Ultimate Kite Book|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster, 1992|
|ISBN Number(s)||0671744437, 9780671744434|
A guide to making and flying a variety of types of kite, including making box kites. Available in hardcover.
|Title||Make Your Own Kite|
|Author(s)||John W. Jordan|
|Publisher||J. W. Jordan, 1981|
|ISBN Number(s)||0918464358, 978-0918464354|
Apparently a funny guy this John Jordan. There's a picture of a
traditional box kite design on the cover of his book. However, the materials are anything but traditional! Try plastic foam, computer cards and more... A hardcover book of 90 pages, with some photographs.
|Title||The Complete Beginner's Guide to Making and Flying Kites|
|Author(s)||Edward F. Dolan|
|Publisher||Doubleday & Company, New York, 1977|
|ISBN Number(s)||0385049374, 9780385049375|
I think the title says it all, except that it's a hardcover book and does cover making box kites!
|Title||Your Book of Kites|
|Publisher||Transatlantic Arts, 1973|
|ISBN Number(s)||0571047122, 978-0571047123|
An 88 page children's book by academic Clive Hart. Due to its age, the
21 photos and 39 illustrations of the 20 kite designs are in black and
white. Plenty of detail on construction, flying and landing the kites,
including the traditional box kite of course.
|Title||25 Kites That Fly|
|Publisher||Dover Publications, June 1971|
Detailed step-by-step instructions for constructing and flying 25 kinds of kites, which includes several kinds of box kite. Includes hints on reeling and stringing too. This paperback contains 70 illustrations in its 110 pages. The emphasis is on using cheap materials.
I hope you find something useful on making box kites in one or more of these books!
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