MBK Box Kite Stories

Featuring All The MBK Boxes

Each MBK Box kite seems to have come out with a rather different wind range. Traditionally, these designs were nearly all built to fly in quite strong winds. However, one of the reports below illustrate how you can actually build a box light enough to be called a light-wind kite - although only just! Using no space-age materials either.

My latest effort, the huge Multi-Dowel box, embodies all I have learned about making these kites high-performance and tolerant of quite strong breezes.

30 pound Dacron, as available on this Stake Line Winder from Amazon, is a reasonable compromise to use for all my Skewer and Dowel kites. Except the huge Multi-Dowel ones of course!

Here's a short-format flight report featuring the next size down, the 1.2m (4ft) long Fresh Wind Dowel box...

"Thermaling Box!"

Just to make sure it survives the next time I take it out in 40+ kph winds, the 5mm cross pieces of the Fresh Wind Box were replaced with 6mm dowel. Amazingly, today this MBK Box kite still managed to thermal directly overhead in 15 - 20 kph winds!

Fresh Wind Box scoots around the sky

It took a few short tows to get it up there, but finally the Fresh Wind Dowel Box got its teeth into the faster air about 50 feet up. From there, it climbed to 300 feet in about 3 stages.

Each time, I would just let line fly off the winder as the kite floated downwind, losing height. Holding on to the line would allow the kite to steadily fly back up, and then the procedure would be repeated. Not letting the kite dip below about 50 feet at the low points!

May (my wife) had snapped off a few photos all the while. Some featured 6 year old Aren, who was beginning to complain that the kite was pulling too hard - while at a very high line angle!

Soon the time came to move along to our next destination, since we were en-route across the city. However, the kite was not willing. It insisted on remaining in that giant thermal, almost vertically above us, and it was a bit of a job to get the box kite down...

Near the ground, the winds averaged 5.4 kph with a peak at 17.4 kph. At 300 feet I'm guessing the average was around 15, gusting to perhaps 25. Nice flight!

Tim's Blog Posts
Featuring MBK Box Kites

Almost all of the archived posts were about the Multi-Dowel or Dowel box kites. And there were plenty of posts, so I've split them over 2 pages...

MBK Multi-Dowel Box kite

MBK Dowel Box kites (moderate and fresh wind versions)

Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Box Kites

The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Box kite of one type or another...

Successful Test In Plenty Of Breeze (Multi-Dowel)

Winds A Bit Light, But Still Flew HIGH (Dowel)

An Exhilarating Fresh Wind Single-liner! (Dowel)

Sitting Pretty Above The Wind Gradient (2-Skewer)

The First Flight (2-Skewer)

Floating And Darting In Gusty Fresh Winds (1-Skewer)

Flying line...

This 30 pound Dacron line is handy for all the MBK kites except the very large Multi-Dowel designs.

Reporters' Flight Reports

Click below to see MBK Flight Reporters contributions...

2-Skewer Box Kite - my all time favorite! 
The first time I saw a box kite was by way of an illustration in a book I was reading as a child. It completely grabbed my attention, and I wanted to …

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This printable 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 supervised!

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.

What's New!

  1. The Classic Cody Kite

    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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Wind Speeds

Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7