Dowel Versus Skewer
So I'm making a kite for my math class, and I chose to make a box kite. I was wondering what is the difference (benefits and stuff) between making a Dowel Box Kite or one of the two Skewer kites? I have to make sure my kite flies by itself for at least two minutes. Do you have suggestions as to which type I should make?
For a start, I would choose between the 2-Skewer and the Dowel box kites.
(The 1-Skewer design is quickest to make, but a little trickier to keep up in the air - unless you have done a very accurate construction job and there is a constant moderate breeze!)
So, I'll just list the pros and cons of the other kites...
2-Skewer Box Kite - PROs
2-Skewer Box Kite - CONs
- Excellent wind range. It will stay up in everything from fairly light wind right up to quite strong gusty winds.
- Even a fairly average-quality construction job should still result in a good stable kite!
- Convenient size. This kite can easily be transported around in a car 'as is' - ready to fly.
Dowel Box Kite - PROs
- Some gluing and quite a bit of skewer-cutting is required. So you can't make it and fly it on the same day - unless perhaps you are using some really quick-drying glue!
Dowel Box Kite - CONs
- Impressive size, but you can still pack it down to a smaller size for carrying around.
- Fairly tolerant of average workmanship. I'm not the greatest craftsman myself :-)
- High performance in light to moderate winds. High line angles! It just looks great up there, 'nailed to the sky'.
- You need to be careful not to fly this lightly-built box kite in strong wind. It will break!
- It takes a while to make, with some cutting, gluing and filing of wooden dowel required.
- It needs a lot more floor space to lay out during construction, compared to the skewer kite.
So - all in all - I would probably recommend the 2-Skewer Box kite
for your school project. Try and pick skewers that seem straighter than the rest. The straighter the better! Take your time, do a good job, and your kite might even stay up there for 2 hours
if the wind holds out...