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!
They're 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 toward 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, toward 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:
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
McGyver Kite in 30mph Winds
My son and I started out to build the simple box kite with bamboo skewers, tape, a garbage bag and lots of enthusiasm.
3 Hours later... the Gorilla …
As mentioned earlier, there's more kite making on this site than you can poke a stick at :-)
Want to know the most convenient way of using it all?
The Big MBK E-book Bundle is a collection of downloads — printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.
Every kite in every MBK series.
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