Making A Box Kite
Before The First Flight
Make up a flying line and attach it to the bridle with a Lark's Head Knot. See the photo, where the Lark's Head has been left loose.
Suspend the kite from the Double Loop knot of the bridle.
the Prusik knot along the bridle line until the upper bridle leg makes a
right-angle (90 degrees) with the spar.
The kite should fly like this,
but you can try shifting the knot rearwards a little for best results in lighter winds. That is, no more than a few centimeters or a couple of inches.
Making A Box Kite
Firstly, this kite requires more than a 'very light' breeze to
stay in the air. So if you can see barely any movement in the leaves of
trees or bushes, perhaps take some other Dowel kite instead!
At the other extreme, you might snap a cross-piece if you attempt to fly in 'very windy' weather. So, a nice average moderate breeze is best.
The Prusik knot on the bridle line can loosen off a little over time. If necessary, pull on all the lines to tighten the knot up before a flying session.
Out In The Field
Box kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
Assuming there is a fair amount 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 taking loop after loop off the
winder. Be cautious about letting line slip through your fingers. If a
big gust hits the kite, the line could burn you! It's a good idea to
wear a glove of some sort.
Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let
it go, on the end of maybe 15 meters (50 feet) of line. This way, the
kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.
The picture up there shows the Dowel Box on its first outing, in a
gusty moderate breeze. Have fun flying, and I hope you've had fun
learning how to make a Box kite.
Some Improvements: After testing the original kite, some
improvements came to mind...
If the wind is too strong, the horizontal cross-piece in the upper cell will snap. So, use slightly thicker dowel for the horizontal cross-piece in both the upper and lower cells, to keep the kite balanced.
Right now, all the cross-pieces attach quite close to the trailing
edge of both cells. Try shifting them 0.1DL (12cm, 4 3/4”) away from the
trailing edge. Don't forget the tape reinforcements too, so the ends of
the cross-pieces don't puncture the sail. This change should reduce the
amount of spar-bending that happens in fresh breezes, will still
keeping the cross-pieces within easy reach during setup.
Try my Making The MBK Dowel Box Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts.
Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already...
Ever Made This Kite?
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!
Flight Reports From Other Visitors
Click below to read about various kite-flying adventures, contributed by other visitors to this page...
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