This set of instructions on making a Box kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite building. You might already have some of the simple tools and materials required. Anything you don't have is easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something pretty similar!
The instructions on how to make a Box kite might look awfully long, but each step is quite simple to do. Just quickly work your way through from top to bottom, skimming over any detail that you don't need.
Try the Making The MBK Dowel Box Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts.
The Dowel Box (moderate wind version) is a 1.2 meter (4 feet) long design which is very similar to the traditional Box. This design flies best in moderate winds, but will also stay in the air in wind strengths below and slightly above this range.
The Dowel Box is designed to roll up into a slim cylindrical package like a Sled, thanks to the detachable cross-pieces. Setting up on the flying field takes a few minutes at first, but gets quicker with practice.
Also, it's handy to set up in a spot that is sheltered from the wind. Of course, if you
have room, you can always leave this Box ready-to-fly.
Videos on the My Best Kite website are now being embedded from Facebook. 'About time' say all the visitors using phones and tablets - who couldn't see any video before! Here's the latest: Dowel Box in flight.Posted by My Best Kite on Wednesday, March 30, 2016
I have chosen to make '1 Dowel Length' equal to 120cm for every kite in the Dowel series. If you are in North America, 48" of 3/16" dowel is close enough to 120cm of 5mm dowel. This will result in a kite with similar flying characteristics to my original.
Now's the time to read up on the kite making tools and materials required for making an MBK Dowel kite, if you haven't already.
The Template over there represents one cell of the kite, laid flat. That's so it can be cut from a single, large plastic bag. Now transfer the measurements to the sail plastic as follows...
Try the Making The MBK Dowel Box Kite PDF, if you prefer to work offline or from printouts. A little more convenient than working from live Web pages, you might find :-)