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.

Making Box Kites is a downloadable, printable e-book which has instructions for some well-tested Box kite designs. There's nothing like flying something you made yourself!

Here's a short-format flight report featuring 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

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 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)



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 …

Making Box Kites is a downloadable, printable e-book which has instructions for some well-tested Box kite designs. There's nothing like flying something you made yourself!

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

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

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

Strong ...
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

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