Building box kites

Building box kites: kites

Among the dragons a box kite is one of the Einleinern, which rise in stronger winds in the air. Due to their design, they are harder to control than comparatively Eddy or Hexagon kites.

Likewise, the project "box kite" is more suitable for advanced kite makers or home improvement. If you want to dare to go to the Drachenbau, learn in this guide how to build your own box kite. Since fine and stable seams can only be sewn by laymen with a lot of practice, all seams are glued on this kite.

security Alert: Be careful not to let the kite fly near power lines. Similarly, it should be left on the ground during thunderstorms, otherwise there is a risk of being struck by lightning. In addition, when landing, make sure that no one is injured.

Material list for a box kite

  • Round wood rods: 4 x long rods, 4 x short roundwoods
  • Canvas or dragon cloth for the covering
  • Kite string, diameter at least 1 mm
  • Special adhesive for textiles
  • wood glue
  • 8 x T-connector with diameter of the short round logs
  • duct tape
  • key ring
  • saw
  • pencil
  • ruler

Tip: When buying the wooden strips, you should make sure that they have no "wooden eyes", as the kite can break quickly on a rough landing at these spots.

Tinker covering for the box kite

Building box kites: adhesive

Sketch for side parts of the box kite

The Dimensions of the box kite depend on the size of the square bases of the two boxes from which it is built. Each box is covered with two side panels that are mirrored to each other. A fabric later covered two sides of a box. For example, if you want to build a box kite with a side length of approx. 60 cm, the base area b is approx. 120 cm long. As can be seen in the sketch on the left, the side panels are cut diagonally for an optical effect. A rectangular or square covering is also possible.

First, the four sides of the chestnut dragon are made of special dragon cloth or canvas. Draw the measurements on the fabric and add a 4 to 5 cm wide adhesive edge on each side. Then cut out the first side panel and use it mirror-inverted as a template for the second side panel. In this way, they are the same size and can be stretched around the box. To better glue the higher side c later, the adhesive edge is cut in - as shown in the picture to step 3.

Building box kites: building

Step 1: Transfer dimensions to the fabric (please click to enlarge)

Building box kites: kite

Step 2: Wide adhesive edge on each side (please click to enlarge)

Building box kites: side

Step 3: The longer side c is cut in (please click to enlarge)

Dragon cloth fold and glue

In the next step, the adhesive edge b is coated with special glue, folded along the line and pressed firmly. Then proceed similarly with page d. As the glue dries, the other two side pieces are built following the same steps.

Building box kites: adhesive

Step 4: Fold the adhesive fold b to the line

Building box kites: kites

Step 5: Stick on edge

Building box kites: side

Step 6: Fold and glue the adhesive edge d as well

Build scaffolding for box kites

Building box kites: building

Homemade box kite with special kite sticks

As soon as the covering is finished, you build the skeleton of the box kite with the wooden strips and cover it. In addition, both boxes are stabilized with a cross made of wooden sticks. All round rods are cut to the required dimensions and pushed two T-pieces on the four long timbers. The cross should be approximately in the middle of the box.

At first, each side panel only a long strip with T-connector attached. Example: For side panel 1, place it on the inside of the creasing fold of c, while placing the bar on edge a for the second part of the string. Now mark before gluing the place on the adhesive edge of the dragon cloth on which the short woods are pushed into the T-connector. Then you stick a piece of tape over the markings, which prevents tearing. Cut the fabric in these places. Then apply adhesive to the adhesive tape and glue the fabric to the long round rods. Insert the shorter log into the T-joint and repeat the steps on the opposite side. For example: If you have attached the roundwood to the edge c of the first side panel, now glue the long round bar with T-connector to the edge a of the second side panel. Slide a short roundwood into both connectors.

To give the box kite a square footprint, measure half of the lower side edge b and glue the next long round rod onto which a T-connector has been pushed. For more grip, it is additionally fixed to the fabric with adhesive tape. Now insert the short rod into the T-connector. Important: The short wooden slats must be at about the same height. Repeat these steps at the second side part and tie the cross of the short round logs in the middle of the box with kite string.

In the next step, the adhesive c of the second piece of clothing is coated with adhesive and glued to the outside of the edge c of the first side part. Then glue edge a of the first side part to a of the second part. Now the covering of the first box is finished. To finish the box kite, attach the long round bars to the side panels of the second box following the above steps and string them together. Once the glue has dried, the kite string attached to the top corner of the top box as well as at the bottom corner of the other box and with a bay knots connected to the keyring.

Tip: If possible, hang the kite on the ceiling and observe its flying or hanging behavior. If it hits you, you can use the bay node to make the distance between the lines smaller or smaller.

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