Kiting 

"The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric times, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through." -Orville Wright

To achieve my first flight, I started by constructing a standard box kite. After picking up some dowels at the hardware store, I cut the needed pieces to length.

Binding the Joints

To bind the dowels across one another, I used thinly cut sections of tape. This step was at times tricky, since the right angle needed to be maintained while wrapping the joint.

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Assembling the Frame

After finishing the three cross sections, I attached them to the main frame using a similar binding technique.

Adding Surface

After reading a bit online into preferred materials for the sails, I settled on some readily available cotton paper. For future models I plan on trying more commonly used materials like Icarex, Chikara, Mylar, or traditional cloth.

First Flight (Attempt)

Sadly, the first flight attempt failed to exceed a few feet. With winds dwindling around 5 mph, the box kite could not achieve proper lift. The kite is bridled at two points, and connected to a wooden homemade kite spool my grandpa made a long time ago. 

More Attempts and More Crashes

After a largely windless week, the humble box kite never took flight. The paper sails often needed repair, and were not as water resistant as I'd once hoped. This box may never take to the skies.

More Attempts and More Crashes

After a largely windless week, the humble box kite never took flight. The paper sails often needed repair, and were not as water resistant as I'd once hoped. This box may never take to the skies.

More Attempts and More Crashes

After a largely windless week, the humble box kite never took flight. The paper sails often needed repair, and were not as water resistant as I'd once hoped. This box may never take to the skies.

More Attempts and More Crashes

After a largely windless week, the humble box kite never took flight. The paper sails often needed repair, and were not as water resistant as I'd once hoped. This box may never take to the skies.

More Attempts and More Crashes

After a largely windless week, the humble box kite never took flight. The paper sails often needed repair, and were not as water resistant as I'd once hoped. This box may never take to the skies.

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