On April 29th 1902, Silas J. Conyne had a kite patented with the number 698.634, which is now known as the Conyne or French Military Box Kite. Conyne specified proportions rather than actual measurements. His own kite was not very large (Conyne no.3 was 1.51m in length). For the spars he used spruce wood and for the sails, linen sheeting (which was commonly available at the time). The places for the bridle points are marked with a circle. Incidentally, the cross-spar runs across the top side of the wing but along the lower side of the centre panel.

conyne 6 kB gif

Relative dimensions for the CONYNE

The bridle points are at 10%, 30% and 70% of the longeron, measured from the front.

Constructional Details:


English translation : Philip Le Riche & friends

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