Big Diamond Kite

by Jim Little
(Birmingham, Alabama USA)

I took the kite plans on Tim's site here (thanks Tim) and stepped them up. This big Diamond kite is 8 ft. at the tips. I just flew it in Tybee Island Georgia on Oct/9/2010. It went right up and flew in very light wind.

This kite will break down to 4 ft. long and about 3 inches in diameter. The dowels are 1/2 inch wood and the kite is rip-stop nylon. It was a lot of work to build but when I saw it fly, it was all worth it.

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Your Kite
by: Nick R

Nice Kite. I'm currently trying to make one for the kids here in Sutton West VA, could you tell me the exact dimensions of your kite?

Simply Red
by: BJ

Hey Jim,

Initially, a very nice kite... job well done! I've had the idea for a giant diamond kite rolling around in my head since last year. Unfortunately, no one seems to manufacture one in an almost ready to fly state. What's a welder to do? Make his own I would think!

I'm considering an all red take down kite about 8'-10' tip to tip, and about 11'-14' tall with 25'-30' matching tail streamers. Based on their durability and light weight, I was thinking of fabricating the frame from 1/2" carbon fiber tubes, and light weight, rip stop nylon for the kite body. Any suggestions or ideas are welcome. Thanks.

Thank you for the nice comments
by: Jim Little

Gary and Tim, thank you for nice comments. By the way, the date is a typo, it should be 10/9/10 that I flew the kite. Tim, thanks again for your suggestions during the proto-type stage, they paid off big. This kite flies great with no tail and no bow line.

Great Kite
by: Gary Crenshaw

Don't you love it when a plan comes together?

by: Tim Parish

Great pics, thanks Jim! In fact, you are the first person to take advantage of the new feature which allows multiple uploads of images. Very handy for kite-fliers since you can show off an ultra close up AND an in-flight shot - as you have done.

Now I'm going to call my wife in to take a look at your impressive Diamond...

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

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

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

Strong breeze
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