Diamond Kite Measurement?

by Jason

Q:

My grandfather taught me how to make a diamond shaped newspaper kite when I was a kid. I made one back then and it flew pretty good but it was 25 years ago and I forgot the size of the kite and all the measurements etc.

I'm pretty sure we taped a couple pieces of news paper together but I can't even remember that. I do remember we had to use a pretty long tail.

I found measurements from one on youtube 33" x 36" with horizontal dowel rod 10" from the top but the kite keeps tipping over and smashing into the ground. I don't think I have a long enough tail.

I saw yours on the website and I'm going to make one but I'm wondering in the picture is that 30" from the top of the bag or 30" from the horizontal line that's 10" from the top? Trying to make sure I'm measuring right before I cut the dowel rod.

Also thanks for putting your kite instructions on the web. This is really great. I'm experimenting with the newspaper one until I get it air born but my kids are not so patient. Home made is way more fun!

A:

Sounds like you have discovered the Simple Diamond, under the simple kites link up there on the left. In your words, the lower vertical measurement is...

30" from the horizontal line that's 10" from the top

The arrows are meant to convey 'start here and end there'. On this kite the horizontal spar is exactly 25% (one quarter) of the way down the vertical spar. This works for flat Diamonds of any size.

The suggested tail for this particular kite works well since I have flown the original several times in varying wind speeds.

However, in general, and as you might have found in 'the old days', it is sometimes necessary to keep adding tail until the kite starts to behave.

Have fun out there and fly it high :-)

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