Diamond Kite Plans
For All The MBK Diamonds
These Diamond kite plans and hints are aimed at summarizing the more in-depth instructions to be found in the How To Make A Kite section of this website.
For each of the Diamond plans below, there are also a pair of plan view photos.
The one on the left is of the front surface. That is, the side of the kite which faces the flier. The other photo is of the back surface, which exposes the spars.
For all 3 designs, attach flying line to the bridle with a
shiftable knot, for later trimming. Also, all 3 designs work well with
light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are
This Stake Line Winder
from Amazon doesn't have any equivalent in your local supermarket. It's great stuff for kites and the strength is a good compromise for all the designs on this page.
Dowel Diamond Kite Plans
Plan View Photos
Tips And Hints
- For a dowel length of 120cm (48 inches), 5mm (3/16") dowel works well.
- Reinforce the sail edges by adding nearly the full width of clear
sticking tape inside the outline, then trimming back to the outline.
- Secure the sail to each spar end using 2 short lengths of electrical
insulation tape. One length goes over and around the tip, the other at
90 degrees to the first tape, with corners folded back under the sail.
- Lash the horizontal spar to the vertical spar with tape or string, or any other method you prefer.
- Try a 0.75DL (90cm, 36") length of line for the upper bridle loop. Use about 1.0DL (120cm, 48") for the lower bridle line.
- At the bridle attachment points, a Double Wrap Slip knot works well, secured with a spot of glue.
- No tail is required for this kite.
Don't forget - an e-book is available with these plans plus step-by-step instructions and a flight report.
The Sled already rolls up into a neat bundle, for transport. For the other designs, the e-book also shows how to make the kite with removable spars so it can be rolled-up.
Another plus with the pdf e-book format is the nicely formatted printouts you can get. Also, you can work off-line with the e-book on your laptop or tablet.
There's our Dowel Diamond in flight, below...
2-Skewer Diamond Kite Plans
Plan View Photos
Tips And Hints
Out In The Field
My collection of real-life Diamond kite stories is worth checking out!
Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.
- 30 cm (12 inch) bamboo BBQ skewers work well as spar material.
- Reinforce the join in the middle of each spar with 2 lengths of
skewer, each 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") long, one on each side as in the
plan. The reinforcers stay flat on the table, and glue is applied along
their lengths, from above, to join the 4 pieces of bamboo together.
- Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the
outlines. Trim back to the outline, leaving at least 3/4 of the width of
the tape on the sail.
- Secure the sail to each spar end using a short length of electrical insulation tape. Fold it over the tip.
- Secure the horizontal spar to the vertical spar with glue, or any other method you prefer.
- Try a length of bridle line about 4.0SL (116cm, 46") long.
- At the bridle attachment points, a Double-Wrap Slip Knot works well. Add a spot of glue if you want to.
- For a start, try making a simple ribbon tail about 8.0SL (230cm, 90") long and the width of 3 adult fingers.
- The tail can be attached to the vertical spar with a single Half Hitch. Trim off excess tail plastic above the knot.
Here's the 2-Skewer Diamond in flight...
1-Skewer Diamond Kite Plans
Plan View Photos
Tips And Hints
- 30 cm (12") bamboo BBQ skewers work well as spars. I work with 1SL = 29cm (11 1/2").
- Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of clear sticky tape.
- After cracking the bamboo to get the dihedral angle, use a generous drop of wood glue to join the spars where they cross and hold the dihedral angle firmly.
- Try a length of bridle line about the length of one skewer. Let half
hang out the front of the sail, and the other half out the back. Secure
with a small drop of glue. The kite can now be easily included in a
- For a start, try making a tail about 8 times as long as the length of the kite itself, and 2 adult finger-widths wide.
I hope one of these Diamond kite plans is just right for you!
As mentioned earlier, this Stake Line Winder
from Amazon is a good compromise, in terms of line strength, for all the designs on this page.
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Sep 21, 14 09:44 PM
Victoria Park adjacent to the Adelaide CBD in South Australia, that is. This large grassed area which forms part of the eastern parklands of the city is used for various events from time to time. Including, in the past, major horse racing and a section of a Formula 1 Grand Prix track.
An invite had gone out to various kite enthusiasts to meet and fly, since the weather looked good. We arrived after lunch, only to discover very light winds. A lone R/C flier was enjoying the easy conditions with his 3-channel electric trainer. Like a tiny Cessna, if you're not familiar with model aircraft.
For a while it seemed we were alone, before spotting a power kite in the distance, making brief forays into the air. Victoria Park is rather large!
It actually turned out to be quite an enjoyable outing, with the 2.4m (8ft) Multi-Dowel Barn Door kite just scraping into the air. But then, thermals were everywhere. It wasn't long before the large pale blue kite went right overhead! At other times, I simply toyed with the Barn Door, floating it way out on a long line then pulling it up to over 200 feet.
Another RC flier was now having success launching his glider, finding thermals, and gaining height in them.
We were eventually joined by two other AKFA members including the President. A couple of ripstop-and-carbon light-wind kites went up, with plenty of success. By now the breeze had come across the park from just about every point of the compass. Variable indeed!
In the distance, someone had been lofting a large but light-wind parafoil. It was interesting to see it sink out as an utter 'bag of washing' during a dead calm spell! Someone else had some success with a small blue Delta for a while.
All up, a worthwhile day IF you were flying lightly-loaded kites! No luck for Mike with his power kite and skateboard...
About This Post: These days, most flight reports are in the short format you've just seen, above. Usually, photos and/or video from the day are posted a few days later on the MBK Facebook Page. However, longer format reports are done occasionally, which also feature photos and video taken on the day. Here is a link to all those full flight report pages on this site.
Apologies for this site's current lack of video when viewed on mobile devices...
For now, please view this site on a Desktop or Laptop computer to see the videos. And there's plenty of them!
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