Diamond kites have been around for a long time. Centuries in fact! Why do they continue to be popular? If you have ever slapped one together and successfully flown it in light or moderate breezes then it's obvious. With a long enough tail, it doesn't take a lot of skill to make a Diamond that flies reasonably well. Hence the success rate is pretty high!
Shops have had no trouble selling nicely constructed and decorated kites in the Diamond shape for decades. People are just drawn to the familiar diamond shape.
The simplest kind of Diamond is just a set of 2 crossed sticks of
equal length, attached to a diamond shaped sail. With the crossing point
set at 25% down from the nose, the kite does not even require a bridle.
The flying line can simply be attached directly to where the sticks
cross. In fact, this is exactly how our MBK Simple Diamond is made. See over there in the photo!
We've been to a few kite festivals over the years and taken plenty of photos. However, festival fliers tend to avoid the Diamond since it is so 'been there done that'! Never mind, from the 100s of images we have I did manage to spot 3 examples, which are displayed further down this page.This Stowaway Diamond kite on Amazon is very compact to transport. Check out the large number of reviews in there.
Here's 3 photos of Diamonds, all of which feature streamer tails. That's an indication of how popular this quick-and-easy style of tail has become! The classic line-and-bows type of tail is not often seen nowadays. Except perhaps in children's books and on T.V. shows!
This yellow Diamond really sums up the modern role of the diamond shape kite. Fun fun fun! A simple, fool-proof kite for the young or young-at-heart. If I remember correctly, this one was actually flying with all the other kites on the Registered Kite-fliers side of the jetty.
Most Diamonds at the Festival tend to be smaller and flown from the public-flying area. The smiley-face idea is often used on simple flat kites, to good effect.
Streamers form the tail. There's no simpler way, apart from using just one longer streamer.
This black colored design was easily spotted against the blue sky. In fact, I think black kites always photograph well, in all kinds of weather.
Black stands out so well against brilliant light sky blue, or white clouds or anything in between it seems. Plus a totally black kite just projects a different image to anything more colorful. More masculine perhaps, not to mention appealing to an older age group.
The streamer tails are colored though. Wouldn't it be a bit boring if they were all black...
Any fairly simple flat kite design lends itself to being arranged in an arch. Here's an impressive example of small Diamond shaped kites all arranged along a long line. It must have been at least 30, maybe 50 meters long. This arch was self-launching, so from time to time the kites just lay there on the dunes when the wind died down.
See if you can spot the far end of the arch in the photo. Also, there's some kite shadows on the sand. As usual, every little Diamond has a streamer tail.
The video up there shows our home-made Dowel Diamond in flight.