Fantastic!

by John
(Central Queensland, Australia)

G'day. I had a go at making this kite - and did it turn out well! Members of my family, and friends were skeptical of my kite making because often my home-made kites didn't work. But I blew away all the skeptics with this kite making.

I modified the designs, or more like the designs modified themselves. Somewhere along the way all the measurements changed, but never the less, the kite flew great!

As a brief report, I used:

5mm Pine & Tasmanian Oak Dowel
Cotton Shop Twine for Rigging, and Bow Making
Braided Fishing Line for Flying Line
Garden Garbage Bags
Electrical Tape

This worked great! I can highly recommend a $13 roll of braided fishing line as your flying line, it worked great for me.

I would also like to note that this IS NOT to be flown in too strong winds - it will not work. I tried.

Happy Kite Flying! And thanks for the instructables :)

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Dowel Diamond kite
by: Tim Parish

Yep, the Dowel Diamond is great in light wind, and not so great in fresh wind - but you can easily choose anther MBK kite for that. Such as the fresh wind Box.

Braided fishing line sounds good. However, monofilament can be a disaster if it gets tangled, so we stopped using that years ago!

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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