How To Make A Diamond Kite

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The MBK 1-Skewer Diamond 





How To Make A Diamond Kite
Spars 

For this Diamond, you need two 30cm (12") bamboo BBQ skewers. The photo shows them laid over the sail, before being snipped to length with scissors.

The 1-Skewer Diamond - skewers over sail
  • Lay down a skewer over the center crease of the plastic, lining up the non-pointy end with the top corner of the plastic. Snip off the pointed end so the skewer lines up with the bottom corner of the plastic as well. This is the vertical spar.
  • Lay down another skewer across the left and right corners of the sail, and again snip to length, removing the point. Also make an easily-seen mark on the skewer at the exact center-point. This is the horizontal spar.
  • Using a sharp corner, perhaps a blade of the scissors, make an indent in the bamboo, at the center-point you marked.




How To Make A Diamond Kite
Attaching Sail

The 1-Skewer Diamond - tip and crossing-point detail
  • Lay down the vertical spar skewer over the sail, and wrap a short length of clear sticky tape around each tip, securing them to the top and bottom corners of the sail. The top photo shows the top tip in close-up.
  • Lay down the horizontal spar skewer and attach its tips to the left and right corners of the sail, in the same way.
  • Bend the horizontal spar in the middle, until it starts to crack at the indent! Carefully increase the bend until you can get the kite looking like the one in the middle photo. If you want to be precise, each wing-tip is 0.13SL (3.7cm, 1 1/2") off the table top.
  • Dribble some wood glue all around where the skewers cross each other. See the bottom photo over there.

Wait for the glue to dry. Maybe start another one of these kites, so you can fly them together in a train later on!





How To Make A Diamond Kite
Bridle

Try this Kite Winder from Amazon, if you are not sure where to get suitable flying line. The 20 pound strength is ample for all the Skewer Series kites.
The 1-Skewer Diamond - bridle and rearn attachment.
  • Cut off some 20 pound bridle line to a length of 1.0SL (29cm, 11 1/2"), and tie a very small Loop Knot into each end. See the top photo.
  • Poke a hole in the plastic sail, 0.22SL (6.4cm, 2 1/2") from the top tip of the vertical spar.
  • Tie the middle of the line to the vertical spar with a simple Granny Knot. Poke one end through the hole in the sail, and leave the other end hanging. See the bottom photo.
  • Secure the knot onto the bamboo of the vertical spar with a tiny blob of wood glue, so it can't shift up or down the spar.




How To Make A Diamond Kite
Tail

The 1-Skewer Diamond - tail attachment
  • Cut out a long thin rectangle of colored plastic for the tail. Mine is black, to contrast with the orange sail. Make it 8.0SL (230cm, 90") long and 0.2SL (5.8cm, 2 1/4") wide. Knot pieces together if necessary, to get the full length. Avoid taping, because it adds weight!
  • Tie one end around the vertical spar, as close as possible to the bottom tip. See the photo. A single Half Hitch will do, since there are very low forces on the tail in flight.



The 1-Skewer Diamond - attaching the flying line

At this point, you've finished making the 1-Skewer Diamond!

To attach the flying line, just Lark's Head the flying line to the short kite line as in the photo.

Now for the cool bit... If you have made 2 or more kites, each attached to their own flying line, you can hitch them together in a train. Just put a fair-sized Loop Knot into both ends of each flying line, and then it's easy to attach and un-attach the kites. My first 2 Diamonds flew great with a 10 meter (35 feet) line between them.


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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

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50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7