How To Make A Diamond Kite
Step-by-Step - Page 1 of 3
The MBK Dowel Diamond
This set of instructions on how to make a Diamond kite assumes you know absolutely nothing about kite making. You might already have some
of the simple tools and materials required.
Anything you don't have is
easily bought. If not exactly what I used, then at least something
The MBK Dowel Diamond Kite is a fairly large tail-less Diamond, inspired by
the famous Eddy design. However, it will still fit into nearly all road vehicles, ready to fly. Either just in front of the rear seat, or flat in the trunk (boot).
This design is a great very-light to light
Setting up on the flying field is just a matter of attaching the
bow-line toggle to put some curve into the horizontal spar. Then the
flying line is attached to the bridle. At this point you are ready to
launch! The method of attachment is illustrated further down this page.
Some like to make Dowel kites like this one in Tyvek.
In which case, MBK 12-Bow Tyvek Tails are the perfect match.
OK, so these designs can fly tail-less - but adding extra stability or just creating a visual face-lift is still worth considering!
I have chosen to make '1 Dowel Length' equal to 120cm for every kite in
the Dowel series. If you are in North America, 48" of 3/16" dowel is
close enough to 120cm of 5mm dowel. This will result in a kite with
similar flying characteristics to my original.
How To Make A Diamond Kite
Cutting the Sail
Now's the time to read up on the kite making tools and materials required for making a Dowel Diamond, if you haven't already.
The template shown above represents one side of the kite sail. You will now transfer these measurements to the sail plastic as follows... (You will notice that the photos show a slightly different shape - but stick to the Template measurements!)
- Firstly, take a large bag that will fit the entire Template shape within one side, and lay it flat on the floor.
dots on the plastic, corresponding to the corners of the Template.
There is no need to use a T-square, since any small error will be
duplicated on the other side of the sail.
- Using the marking
pen, rule lines between the dots, as in the photo. For lines longer than
the ruler, just add a few extra dots using one of the dowel spars as a
ruler! Then it's easy to connect the dots. It's probably best not to rule the whole line with the dowel, since it bends easily.
- Flip the plastic bag over, and trace over all the black lines using your marker pen and ruler.
out a rectangular section of the bag containing the kite sail, open it
out and lay it flat on the floor - you can now see the complete sail outline, as in the photo.
When doing the following, most of the width of the tape should be inside
the kite's outline.
- Use a single length of tape for each line. Hold it
out straight, touch it down to the plastic at one end, then at the other
end, dab it down in the middle, then press down all along its length.
- Lay clear sticking tape along all the lines, letting it overlap at the corners.
- With scissors, cut along all the black lines. This will leave most of the width of the sticking tape inside the sail outline. See the photo.
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Feb 04, 16 10:53 PM
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