MBK Diamond Kite Stories

Featuring All The MBK Diamonds

The largest MBK Diamond kite needs to have the vertical spar slipped into place and secured before flying. The smaller Skewer designs are ready to go, with no setup at all. Apart from attaching the flying line of course. This classic class of kite can be a touch tricky to hand launch since it is not fully stable until the tail is floating free of the ground. But once up, they are good reliable fliers.

The Dowel Diamond is a variation that does not require a tail, so it's a bit easier to launch.

30 pound Dacron, as available on this Stake Line Winder from Amazon, is a reasonable compromise to use for all my Skewer and Dowel kites. Except the huge Multi-Dowel ones of course!

Here's a short-format flight report featuring the 1.2m (4ft) Dowel kite...




"Light-Air Antics "

With the power out for a few hours, it seemed a good idea to walk down to the local reserve with Aren. Not without a kite of course! There was just over an hour of sunlight left in the day and leaves were barely moving. But that's just how the Dowel Diamond kite likes it.

The original Dowel Diamond

It turned out to be quite an interesting outing with the pale orange Eddy-inspired MBK Diamond kite.

A few tows were necessary to contact perhaps the 3kph necessary to stay up there. Very marginal indeed, with the kite sometimes losing height on its face or in the gentlest possible tail-slides, before edging upwards again.

In point form, here's a few highlights...

  • Holding altitude at around 150 feet, but pulling so lightly that the 25cm (10 inch) wooden winder could just be left on the grass! Later, I put the kite bag on it, just in case. I could have used the 20 pound line, rather than the 50 pound it was on.
  • Flying face-down in the weakest of thermal air, holding height with the flying line draped almost vertically down to where several meters of it just lay in the grass!
  • Took my eyes off it for half a minute or so while winding it back in. At a very high line angle, it managed to get itself into a vertical dive before I noticed. The Diamond just curved round in a large languid loop before righting itself, well above the tree tops. Whew.
  • With the line length back to around 10 meters (30 feet), I had fun dancing the kite just out of reach of Aren. He tried pelting it with a bark chip, and eventually succeeded in getting the chip stuck in the bottom corner pocket of the sail. Not once, but twice.
  • Checked the wind meter after half an hour or so of flying. Peak gust strength of 4.1kph (batten down the hatches) and average wind speed of ... 0.0 no mistake, 0.0kph! Most of the time the cups weren't moving at all. This was near ground level of course, but I think that 0.0 reading is a first.




Tim's Flight Reports
Featuring MBK Diamond Kites

The links below are full-length reports recorded by me, each featuring an MBK Diamond kite of one type or another...

Most Unwilling To Come Down! (Multi-Dowel)

Long Climbs In Light Warm Breezes (Dowel)

Flies Like A Dream - If Thermals Not Too Extreme! (Dowel)

When Is A Hole In The Sail A Good Thing? (2-Skewer)

On A Taut 70 Meters Under A Leaden Sky (2-Skewer)

2 Orange Diamonds Flash In A Blue-Gray Setting (1-Skewer)

High Up In A Gusty Fresh Breeze (Tiny Tots)


Flying line...

This 30 pound Dacron line is handy for all the MBK kites except the very large Multi-Dowel designs.



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The
Sode is a traditional Japanese design, and this MBK version is exciting to watch in rough air!

If you have made Diamonds before, this kite takes a little more time to make. It's still a straight-forward build though, using the same techniques as used for my Dowel Diamond. 

Get the e-book for making the MBK Dowel Sode kite. The cambered sail makes this a very efficient design. Of the Dowel kites, this design is one of my personal favorites!

This Sode flies steep and steady over the Light wind range, and starts to move around quite a bit when the wind picks up to Moderate levels. Tail(s) are entirely optional, but may be added for looks.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.



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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