My Flat Diamond Kite

by Jose González
(San Jose, CA, USA)



This is an experiment building flat Diamond kites without the usual bowed or dihedral form and keeping the spine unattached to the cross-spar.

This design combines two Diamond kites: one on top with a loose cross-spar (unattached to the spine) and one inverted Diamond shape kite. The inverted Diamond has a dihedral joint.

Photos: Here you have the prototype build with shower curtains (white) and the final product built with ripstop nylon and carbon rods (red, orange and black).

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Flat Diamond
by: Jose

Yes, Tim, left alone it would overfly like a Delta. You can't tie it up and fly another kite. Oh well, still a fun kite. Thanks for the comment.

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by: Tim Parish

Good photos - I see you are familiar with the 1/3 rule of photography!

A really unique concept, getting a large flat Diamond to fly stable with the aid of an inverted one with dihedral. You'd get a few comments about the design if you turned up and flew at a local kite festival. With those carbon spars I bet it flies at a nice steep angle too.

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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
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13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
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25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

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32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7