Tiny Tots Diamond Kite

High Up In A Very Gusty Breeze

Today's flying was a real family affair, with a kite for each of us...

Tiny Tots Diamond kite in flight.

Our original Tiny Tots Diamond kite, which was created as an 'idiot-proof super-quick' design. There's an army of parents out there who are looking for these qualities in a kite to make for their child. It had better be easy, it had better be quick to make, and it had better fly, to avoid disappointment! ;-)

We also took my wife's Tiny Tots Diamond, which she kindly made up in order to test out the 'How To ...' instructions for this kite.

Finally, the little green Baby Sled which we bought at a kite festival for Aren years ago. He was a toddler at the time.

We put up the Baby Sled first and let 5 year old Aren have a fly. Although this kite struggled a bit in the fresh gusts, it did OK for half a minute or so at a time, with its original 2 short tails. Also original was the small plastic winder and cotton flying line.

Soon after this, I put up the original, yellow-sailed Tiny Tots Diamond kite on about 20 meters (70 feet) of line. Turbulence and fresh gusts kept bringing the kite to ground every few minutes, but it flew well enough to get some photos. As you can see on the left and further down.

I decided that to give the kite a better chance of staying up, it just needed more line. This did prove to be the case, after just over 60 meters (200 feet) was let out. This allowed the tiny Diamond to climb out to 100 feet or so above ground, giving a good buffer against premature landing.

The light yellow sail and medium blue tail were easily spotted against blue sky, as the kite spent most of the time high up. Occasionally it would get forced down, but the lower wind speed near the ground always allowed it to recover and climb back.

With the winder lying on the ground and a few loops of line passed around a stake, the kite was secure. There's not much pull on a kite this size, regardless of how strong the wind is!

Tiny Tots Diamond kite high up in a moderate breeze.

Meanwhile, number 3, the blue-sailed Tiny Tots Diamond kite went up. The only line available was the 50 pound Dacron that I use to fly the 1.2 meter (4 feet) Dowel kites. Oh well, it just won't manage to take much length then... The little Diamond managed to fly up on about 20 meters of this way-too-heavy line.

The blue Diamond just couldn't quite cope with the breeze strength, looping left and ending up on the ground time after time. This kite is a good flier in fairly light winds though, as it proved on its very first flights.

Thin bamboo skewers and very thin plastic keeps the weight down. In the interests of complete simplicity, the sail has no edging either, so that's another weight saving.

Meanwhile, the yellow kite was cavorting about in the erratic fashion of simple Diamonds in gusty wind. The Tiny Tots Diamond kite doesn't really have a bridle. Just a single attachment point where the skewers cross. Simple and easy, with no adjustments required. The horizontal spar does have to be in the right spot for this to work.

Near the ground, the flying line angle was around 15 degrees most of the time due to line weight. Gusts blew long but subtle bends in various directions into the line as it snaked out and upwards towards the kite flying in the distance.

The kite itself was holding a 30 to 40 degree angle most of the time. As you can see in the photo up there. See if you can spot the Windtronic wind meter too, a short distance to my left, on the ground...

Actually, the Tiny Tots Diamond kite has an almost embarrassingly good wind range. Considering that it is my smallest, simplest sparred kite design! Thanks largely to that super-light ribbon tail that stretches a full 10 kite-lengths behind it in the breeze.

At one point, the flying line drooped itself across a bush and got caught up in the leaves. Shortly after, having been in the air for 25 minutes, the little Diamond was forced down to the ground onto its nose. However it flipped over and took off again immediately!

For the next 20 minutes, we joined Aren on the play equipment near the edge of the reserve and left the kite to its own devices.

This is probably the longest and highest flight this little kite has had to date. Despite the breeze being extremely gusty.

To be more precise, the Windtronic wind meter sitting on its short tripod measured an average wind strength of 5.8 kph and a maximum gust of 15.3 kph. The kite might have felt close to 20 kph at times, being higher up.

No video with this report, sorry. I foolishly took just one, and the entire thing is very much out of focus. Perhaps the camera had locked onto a nearby bush or something, before panning up to follow the kite's motion. Modern digital cameras are smart, but perhaps there is still room for improvement!

The story above was an actual flying experience with the described kite. My write-ups are definitely warts-and-all since things don't always go totally as planned. However, half the fun of kiting is anticipating the perfect flight. When it happens, it's magic!

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  1. Flight Report:
    KAP Mystery Solved

    Aug 25, 14 03:57 AM

    Last week I came home from a KAP (Kite Aerial Photography) session down at Brighton beach, here in Adelaide, South Australia. The photos were a disaster, being totally washed out. Over-exposed, to be a little more technical. At the time I thought the problem was purely the position of the sun, relative to the direction of the camera...

    Well guess what. Down at the same beach today, the photos had the same problem - and this time it definitely wasn't the sun. Camera damage seemed a small possibility since the rig had hit the sand at some speed last time, during a white-knuckle experience with the kite in rough air! Which turned out OK, but that's another story.

    Anyway, once back home today, I did a little investigating with the camera, taking some test pictures from the back yard. It was a great relief to find the explanation for the bad images...

    It seems that setting a fixed ISO is not a good idea for this camera in very bright lighting conditions. It can cause the camera to run out of adjustment room for other parameters, like shutter speed or aperture. When the camera was allowed to set ISO automatically, the exposure problem disappeared. Whew!

    The Tyvek-sailed Carbon Diamond performed wonderfully today. It was, for the first time, hoisting the KAP rig into the air. Never has the rig been so steady for so long. Sway was almost non-existent. But whenever I handled the line the camera twisted back and forth due to the rather steep line angle from the rig to the kite. Without enough horizontal separation, the suspension lines do not provide the maximum resistance to twisting. It might be an idea to separate the attachment points even further, on the flying line.

    The 2 meter (7 ft) Diamond was struggling to lift the camera in the fairly light winds coming off the ocean. At times, people on the beach had to duck under the line from me to the camera! The camera was behaving as a sort of aerial tether point, with the kite flying at a steep line angle from there.

    Measured at shoulder height, the on-shore breeze was about 4.5kph gusting to just under 7kph. More of a day for the Multi-Dowel Sled really, which hardly feels a 280g weight on the line!

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