Black Diamond

by Christi
(Cortez, CO, USA)

We had a kite derby for cub scouts. We made a sail kite and a box kite in the two weeks we had to prepare for it. Both crashed and burned during their their test run. So in desperation we got on the Internet and found this easy, great flyer.

With stuff found around the house we had a kite flying in about 30 min. It truly did waggle a lot, but it went up and stayed up.

Everyone there was pleased with my 8 year old son's kite and surprised to see a homemade kite fly. The weather was perfect with winds probably under 10 mph. Thanks for saving us!

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Diamond kite
by: Tim Parish

Gave this a three-kite rating since it is a very short tale.

BUT it was so positive that I just had to publish it anyway! I too have an eight-year-old - however he is not as keen on kites as he used to be, unfortunately.

I don't know what you are using for kite line, but if you get hold of some 30 pound Dacron your Simple Diamond should easily waggle all the way up to 400 feet or so.

A simple 2-leg bridle going either side of the dowel crossing point by say 6" each way will calm down the waggles. On the *horizontal* spar, so the fore-and-aft trim of the kite stays the same as it is currently.

Hope you get a lot more flying out of it in future!

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