For all 3 designs, attach flying line to the bridle with a
shiftable knot, for later trimming. Also, all 3 designs work well with
light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are
Tips And Hints
- For a dowel length of 120cm (48 inches), 5mm (3/16") dowel works well.
- Reinforce the sail edges by adding nearly the full width of clear
sticking tape inside the outline, then trimming back to the outline.
- Secure the sail to each spar end using 2 short lengths of electrical
insulation tape. One length goes over and around the tip, the other at
90 degrees to the first tape, with corners folded back under the sail.
- Lash the horizontal spar to the vertical spar with tape or string, or any other method you prefer.
- Try a 0.75DL (90cm, 36") length of line for the upper bridle loop. Use about 1.0DL (120cm, 48") for the lower bridle line.
- At the bridle attachment points, a Double Wrap Slip knot works well, secured with a spot of glue.
- No tail is required for this kite.
There's our Dowel Diamond in flight, below...
Tips And Hints
- 30 cm (12 inch) bamboo BBQ skewers work well as spar material.
- Reinforce the join in the middle of each spar with 2 lengths of
skewer, each 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") long, one on each side as in the
plan. The reinforcers stay flat on the table, and glue is applied along
their lengths, from above, to join the 4 pieces of bamboo together.
- Reinforce the sail edges by adding clear sticking tape over the
outlines. Trim back to the outline, leaving at least 3/4 of the width of
the tape on the sail.
- Secure the sail to each spar end using a short length of electrical insulation tape. Fold it over the tip.
- Secure the horizontal spar to the vertical spar with glue, or any other method you prefer.
- Try a length of bridle line about 4.0SL (116cm, 46") long.
- At the bridle attachment points, a Double-Wrap Slip Knot works well. Add a spot of glue if you want to.
- For a start, try making a simple ribbon tail about 8.0SL (230cm, 90") long and the width of 3 adult fingers.
- The tail can be attached to the vertical spar with a single Half Hitch. Trim off excess tail plastic above the knot.
Here's the 2-Skewer Diamond in flight...
Tips And Hints
- 30 cm (12") bamboo BBQ skewers work well as spars. I work with 1SL = 29cm (11 1/2").
- Secure the sail to the spar ends using short lengths of clear sticky tape.
- After cracking the bamboo to get the dihedral angle, use a generous drop of wood glue to join the spars where they cross and hold the dihedral angle firmly.
- Try a length of bridle line about the length of one skewer. Let half
hang out the front of the sail, and the other half out the back. Secure
with a small drop of glue. The kite can now be easily included in a
- For a start, try making a tail about 8 times as long as the length of the kite itself, and 2 adult finger-widths wide.
There's a 1-Skewer Diamond in flight, below...
I hope one of these Diamond kite plans is just right for you.