For all three designs, attach flying line to the bridle with a
shiftable knot, for later trimming. Also, all three designs work well with
light single-ply plastic for sail material. Many large plastic bags are
Tips and Hints
- For a dowel length of 120 cm (48 in.), 5 mm (3/16 in.) 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 two 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 0.75 DL (90 cm, 36 in.) length of line for the upper bridle loop. Use about 1.0 DL (120 cm, 48 in.) 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 MBK Dowel Diamond in flight, below.
Tips and Hints
- 30 cm (12 in.) bamboo BBQ skewers work well as spar material.
- Reinforce the join in the middle of each spar with two lengths of
skewer, each 0.15 SL (4.4 cm, 1 3/4 in.) 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 four 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 4.0 SL (116 cm, 46 in.) 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 8.0 SL (230 cm, 90 in.) long and the width of three 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 MBK 2-Skewer Diamond in flight:
Tips and Hints
- 30 cm (12 in.) bamboo BBQ skewers work well as spars. I work with 1 SL = 29 cm (11 1/2 in.).
- 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 eight times as long as the length of the kite itself, and two adult finger widths wide.
There's an MBK 1-Skewer Diamond in flight, below:
I hope one of these diamond-kite plans is just right for you.