Our Simple Diamond wobbles up
Our Simple Diamond wobbles up
Why do Diamonds continue to be popular? If you have ever slapped one together and successfully flown it in light or moderate breezes then it's obvious. With a long enough tail, it doesn't take a lot of skill to make a Diamond that flies reasonably well. Hence the success rate is pretty high.
Shops have had no trouble selling nicely constructed and decorated kites in the Diamond shape for decades. People are just drawn to the familiar diamond shape.
The simplest kind of Diamond is just a set of 2 crossed sticks of
equal length, attached to a diamond shaped sail. With the crossing point
set at 25% down from the nose, the kite does not even require a bridle.
The flying line can simply be attached directly to where the sticks
In fact, this is exactly how our MBK Simple Diamond is made. See it there in the photo!
We've been to a few kite festivals over the years and taken plenty of
photos. However, festival fliers tend to avoid the Diamond since it is
so 'been there done that'! Never mind, from the 100s of images we have I
did manage to spot 3 examples, which are displayed further down this
When the weather's good and you have the time, it's great to get out with a kite or 3. But what about on bad weather days? Then it's time to pull out...
"Kites Up!" - my downloadable kite-flying board game! Apart from towing indoor kites, doing a spot of imaginary flying is the next best thing :-)
Diamond Kites We've Seen
Here's 3 photos of Diamonds, all of which feature streamer tails. That's
an indication of how popular this quick-and-easy style of tail has
become! The classic line-and-bows type of tail is not often seen
nowadays. Except perhaps in children's books and on T.V. shows!
This yellow Diamond really sums up the modern role of the diamond
shape kite. Fun fun fun! A simple, fool-proof kite for the young or
young-at-heart. If I remember correctly, this one was actually flying
with all the other kites on the Registered Kite-fliers side of the
Most Diamonds at the Festival tend to be smaller and flown from
the public-flying area. The smiley-face idea is often used on simple
flat kites, to good effect.
Streamers form the tail. There's no simpler way, apart from using just one longer streamer.
Black can be eye-catching
This black colored design was easily spotted against the blue sky.
In fact, I think black kites always photograph well, in all kinds of
Black stands out so well against brilliant light sky blue, or white clouds or anything in between it seems. Plus a totally
black kite just projects a different image to anything more colorful.
More masculine perhaps, not to mention appealing to an older age group.
The streamer tails are colored though. Wouldn't it be a bit boring if they were all black...
Part of a long Diamond Arch
Any fairly simple flat kite design lends itself to being arranged in
an arch. Here's an impressive example of small Diamond shaped kites all
arranged along a long line. It must have been at least 30, maybe 50
meters long. This arch was self-launching, so from time to time the
kites just lay there on the dunes when the wind died down.
See if you can spot the far end of the arch in the photo. Also,
there's some kite shadows on the sand. As usual, every little Diamond
has a streamer tail.
As mentioned earlier, there's another alternative to towing indoor kites if it's just not possible to fly outdoors...
"Kites Up!" is my downloadable board game. It's a PDF file which has all the documentation for the game plus images for all the components. Tokens, cards, the board itself and so on. Anyway, just click that link to see more info :-)