How To Build A Diamond Kite

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The MBK 2-Skewer Diamond


How To Build A Diamond Kite
Making Spars 

How to build a diamond kite - page 2
MBK 2-Skewer Diamond kite - skewers glued and supported.

For this Diamond, you need four 30cm (12") bamboo BBQ skewers. Also, you need to cut off 4 short 0.15SL (4.4cm, 1 3/4") lengths of skewer. The photos show how these are all glued together.

One pair of skewers has the pointed ends raised up off the table, forming the horizontal spar.

The other pair are just lined up straight, flat against the table top, with a point at each end. This is the vertical spar. To make sure there is no kink at the join, get your head down low and look along the skewers. Shift one a little, if necessary, before the glue dries!


How To Build A Diamond Kite
Attaching Spars

MBK 2-Skewer Diamond kite - close-up of tip cap.
  • Snip off one point from the straight pair of skewers.
  • Line this end up with the top corner of the kite sail, with the skewers resting along the fold line of the plastic.
  • Attach the bamboo to the plastic with insulation tape, as in the photo.


MBK 2-Skewer Diamond kite - spars taped to sail.
  • At the bottom corner of the sail, snip the skewer to length and attach the tip to the plastic in the same way. This is the vertical spar.
  • Now lay down the other pair of skewers across the left and right corners of the sail, so the middle join sits on the vertical spar skewer.
  • Snip off the points of the skewers so the tips line up with the left and right corners of the sail. Take your time - you don't want to snip off too much bamboo...
  • Tape the tips to the sail corners. This is the horizontal spar.
  • Finally, put a drop of glue above and below the crossing point of the spars, to attach them together. The photo shows the kite at this point.


How To Build A Diamond Kite
Bridle

20 to 50 pound strength Dacron line is suitable for all the Skewer Series kites.

All the construction details for the bridle are contained in the large photo below. Look and read carefully, and you can't go wrong on this rather important bit! Just use Dacron line for the bridle pieces.


( If you purchase the kite line recommended below I may receive a small commission - at no extra cost to you )

Do you need some kite line? This 3-pack of simple winders with 300ft lines from Amazon should be ideal. They are all ready to go with 50 pound line. This strength is good for bridles and flying lines for all the MBK kites up to the 1.2m (4ft) sizes.

My instructions for connecting a flying line don't mention swivel clips, but the swivels included in this product are good and strong. So go ahead and use them if you want to :-)  Otherwise they can just be snipped off.


KNOTS:

If you are new to this, you might need instructions on how to tie the following knots...

Loop Knot
Double Wrap Slip Knot
Prusik Knot

TIP: Secure the slip knots onto the bamboo of the vertical spar with a tiny blob of wood glue, so they can't loosen.

MBK 2-Skewer Diamond kite - all details of the bridle.

ADJUSTMENT:

Once your kite + bridle looks like the photo up there...

Hold the short bridle line up so all the bridle lines are straight, with the kite laying flat on the table or floor.

Referring to the diagram below, shift the Prusik knot to the shown position. It's not necessarily the perfect position for your individual kite, but it should at least fly on the first attempt! Later, you can experiment with shifting the position away from the nose a little at a time to improve how high your kite flies.

MBK 2-Skewer Diamond kite - bridle adjustment diagram.

 


How To Build A Diamond Kite
Tail

Cut out a long rectangular piece of dark plastic for the tail. Black garbage bag plastic works well. Make it about 0.3SL (8.7cm, 3 1/2") wide and 8SL (230cm, 90") long.

MBK 2-Skewer Diamond kite - close-up of tail attachment.

Tie one end around the vertical spar, as close as possible to the bottom tip. See the photo. A single Half Hitch will do, since there are very low forces on the tail in flight.

You can see the full length of the tail in the 'Flying' photo on the next page.



MBK 2-Skewer Diamond kite - how the flying line attaches to the bridle.

At this point, you've finished making the 2-Skewer Diamond!

To attach the flying line, just Lark's Head the flying line to the short bridle line as in the photo.


 



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