Learn how to build a Diamond kite with these easy-to-follow instructions. Fully illustrated with photographs, every step of the way.
Don't worry about how long this page looks....
The steps are easy, hence this simple Diamond kite comes together very quickly!
Sometimes I go out with my young son to fly this kite. A classic picture of father and son, out flying a kite!
Like nearly every Diamond, it's very reliable and easy to handle in flight. Watch it wing-waggle and swoop occasionally, staying up as long as the wind blows.
The tail is simplicity itself - just a long slim rectangle of the same plastic you use for the sail. For more stability in fresher winds, it's easy to just add on a bit more length to the tail.
Making Dowel Kites is an e-book that's worth a look (or printing off) when you want to explore bigger and better kites. Using similar materials and construction methods - that is, just dowels, plastic and tape.
This simple home-made design excels in Light to Gentle breezes.
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Note: After flying this kite for several months, I now recommend you add another piece of tape to the top corner of the sail, at right-angles to the first tape. For added strength!
I hope you enjoyed learning how to build a Diamond kite. There's ours in the photo above, flying around on a perfect day for it.
That's it, you're ready to fly. Take the kite out whenever you can see leaves moving in the trees or bushes. If it won't stay up, try letting out plenty of line and then towing it up at jogging pace. It might find enough wind higher up.
With plenty of wind, this kite will waggle from side to side, so make sure all the tip-tapes are pressed down firmly and secure. I had one let go once, which brought the kite down suddenly. With some spare tape I had handy, the sail tip was soon fixed and the Diamond waggled straight back up to full flying height.
You've probably read a kite-flying story or 2 of mine, after they appear under the "what's new?" link on this site. I sometimes wonder if anyone else has made and flown this particular design...
If you feel your efforts really paid off when the the kite finally got airborne - please type a few paragraphs in here telling us all about it!
P.S. I can only accept stories of at least 300 words. Just mention a few details like the weather, onlookers, the kite's behavior and so on - 300 words is easy!
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