How to Make a Diamond Kite

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The MBK Dowel Diamond 

How to Make a Diamond Kite
The Bridle

Dacron line in 50-pound strength is ideal for these Dowel Series kites.

All the construction details for the bridle are contained in the large photo below. But to summarize:

  1. At the top of the photo there is a 90 cm (36 in.) length of line tied to the horizontal spar at left and right.
  2. One end of a 180 cm (72 in.) line is tied to the middle of the 90 cm (36 in.) line with a Prusik knot.
  3. The other end of the 180 cm (72 in.) line is tied to the vertical spar; see the bottom of the photo.
  4. Finally, the 24 cm (9 1/2 in.) line is tied to the middle of the 180 cm (72 in.) line with a Prusik knot, but will need to be slipped upward until the bridle looks like the side view in the diagram below the photo.


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 dowels with enough wood glue to ensure the knots can never slip along the dowel. They won't loosen either.

Annotated bridle photo for the Dowel Diamond kite.



Once your kite and 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.

Make sure the Prusik knot closest to the kite is adjusted to the middle, right over the vertical spar.

Referring to the diagram below, shift the other 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 toward or away from the nose, a little at a time, to improve how high your kite flies.

Side-on illustration of a correctly adjusted bridle for the Dowel Diamond kite.


How to Make a Diamond Kite
Attaching the Flying Line

Attachment of flying line to the bridle.

Make up a flying line and attach it to the bridle with a Lark's Head knot. See the photo, where the Lark's Head has been left loose.

Now, drop the rigged kite so it floats face-down toward the floor. If it tends to drop its nose and glide forward, add weight near the bottom corner of the sail until the gliding stops. For example, wrap some extra tape around the vertical spar near the tail end.

How to Make a Diamond Kite

The original Dowel Diamond in flight.

Firstly, if it's very windy outside, stay home! This is a light-wind kite and won't like being launched in a gale. The picture shows the original Dowel Diamond on its first outing, hovering at around treetop height in a dying late-evening breeze.

The Prusik knot on the bridle line can loosen off a little over time. If necessary, pull on all the lines to tighten the knot up before a flying session.

Assuming there is some breeze outside, just dangle the kite at arm's length until the wind catches it. As long as you feel the kite pulling, let out line slowly by taking loop after loop off the winder. Be cautious about letting line slip through your fingers. If a big gust hits the kite, the line could burn you! For any kite this big or bigger, it's a good idea to wear a cloth glove.

Out in the Field

Diamond-kite stories of my real-life flying experiences are worth checking out!

Illustrated with photos and videos, of course.

Another approach is to get a helper to hold the kite up and let it go, on the end of maybe 15 meters (50 feet) of line. This way, the kite soon gets high enough to make it easy to let more line out.

Have fun flying, and I hope you've enjoyed learning how to make a diamond kite!

Now, just in case you have actually made and flown this kite at least once already:

Flight Reports From Other Visitors

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