MBK Tiny Tots Diamond
Our original Tiny Tots Diamond kite was created as an "idiot-proof super-quick" design. There's an
army of parents out there who are looking for these qualities in a kite
to make for their child. It had better be easy, it had better be quick
to make, and it had better fly, to avoid disappointment! ;-)
also took my wife's Tiny Tots Diamond, which she kindly made up in
order to test out the 'How To ...' instructions for this kite.
Finally, the little green Baby Sled was
taken too, which we bought at a kite festival for Aren years ago. He was
a toddler at the time.
We put up
the Baby Sled first and let 5-year-old Aren have a fly. Although this
kite struggled a bit in the fresh gusts, it did OK for half a minute or
so at a time, with its original two short tails. Also original was the
small plastic winder and cotton flying line.
after this, I put up the original, yellow-sailed Tiny Tots Diamond kite
on about 20 meters (70 feet) of line. Turbulence and fresh gusts kept
bringing the kite to ground every few minutes, but it flew well enough
to get some photos.
I decided that to give the kite a better chance of staying up, it just
needed more line. This did prove to be the case, after just over 60
meters (200 feet) was let out. This allowed the tiny diamond to climb
out to 100 feet or so above ground, giving a good buffer against
The light yellow sail and medium blue tail were easily spotted against blue sky, as the kite spent most of the time high up. Occasionally it would get forced down, but the lower wind speed near the ground always allowed it to recover and climb back.
With the winder lying on the ground and a few loops of line passed around a stake, the kite was secure. There's not much pull on a kite this size, regardless of how strong the wind is!
Up and away!
Meanwhile, number three, the blue-sailed Tiny Tots Diamond kite went up.
The only line available was the 50 pound Dacron that I use to fly the
1.2 meter (4 feet) Dowel kites. Oh well, it just won't manage to take
much length then. The little diamond managed to fly up on about 20
meters of this way-too-heavy line.
blue diamond just couldn't quite cope with the breeze strength, looping
left and ending up on the ground time after time. This kite is a good
flier in fairly light winds though, as it proved on its very first
Thin bamboo skewers and very
thin plastic keeps the weight down. In the interests of complete
simplicity, the sail has no edging either, so that's another weight
Meanwhile, the yellow kite
was cavorting about in the erratic fashion of simple diamonds in gusty
wind. The Tiny Tots Diamond kite doesn't really have a bridle; it just has a
single attachment point where the skewers cross. This is simple and easy, with
no adjustments required. The horizontal spar does have to be in the
right spot for this to work.
Near the ground, the flying line
angle was around 15 degrees most of the time due to line weight. Gusts
blew long but subtle bends in various directions into the line as it
snaked out and upwards towards the kite flying in the distance.
kite itself was holding a 30 to 40 degree angle most of the time. You can see this in the photo up there. See if you can spot the Windtronic
wind meter too, a short distance to my left, on the ground.
the Tiny Tots Diamond kite has an almost embarrassingly good wind
range. Considering that it is my smallest simplest sparred kite design!
The wind range is largely due to that super-light ribbon tail that stretches a full 10
kite lengths behind it in the breeze.
At one point, the flying line drooped itself across a bush and got
caught up in the leaves. Shortly after, having been in the air for 25
minutes, the little diamond was forced down to the ground, onto its nose.
However, it flipped over and took off again immediately!
For the next 20 minutes, we joined Aren on the play equipment near the edge of the reserve and left the kite to its own devices.
This is probably the longest and highest flight this little kite has had to date. And that's despite the breeze being extremely gusty.
be more precise, the Windtronic wind meter sitting on its short tripod
measured an average wind strength of 5.8 kph and a maximum gust of 15.3
kph. The kite might have felt close to 20 kph at times, being much higher up.