Diamond kites are often also refered to as Malay kites because when explorers and traders orignally visited Malaysia from Europe they found the natives flying these enchanting and simple kites. They brought some back to Europe where they quickly became popular. Because of their relative ease of construction and simplicity in flight, diamonds remain a popular kite design.
Diamond kites also tend to be stable at many different windspeeds, the only adjustment necessary in higher winds is moving the towing point and lengthening or shortening the tail. A diamond is naturally diamond-shaped. It has a sail which is stretched over a cross-spreader and a spine. Two bridle lines come off the spine and meet at the towing point where one string extends to the kite flyer. The sail is obviously to catch the wind and lift the kite, while the tail is basically for stability.
A diamond's angle of attack can be changed by moving the towing point. The angle of attack is basically the angle of the spine to the wind. The higher the wind the lower the angle desired, because this reduces the actual sail area facing the wind and allows a certain amount of wind to slip under the kite (reducing the pull).
You may buy diamond kites ready-made (only need to be assembled), or you may build your own from a design. At Kite Flyer Info, we like to use basic materials that you can get around the house or with a quick trip to the hardware store. For a basic, but impressive, kite design check out our Richard Babley Memorial Kite plans.
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KiteFlyerInfo.com was created primarily to highlight some original kite designs using basic materials such as newspapers, dowels, and packing tape. But it has also become a repository of other useful information about kite flying. Use the navigation links at the top of the page to find out about some of the many different kinds of kites. Just above are links to some of our kite designs as well as some interesting info we have gathered.