Walkera LadyBird. This is totally store-bought, but it's a dream... small, agile, relatively inexpensive, and totally cute! Everyone that tries one really likes it.
Interested in learning more about what we're doing, and what exactly "drone hobbyist" means? We've gotten some good coverage by the likes of NPR and the Wall Street Journal. I'm happy to say that the reporters understood what we were trying to accomplish and did a great job putting together their stories. There's some links here.
Want to learn more? The DIY Drones site is here. I fly with the excellent fellows of the Concord Model Engineers. They've been around a while -- our most senior member started aeromodelling in 1938!
I've been contemplating an Intro to RC class. Does that sound like a good idea? Drop me a line and let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Likewise if you're into... Drop me a note and say hello!