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For the maker who has (or wants) almost everything I have two suggestions:

Ready for 3D flying robots? The Elev-8 Quadcopter, $599.99, is not for beginners, but it includes everything except the RC radio equipment and battery.

And finally, there’s the MakerBot Replicator Dual Extruder 3D Printer, $1,749. It’s a great machine for people who love to make things.

Michael Margolis

Author of the Arduino Cookbook and Make an Arduino-Controlled Robot


  1. If the Elev-8 quadcopter is too rich for your blood, check out the Holiday 2012 Gift Guide: Aerial Drones for a range of possibilities. http://blog.makezine.com/slideshow/aerial-drone-gift-guide/

    1. Michael Margolis says:

      Thanks Andrew. That budget tricopter looks like bags of fun for those that enjoy building from scratch. The link to the template does not work but the template can be found here: http://rcexplorer.se/projects/2010/03/the-tricopter-v1-and-v1-5/ (note that the tricopter in that link is based on the same template but uses different components).

2012 Holiday Gift Guide: Arduino