I saw another post this morning from someone in NC with a hex, so I figured I'd post a little about my first quadcopter build as I'm in NC too. I started off building the frame inspired by the 3DR design but made my own arms and legs. I made taller legs in order to mount an old iPhone 4 I had laying around under it for video recording.
Here's a couple of pictures from the build and then some video of the first time getting it in the air. I have had no prior RC aircraft experience.
So after a couple of months of reading, collecting parts, purchasing an APM 1.4 and 2.5 (don't ask, wanted to play with both old and new I guess), I made the first couple of test flights using the 1.4
And after adding the iPhone to the mount I built, the second flight had onboard video
It's been amazingly fun so far, I think I like making the parts I made to substitute the kit parts the best and have already gotten into redesigning my legs and camera mount, more to come...