Here's a supplementary article for the Make Magazine drone issue about the Noodle Copter. I made it for a Crashcast contest, inspired by Glenn Anderson's post here. I hadn't planned on keeping it intact after testing it, but it flies surprisingly well (thanks to Jason Short for tuning help!). It's got a pretty short flight time because of the fat arms, but it's nice for letting other people try out. It's highly visible, and survives drops well.
It's also been nice for demoing to non-technical groups... somehow a bunch of electronics taped onto pool noodles don't seem to be as intimidating as slick hi-tech units.