Better Call Saul!
Rule of thumb for Kickstarter and crowd-funding projects: Never help fund anything. Everything will go on sale when it's actually released.
Yep, all this work still costs less than $30,000 + installation. So I guess it's worth it.
This is kind of silly, but I guess if you wanted to go the budget route and make your own drone but not spend any R&D money into building one, you could just copy an existing drone like the Mavic Pro and 3D print it. Sure, you don't get the flying precision or the tech, but if you just want something that looks like the Mavic Pro that also lifts off the ground, I guess this is your cheapest option!