ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — A Roseburg real estate broker is putting a handmade drone to use filming rural properties for sale.

The Roseburg News-Review reports that Gorden Hanks’ hand-built hexacopter takes photos and video above his properties.

Hanks then adds a voice track and background music.

When Hanks first looked into drones, they were tens of thousands of dollars. But he built his own six months ago for about $3,500.

Hanks says he never flies it more than 80 feet above the ground, and never directly over people or structures.

Hanks, a gadget and photography enthusiast, has taught his 9-year-old grandson to operate the drone so Hanks can focus on the photos.

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