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    Well, Ed... my eyesight is (ok), it's my fingers and my patience that get the best of me lately....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwh70 View Post
    Well, Ed... my eyesight is (ok), it's my fingers and my patience that get the best of me lately....

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    64 here, and the only thing that I keep nearby is a penlight so I can be sure I'm on the rails...other that that, I'm enjoying N-Scale
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    "She was comin down the mountain doin 90 miles an hour,
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    Most the potential health problems that would impact my ability to model in N would impact my ability to model in HO or any other scale just as much.

    If I can no longer do carpentry type work, that'll affect any size benchwork (or bookcase, etc.) If my hand is too unsteady to deal with N scale couplers and decals.... it's probably too unsteady for HO too.

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    i'm 56 -- so, at the moment, I'm doin good. As long my fingers do what I want and my reading cheaters/optivisor combo works, I'll continue in "N".

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    I’d say 160 is too old for n scale...
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    I joined this fantastic site late last year after my fourth unpacking of all my trains, they had been in storage for close to 20 years. I started in the 160 scale back in my early 20's and now at 68 I find some things a bit tougher than way back when but not impossible, granted things progress slowly but do get done. I haven't been very active on here for the last several months due to a change in my location, I bought a house, 3 bedrooms, one of which is 12 x 10 and is slowly becoming what I hope is to be my last layout. I may be trying to overachieve by wanting a 2 tier layout but I haven't cut off any digits yet working on anything.

    My eyesight isn't what it once was but corrective lenses, magnifiers and a very bright light source really help with the small stuff. Doesn't do anything for my color blindness though, I still end up with odd color combinations.

    The folks on NsN have been an inspiration to me to get out the first few pieces from storage and on to buying a place that I can put holes in the wall. I found it while trying to figure what I might get if I sold all my collection, glad I found it and now I have been adding to it. I have gone to DCC controls and new steam engines so I may still sell off or trade some of my old DC stuff. I just pre-ordered an Athearn "Big Boy" to join my Challenger and the other DCC steam engines I have acquired recently. (Pictures to follow once my old brain figures out how to take and add them)

    Like so many of the others have said, stick with the N, all the minor problems can be overcome and the people here can help you.

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    I have 20/20 distance vision, but close up isn't working any more like it did 20 years ago.
    But I use different magnified eye glasses, the ones I use for all my builds are mostly 600 strength and even 500 strength, also changing the five bulbs in the kitchen chandelier above the kitchen work table to LED bulbs has made another great advantage, like being outside.
    For painting and decaling I use several other strength's not near as magnified as the 500's or 600's are, also have a adjustable goose neck lamp clamped on the paint table with a LED bulb.
    Even to see my both my PC screens I have to use 125 strength.
    So far as being super steady on builds, masking, painting and decaling, I haven't lost that, "YET" !

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    As with UP4-8-8-4, I found everything much easier to see after increasing the lighting in my train room. Then I did the same everywhere around the house; the new LED bulbs really make a difference without making the electric bills skyrocket. And now I can see everything nice and clear! If you're using the industrial type 4' fluorescent bulbs, try full spectrum ones to see if that makes any difference. Or sometimes going from soft white to bright white will help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightfly View Post
    And now I can see everything nice and clear! If you're using the industrial type 4' fluorescent bulbs, try full spectrum ones to see if that makes any difference.
    Good advice. It certainly should. That's what's above the Slate Fork, and either a 4000k or 5000k above the workbench. I should double-check.

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    At work, we’ve changed out the twin 4’ fluorescent tube fixtures for 4k LED fixtures.
    They are much easier on the eyes... things are brighter and clearer.
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    I am 77 years old and I have only been in N Scale for a little over 2 years. I would prefer to model in HO but I don't have the room. To me that is what ought to drive ones decision. If you have a lot of room then go with HO. Otherwise go N Scale and don't worry about how old you are.

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    How old is too old - for anything?
    When you're not having any more fun doing it. Simple as that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteamPower4ever View Post
    How old is too old - for anything?
    When you're not having any more fun doing it. Simple as that.

    Jens
    I think Jens has hit the nail on the head with his succinct post.
    If it's still fun, keep doing it ;-)

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    I'm 61 & have all kinds of problems. But I'm guessing I'll be in N Scale until death us part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecretWeapon View Post
    I'm 61 & have all kinds of problems. But I'm guessing I'll be in N Scale until death us part.
    Playing with trains helps me forget my problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rook View Post
    Playing with trains helps me forget my problems.
    THIS!!!^^^^^
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    Once you pass 55 the warrenty is expired and everything is liable to go ka-phutt!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosslake View Post
    Once you pass 55 the warrenty is expired and everything is liable to go ka-phutt!!
    LOL, at 68 I know too well all the ka-phutts.

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