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    Default How Old is too Old for N Scale?

    When I announced I had moved and was startig over, I indicated a decision to switch to HO scale. However, that was based on an assumption. I will be 60 years old next year, and I assumed that in another 20 years or so if not sooner that I would not be able to do N Scale anymore. But as I play with track plans in HO scale, I have started questioning whether my assumption about age and N scale was uninformed.

    So I would like to get some candid thoughts or experiences here on the question of how old is likely to be too old for N scale? I know of course tht personal health is a big part of the answer, but if there are folks here with experiences that could help answer that question or who still find they can enjoy n scale as the get into their late 70s or early 80s, I would love to hear your thoughts on it. Conversely, if anyone's experience says it gets to hard by then, I want to hear that too. Ideally I want to continue to enjoy the hobby into my 80s, but I also don't want to change scale when it is too late to get a substantial pike done.

    If I stick with N scale, I will get longer trains and longer stretches between towns. But if general experience is that it gets too difficult to enjoy by sometime in one's 70s, then I would be better sticking with my decision to switch to HO scale.

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    As long as your eyes are not suffering from strain, if you're still feeling creative with N scale, and you enjoy operating with N scale, there is no reason to change scales due to an arbitrary age limit.

    Having said that, I'm hedging my bet by collecting HO scale brass traction and HOn30 equipment.

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    At a mere 69 I see no reason to change scales, unless it were to Z or T (1:450).

    More seriously, I have started painting N scale figures. Sure I use 3 power readers and brace both hands on the table when painting, but I find painting figures quite enjoyable for short periods. I don't have tremors, but bracing the hands is still necessary.

    All in all, to me the important factor is that I enjoy what I am doing (and that when I am doing it I am not performing honey-dos).
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    Ed,
    I'm turning 56 this month, and so far I'm still in pretty good shape, but my eyes are lacking a bit to the point where I'm using reading glasses to work on stuff.
    I know of several guys who are 65+ and they still play with N scale without issue or it just takes them a bit more effort.

    Recently, I too had contemplated switching to Slut Gauge for several reasons, one of which eyesight, but decided to stay the course.
    One of the main reasons I stayed the course was having to sell off my extensive collection.
    It would take me a lifetime and..........I would have taken a bath on it. However I'm sure I would have had more than enough from any sales to pick up what I would have needed for an HO layout.

    Long trains do not concern me, longer stretches do. If I had HO then those stretches would had simply disappeared.
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    Jimmi Boyer was 74 when he passed away due to lung cancer. It was a heart attack about 10 years earlier that initiated his retirement and expansion of the Schyulkill Valley Railroad and the city of New Essen.

    Sixty is the new Fifty!

    One-Sixty is the only scale!
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    I changed from HO to N due to space limitations. While I initally missed HO and having to sell off my shays and such, I'm enjoying N more now. Yes the eyes aren't as good as they used to be and the hand sometimes shakes (creates unique weathering effects...lol) but I'm enjoying myself so that's all that matters to me. I'll be 61 in September and can't see me changing again. It all depends on what YOU want to achieve and are happy with.
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    71 here and N scale all the way. Still do cutting and building in Z also. Don't plan on ever changing scale.
    Remember the smallest part you will ever but on a model is the same size in all scales.
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    I find that a pair of Optivisors does the trick. When I’m wearing it, my 66 year-old eyes do just fine with N scale.

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    73 here and no problems operating and painting as small as N scale figures

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    This is really more an issue of physical ability than age. Everyone gets cataracts eventually but modern surgery fixes it. Speaking of which, I was diagnosed with a cataract in my 30s and had it removed two years ago at age 45. Some elderly people get "shaky" hands but others don't.

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    I say as long as you can see and handle the scale, keep at it. He'll one of the guys I follow on YouTube I'm pretty sure is up there with his age. And he is still doing n scale.
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    FWIW: My two cents worth.

    By way of background, I'm 66 years old and as some will be aware, have recently been dabbling in On18 but have found that 'N' is far more satisfying and 'fun' than the larger scale. I can still 'see' reasonably well, can still build structures and can still do what I want to with the scale (even if what I do is somewhat unconventional). To date, the only real 'limitation' has been some slight difficulty in placing pony trucks on N-scale track but as this is a consequence of lack of light in the train space, that is not a 'major' problem. As it still works for me, I have no reason to leave 'N', still enjoy it and intend to continue to work within it for as long as possible. What is there not to like?

    As I said, FWIW
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shannon View Post
    I say as long as you can see and handle the scale, keep at it. He'll one of the guys I follow on YouTube I'm pretty sure is up there with his age. And he is still doing n scale.
    Is that Roy Smith (UP Evanston Subdivision)? I like his attitude. He's gotten even better with the way he presents his videos and has even created a community of modelers among his viewers (which is the right thing to do).
    Though I think he looks older than he actually is. I remember one of the videos where he showed a pic visiting an old friend that he went to high school with, and the friend looked much younger than him (late 50s-60s).

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    64 here and no problems so far. I think you can be too young for N scale, but too old? Nah!

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    I think my signature speaks for itself , I'm saying it the other way around.

    At the same time I am acquiring some H0 stuff just in case.
    As long as I can model in N-scale, I know I'm not old

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    as a beaten up 73 year old I just switched to N. As long as I can use those little hand rerailers and hear the “click” of Unitrack your never too old.

    ps 70 is the new 50.

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    I'm truly inspired by the replies of you more "seasoned" N scalers. More power to you!

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    As I age my distance vision is deteriorating, but up close is just fine, so I don’t foresee N being an issue.
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    thats him haha
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    73 here. Use reading glasses when working on the trains, otherwise post-cataract surgery vision is great. Just installed a couple of those wee gooseneck lights on a RR station I am building so that's an indication of ability to still get the job done in N scale (although I admit it took a bit to get them straight in 3 dimensions and both the same length). No problems putting 2-8-8-2 on track, just have to be slow and steady with the trucks.

    Agree with what others have said too (per my "thanks").

    Keep at it!

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