I have been soldering since I was 12 (Heathkits, etc.) and have been hand soldering SMT's since they have been widely used starting in the 1980's. I still solder fine-pitch 208pin PQFP's (FPGA's mostly) using a fine tip soldering iron, a stereo microscope, 10mils-diameter solder; and ONLY in the afternoon after my morning coffee has worn off. You can solder at any age; it's not just for the (physically) young. Of course, it does help to be a kid-at-heart, even for a 63-year-old body.

ENJOY (and don't breathe those fumes too much).

Tom Gustin