2016-10.1: Eyesight and Modeling Part 2

06 Oct 2016

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16:15 - Oct 2016 Act I - Eyesight & Modeling 2: Better Modelbuilding tips

Dr. Richard Meetz has been spreading the good word about vision, aging and the modeler in his clinics for over 15 years.  Considering that about 95% of modelers are over the age of 40 and will experience some kind of issues with eyesight, almost everyone will find his suggestions for better vision to be helpful.

This is part 2 of 2 of our series on Eyesight and Modeling.    (Part one appeared in the September 2016 edition of TrainMasters TV: Watch Part one.)

Also in the October 2016 show: (Watch Preview)
DCC Decoded:  Accessories with Ed Wilson from NCE
- The Backshop Clinic:  Building a curved turnout with Fast Tracks Twist Ties
- Notch 8:  3D printers can do more than you might think!
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Thank you for a wonderful video on the problems facing your eyes in this hobby

After working 35 years underground my eye sight was crap .Requiring glasses for long &short sight. Just had eyes retested not good .But eye doctor did say I might be better off if I put eye drops in 2 a day. I thought yes right, but after watching video I will give it ago

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philw2015's picture

Well done again TMTV. getting drops. new glasses and moving on in yhe hobby. thank you soo much for covering this subject.

I would like more details on this subject, maybe part 3 and 4 on this subject!

Thank you for making the effort and for producing such an informative show.  

As one who kas struggled with vision issues or yers and watched others do the same, i commend you for tackiling the subject and focusing on the model making community.  I can't recall any other hobby organization save for the NMRA making such an effort.

Thankyou for this video,

As an aging modeller, my specialist recommended 'hobby' glasses a few years ago, these made close up work much more satisfying.

Congratulations on expanding my model railroad experience, with these thought provoking series.  A video expanding on the selection of  visual aids would be helpful and the clip of selecting the right light source was excellent.

Keep up the great work.

tpmarshall's picture

To tie two stories together, I enjoyed the tour of Mike Fyten's Kaw Valley RR. 


I've never met Mike but he and I share something in common - we both work in S scale. And I found it interesting to note that he makes the same observations I have about working in 1:64. It's 35% larger than HO, which makes it that much easier to see and to work on. And yet it's not as big as O scale - it's 75% the size - so it's a little easier to fit a layout into a given space.

When I started my current layout, I wanted to model in O scale, but I couldn't fit a satisfying layout design into my space in 1:48. When I looked at S, I realized I could enjoy some of the size advantages of O and space-saving advantages of HO.

While it's a HUGE decision to switch scales - especially for long-time hobbyists who have a significant investment in a given scale - it's something that everyone should at least consider if they're having vision issues that are making it less enjoyable to work on their layout.


- Trevor

Wow, this was a real blessing.  I have been struggling this now for about 8 months.  I used to be able to work on microcircuit electronics without glasses and now I can barely read unless I have magnifying lens.  I am going to get my eyes checked and get some lens that work for the hobby. The tips on lighting and other magnifiers is also so beneficial.

Thanks for posting this video and many thanks to the doctor.


Thanks for sharing this. This is so incredibly informative -- as a physician myself, so many of us just assume things. This puts the whole picture in perspective, and a good one at that. Wonderful! Thanks for all you guys do to make the hobby fun, informative and safe!