At the Dayton Hamvention, I picked up a little kit, a "digital dial" frequency display for receivers, transcievers or transmitters. It was tiny, not terribly expensive and looked like fun.
Took a closer look at it when I got home and -- oh, horrors! -- it was mostly teeny-tiny surface-mount parts.
But why not try? Sunday afternoon, I took a deep breath, got out my second-smallest soldering iron* and the good solder, and set to. I ended up using a mechanical pencil to hold the parts in place, which makes it a three-handed operation. Next time, I'll try eutectic solder (63/37, it melts superfast), as even the small-gauge silver-bearing stuff tends to be overly gummy, and wanted to carry parts away on the soldering iron tip:
Scale? The holes in the corners are about 1/8" diameter. The leads on the ICs are on 0.05" centers. On my monitor, the full-size image is about twice life-size.
The solder is kind of globby, I need to deflux it and some of the parts are a bit askew -- but it works!
* I own (but cannot find) a miniature Wahl/Iso-Tip, one of the best, tiniest controlled-temperature soldering irons ever made. Unlike all other Iso-Tips, it's not cordless. They're not made any more; I don't think even Wahl remembers them.