My first shot at SMD; in the form of an Attiny 85 that I will be using for my school electronics project as a time keeper. It is in the SOIC form so the pin pitch is not to fine. As the etchant I ordered had not yet turned up I used a cutting wheel on my Dremmel to scrape away the cooper, making my self a little breakout board. I then used plenty of flux and had no problem soldering the IC.
After hooking up the Attiny to the arduino using a tutorial from the web, I went ahead and programmed it from the arduino IDE; it worked first time amazingly! I was very impressed as later on removed my breakout board to inspect it; I put it back but the wrong way round, this lead to the ground pin being high and vica versa. There was smoke and a bad smell but after letting it cool down it still works perfectly.