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Fran and Miles Hale  
Model Railroading University
508 South Cedar Street  
Belton, MO   64012  

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phone 816-588-2302

 Doctorate Degree

Classes are individually scheduled to fit the student. Call to schedule.

Hands on Program with

  • Molding & Casting
  • Animation
  • Illusion
  • Lighting and Mirrors
  • Water - Still & Running

20 hours of classes 


Doctorate Program Outline:

I.    Molding & Casting
  A. Making masters
    1. What materials to use
    2. What bonding agents to use and not use
  B. Making the mold (Silicone)
    1. One part molds
    2. Two and multiple part molds
     a. Claying-up the master
     b. Gate and vent the mold
    3. Vacuum the mold compound
     a. Pumps
     b. Pouring for less bubbles

C. Making a spin cast mold

    1. The master
    2. The process (overview)
    3. What equipment is needed
  D. Plastic injection molding
    1. The process
    2. What equipment
  E. Filling the mold
    1. Pouring the mold
    2. Injecting the mold
II.    Animation
  A. What looks good
    1. Choosing a drive mechanism
    2. Where to get supplies
    3. Assembling for trouble free operation
  B. Painting for effect
III.    Illusion
  A. Mirrors
  B. Size is important
  C. Depth, when there is none
  D. Lighting: ambient and layout
IV.    Water
  A. Real
  B. Urethanes and resins
  C. Acrylics
  D. Painting depth
  • 100% NMRA Master Model Railroader Teaching Faculty.
  • Individual work stations in a professional model shop and fully equipped learning campus.
  • Tuition for one course is $950, two courses $1,800, all 3 courses $2,600; includes materials. Hotel & meal information available.
  • All classes are held in Kansas City, Missourri, at 5608 N. Mercier Drive.

Graduate of our Doctorate Degree program
Above is a photo of one of our proud graduates of our
Doctorate Degree program and his instructor, Miles Hale.


MRU Instructor Miles Hale is currently featured on
the DIY Network's Workin' on the Railroad series...

For more information or to register, contact:

Fran and Miles Hale  
Model Railroading University
508 South Cedar Street  
Belton, MO   64012  

phone 816-588-2302


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