By Adub794
#4926375
Hi all,

I’m in the research phase of my full size hero build and wanted to get opinions on various shells. I’m seeking reviews on karnivorous creations, benofkent, and GBfans shells. Looking for first hand builders experiences and pros/cons of each, if possible.

My main goal is durability. I want to utilize aluminum parts when available. I’ve already inquired to CPU64 about his aluminum wand and possibly utilizing his aluminum parts.

Any information on the above mentioned shells would be helpful

Thanks
-Albert
By Tommorris22
#4926390
Based on the best info I could find, Karnivorous Creations shell is one of the most accurate. I have one and I’m very happy with it. It didn’t have any of the warping issues I’ve seen other have to deal with and fix.
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By signeddiamond
#4926404
I have a BenofKent shell as I also wanted the motherboard premounted. It was painted with a primer that dried a bit fuzzy but I was planning on resending and detailing anyway. The pack is robust, detailed, and somewhat pliable being polyurethane. I was never worried about it cracking while being drilled and it feels like it would bounce back from a few good dings without cracking.

The material is a bit thick in some parts requiring more drilling and clearing out to get tubing and stuff run but I can’t say how satisfied I am with the shell.
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By RedSpecial
#4926449
In terms of accuracy the top of the list in no particular order would be Pchrisbosh1, GBfans, HMS and its related castings ( derived from a reworking of a pull from a destroyed stunt pack mold) ,V330 , karnivorous.

It depends what you're looking for really.
There are plenty of other shells on the market outside of those .
Although if you're looking for a true hero style build The other shells on the market are basically very idealised versions of the pack and lack the quirks and details of the original packs.
While the shells above have a lot of these details off the bat .

Any shell which is cast using a fiberglass layup will be more durable.
Not that a straight resin shell or a vacform won't be durable but the reinforcement that layers of resin and fiberglass gives you can really take some punishment.
Thats not to say that you couldn't reinforce them yourself though.

I believe the GBfans shell comes from an updated version of the V330 buck if i remember correctly.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.

They are professionally laid using a machine chopped method.
I have one myself and the layup is really consistent with a nice uniform thickness throughout and little to no airpockets that I've found aside from the usual pinholes in the gelcoat but even those are few and far between.
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By BigDaddy
#4926606
Great information. After my disastrous Knowones designs purchase, I'm looking to start a build, and this was incredibly helpful. Thanks for starting the thread, Adub, and everyone for contributing info! I think I'm also leaning fiberglass.
I hear you there...
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By Adub794
#4926997
I’m glad members are finding use for the information posted.

I ended up placing an order for the gbfans fiberglass shell. I found several build threads on the forum that had detailed pics of the shell and it seems to be the one of the best ways to go for durability. With that said the shop went from 3 in stock to back ordered over the last week. I waited too long lol

My money is on Saturday.

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