Why doesn't the scientists of Gundam but the same amount of effort they do on mobile suits and apply it towards military aircrafts and tanks?
Didn't help that the Bigro's pilot was kind of a dingus.
>The Gundam stuck on to me?
>He must have been knocked unconscious!
>That means I can take my time destroying him in a dramatic fashion!
>OH SHIT I WAS WRONG NO BLAAAAGH
Because Tomino made the mistake of giving mobiles suits a tactical role better filled by half a dozen other military platforms if you let them work.
Consider how often battleships covered in guns, usually firing the exact same weapons that mobile suits carry, are unable to hit jack shit despite waves of fire.
Battlesuits shooting mobile suits out of the sky sells less gunpla.
How, in a world where the same advances in weapons and technology that are utilized by mechs (i.e. beam weaponry) are applied to tanks and planes would mechs be able to "dominate them easily?"
So is a space fighter that is basically just a beam saber with an engine on the back, designed for the pilots to turn on the beam cutter on front and ram into anything they want to punch clean through it.
Such a fighter would cost a fraction of the cost of a mobile suit, the beam would act as a shield against incoming fire coming at it from ahead, and it could tear right through mobilesuits and battleships alike.
And the pilots would be notorious badasses just for the sheer balls of steel it takes to fly a ships whose primary attack is to kamikaze multiple times per battle and survive.
By penetrating the mobile suits with their giant long barrel and repeatedly ramming into it before finally releasing their load?
Now is not the time for mechanical erotica, /m/.
Or is it?
Because tanks and jets would be limited by having to incorporate an minervoski drive in order to access beam weaponry, then they have to deal with the lowered ammo acount that is not easly replenished on the field, and finaly the increased likely hood of a reactor exploding due to the more compact frames.
Tanks would get to be 40k sizes due to the increased bulk required for the generator/beam cannon and have to deal with the problem that any attacks to the weakpoints I,E sides or back has a chance of turning the tank into a nuke. This compounds with the far more limmited and difficult to replenish ammo supply.
Jets also have to deal with the increased bloat, but assuming they can still fly they are given a unguided weapon that that puts the flying brick in even more danger and again the high probability that every Jet shot down is now a nuke
Mobile suits can hold ground much like tanks but unlike eather they are much easyer to kill without setting off the reactor and can relplace their weapons when they run out rather than having to recharge their built in ones, and before you give me crap on how the jets and tanks could do that look at the gundam beam rifle, it alone is larger than a tank now try slapping treads and a generator to it
What face? I'm a motherfucking tank!
And you'd get repeatedly cannonized before even getting close enough to do CQC.
>He thinks he can get close enough to punch things before being shot with a cannon
Your only hope is some sort of magical bullshit armor like Super Alloy ZETTO or what have you.
But that only begs the question why your tanks and jets aren't being built out of this super alloy as well.
Assuming you're able to pull that off, congratulations, your robot is now missing its fist, it having been destroyed by the massive anti-armor shell it just plowed directly into.
In the UC, there's a heavy reliance on visual targeting due to the warping nature Minovsky interference has on a battlespace. An 18m tall robot places the cameras at a greater elevation, giving a better field of vision. It also probably mitigates the problem of limited turret traverse rates. Fighter aircraft and tanks do appear in large numbers during the One Year War, but after the war mobile suits were developed to the point where they could fill any necessary role, including artillery support and atmospheric flight/air superiority.
In After Colony, it was also suggested that the mobile suit was partly developed because humans would view humanoid machines differently making them a symbolic weapon.
hold on a sec nig you might be on to something