Why build mobile suits when you can upgrade balls for space combat?
Because Balls can be used for friendly fire.
Also, the minute you start weaponizing Balls, Zeon gets their sport teams together and starts putting them in Zakus, causing mass chaos that neither side wants.
Due to AMBAC this is entirely true.
In addition as you scale up a Mobile Pod and add on more guns and thrusters it effectively loses its status as a Mobile Pod and instead becomes a Mobile Armor. Mobile Suits will, inevitably, carry better equipment in many regards simply due to their size. How will you carry an MS reactor on a Mobile Pod without it simply being a Mobile Armor anyway?
You see Ball-style mobile pod vehicles in Victory getting trashed because of this sort of thing. Suits have gotten smaller but to try to turn a mobile pod into something to really compete well with an MS would require it to be MS sized anyway.
>look it up
>it looks like this
Even dinkier than expected.
So a Ball with no guns and some Balls, then? Sounds good.
Pretty much. I'd expect it to be a little like worker MS like the first Mobile Worker or Geze, where there's both windows and a small display for cameras.
Anon, the Ball is actually pretty big. It really wouldn't be impossible to make a better mobile pod of comparable size. MS-grade reactor, thrusters and weapons can all fit onto it no problem.
Hell, the automated defense pod in Stardust Memory was pretty effective too.
Balls are weak in-universe by explaining it off with AMBAC and such. But mostly it's because of narrative reasons favoring humanoid robots.
> But mostly it's because of narrative reasons favoring humanoid robots.
Well, Balls do have an absolutely atrocious thruster layout as well. They just have one main thruster, which points up relative to the pilot's point of view and some nozzles for changing direction.
You're Zeon. Sitting high and mighty at Solomon, you know nothing can kill you. Suddenly, you get reports of the Gundam prowling about. Now, that shit's pretty insane, but you've got your posse, the Nightmare of Solomon is here, and hey, boss man has that insane MA in the back, you can take the Gundam. So you go out to scout it out, see what it looks like.
You catch the thing hiding behind an asteroid, but you can see its face. And HOLY SHIT WHAT THE HELL IS THAT THING, because if that head is 15 or so meters tall, how big is the actual MS? You don't want to deal with that shit. That's fucking crazy. It might even be bigger than the Zam.
Reminder that the Ball is superior in terms of sensor range, firing range and acceleration to every Zeon suit pre-Gelgoog.
The Ball is not a front-line unit, it's for second-line support fire and long-range bombardment.
>You see Ball-style mobile pod vehicles in Victory getting trashed because of this sort of thing.
Or because they're shit-tier vehicles used by Macedonia who can only afford to run decrepit tech.
You have no clue do you? The thrusters on the Ball are actually pretty decent all things considered they have better left-right shift thrusters than a certain amount of mobile suits as well as the bottom mounted repositioning thrusters and vertical engines. Here's the best part, because it is literally, well, a ball, additional thruster placement and orienting around a central mass and momentum point is leagues easier and cheaper than anything human shaped. The Gm in comparison is the atrocious one, with no major left/right thrusters, downward thrusters, forward thrusters, and the only major engines being back mounted with a weak 90 degree angle of movement, this is all added to the strange layout of the suit where the centre of mass is any ones guess
That doesn't make any sense, a solid fuel rocket engine cannot be reused after igniting it once as the fuel cannot be controlled. It'd be a single use thruster burn and then it's got no more thrust available.
Isn't everything in UC supposed to be using thermonuclear rocket engines anyway?
The Ball is said to use solid fuel pellets for controlled, individual burst of thrust. So you can reuse the thruster as long as you have pellets left for it.
That said, there is no reason why you can't put a thermonuclear thruster into a mobile pod. It is the exact same argument as "why can't we use lunar titanium on a mobile tank?" or "why not install some form of AMBAC onto a normal spacecraft?"
The answer is still "It's Gendem, so we need humanoid robots."
The HGUC Twin Ball set actually comes with four turrets. Two of the normal type you saw there and two of a double barreled variaty. So basically you have two extra turrets you can use one whatever you want. The double barreled ones in particular will just fit on anything since the peg type is so common.
I'd imagine that they second they put all the high end reactor and propellant stuff so close together in a ball it would lead to bad explosive things.
Larger structures were kinda a necessary engineering requirement.