The Mamba is the only ship in ED I truly love.
It's fine once you learn to angle into blast damage from missiles etc. You can take all the damage on the 'clean' side of the ship and your weapons will be fine.Not a good thing if you're equipped to keep fighting after shields fail, but splash damage destroys all of your upper hardpoints.
I usually try to maneuver so splash damage causes as little harm as possible, but this is not always practical, and there are few ships with wholly clean sides (the bottom the Mamba has four utilities on it that may be important and the drives are relatively exposed so I want as little landing near the back of the ship as possible). Sometimes it's best to be able to continue to engage an opponent even while the seekers/hounds keep coming. In these cases the FDL has an advantage precisely because not all the hardpoints can be damaged from one attack angle.It's fine once you learn to angle into blast damage from missiles etc. You can take all the damage on the 'clean' side of the ship and your weapons will be fine.
That's the big thing for me. I love everything on the Mamba other than it's crappy maneuverability. Sure it's fast but it's not fast enough to warrant the hit to maneuverability and armor that it takes. I still use mine for combat every now and then but I'll pretty much just use my Chieftain or Vulture for fighting AI instead when I want to use a fast moving maneuverable ship.Hmmm fair enough.
My combat fit pulls over 600m/s so faster than anything else that can kill it easily and tougher than anything that can catch it easily.
Boost re-hectoring and fa-off allows for some good manoeuvring as well.
But yeah ship choice in ED is a very subjective topic and each person finds out their own preferences.
Thrusters. I don't need any better pitch/roll/yaw with such outstanding vertical/lateral thrusters. I just strafe into the direction I want to go while keeping the guns locked on target 95% of the time.If they did buff the Mamba, I hope they buff up it's maneuverability some more to be closer to that of the FDL's.