Mobile Suit Breakdown: the Gundam Anime Podcast
A Companion Podcast for All 40 Years of Gundam
MSB is a weekly Gundam podcast for new fans, old fans, and not yet fans. Nina (a Gundam first-timer) and Thom (a lifelong Gundam fan) analyze, review, and research all 40-years of the iconic sci-fi anime mega-franchise Mobile Suit Gundam in the order it was made. We research its influences, examine its themes, and discuss how each piece of the Gundam canon fits within the changing context in Japan and the world, from 1979 to today. Part history podcast, part discussion podcast, all Gundam podcast.

2.17 - Fog Over Hickory

it's always ourselves we find in the sea

Show Notes

This week, we recap, review, and analyze Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam (機動戦士Ζガンダム) episode 16 - Through the Haze of Darkness (白い闇を抜けて), discuss our first impressions, and and provide commentary and research on planes and pigeons.


- Wikipedia pages for Beechcraft, the Beechcraft Model 17 Staggerwing, and stagger as an aeronautics term.

- Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) article about "Beech's Beautiful Biplane."

- Plane and Pilot magazines's All Time Favorite Planes (the Staggerwing is #5).

- A page collecting information about aircraft used in the Spanish Civil War (the Staggerwing was used by the Republicans, allegedly as a not-very-effective bomber).

- Articles about the Comet Model Airplane and Supply Company.

- Wikipedia page for the Edgley Optica.

- Page on wing configurations, with pictures to explain tapered and dihedral.

- Brief article about the Optica, with video of one flying.

- AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association) article about the Optica.

- Earlier AOPA article about the Optica right after John Edgley re-acquired control of the design.

- Listing of every Optica manufactured or planned, with their current status.

- Article from 1986 World's Fair where the Optica was demonstrated, after the crash but when hopes were still high.

- Official report on the Optica accident discussed in the podcast.

- Wikipedia pages on Passenger pigeons and English Carrier pigeons.

- The true subject of this episode's research: the Homing pigeon (or Racing Homer), which Britannica calls the Carrier pigeon.

- Pigeon post!

- War pigeons, further explanation of pigeons in war and stories of Dinkin Award winning pigeons from the Royal Pigeon Racing Association, and a brief history of the National Pigeon Service in the UK.

- Story of Olga of Kiev, and her sneaky use of pigeons in the Drevlian Uprising.

- Article about "closing the pigeon gap" between the Franco-Prussian War and WWI.

- Primary resources (mostly photographs) of war pigeons in World Wars 1 and 2.

- Pigeon heroics! The stories of Winkie, Cher Ami, G.I. Joe, Commando, and Mary of Exeter.


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