Koike-san has almost certainly painted more A6M Zeroes than any other artist in the world. He's painted every single variant, from the prototype to the Model 62, but this lovely and classic rendition of the workhorse Model 21 certainly stands out among his efforts. A national hero in the same sense that the Spitfire is the pride of Britain, Koike nevertheless says "I frankly cannot understand why the Zero alone attracts this much interest and is this popular."
This print is recreated using offset printing on heavy art stock identical to that used by Koike for his originals. It is printed at 100% of the size of the original artwork, and all color reproduction has been approved by Koike personally. Ships flat.
This is the original artwork, hand-painted by Shigeo Koike on heavy art board using acrylic paints. This original will go on sale sometime in mid 2011.