This gorgeous two-for-one tribute to the fantastic Vought Corsair somehow manages to seem colorful even though blue tones dominate both the fore and background of the work. "It's a very unique, and very attractive airplane," says Koike. "The nose gets even longer and bulges a bit more beginning with the dash-5, giving the plane's lines even more sexiness." The twist in this painting is that NP 21/Annie Mo in the background, flown by Lt. Guy Bordelon, is far more famous than NP 24/Yokosuka Queen, flown by Lt. Ralph Hopson, in the foreground. Both were with VC-3 Det. D stationed on the USS Princeton during the Korean War.
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.