While the very capable English Electric Lighting possessed astonishing speed and altitude performance (88,000 feet in one instance!), its looks were another matter. "Long legs, a long gear cover hanging down from the wings, that big mouth, the mach cone inside that big mouth, the two-seater is rough, a little on the ugly side," opines Koike. For a plane that's a little on the "ugly side," Koike has produced a gorgeous portrait brilliantly conveying both the speed and power of this 1960s staple. It's also probably the only Koike painting that doesn't show the aircraft's cockpit, and a testament to his brilliance as a painter that the illustration doesn't suffer for it.
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.