The almost clown-like red and yellow stripes on the nose and tail of the MB.152s in this painting are tactical recognition markings designed to make it easy to distinguish these Vichy French planes from the MB.152s flown by DeGaulle's Free French forces following the surrender to Germany, and this aircraft's lackluster capability was one of the reasons for France's easy defeat in the air, according to some critics. The colors also make for what must be one of Koike's most colorful paintings; you can find almost every color in the rainbow somewhere in the frame of this work, painted in 2003.
This print is reproduced on heavy art board and sized identically to the original, measuring 400mm x 315mm (15.75 x 12.4 inches). It's offset-printed, and the color reproduction has been approved by Koike himself. The art board measures 625mm x 453mm (24.6 x 17.8 inches), leaving white borders around the image to give you the freedom to have it framed as you please. The prints are packed in a special sleeve inside a sturdy shipping box designed to prevent any bending while on their way to you (for this reason, they cannot be combined with other types of items for shipping, they will be shipped separately, even if ordered with other items).