Designed by the same man who created the iconic Zero, Jiro Horikoshi, the Raiden was built from the start as an interceptor meant to defend Japan from B-29s, first flying in 1942. For that reason, it had a much larger engine than nearly all other Japanese planes of the day, which led to its relatively plump appearance. This image of a Raiden climbing vertically into the heavens is easily one of Koike's most famous and popular paintings. And it's not just its unique perspective on the airframe. Seen in its original size, the unconventional sunset-style lighting and purple-tinged earth below the plane which gradiates smoothly into a blue sky is stunning as well.
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).