Koike has painted the Shoki (a.k.a. "Tojo" in Allied code) six or seven times, this one in 2002, and it's one of his favorite Japanese aircraft. But "no matter how many times I paint it, I can't get it right," he says. The viewer may beg to differ. Not only are the colors in this rendition beautiful, the plane's minimalist, clean lines are well shown, too. "In the end, I don't think the Japanese were able to use it to its full potential," he muses.
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).