Here's a work that is quintessentially Koike, showing two of his trademarks at once: big, boxy biplanes, and high-contrast lighting effects. His work with color in this composition, both in the aircraft and in the clouds behind them is spectacular. The Heyford, a four-man bomber with a 1,590kg payload capacity, only had a short service life. It began equipping RAF squadrons in 1933, but was already starting to be replaced in 1937 as aviation moved into the monoplane era. The Heyford was the last biplane bomber in the RAF. Sadly, there are no surviving examples nor color photographs, so this beautiful painting serves not only as artwork, but as a valuable resource!
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).