While the Beaufighter performed many different jobs in service, it was the "Torbeau," or torpedo fighter Mk.X version of the plane that became its defining role. Armed with torpedoes and 60lb. rockets, as seen in this rare, in-action depiction by Koike, the Torbeau was devastating against shipping in both the Pacific theater and Mediterranean. Koike's painting -- once again a pose that shows off the aircraft's inner beauty to maximum effect -- manages to give us a crazy color (purple water?) that somehow works brilliantly to keep what he insists on calling an "illustration" firmly within the realm of fine art.
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).