Developed in the mid 1930s, the Do 18 was, if nothing else, a very interestingly-shaped aircraft. The sponsons on the lower side of the fuselage were to stabilize the plane while on the water, and also made a perfect location for the wing struts. While not a well-known type, it was a workhorse of trans-Atlantic mail runs between Africa and Brazil in the mid to late 1930s, usually launching with the aid of catapult-equipped ships. Koike's illustration shows "D-ARUN Zephir", one of the type's first civilian examples. The Do 18 entered Luftwaffe service in WWII as well, but was outdated at that point, and has the distinction of being the first German aircraft type downed by the British.
This print is reproduced on heavy art board just like the original, and sized identical 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 17.83), giving you the freedom to have it framed as you would like. Each print is packed in a special sleeve inside a sturdy cardboard shipping box designed especially to prevent bending during international shipping (NOTE: These prints cannot be combined with other items for shipping, except for additional art prints; they will be shipped separately in their special packaging, even if ordered together with other items).
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