Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &
Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein &

Final Defense of 357 - Ki-61 Hein 'Tony'


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"Final Defense of 357" by Artist Craig Tinder

This Fine Art Print by Artist Craig Tinder depicts the Captain Teruhiko Kobayashi of the 244th Sentai in his desparate ramming attack against U.S. B-29 Superfortress bombers. This Limited Edition Canvas Print includes a fragment from a Kawasaki Ki-61-IB Hein engine canister and includes an engraved Certificate of Authenticity. 

Choose from 4 Different Types of Prints:

  • A) Canvas WITH RELIC - 18" x 12" (45.7 cm x 30.5 cm) - ONLY 30 Prints
  • *Add a wood Frame to the 18" x 12" Canvas WITH RELIC ($80 value!)
  • B) Framed Canvas WITH RELIC - 30" x 20" (76.2 cm x 45.7 cm) - ONLY 20 Prints
  • C) Paper Print - 18" x 12" (45.7 cm x 30.5 cm) - Relic Not Included
  • D) Paper Print - 24" x 16" (60.9 cm x 40.6 cm) - Relic Not Included

Canvas WITH RELIC (Option A):

Medium 18" x 12" (45.7 cm x 30.5 cm) gallery-wrapped canvas print (unframed) comes ready-to-hang and includes an embedded fragment from a Ki-61 Hein mounted on a beautifully engraved metallic data plate which outlines the details of the print and relic for all viewers to study. As an added touch, each canvas art piece is hand-signed by artist Craig Tinder and includes a metallic, Certificate of Authenticity for added provenance and collectibility.

*Prefer a solid wood frame with your 18" x 12" Canvas with Relic? You can now add one and save ($80 value)!

Framed Canvas WITH RELIC (Option B):

Large 30" x 20" (76.2 cm x 45.7 cm) gallery-wrapped canvas print comes ready-to-hang with a solid, 2" Black stained wood frame and includes an embedded fragment from a Ki-61 Hein mounted on a beautifully engraved metallic data plate which outlines the details of the print and relic for all viewers to study. As an added touch, each canvas art piece is hand-signed by artist Craig Tinder and includes a metallic, Certificate of Authenticity for added provenance and collectibility.

Each Limited Edition Framed Canvas Print is signed and hand-crafted by Artist Craig Tinder using the highest quality materials and archival techniques. Each piece of artwork is created on-demand and typically takes 1-2 weeks for delivery.  

Details About the RELIC:

This specific Kawasaki Ha40 Engine Canister was retreived in 1989 from Ki-61 "Tony" (No. 704) at Babo Island Airstrip, Irian Jaya, New Guinea. Babo Airstrip was used by the Royal Australian Air Force until they evacuated in January, 1942. Used extensively by both the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force and Imperial Japanese Navy, Babo became a major expansion base in the Pacific theater. By 1943, Babo became an Allied target and was attacked nearly 65 times until all Japanese forces on the island were neutralized. Many Japanese aircraft were strafed on the ground or crashed in the nearby jungle.

This original engine filter may have been strafed as it includes a single bullet hole through the center and the device retains most of it's original black paint with no signs of ensuing fire damage. This item has never been in collector's circulation and is an extremely rare artifact from the South Pacific conflict. Tony '704' was recovered in 1991 and is currently awaing restoration. 

Fine Art Paper Print (Options C & D) - Relic Not Included:

Each Fine Art Print is printed on archival presentation-quality, 260 GSM / 10 Mil, photographic paper created using the highest quality inks and archival techniques. Photographs do not do this paper substrate justice as it practically "glows" on the wall. Note: Relic is not included with Fine Art Paper Prints.

The Story Behind the Print:

27 January 1945 - Captain Teruhiko Kobayashi of the 244th Sentai, prepares for an attack on the B-29 Superfortresses of the 497th Bombardment Group, 73rd Bomb Wing. The 497th had attempted to attack Target 357 (aircraft engine factories) numerous times with little impact. On this day, Kobayashi dived down with his wingman and attacked the B-29 "Irish Lassie" (42-65246) by crashing his Ki-61 Hein (Tony) into the bomber's wing. Awaking after a brief period of unconsciousness, Kobayashi parachuted to safety. Although claimed as a kill by the Japanese that day, "Irish Lassie" safely delivered her crew back to base and broke in two upon landing. 

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"Dear Craig, I have received a copy of your magnificent print of a F4U in U.S.S. Bunker Hill (CV-17) colors. It is truly marvelous and will soon find a place in my WAR ROOM in my home!! Best wishes to you and yours and I do hope that I can meet with you soon. ~ Semper Fi,"

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"I just wanted to thank you again for the INCREDIBLE work you did.

Many, many tears were shed Christmas morning when my dad and uncles opened the canvas prints and the plaques. They were absolutely blown away and said it was the best gift they have ever received.

I can’t thank you enough for giving my family a piece of our history and giving us a piece of my Pops back. I truly have no words, but rather a heart full of gratitude. 

Thank you so much again!"

Maria D.

Palm Beach, FL

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"I collect a fair amount of military artwork rendered in all types of mediums, and so I also end up seeing a wide range of quality as well. Much of what is out there is rather mediocre. But every once in a while, as in your case, a true gem of an artist comes along. In my personal experience, both as a collector of military-themed artwork, and as a long-time student of much of the technology of warfare, your aircraft prints are among the very best I have had the good fortune to acquire. Above all, they are simply fascinating and enjoyable to just look at."

John O.

Las Vegas, NV

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"The custom plaques arrived yesterday, not only was the process much faster then I thought it would be, but the plaques look absolutely great! I really love them and I'm sure the rest of my siblings will love them too. Thanks for doing such great work, the plaques will be cherished and appreciated for many years to come.On a slightly different note, I ordered a print of my dad's plane, it should arrive tomorrow, I look forward to seeing it too and am sure it will be every bit as fantastic as the plaques are,

I plan to check out more of your work, maybe there will be other prints I will want as well.

Thanks again for all you have done and continue to do.

Tim L.

Concord, CA

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I have just received the print of the A6M Zero and I just had to write to tell you how impressed I am with it. I have, of course, left good feedback for you but the space for writing a feedback comment isn't big enough to say everything I want to say. I really was stunned by the quality of both the artwork and the printing. I feel as if I can run my fingers over the undulations on the aircraft's panels - the whole thing is so three-dimensional. The print quality is second to none and even the paper seems to glow! There aren't many times in life when you buy something for a very modest amount of money and then find yourself speechless with admiration when it arrives but this is one of those times. Although I am mainly a Zero enthusiast I strongly suspect I am soon to become very interested in your other subjects purely because of the quality.

Terry S.

St. Helens, U.K.

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"First,, you are a wonderful artist...
I purchased fifteen prints and it took a long time to find the right frames for them,,,,but now all 15 are hanging my house. They have always been something I have shown to friends..The detail is just incredible..
All of my prints are signed and I thank you for that...I love them all,,the 109,,190..F-4U., and the P-51
They are all beautiful....THANK YOU!!!!!"

Tim B.

New York, NY

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"I purchased several amazing prints from you at Warbirds Over the Beach this past weekend, and I wanted to make good on my promise to send you a picture of them once I got them displayed in my home!  I'm very, very happy with them and honestly can't stop looking at them!  I posted this and several other pictures to my Facebook page and gave your studio a tag, and several of my friends have already remarked on how much they like them as well! Thank you again for the opportunity to own and appreciate such unique works of art!"

John L.

Virginia Beach, VA

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"I recently purchased an original painting from Mr. Tinder to go in my living room, and, I have to say, the gradations and variations he plays with in his abstract art couldn't match my home better! The opposing colors--tones of red on the one side, tones of green on the other--and their gradual shifts in color that meet in the middle on the middle of the canvas suggest a certain harmony and, paradoxically, diversity. It's a great piece, and I'm proud to have it hanging in my home!"

Doug and Sara O.

Wichita, KS

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"As a lifelong WWII aviation enthusiast, I can tell you Craig Tinder's work is outstanding! I am very familiar with the aircraft, paint schemes, & aces of the time. Craig's attention to detail & accuracy is fantastic. The prints are beautiful with rich colors & subtle detail that almost jumps out at you from the paper. These prints will make a great addition to any home or office collection, as well as a great gift! I highly recommend them."

Keith R.

Titusville, FL