The Modeller’s Photographic Archive series is essentially an A4 landscape photo book format using the very best original wartime images from various private collections. The landscape format allows the publishers to reproduce images as much as 60cm across (24”) when on a double page spread, a huge increase compared to standard A4 portrait publications.
This latest Special Edition version is the first of two parts covering Me110 units in the Battle of Britain. This first volume covers ZG1, NG1, Reconnaissance Units, EprGr210 and ZG2. The author is leading Me110 expert John Vasco who has drawn the best images from his extensive photo archive to fill the books with large high-res images of this famous heavy fighter. There are over 20 full colour profiles in both parts, produced by Fernando Estanislau, which are undoubtedly the most accurate Me110 profiles ever published.
The stunning cover art is by world renowned digital artist Piotr Forkasiewicz.
Being a Special Edition this volume contains 112 Pages instead of the usual MPA format of 96 pages.
Part Two is also available.
John Vasco is 68, married with two children and two grandchildren. His research started in 1980 with work on the Luftwaffe fighter-bomber unit, Erprobungsgruppe 210, which was published in 1990 and has since gone to a second edition. This research led to his continuing interest in the Messerschmitt Bf 110 and he then worked with renowned researcher and author, Peter Cornwell, on a work covering the Messerschmitt Bf 110 units in 1940. Over the years, publishers have approached John to do specialist publications for them on the Messerschmitt Bf 110. The two-volume series for Red Kite will be his 10th and 11th books.
Aside from his Luftwaffe research work, John was a civil servant for over 32 years, ultimately retiring in a Management grade. Another long-running theme in John's life has been music, in particular, guitar, and he started gigging in the night clubs of Liverpool in 1969 while still at school. His particular claim to fame is that he played in the original Cavern Club, as well as many other venues that a certain famous Liverpool band played at. It must have got under his skin, as he is still gigging today, in a band he formed several years ago in Norwich.