Nicola Cortese was born in Montreal, Canada in 1961 to Italian–Irish parents. He studied Creative Arts at college, and spent 15 years as a professional musician. He currently works in Kirkland Quebec as a technical writer for software programs. His hobbies include music, cinema, world history, and scale modelling. He began AFV modelling some four years ago and was instantly hooked: this is his first title for Osprey Publishing.