|In the mid 1950s Revell made a significant shift in their design of plastic warship kits. When Revell started producing plastic warships, all of the kits shared a common feature, a flat bottom that was not based upon reality. Just look at the kits of the
New Jersey, Los Angeles, Midway, Radford and others and you’ll see what I mean. For a kid the flat bottom was good because they wouldn’t roll on the carpet. It was always bad when your flagship rolled belly up in the face of the other kid's enemy
fleet. This was especially important in the case of the Midway in order to prevent the air wing from sliding off the deck into the carpet if the ship rolled. However, in the mid-1950s Revell introduced their second generation model kits with a far more
accurate rounded bottom. One of the first second generation kits was the Revell model of the angled deck USS Essex in a box scale of 1:540. I still remember how impressed I was with the detail in that kit when I built it as a kid. I think that the Essex
was only produced originally and that subsequent releases were of sister ships of the class but I could be wrong. The air wing included in the box was the big difference among the various releases, two-thirds a century has elapsed but the Revell 1:540
scale angled deck Essex Class carrier is still produced from time to time and still is a favorite among modelers for construction of a moderately large angled deck Essex.