Don't forget their M-48 AVLB and their M-56. Which I dearly wish some 1/35 company would make a kit of the M-56.
I well remember the FDR which I got in ‘54 or ‘55 or whenever it first appeared. Loved the box art and remember it had Corsairs and I think Skyraiders. I think the planes were really good for that time. I painted the flight deck ten just like in the box art, which looked cool, but of course was wrong. Nevertheless the model was a favorite of mine.
One thing not mentioned in this string, for obvious reasons, were Revell’s military vehicles, realised in the mid 1950s, which were very good. Their M-4 Sherman tank, jeep with 37 mm gun, and 155 mm Long Tom, were all very accurate and IMO still hold up today.
The 1st Generation Revell kits were the flat bottom models of the early 1950s. The first battleship was USS New Jersey released around 1952, the first of the notorious box art/name change repops of the Iowa Class battleships, which swindled so many kids and have always been abysmal. The box art had a garish yellow sky and New Jersey alongside a pier. (One of those is on ebay right now for the staggering price of $219. Yikes! All you are paying for is the box, as the model itself is junk and is cheap as the Revell Iowa or Missouri. The ebay listing says it is a 1955 kit. That may be the second release of the kit, as I remember it being earlier. Other flat bottom 1st generation Revell kits were the FDR/Midway/Coral Sea (which I loved because of the long 5-inch galleries), Fletcher, Baltimore Class and others. I would say that the 2nd generation Revell kits originated around 1957 with their round bottom kits, which were definitely more realistic (a subjective evaluation) than the early flat bottom specials. This generation can be typified by the USS Essex CVA with angled deck. As a kid I preferred the FDR. The flat bottom made it far more stable than the round bottom Essex, which tended to roll, dumping the aircraft overboard. Additionally FDR could blast its way out of danger with its rows of guns. Anyway the magnificent Kearsarge, I would call 3rd generation. Their CSS Alabama was merely a gimcracked Kearsarge and I believe the Kearsarge was done with a later fit than the one she had when she sank the Alabama. Anyway that's my 4 cents worth of foggy memories from a geezer who was there at the paleolithic dawn of plastic model warships.