1961 “ Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4)
Revell, Inc., 24-cards, USA

  • Series Title: Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight
  • American Card Catalog Number: UM26-4
  • Issued by: Revell, Inc.
  • Packaged With: Revell “Famous Aircraft Series” of Model Airplane Kits
  • Country: USA
  • Number of Cards: 24
  • Card Numbering: 1 to 24
  • Type of Card: Model kit insert card as part of 2-card panel
  • Card Dimensions (nominal measured): 3.93 × 2.51 inches (99.7 × 63.7 mm)
  • Circa: 1961
  • Checklist: Download Checklist

Overview [1,2,3,4,6]

Revell is the brand name today of two famous manufacturers of scale plastic models. The original American company eventually merged with Monogram, but now trades only under the Revell name. In 2007, American Revell was purchased by Hobbico. European Revell Germany separated from the American company in 2006 until Hobbico purchased it, thus bringing the two back together again under the same company umbrella.

When collecting these series of U.S. Navy aircraft and warship cards, it is best to first understand the origin of the cards' artwork. During the 1950s, the plastic model kit builder Revell, Inc., Venice, California, issued numerous aircraft and warship plastic model kits. Since the steel die-molds for the manufacture of the plastic kits were still good, several of these kits were later repackaged with new artwork on the box top covers and the supporting kit decals, instructions, etc. updated.

During the early 1960s, Revell issued three series of U.S. Military Aircraft and Warship model kits that contained “Historic Collectors' Cards” The first of these series was in 1960 and was titled “Historic Collectors' Cards — 50th Anniversary of Naval Flight” (UM26-6). This series was based on Revell's 1960 “Famous Artist Series” of plastic molded model U.S. Navy aircraft and warship kits and focused on U.S. Naval air power. Included with each plastic model kit, was a 2-fold panel insert, which included two side-by-side collector cards. There were a total of 24 cards in this series plus one error card (#19 U.S.S. Saratoga). The series included fourteen U.S. Navy aircraft cards, and ten U.S. Navy warships cards. However, Revell ran into a problem with this initial series since the model kit boxes included the individual artist's signatures. Production of the “Famous Artist Series” lasted only one year because the Artist Guild sued Revell which resulted in the termination of the series.

Revell quickly turned lemons into lemonade by quickly changing the series name to “Famous Aircraft Series” and reissued the “new” set in 1961. The same box top artwork used in the 1960 set was used, however the artist's names were removed. Like the initial series, the new series included 24 collector cards. The new series of cards were titled the “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4). The #19 U.S.S. Saratoga error card was corrected and the set contained the same 24 cards and checklist that comprised the initial (UM26-6) set. The backs of the cards were also the same except for the series title which was changed from “50th Anniversary of Naval Flight” to “Development of Naval Flight”. As with the initial (UM26-6) series, each plastic model kit included a 2-fold panel insert, which included two side-by-side collector cards. However, the format of the 2-fold panel inserts were changed which resulted in a slight change in the aspect ratio of the individual collector cards. The change in the card's aspect ratio resulted in a slight change in the card's dimensions, and minor cropping of the descriptive text area.

As mentioned earlier, the were three series of “Historic Collectors' Cards”. The third set was also issued in 1961 and was titled “Historic Collectors' Cards — The Air Power Series” (UM26-5) and featured twelve USAF aircraft cards. Again, the cards were issued as 2-fold 2-card panels included in Revell's “Air Power Series” of USAF model aircraft kits.

1961 “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4) Overview [5]

As noted above, Revell's “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4) series of 24 airplane cards that replaced Revell's “50th Anniversary of Naval Flight” (UM26-6) series. The artwork on the fronts of the cards were exactly the same as the “Historic Collectors' Cards — 50th Anniversary of Naval Flight” (UM26-6) series. The backs of the cards were approximately the same as the initial card series. The phrase “Development of Naval Flight” in the UM26-4 second series replaced the phrase “50th Anniversary of Naval Flight” in the initial (UM26-6) series. Minor differences include a slight change in the card dimensions, and minor cropping of the descriptive text area. Everything else was the same except for the format used in the two-card folder panels that the cards were torn from.

The following reference images shows the fronts and backs of a typical 1961 “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4) card and 2-fold/2-card panel. Click on the images to reveal full-size computer enhanced 600-dpi images of the card.

1961 Revell, Inc. “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4) Image-Guide [5]

The following 1961 “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4) 24-card set by Revell, Inc., USA, Image-Guide shows computer enhanced images of the fronts and backs of all of the individual 24 cards plus the twelve 2-fold/2-card panels. Behind each thumbnail image is a 600-dpi computer enhanced image that you may access. In addition, directly beneath the Image Guide, in tabular form, are links to the original scans used for the images.

Individual Cards (24)

1961 “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight”
Revell Inc., Venice, California — 24-Cards

2-Fold/2-Card Panels (12)

1961 “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight (UM26-4)”
Revell Inc., Venice, California — Twelve 2-Fold/2-Card Panels

1961 “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4) Checklist [5]

We have provided two versions of the 1961 “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4) 24-card set issued by Revell, Inc., USA. An 8½ × 11 inch PDF version, and the web version shown below. Click on the PDF graphic below to access the PDF version.

1961 “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4)
Revell, Inc., 24-Cards, USA
xCard Title
Individual Cards
1U.S.S. Essex
2U.S.S. Midway CVB 41
3Douglas AD-6 Skyraider
4North American A3J-1 Vigilante
5U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt
6U.S.S. Forrestal
7Martin Seamaster P6M-1
8Convair Tradewind R3Y-2
9Douglas A3D Skywarrior
10Martin PBM-5 Mariner
11Douglas A4D Skyhawk with Bullpup Missiles
12Lockheed WV-2 Radome
13Chance Vought F8U-2N Crusader
14Grumman F9F-8 Cougar
15Grumman F11F-1 Tiger
16Chance Vought F7U-3 Cutlass
17Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune
18Helicopter Sikorsky HO4S-1
19U.S.S. Saratoga
20U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard
21U.S.S. Canberra
22U.S.S. Coral Sea
23U.S.S. Ranger
24U.S.S. Long Beach
2-Fold/2-Card Panels
1 & 12U.S.S. Essex & Lockheed WV-2 Radome
2 & 10U.S.S. Midway CVB 41 & Martin PBM-5 Mariner
3 & 8Douglas AD-6 Skyraider & Convair Tradewind R3Y-1
4 & 11North American A3J-1 Vigilante & Douglas A4D Skyhawk with Bullpup Missiles
5 & 7U.S.S. Franklin D. Roosevelt & Martin Seamaster P6M-1
6 & 9U.S.S. Forrestal & Douglas A3D Skywarrior
13 & 20Chance Vought F8U-2N Crusader & U.S.S. Bon Homme Richard
14 & 22Grumman F9F-8 Cougar & U.S.S. Coral Sea
15 & 23Grumman F11F-1 Tiger & U.S.S. Ranger
16 & 19Chance Vought F7U-3 Cutlass & U.S.S. Saratoga
17 & 21Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune & U.S.S. Canberra
18 & 24Helicopter Sikorsky HO4S-1 & U.S.S. Long Beach

Original 1961 “Famous Aircraft Series ” Box Top Artwork [6,7]

The boxart from the following Revell model U.S.N. Aircraft and U.S.N. Warship plastic model kits was used as a basis for the artwork contained on the (UM26-4) “Historic Collectors' Series — Development of Naval Flight” series of 24-cards. The UM26-6 series contains a mix of 14 USN Aircraft cards and 10 USN Warship cards. Below, we have show an original Revell “Famous Artist Series” unwrapped model airplane kit box. We would like to thank Jean Aker from The Boxart Den for supplying us with restored boxart images that were used for Revell's “Development of Naval Flight” (UM26-4) series of trade cards.


John Shupek — John is retired Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineer that lives in Southern California. John's 36 year aerospace career/adventure started in the mid-1960s when he worked for Pratt & Whitney at their “FRDC” … Florida Research and Development Center, West Palm Beach, Florida. John was part of the P&W jet engine design team for the CIA/USAF's Lockheed A-12/SR-71A “Oxcart/Blackbird” engines (J58/JT11D-20). He also worked on the RL-10 rocket engine and the JTF-17A which was P&W's entry into the United States' SST competition between Boeing and Lockheed. Several years later, John moved back to California and worked at the AiResearch Mfg. Company at LAX and Torrance. He originally worked on the thermal design of the HRE (Hypersonic Ramjet Engine) which was a supersonic combustion Mach 7 ramjet engine that was to be tested on the North American X-15. John did about three more years of jet engine design work before he disappeared for 13 years into the classified DOE “GCEP” (Gas Centrifuge Enrichment Plant) Atomic Energy program for the enrichment of U235. After the GCEP program was cancelled by the DOE in 1985, John was hired by Northrop Aircraft to do the thermal design for Northrop's entry into the ATF (Advanced Tactical Fighter) competition, the Northrop YF-23A “Black Widow II” stealth supercruise fighter. He also worked on the Northrop Grumman B-2A “Spirit” stealth bomber. After several years on a classified stealth missile program, John worked the remainder of his Aerospace career as one of Northrop Grumman's Program Directors on the United States Navy's F/A-18E/F “Super Hornet” jet fighter program.

During John's career at Northrop Grumman he served for five years as Northrop's “Vintage Aircraft Club” Commissioner and the Curator and Webmaster for the Western Museum of Flight in Hawthorne, California. Several years later, John was the volunteer webmaster (for about 3 years) for the Yanks Air Museum, Chino, California. He also served as President and webmaster for two different NPO's after his retirement. The Whittier Historical Society & Museum and Whittier Meals on Wheels.

John's love of aviation history and aviation photography lead to the establishment of this website in 1998. The site has continued to expand and will always grow and will never be completed. It's sort of analogous to a snowball rolling down a hill without any trees to stop it. In approximately 2002, John remembered that he had collected Topps “Wings” (ACC# R707-4) airplane trading cards while in High School. Somehow the cards had disappeared over the years. So at this point, he started to re-collect airplane trading cards via eBay and become an airplane card “Image Collector” rather than a “Card Collector” per se. After John scans an airplane card for the website, he has no further use for it and he puts it back into circulation via eBay. John's mission statement for the is basically to restore and preserve high-quality card images/artwork associated with the various airplane card sets from the early 1900s to the present. These cards are wonderful historical “snapshots” into aviation history showing which aviation events and aircraft were important at that point in time. For the website, basically if it is a trading card collection that features things that fly, but doesn't have feathers, it eligible for the consideration on the website. John always welcome inputs and high resolution scans (600-dpi) that can be used on this website. John can be reached via the “Contact Us” navigation button on the left.

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Jean F. Aker — Jean was a Cyber Security Officer and retired after 32 years in Federal and military Service. After high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army and trained as an Air Traffic Controller at Keesler AFB, MS. After graduation and ATC certification from the FAA, he received specialized training at Ft Rucker, AL. He completed a tour of duty in Viet Nam in 1968 and went into the Army Reserves until 1973. While attending college he was selected for a position as a Physical Sciences Technician with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Center for Experiment Design and Analysis (CEDDA) in Washington, DC. He worked on several environmental and earth sciences experiments. One of which discovered the primary source for hurricanes. In 1975, he took a position with NOAA's National Ocean Survey and spent several years converting the original hand drawn nautical maps into digital format and helping to develop the computer system to process them. In 1976, he joined the D.C. Air National Guard and renewed his FAA ATC certification. In 1981, he took a position as a Meteorology Technician at the U.S. Weather Service station in Cape Hatteras, NC and left the DCANG. After several years in Hatteras he was offered a position working for a private company that was trying to improve the computer systems employed by the Weather Service. During this period the company was approached by John McAfee for help in developing the documentation for his first anti-virus software. Jean was the lead writer for this effort and worked directly with McAfee.

After a couple of years he then joined the company that invented satellite distribution of weather data, Satellite Information and Services Corp. (SISCORP). During this time he collected and wrote the first comprehensive catalog of all weather data available, worldwide. This caught the attention of designer/pilot Dick Rutan, and SISCORP was asked to provide real-time weather data for his flight around the world with Jeanne Yeager in the Voyager aircraft in 1986. Shortly afterwards SISCORP was absorbed by Contel ASC. Jean was offered a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs in their IT department. He remained there for 22 years. During his tenure at VA he finished his BS degree at the University of Maryland University College, and in 2000, he was sworn in as a Cyber Security Officer after completing a rigorous training program.

Jean is a life-long modeler and has spent many years working in the retail hobby business. He was one of the early members of the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS).

Jean is currently one of the website managers for The Boxart Den website. This group prides itself in having the largest collection of restored model kit boxart ever assembled. A self trained computer graphics artist, he does restorations and enjoys producing model related images of what the manufacturers missed!

In retirement, Jean is very active with several computer projects and the Izaak Walton League of America. He enjoys building computers, riding motorcycles and training new shooters in firearms safety and use.


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  3. Wikipedia. Revell
  4. Watson, James C., M.D. “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight.” Non-Sports Bible (NSB). Vol. I. Chelsea, MI: Sheridan, 2007. 390. Print.
  5. Shupek, John A. “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight (UM26-4) (Revell, Inc.).” The Skytamer Archive (600-dpi Image Scans). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2014. Digital Image Database.
  6. Shupek, John A. “Historic Collectors' Cards — Development of Naval Flight (UM26-4) (Revell, Inc.).” The Skytamer Archive (Reconstructed and Restored Box Top Images). Skytamer Images, Whittier, CA, 2014. Digital Image Database.
  7. Aker, Jean “Re: Revell Box Art.” Messages to Skytamer Images. 19 January 2015 to 14 February 2015. Multiple E-mails.

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