Why is a model of the dreadnought class Starship in Star Trek Into Darkness in plain view. I thought it was supposed to be a classified project?

In the below scene it is in clear view on the Admiral Alexander Marcus's desk.

dreadnought class Starship

In memory-alpha.wikia , USS Vengeance it even states this, but there is not an explanation?

  • Without an indication of scale, it could just be a large model of a smaller ship. – Valorum May 7 '16 at 8:10
  • Indeed, it is clear that the Phoenix and Kelvin models are not on the same scale. – Politank-Z May 7 '16 at 8:21
  • @Politank-Z, are not the other two models NX-class Enterprise and the USS Kelvin? Still, all evidence points to that being the USS Vengeance. – KyloRen May 7 '16 at 8:26
  • @Richard, see my above comment. Cheers. – KyloRen May 7 '16 at 8:28
  • On the Memory Alpha page you link to, an out-of-universe explanation is given in that Roberto Orci said it was a mistake that he would have prevented, had he been on set when the scene was filmed. – O. R. Mapper May 7 '16 at 10:00
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This was addressed by the film's writer, Bob Orci. The short answer was that it was (out-of-universe) a production goof and (in-universe) justified by making the model an experimental design, itself based on a pre-existing non-military design which wouldn't have seemed out of place on the desk of a Starfleet Admiral tasked with overseeing ship construction.

Q. One thing I didn’t get, and maybe Bob can shine light on this, why did Marcus have a model of his secret ship on display in his office? Not very subtle...

Bob Orci: Agree that was a mistake — shoulda been on set that day!
However, one could argue that a pre-existing design was recommissioned and altered to be a weapon of war.

TrekMovie.com - Into Darkness Second Week + Polls

  • Nice find , up vote for that one!!! – KyloRen Sep 26 '16 at 23:32

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