I feel like I'm about to embarrass myself with this question, but....is this a Romulan tricorder, and not a Starfleet one? It looks similar, but different. I couldn't find any reference to a Romulan tricorder that showed or talked about this in any depth, though. What am I missing?
It originally appeared as Vash's tricorder in "Captain's Holiday." I like to think of it as a Daystrom Institute Archological Scanner.
It's interesting how close in shape it is to an open Starfleet model. I suppose that was intentional.
I'd love to know the overall dimensions so I could take a stab at making one.
Looks like a digital multi meter to me. My father had one similar to that,except his didn't have the raised display area at the top. But it did have the same arrangement of push buttons on the side.
HMS Mike stated in a thread over on TPZ that this tricorder was all scratch built from sheet styrene, and that there was only one made.
(from Star Trek Fact Files)
Also used in 7x08, "Attached":
I think I've seen something like that on Etsy. They called it a "civilian tricorder."
Just noticed there is another good shot of the face in Captain's Holiday around 25:43