Tricorder update #16 – Greg Jein

(This short commemorative piece was first emailed on June 30 2022 to fans who had registered an interest in finding out more about our Tricorder.)

Like all Star Trek fans we were greatly saddened to hear that Greg Jein had passed away.

Despite being a legendary model-maker with near-mythical experience working on Star Trek props and collaborating with some of the greatest film directors, Greg was a quiet and unassuming person who was modest in every respect. We first had the honour of working with him when we met in Burbank to scan his famous Original Series Phaser hero prop, so that we could make our own accurate replica. Greg arrived with a smile, casually producing the priceless prop from the trunk of his VW sedan, stored in a cardboard box, wrapped in kitchen paper. He was kind, helpful, and generous with his time – he instantly made a big impression on us, and we grew to become friends.

Chris and Greg Jein at San Diego Comic Con 2014, discussing the first prototype Phaser resulting from our scanning session earlier that year

We kept in touch with Christmas cards and met again over the following few years, first to scan his Communicator and then again most recently in November 2019 to laser scan his Tricorder prop. At the time, we had no idea how long the development of this complex product would take or that now, as we get close to going into production, Greg would never get to see the result of the invaluable help he gave us.

Greg sits calmly watching the 3D laser scanning of his Original Series Tricorder prop at the start of our journey to recreate this iconic piece.

It’s not often that you get to meet one of your heroes and spend so much quality time with them in a shared passion. Greg Jein was one of a kind and will be deeply missed.




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14 thoughts on “Tricorder update #16 – Greg Jein

  1. David Decherd

    This is very sad news, tempered by the fact that you guys still seem to be at it, after being dark so long. On the balance, a plus.

  2. Kris Wingert

    I was a friend to the late Mark Leonard, so I do know how you guys feel about Greg and it saddens me he has passed. His legend will live on with all of us.

    1. John Griffin

      I remember seeing Mark Leonard speak at a Star Trek convention in Oakland, California, I believe in 1976 when I was 12 years old. Good memories. How kind of him to participate in an event which I and so many other youngsters loved.

  3. Steven Rose

    So looking forward to the Wand version of the Tricorder. My only fear is that I’ll be paying for the Tricorder on the same day I’m paying for the DieCast TOMY Enterprise

  4. Mike L.

    A big loss to the entire Star Trek family. Pipe the sides, Plank Owner, going ashore. God Speed. Greg Jein, Fair Winds and Following Seas.

    1. Chris Barnardo Post author

      None right now, other than we are at the third round of engineering production samples and still ironing out some last minute mechanical issues and refining the UI function.

      1. Michael

        Hi Chris,
        Thank You for answering back

        I too have been anxiously waiting for the Tricorder
        I was hoping to get it / them for Christmas
        Please do update us when you can
        Michael F


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