The factory is expecting to ship the first run prototype parts by month end.
It seems like the factory may have not used the latest CAD files by mistake for the previous prototyping round, on at least some of the parts like the top inner assembly and inner foam. To be safe I re-sent them all the latest STP files and they confirmed they will be working from those.
Yes alh a few months back I posted over 100 photos on reddit and we did get to accurate colors. Here's the most recent amalgamation of photos from a month ago: https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyb...h=82e325e5
It turns out that there was no Pantone or RAL color that was appropriate to match the original off white/beige so I rejected them all. What I ended up doing was letting them borrow an original F107 case and keep trying to mix the paint until the texture and color was a good match. Based on the samples I received, they did an excellent job and all of the original style cases finished production several months ago. The texture and color were difficult to get right and it took a few months to consult with their paint suppliers. Significant cost and time overruns.