I read your post and my comments to follow are not because I have a working relationship with Anovos but rather because I have made replicas, I collect them and I consider myself to be an OCD worst nightmare for anyone building something I am likely to acquire.
Granted I’ve only seen the pictures Anovos and owners have published as well as the ones CBS made available of the actual set props. To me, the replica Anovos released is close enough to be used in an episode and the viewing audience would be none the wiser.
Given these were hand made, like the originals and had to be approved by CBS, I’d venture a guess they (at least the ones presented to CBS) met the standards outlined in the contract. This might very well have included stipulations that forced the replica to deviate from the originals, for good reason. It might have required changes for safety or simply was required to meet a profit margin which on a $500 hand made replica produced domestically had to be a challenge.
Paint issues are a whole other matter and should be addressed but the triangle missing the gold, lower handle circles and the screw, the power window and the gold tabs could conceivably be done on purpose.
Let me ask you, do you think you could find a licensed prop that meets all of your expectations for less money? What about unlicensed? How much less if at all? I’m guessing not at all but maybe someone out there would do all that work for $450. Not me, that’s for sure.
When was the last time…no, strike that, when was any other time you had access to a licensed prop while the show was still filming and being aired???