For what it is worth, I offered to sacrifice my plane and to beat the shit out of this gear and my plane PRIOR to them labeling it "bush gear" I was declined and as a result many sets of gear were sold with many of the exact same results. Bent planes and pissed off pilots. I could start cranking our gear tomorrow and sell them as "bush gear" but I don't fly off manicured grass strips and I refuse to sell something I don't have 100% confidence in to put on my plane and really beat the crap out of it. Bush gear on a hangar queen tested on grass and improved strips is an oxymoron to the utmost degree. I truly hope you are not one of the guys that is soon posting pics of a gear failure and a bent up fuse. I know that I like to learn from others mistakes. I damn sure don't have the time nor money to make them all myself.
Your calcs show the total load. Do they take into account the bending moments and how those total forces are applied and to where? Did you actually look at the pics that Bob posted in his write up? Did you actually look at the bending of the tubes with MINIMAL force applied?
As I said before.. I would much rather trust the computer models than the real life pireps, pictures and heart aches that multiple pilots have endured. I would also not trust the bent gear I had to straighten or the testing I have done myself. I would not trust the other guys that have actually modeled it and pulled and prodded. To each their own. Please make sure that you grease every landing and please don't try any off airport work unless your insurance covers helicoptering out the bent up fuse from a remote strip.
If you are putting a turbine in your KF or Avid fuel burn is the least of your worries. You are doing it to be bad ass cool. That engine along with the Kool prop with Beta would be bad ass for playing around. Practical, no, cool, yes.
If you have enough pitch to be able to keep the RPM and EGT in check then I don't see why it wont work. I love my IVO, runs very smooth but with the talk about the kool prop I am close to pulling the trigger on that one. I have heard from multiple people that the warp pulls harder than the IVO but the IVO runs smoother. At this point I want the most pull I can get.
be careful where looking at these and make sure the network is supported in your area. A lot of the really cheap ones are NOS that use a 2g network and most cell companies no longer support! For around 100.00 you can get a newer one that uses 4G or LTE networks.
I am sure you have read this thread. Seeing the report and pictures he wrote up really helps to visualize what I am referring to. Its not just the loads on the fuse, but the way the bending loads are applied to the gear legs that cause the failures. Many of the reports come from guys who did not have a very hard landing at all and bent the gear or the fuse. The gear currently on my plane was from one such fellow. My quick fix was the different springs that wont go metal to metal so quick. The real fix is to incorporate Bob's findings into the new gear as well as a few other tweaks I have done after running it through the engineers here and having them run the load calcs and bending moments etc.
Looks like you an I have the same panel. That is pretty heavy with nothing in it. I got a fiberglass panel for mine but have not made the swap yet. I agree on pulling a lot of the instruments. With the flight apps available on the phone and other light weight devices I want to strip mine down. I bet I can pull 10# of useless crap off the panel.