This is so cool! I seriously needed it. I have been studying quantum physics/computers for a long time now as a hobby.
Over the summer, I developed a mental model for quantum physics that I believe makes it quite simple. Quantum physics researchers tend to be slightly hard to get in touch with if you aren't tied to the field in some way, so I haven't managed to get any scientific validation of the model.
That being said, it did provide me a model that kickstarted about a million new ideas. So even if not completely valid from a quantum physics standpoint, it did help me think about things differently. I would love to get your viewpoint on some of my ideas if you happen to get the chance.
This is a quick rundown of the model I use.