I flew my new-to-me 50cc Slipstream SBach 342 for the first time yesterday. An amazing flight with a greased full stop landing and takeoff and a greased touch and go. The final landing did not go so well, though.
It was a hard landing. I don't know if I caught a hole in the grass runway but the port side wheel pant broke and wedged against the port side wheel, resulting in a sudden stop, a nose-over and damage to the main gear mount. Amazingly, the prop did not break, though the main gear did twist.
A similar accident has occurred in the airplane's past and has been repaired - I've emailed the previous owner for any information he might have. And after remounting the gear I can move the mount back to its original position with a fair degree of carefully applied force but it reverts to the damaged position when the force is removed.
Here are some photos of the damage (I stripped away some covering for a better look). Advice on the repair would be appreciated.
Bent gear and split covering
Port leading edge
Port leading edge exposed
Port side - note that filler along trailing edge of mount is undisturbed