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How about carving a section out of the existing rudder, adding fixed cheekplates and having a pivoting drop section the same thickness as the rudder, properly aligned with the rudder itself? Rather than 'cut a slit' in the rudder, you just cut out the appropriate shape, reseal the new edges, then add the cheeks. Drill the cheeks for a pivot pin and fashion a rudder extension that fits between the cheeks.... the added thickness would allow you to do some shaping besides.
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