Originally Posted by davidmc36
Does anybody have experience with this elevator design?
Regardless of the obvious poor mating of the hardwood to balsa at the ends, I don't get a really warm and fuzzy feeling about a control horn on one side of the elevator joined in this manner. This appears to be as per plans.
Prefer your plan of tossing it and making a new elevator - that job looks like a failure waiting to happen.
My usual, which has never let me down, is a wire joiner let into the elevator halves with thin ply reinforcement top and bottom either side of the wire. I'll set it all up, drill some small holes through the balsa elevators either side of the wire, epoxy the wire into the elevators and then glue on the ply doublers, dripping glue through those holes I drilled. That way, the balsa elevators are reinforced some around the wire joiner and the ply doublers are also connected through the balsa.
Hope that helps