Tapering the flaps and ailerons on a constant chord wing??

Monty

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The ultralight foot launched sailplane thread inspired me to ask this question.

If you take a constant chord wing with one of the standard turbulent NACA sections and then add a slight taper to the flaps and ailerons, what is the effect on the wing lift distribution and other characteristics?

It strikes me as an ingenious way to give the tapered effect while keeping the construction of the wing relatively simple.
 
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