Thanks Mike. I actually don't want the stroke per se, I want the width of the stroke to remain. When I follow your help the stroke is indeed removed, but not the width of the stroke (see image below). If I could recreate the segments without the stroke but with the space between them I would, but I couldn't think of a precise way to do this. My thanks
Ah, I see how you drew it.
I would make a copy of your design. Remove the stroke. Draw a straight line the size of the gap you want. You'll loose the color difference (the blue) but I would make a compund path of the shutters. Position a copy of the line over a joint. Use the pathfinder to slice a piece between two of the shutters. Make another line copy, position, rinse and repeat.
While my copy of your design began as a trace, you are welcome to it if it helps.
Take care, Mike
Thanks Mike, that is indeed what I was aiming for. I very much appreciate your assistance.
To get the shapes inside the outer stroke as seen to the left in post #2, you may just:
1) Select everything and Object>Expand (Fill&Stroke),
2)Pathfinder>Divide and Ungroup,
3) Select one of the former strokes, Select>Same>Fill Color and delete.
Thanks Jacob. I can see there is more than one way to skin a cat. I appreciate your input also.