Since I have been unable to locate any suggestions or roadmaps regarding radial symmetry I figured I would throw it out there.
The lathe tool is awesome for round objects, but it is not ideal for accomplishing something like the exhaust of a jet engine.
I have made several attempts at trying to figure out how to accomplish this type of effect with the lathe and perhaps with several hours of practice I will be able to get a decent result; the issue with the lathe tool is getting the spacing perfect and selecting the right size for the element so the last element does not overlap the first element. If anyone has any advice on how to accomplish this easily with the existing feature set I am all ears.
There should be a tool where you can define an arbitrary axis in space and set the number of elements. All actions done with any brush should be duplicated and transformed around that axis. It would also be extremely useful if this tool could be used in conjunction with the existing symmetry tool; say as an example you are modeling a left and right engine at the same time.