I have been using SketchUp for quite a long time (nearly 20 years) and until recently, I have been able to find workarounds and extensions for just about everything. My career has changed in the past couple of years and I am doing a lot more design work for plasma cut signs and such. I am currently working on one such project now, and I am nearly done, with the exception of placing some horseshoes around the edge of an ellipse. I need these to be evenly spaced and to remain the size and orientation relative to center of the source component. I have tried several different methods and plugins but nothing seems to be doing the job.
I start with the source horseshoe component positioned and oriented the correct way relative to center, and I keep ending up with something similar to this:
Unfortunately, I cannot post the .skp as it is for a client. However, the plugins I have attempted to use are a combination of Bezier Spline and Path Copy. I finally did get this to work the way I wanted it to by (of all things) creating a group of the horseshoes with the spacing that I wanted and using a combination of True Bend plugin and manual adjustment to wiggle them into place.