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I'm just about ready to link all my objects together, but one thing I can do just to protect myself from accident is to lock some of the transforms. I can do that from the Hierarchy panel, select an object, go to the Hierarchy panel and choose Link Info, and here you will see Locks. For example, I'm not going to be moving this object and I'm not going to be scaling it at all, I can turn on the Locks for Position X, Y, and Z and Scale X, Y, and Z. For rotations, I'm really only going to rotate this one in one direction.
I'll choose the Rotate tool so I can figure out which direction I need. Looks like it's the X axis that I'll be rotating in. I'll lock the Y axis and the Z axis, and now if I try to rotate it in any direction, I can really only rotate in X. Even if I click on Y or Z, it's still going to turn in X, and that's in Gimbal mode. If I switch over to Local mode, you can see actually that the other axes are currently grayed out. That's optional.
However, I do prefer to work in Gimbal mode. Before you link all your objects together I do recommend that you check in on all of these things. You want to check in on the rotation order, the pivot point position, and orientation, and optionally lock some of the transforms so that you don't get into trouble later.
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