my problem is this, I have made a 3 d model of a piece with many different pieces that are suspended in air (they are not all connected together) however they do move together when you rotate them.
let us pretend it is 2 ladders with a board in between them, but the board is not touching the ladders, when you rotate the image they all rotate together. so far so good
but as you go to rotate them to get a particular view, the program rotates the image basically on 1 leg on the ladder and does NOT allow you to get to the view you want (basically 45 degrees of rotation on the face and a 22.5 degree rotation down) or more of a top side view or a bottom up side view
now if you go to use the rotate tool; because they are different pieces that are not touching; it makes a mess of it, by rotating 1 piece which ends up in another piece which can not be rotated into the proper plane on another etc. etc.
you can not component the whole thing as it picks up only 1 piece at a time
if you move the axis to anywhere on the model or even away from the model you can not get the model to rotate to the position you want as somehow the rotation is still oriented around the leg of the ladder. which is where it was to begin with.
I can not find any videos on this, as it shows how to basically rotate a box but nothing complex
if anyone could help that would be great