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For setting nails, the best way is to drill a hole of diameter such that the nail goes in but is tight.  Then just push it in.  If you're removing the nails after the glue sets (assuming planking), don't push it in all the way.

Mark
"The shipwright is slow, but the wood is patient." - me

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I find these pliers helpful when pushing in nails:

 

http://www.micromark.com/pin-insertion-plier,10735.html

I bought this a while back for my Pegasus, and couldn't recommend it highly enough.  It makes setting nails super easy.  I had one of the push tools (I think from Amati) that worked pretty nicely for my Badger build, but then it broke shortly thereafter.  I tried out the Excel one listed by the OP, but find the Xuron one linked above much better.

Mike

 

Current Wooden builds:  Amati/Victory Pegasus  MS Charles W. Morgan  Euromodel La Renommèe  

 

Plastic builds:    SB2U-1 Vindicator 1/48  Five Star Yaeyama 1/700  Pit Road Asashio and Akashi 1/700 diorama  Walrus 1/48 and Albatross 1/700  Special Hobby Buffalo 1/32  Eduard Sikorsky JRS-1 1/72  IJN Notoro 1/700  Akitsu Maru 1/700

 

Completed builds :  Caldercraft Brig Badger   Amati Hannah - Ship in Bottle  Pit Road Hatsuzakura 1/700   Hasegawa Shimakaze 1:350

F4B-4 and P-6E 1/72  Accurate Miniatures F3F-1/F3F-2 1/48  Tamiya F4F-4 Wildcat built as FM-1 1/48  Special Hobby Buffalo 1/48

Citroen 2CV 1/24 - Airfix and Tamiya  Entex Morgan 3-wheeler 1/16

 

Terminated build:  HMS Lyme (based on Corel Unicorn)  

 

On the shelf:  Euromodel Friedrich Wilhelm zu Pferde; Caldercraft Victory; too many plastic ship, plane and car kits

 

Future potential scratch builds:  HMS Lyme (from NMM plans); Le Gros Ventre (from Ancre monographs), Dutch ship from Ab Hoving book, HMS Sussex from McCardle book, Philadelphia gunboat (Smithsonian plans)

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