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Devcon127/03/2013 20:46:45
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Hi All,

No vested interest but would just iike to say what a pleasure it was to buy from him (sorry but forgot to ask his name).

Just got a twin glo on board driver and I just know if ever I have a problem help will be at hand at the end of a phone.

Kind Regards


Codename-John27/03/2013 21:03:47
1087 forum posts
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I`ve used them before for an onboard glow driver, and Ill be buying a sequencer from them too shortly for the gear doors on my mustang, nothing but praise for them

RichB30/08/2014 14:29:40
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I just found out that SM Services have ceased trading due to retirement. I am very sorry to hear this as I've had quite a few of their products in the past and had no problems until now!

The power pack for my Battery Master, which I must have used regularly for at least 20 years, gave up the ghost last night. I went on the website to find that I was 24 hours too late and they'd just closed. sad

Paul Marsh30/08/2014 14:58:47
3784 forum posts
1088 photos

I was looking for them at the shows - no show. Wanted a couple of glo drivers, which they sold. Nothing really around, apart from the Sonic tronics ones and South Herts Models.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator30/08/2014 16:33:13
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Yes, I heard this at the Nats. I wish them all best in retirement - but they will be sorely missed. A range of great little electronic "gadgets" that did exactly what it said on the tin, good price and great service. Well done to them.

What we need now is someone else to step up to the plate to help us "terminally hard of electronicing" modellers! smile o


Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 30/08/2014 16:33:58

Dylan Reynolds LaserCraft Services30/08/2014 16:40:46
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hmmmm.....a gap in the market?

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator30/08/2014 17:12:45
15748 forum posts
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Very much so if you have the electronics know-how I would have thought Dylan. It won't make anyone a millionaire, but I'd guess that there is a nice steady income to made.


Percy Verance31/08/2014 09:20:45
8108 forum posts
155 photos

There is still Mainlink Systems, or have they gone too? I've been using their stuff for 20 odd years, never a problem. Mike Ridley produces some bits and bobs, although I'm not sure if he does such things as sequencers etc. Luckily, my radio will do that sort of thing should I ever need it.

I've had an SM Services glow switch for years, and it's been brilliant. Shame they're no more.


Edited By Percy Verance on 31/08/2014 09:22:52

Paul Marsh31/08/2014 10:24:11
3784 forum posts
1088 photos

Probably the main reason for retiring is trying to keep up with the market. I've seen Mainlink systems chargers, but they are £160 for a dual mains/12v chargers, but they don't even do Lipos - just Nicads and Nimh. You can get a charger for £30 which does that and more.

Also SM's other products came obsolete when 2.4 came out, such as their boxes for large models, although the battery backer is useful. Most people now gone to Powerbox which is more modern.

Even though, the glow drivers was basic, but it worked, you can hear the relay clicking inside!

Edited By Paul Marsh on 31/08/2014 10:24:34

Percy Verance31/08/2014 11:26:59
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Yes Paul, not having LiPo capability certainly is an issue for Mainlink, but I suspect they're not even trying to compete with all those fancy chargers from the Far East anymore. And you're right, the advent of 2.4ghz must have curtailed SM Services sales of some items. They had virtually all the market before the competition arrived though.

We have a Mainlink Delta 6 charger as a "club" charger, and it's certainly a useful bit of kit in that 6 receiver batteries, or a mix of transmitter and receiver batteries of any voltage/capacity can be charged simultaneously.


Edited By Percy Verance on 31/08/2014 11:28:35

JACK01/09/2014 12:24:48
72 forum posts

all,just found out that terry from sm services has retired,does anyone have one or more of thier large model unit s for sale??

Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 01/09/2014 12:43:17

Colin Anderson02/01/2017 18:01:02
278 forum posts
48 photos

I know this is an old post, but this seems to be the best place to ask. My question is most out of curiosity. I've recently acquired an SM Services onboard fail safe. Does it do what I think it does and how did one use it? I'm guessing that it is old technology and that modern TX/RXs have got this feature covered.

Cuban802/01/2017 18:50:47
2824 forum posts
1 photos
Not used that particular device myself, but they usually have an adjusting pot and reversing switch to allow you set the throttle servo operation correctly on loss of RX signal(unit plugs between rx and throttle servo). If you have a modern radio, Its failsafe will be a tad more sophisticated, so using the old kit is of no real advantage.

Edited By Cuban8 on 02/01/2017 18:53:12

Colin Anderson02/01/2017 18:56:51
278 forum posts
48 photos

Thanks, Cuban8. I was just curious. 😊

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