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South East Asian SMS (Model No. 3010-07)
Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 4:46 pm
For Mega Drive and Saturn Sega's region code for South East Asia was "07". For Mega Drive these were "PAL-B (VE)". These models were compatible with televisions in Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, and Indonesia. It's essentially the same spec. as New Zealand models.

In the SC-3000 service manual they list the specs. for the various different models, including a South East Asian model. They hadn't started using region codes by then.



Again, the same spec as New Zealand, the only difference being the channel numbering system, the actual frequencies were still the same. So probably the only difference between those models would have been the channel selection sticker for RF Out.

Here's a December 1987 Singaporean retailer newspaper advert featuring SMS.



And here's a September 1988 Malaysian newspaper letter stating that they had bought an SMS in Singapore in December 1987.



So we know it was sold in Singapore, although it's not possible to know if these were officially distributed, or just grey imports from Hong Kong or elsewhere. For Malaysia it just sounds like one shop unofficially importing them.

November 1989 and there are now distributor adverts in Singaporean newspapers.



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AUDIO & PHOTO DISTRIBUTOR (FE) PTE LTD


But searching the Singaporean internet, I've never come across one with a South East Asian region code.

Recently, however, I've finally come across several, not in Singapore, but in Indonesia.





And several other reference on Indonesian websites to this model, but without pictures. Including a rather disturbing one. In February 1990 the occupants of a house in Indonesia were brutally murdered and robbed. One of the items stolen was a Master System with the model number 3010-07. Two men were later found guilty, one of whom was executed in 1995. The other was still on death row many years later.

Unfortunately the pictures aren't clear enough to make out the serial, but we can see that it was made in Japan. The only known export models made in Japan were all manufactured in 1986. There were also some Japanese models made in Japan in 1987.

So it would seem that along with US, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, and Italy (still need to confirm 1986 serial for Italy), South East Asia may have also received the SMS in 1986.

In 1987 the PAL models were all manufactured in China. Unfortunately they only used region codes for the first 20-30,000 units, then for the rest of the units manufactured in 1987 (~200,000) they dropped the region codes. I've also seen these ones on Indonesian websites, along with the early style box with Hang On card included sticker.
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Wow at the detective work.
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Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 6:31 pm
I was always searching for the wrong model number ... It was only after collating serial and model numbers that I realised that some early PAL models were "3010-xx" instead of "3005-xx".

Incidentally, despite having the same spec as New Zealand, SMS still hadn't been released in NZ by May/June 1988. So if somebody at the time had realised, they could have imported South East Asian models for the NZ market.
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Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 8:24 pm
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Post Posted: Mon May 09, 2016 9:56 pm
Woohoo! I've found an ad for SEA SC-3000 too. Distributed in Singapore by "OCEAN RADIO CO PTE LTD". From The Straits Times, 1983.12.28.


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