There after market custom "hoses" (really tubular mesh brass or metal chain or braided fiberglass) available that have a different look than the hoses on Kerberous figures but are a good substitute for a unique look and more permanance than the rubber ones. They are used by sci-fi models for anything from spaceship engines to Mech details. Have a look at them at Starship Modelers site pages 1 & 2 of the store: http://www.starshipmodeler.biz/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=76
While you are there have a look at some of the other detailing parts (rivets, bolts, etc.).
Just a quick update! I finally got around to replacing the breather hoses with the Mecha Skunk 4mm piano wire extension and their ugly tube.
The hoses over the shoulder were very easy to replace since the 4mm metal replacement just slides in the back piece and fits nicely in the front. The smaller hose from the chest to faceplate took a little more work. I basically enlarged the holes for the hoses with a dremel. I used the ugly tube inside the metal hose to add a little more weight and to keep it from bending too much. After several coats of Testor's flat black it turned out pretty good. Aside from maybe touching up the black from time to time it should be pretty durable. I'm very happy with the results since this is my first attempt at modifying a 1/6 scale figure.
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