So I spent hours upon hours tinkering and googling how to solve my ESC problem. it turns out I was just confused as you can program it using a standard controller, (who knew?). I guess that's one of the downsides to jumping headfirst into a hobby without an experienced buddy, there's so much to know.
Thank god for active forums like this to get a little help with things.
I now have an extra ESC but am ready to move forward.
I haven't decided on any hatch ideas that I liked so I'm just sealing up the bottom with the electronics set up already. I'm sure I'll never need to get to the elevator and rudder servos or receiver. . . yep, I'm sure
My goal is to have the other ESC and bottom finished tonight.